Ontario-based United Parcel Service Employees Select Jay Littleton Ballpark as Community Volunteer Project
The Ontario Mayor and City Council are proud to announce that employees from the United Parcel Service (UPS) facility in Ontario have raised nearly $22,000 for improvements of the Jay Littleton Ballpark.In addition to the generous donation, more than 60 UPS employees will volunteer their free time this Saturday, March 7, to prepare the ballpark for the upcoming Little League season, which begins on March 14. The donations and volunteer efforts will go toward replacing fixtures in the bathroom, replacing the warning track around the baseball field, and painting the locker rooms.“UPS is such a valued member of our community. This is an organization that has consistently proven to be an extraordinary corporate partner with the City of Ontario,” said Mayor Paul S. Leon. “The Mayor and City Council are deeply humbled by the generosity of UPS and its employees. This act of kindness will be appreciated by the thousands of families and children that use this ballpark each year.”Ontario’s historic Jay Littleton Ballpark has a history dating back to 1927, and its facilities are still used by nearly a half-dozen baseball leagues today. With more than 80 years of rich history in the game of baseball, the stadium has also served as a backdrop for many movies and the spring training site for professional baseball clubs. With its below ground dugouts, electronic scoreboard, snack bar and 1,250 seating capacity, Jay Littleton Ballpark has proven to be a great championship-caliber venue.The combination of history and community is what made this such an ideal community service project, said John Fleming, UPS Division Manager at the Ontario UPS facility.“A lot of our employees have a personal connection to the Jay Littleton Ballpark. They have children that play on the field, and some even played there when they were children,” Fleming said. “We thought this is a great, historic ball field in the City of Ontario, and UPS would love the chance to be a part of keeping it beautiful.”Employees raised money over a month long period, and have set up two weekends of volunteerism to support with the renovations. The Ontario-based UPS facility employs 4,300 employees, and serves as the regional gateway airline hub for Western states to Asia, Hawaii and Alaska. Each day, the Ontario UPS facility employees sort on average 750,000 packages, see 22 aircraft that depart, and fill a total of 900 delivery package cars and trailer pick-ups.Despite the busy day-to-day operations, Fleming said that UPS is an organization that has always made time for philanthropy in Ontario and across the nation. The UPS of Southern California district, which includes Ontario, raised over $3.1 million dollars to support local communities.“I have been with UPS for over 29 years, and no matter where I have been with UPS – I’m proud to say we have always had great engagement with our communities,” Fleming said.