Standing tall in his yellow, long-sleeve polo, Oliver Jones - the Training and Development Manager for the SoCal District of UPS - thinks back on old times.
“The diaper drive, is something that’s near and dear to my heart because for the past 11 years we’ve been involved in it.”
Since 2008, Jones has led UPS as a proud community partner in the annual HomeAid Orange County Essentials Diaper Drive. Together, Jones and his team collect diapers and other essential items for homeless families each year. He says the experience is a humbling reminder that no matter what your situation might be today, it could change as quickly as tomorrow, then you could find yourself experiencing homelessness like the families who benefit from the annual Essentials Diaper Drive.
“We always have to remind ourselves that there a lot of people out there that aren’t as fortunate as we are,” Jones notes of the diaper drive. “It’s an opportunity to help them provide the essential things for their young children, give them the basic needs in order to be successful, to rebuild their lives.”
A nearly 30-year employee of UPS, and an involved community partner of Essentials over the past decade, Jones says he feels connected to the Essentials Diaper Drive and the purpose it serves for families experiencing homelessness. In his time volunteering with the drive he has seen things grow exponentially- to the point where over 1 million essential items are now collected annually through the drive. Because of that, and his growing love of the drive over the course of the last few years, Jones decided to take on a leadership role within the Essentials Diaper Drive this year- he now holds the seat of Chairman of the Essentials Steering Committee.
Jones continues to remain focused on the diaper drive and his work as SoCal District Leader for UPS. While it’s easy to get caught up in the semantics and details of it all, Oliver Jones says his main focus with his efforts in the Essentials Diaper Drive comes back to the UPS corporate mission statement of giving back to the communities UPS serves.
“This is a great example of what we do and why we do it.”