Faces of Success: Jeff Bloedorn & Lashanda Guillroy
United Parcel Service (UPS) is the largest package delivery company in the world. Globally, employees log more than 2 million volunteer hours every year. Locally, seven drivers from United Way’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action delivery partner are set to distribute backpacks filled with school supplies to more than 8,500 Metropolitan Nashville Public School (MNPS) students on the first day of the 2016 school year.
“Giving back to communities in which we live and work strengthens our overall fabric,” said UPS Employee Services Supervisor LaShanda Guillroy. “Helping young people obtain the necessary tools for academic success is an investment in our future.”
UPS takes its investment in improving the educational outcomes of Nashville’s future employees and leaders very seriously. Every year, the organization works to perfect logistics for both the Stuff the Bus Days of Action Sort-A-Thon and the Stuff the Bus Days of Action Backpack Delivery.
“Prior to the Stuff the Bus Days of Action events, planning meetings are held to determine the number of delivery locations (schools) that will receive backpacks,” said Guillroy. “These meetings also help us determine how many vehicles and volunteers are needed for each event.”
“It takes a great deal of coordination to ensure the backpacks filled with school supplies are delivered to the right locations,” said UPS Mid South District Director of Human Resources, Jeff Bloedorn. “The process has become easier over the years, thanks to our continued involvement in Stuff the Bus Days of Action.”
UPS’s involvement in this year’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action Sort-A-Thon and Backpack Delivery will help provide backpacks filled with school supplies to all students at nine different MNPS elementary schools — Buena Vista, Fall-Hamilton, Glenview, Haywood, Kirkpatrick, Napier, Tom Joy, Tusculum and Whitsitt— so they can begin the year with confidence and dignity.
“The response from our employees participating in Stuff the Bus Days of Action has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Guillroy. “From sorting school supplies to delivering backpacks to area schools, we take pride in helping children in need.”
“Everybody who participates in Stuff the Bus Days of Action demonstrates their commitment to education by helping children achieve their academic goals and dreams,” said Bloedorn.
Over the past eight years, more than 28,600 students have received backpacks filled with school supplies through Stuff the Bus Days of Action. This tremendous outpouring of support and generosity has enabled them to focus on learning. More than 390 teachers at benefiting schools have also received supplies through Stuff the Bus Days of Action, creating environments where learning begins immediately.
“It is wonderful to see the business community and organizations like United Way partner together for the betterment of those less fortunate,” said Guillroy. “Stuff the Bus Days of Action are unique opportunities for organizations to join together for a common purpose that benefits everyone in the community. Working together, Nashville companies can truly make an impact where it’s needed most.”
United Way is grateful to UPS for its 33 year partnership. Their continued investment in our work has provided more than $1 billion in contributions in United Way’s focus areas of education and financial stability.
Special thanks to presenting sponsor Bridgestone Americas, the Tennessee Titans for also sponsoring the 2016 Stuff the Bus Days of Action, as well as our additional 67 effective, committed partners for their volunteering, advocacy and investment throughout the 2016 Stuff the Bus Days of Action.
To see a list of Stuff the Bus participating companies, please visit: https://www.unitedwaynashville.org/stuffthebus/partners