August 25, 2015
The Viscardi Center received a $100,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used toward the Emerging Leaders Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities, coordinated by the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center.
The Emerging Leaders Internship Program is a competitive program for undergraduate and graduate college students with disabilities which places students in fulfilling internships nationwide that develop leadership skills and networking opportunities. Rolando Martinez, a student at Lehman College when he participated in the Emerging Leaders program, described the difference the program made for him, “Emerging Leaders is an outstanding, innovative and inspiring program. It allowed me to gain hands-on experience.” Read about other Emerging Leader experiences.
“We are very grateful for The UPS Foundation’s continued support. This funding helps continue the success of our Emerging Leaders Internship Program which gives college students with disabilities an invaluable opportunity to gain work experience, skills and connections that can jumpstart their careers,” said John D, Kemp, President and CEO of The Viscardi Center. “In addition, we hope the program changes businesses’ mindsets and that they see this as a way to bring new, bright and diverse talent to their workforce.”
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: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.
In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104.2 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
“The UPS Foundation is honored to support The Viscardi Center’s efforts to their Emerging Leaders Internship Program,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”