Bobby Dodd Institute Receives $5,000 Grant from The UPS Foundation

December 6, 2016 (ATLANTA, GA) – Bobby Dodd Institute, Inc. (BDI) received a $5,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). Grant funds will purchase iPads to deliver BDI’s specialized job training curriculums to job candidates with disabilities and employment barriers.

Each year, BDI provides job training and job connections services to over 1,000 people with disabilities and connects more than 200 to new careers. iPads purchased with funds from The UPS Foundation will support the expansion of BDI’s specialized job training programs, which include a combination of curriculum-based and hands-on learning opportunities. BDI currently offers specialized training programs focused on logistics and warehousing, food service, and office essentials, and has plans to expand offerings to also include customer service, call center operations, and facilities management.

“BDI is grateful to The UPS Foundation for its shared commitment to creating opportunities for all Georgians to participate in the workforce and thrive,” said BDI president and CEO, Larry Gluth. “The foundation’s support will allow us to incorporate technology into our training programs. This is critical to prepare our candidates to be competitive in the job market and the workplace.”

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 2015, UPS and its employees, both active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world.  The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS new direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS

For more information about BDI, please contact Lisa Kennedy at 678-365-2260 or lisa.kennedy@bobbydodd.org.

About Bobby Dodd Institute

Bobby Dodd Institute is a nonprofit organization with the mission to empower people with disabilities and disadvantages to maximize their potential by securing economic self-sufficiency, independence, and integration into society. BDI offers job training programs at its facilities in Atlanta and Jonesboro, GA, and it operates social enterprises throughout Georgia and in Alabama and Tennessee. Last year, BDI served more than 1,350 people with job training and employment opportunities; connected 246 people with jobs; and employed 211 people with disabilities in its mission-based social enterprises, ranging from call centers and administrative services to janitorial and grounds maintenance services.  For more information, visit www.bobbydodd.org.

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