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Community Service Posts
December 7, 2009
Many small businesses are trying to become more involved in philanthropic activities in their community, but they are not sure how to get started or make their efforts most impactful. As manager of Global Citizenship for FedEx, I would like to share what I have learned about “giving back”. Companies of any size can apply the following strategies to make their philanthropic efforts most effective and rewarding:
August 19, 2009
FedEx Corporate Contributions received a most unusual request: to transport 7 Beluga whales and 4 dolphins to a temporary home while Shedd Aquarium in Chicago was under renovation. Two planes transported the special cargo under the direction of FedEx Charters team including Dave Lange, Walter Hooker, George Miller and Larry Ashkenaz in the fall of 2008. Many details had to be worked out: making sure planes were available, reviewing flight schedules in and out of both airports, lining up crew and extra equipment such as the 40,000 pound capacity forklifts, gaining airfield and security cle
August 4, 2009
You can drive between San Francisco and Los Angeles in less than eight hours. On a bicycle, it takes a week. Not that long ago, if someone told me I’d willingly ride a bike on that 550-mile, seven-day trip, I would have called them crazy. Fact is, though, I’ve done it four times now and I plan to do it again. Here’s why.
July 26, 2009
That’s the title of a Robert Earl Keen song that reminds me of my college days. I’ve developed quite the road trip soundtrack, but it’s a fitting summary title for my summer tour with the hybrids. The 92 hybrids that have ventured across the country have anywhere from 300,000 to 500,000 revenue service miles on them. They’ve been given a new engine, new paint job and a new life as a cleaner vehicle ready to serve FedEx customers in California. FedEx Express’ John Formisano commented, “It’s the very definition of recycling.”
July 2, 2009
As the United States is preparing to celebrate its 233rd birthday, I'm reminded of all the great reasons that make this country great. Baseball, Apple Pie and Cracker Jacks come to mind, but also all the men and women who have served and are serving our country at the local, state and national level. I'm also reminded of a great event that took place a little less than a year ago in Austin, Texas. The Texas Military Forces Museum needed a special delivery of some historical World War II artifacts.
April 30, 2009
What better way could you find to celebrate Earth Day than to spend a beautiful spring day outdoors making a difference at a beloved New England institution? Almost 40 FedEx team members in Boston did just that when they volunteered at the Green Apple Festival Volunteer Action at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA on April 17.
April 17, 2009
Two years ago, I never would have considered myself an environmentalist. I took long showers, threw most everything in the trash and found fuel efficiency to be secondary to speed. Now I haven't given up red meet or bought a Terra Pass, but I do make a more conscious effort to be good to my planet. Since I have moved to New York City, I ride public transit almost 95% of the time, recycle half of my trash and have shortened my showers. All small steps to lessen my impact. But, is there more I can do?