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The main mandate of the United States Postal Service (USPS) is to deliver mail. This dedication is seen in how postal workers continued to do their jobs in the midst of Hurricane Sandy and opened less than 24 hours after the 9/11 attacks. While the Postal Service has no official creed or motto, one inscription that is found in many post offices around the country gives us the idea of the lengths that postal workers are willing to go to just to get mail delivered:
“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
While postal workers do their best to ensure that they do their jobs well, they also go beyond the call of duty by taking part in activities that make a difference in their communities. They risk their own safety to save lives. In fact, in 2011 alone, the USPS has recognized 331 employee heroes.
Since 1993, the Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers has been holding food drives. In 2011, they collected nearly more than 70 million pounds of food, making it the largest food drive in the nation. From the time it began, their food drive has collected nearly 1.2 billion pounds of food.
The Postal Service has also joined in various medical causes. Together with the National Marrow Donor Program and the Be the Match Foundation, around 57,000 postal employees and their families have joined the donor registry of the Delivering the Gift of Life campaign which started 15 years ago. They have also raised nearly $74 million for breast cancer research since 1998 through the sales of their Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp. Because of the success of this program, these stamps will continue to be sold until December 2015.
In May, the USPS also supports the National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a campaign to enlighten the public against animal attacks. Letter carriers are among those who are most prone to dog bites because of the nature of their job. Another campaign about animals that the USPS has also taken a part in is in the conservation of species. Their semi-postal stamp on Save Vanishing Species which was issued in 2011 has so far raised more than $620,000 for the cause.
The US Postal Inspection Service has also worked with Valassis and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and has used the power of the mail to return 151 missing children to their families in 2011.
Indeed, the concept of social responsibility is woven into the fabric of the United States Postal Service. And this is also one of the reasons why postal workers feel a certain sense of pride in their profession.