UPS supervisor honored for volunteerism and financial generosity

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Suzanne Richard, a UPS supervisor, is using her company bonuses to fund education for women facing challenges. For this, she was awarded the Jim Casey Community Service Award, the company's highest honor for community service.

Richard grew amidst violence and poverty, and left home at 17 in search of a better life. She married and had a son. When her marriage later became abusive, Suzanne and her son left for a safer environment.

Richard settled in Ohio and devoted more than 20 years of volunteer service to First Step, a shelter and full-service agency for families dealing with domestic violence.

Richard's unlikely role began when she created the Renaissance Foundation, which is dedicated to providing scholarships to Bowling Green State University for women facing challenging situations or to women who are committed to educating those who face adversity. The Renaissance Foundation initially was funded solely through Richard's company bonuses - her UPS stock. The UPS Foundation now matches her continuing contributions through the UPS Matching Gift Program.

Last night, Richard was honored for her volunteerism and financial generosity.

More than 427,000 UPS employees are eligible to nominate their colleagues for the award. Chairman/CEO Mike Eskew presented the award at the company's annual management meeting.

"Through her tireless efforts to assist domestic violence victims and provide a fresh start, Suzanne has made a real difference in her community," Eskew said in a statement. "Our founder, Jim Casey, is the namesake of this award because he was so dedicated to helping others. Suzanne truly exemplifies his spirit."

In addition to her Foundation and her work with First Step, Richard serves on Bowling Green State University's Advocates Board, the school's chief volunteer organization.

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