(Rolling Meadows, IL) (September 4, 2013)- Special Leisure Services Foundation (SLSF), the fundraising arm of Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA), received a $7,600 grant from The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS). The grant will be used toward the purchase of GPS units for NWSRA accessible vehicles used to transport children and adults with disabilities to recreational programs throughout the northwest suburbs.
NWSRA was formed in 1973, its mission is to provide outstanding recreational programs for children and adults with disabilities. Providing accessible, reliable and safe transportation to recreation programs is an integral part of the organization. The addition of the GPS units will allow the NWSRA drivers to more efficiently transport the over 18,000 individuals who participate in NWSRA programs. Without transportation, it would often be impossible for these individuals to take part in the activities offered to them.
SLSF President Tracey Crawford stated “We are very excited to have UPS return as a supporter of SLSF and NWSRA. Their support has truly made a positive impact on the thousands of individuals with disabilities that we serve.”
Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Ga., The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues. In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: non-profit effectiveness, encouraging diversity, community safety and environmental sustainability.
In 2011, The UPS Foundation distributed $45.3 million worldwide through grants that benefit organizations or programs such as Special Leisure Services Foundation and provide support for building stronger communities.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to support SLSF’s efforts to provide accessible, safe and reliable transportation to individuals with disabilities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”