Learning the Value of Service, Sharing with Those in Need

danconnors-foodandfriends.jpeg Years ago, when Dan Connors was a carefree college student, his summer job was cutting lawns in upstate New York. Dan enjoyed the pleasant work, the smells of fresh-cut grass, and the intermittent schedule. He was wiling away the afternoon on the sofa on one of his days off when his dad walked by and said “Get off the couch, you’re coming with us.”

Celebrating 10 Years of Volunteer Work in Los Angeles

fcw-losangelesteam.jpg If you bring up the subject of FedEx Cares Week around Mary Gonzales, you’ll see her face immediately fill with energy, and you won’t be able to miss the light in her eyes. Mary will quickly tell you that she is just one of an amazing team of hundreds of FedEx volunteers who give back to their community every year in the Los Angeles area. This humble attitude, and the experience of doing something to truly help others, brings people back to sign up for often-difficult physical work, volunteering year after year.

SXSW Interactive 2014: So you’ve got a billion followers…now what?

sxswinteractive-sq2.jpg By now, most of us have adopted social media as an integral part of our daily lives. I, for one, knew that the world had changed the day that my grandmother sent me a text about my recent Facebook status update, from halfway around the world. Now, that is a connected planet! We may not be a member of everything, but we have our Facebook friends, our Twitter and Instagram followers, our LinkedIn connections, and so on… So now what?

One of the prevailing messages at SXSW Interactive this year centered around taking this hyper connected world that we’ve created – and doing something good.

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, asked in one session, “What is the true promise of our connected society? It should be people helping each other.”

How to Design the Future of Transportation: The Story of EMBARQ in India

CSR_0458.jpg There are over 1.2 billion people in India. Each of them living in a world that becomes more complex and demanding every day. India is experiencing explosive growth, which requires people to be more mobile than ever, often commuting long distances every day for a job or family obligations. This newfound prosperity is contributing to a boom in personal car sales.

Each new car adds to the already congested infrastructure of roads, and more cars on the road means deteriorating air quality, longer commute times, and higher rates of traffic fatalities.

EMBARQ is addressing this problem head-on...

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: Brought to you by… robots!

Fedex_robot_00074-edited-sm.jpg This year’s traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will have a new twist, as teams of high school students and their robots from around the country are opening the parade.

The students are representing FIRST Robotics Competition, which was founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire interest and participation in science and technology. FedEx has been a proud supporter of FIRST for 13 years, and we’ve donated shipment of the robots to New York for the parade.

We caught up with some of the teams and asked these brilliant students a few questions. Here’s what the students had to say...