NSPN Receives Grant from The UPS Foundation

From left to right: Zola Marshall and Rhonda Whitted from UPS's Community Relations Department share the awarded funds with Laurie Jackson, NSPN's President / CEO.

National Safe Place Network (NSPN) received a $22,200 grant from The UPS Foundation to implement the Family Focus Awareness Program which will help create more resilient communities by strengthening families and ensuring the well-being of youth in crisis.

“We are grateful to be selected as a recipient of funding from The UPS Foundation,” said Laurie Jackson, president and chief executive officer of NSPN. “The funds will be used to support the Family Focus Awareness Program which brings together UPS employees and the wider community to help raise awareness of NSPN’s Safe Place program and ensure youth know how to access immediate help in times of crisis.”

The Family Focus Awareness Program will be developed with input from UPS volunteers drawn from the company’s diverse workforce. NSPN will conduct focus groups with UPS employees to gather feedback on the most effective and preferred methods of communicating information about Safe Place with families and youth. The organization will use input from the focus groups to produce a full spectrum of tools and resources to educate youth and adults about Safe Place.

NSPN will execute a replicable Family Focus Awareness Program with families and adults across Greater Louisville and share the program with more than 1,400 Safe Place communities across the country.

“The UPS Foundation is honored to support NSPN’s efforts to supply Safe Place resources to youth and adults, strengthening the national safety net for youth,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

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, active and retired, invested more than $110 million in charitable giving around the world. To learn more about The UPS Foundation, visit www.ups.com/foundation.

About National Safe Place Network
National Safe Place Network (NSPN) provides quality training and technical support for youth and family service organizations across the country. Along with being a leading membership association offering tailored organizational development, training and professional development packages, NSPN also operates the nationally recognized programs Safe Place, HTR3, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC). To learn more, please visit www.nspnetwork.org.