UPS was the first global corporate partner to raise $1 billion in contributions to United Way. In 2018, our partnership helped almost 80,000 children get literacy support, more than 34,000 youth with job skills training, and connected some 1,200 veterans with jobs. At the same time, UPS partners with United Way across the country to put an end to human trafficking, training their drivers and community agencies to spot the signs and donating to that cause.
UPSers are making a difference across the nation. In Boston, UPS support has helped the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley provide financial stability coaching and services to thousands of people. Since 2010, 25,881 people have gotten jobs and another 4,390 have advanced in employment thanks to new job skills and opportunities.
And the United Way Center on Human Trafficking & Slavery has been working with UPS to train hundreds of community leaders across the country to spot and respond to human trafficking signs. Together, we're working to mobilize a collaborative effort across sectors, building public and political will needed to spur greater action to end human trafficking in our generation. UPS and UPSer's support will allow United to Way to launch a Human Trafficking Impact Fund that will dramatically expand its work in local communities.
That's just one reason United Way has recognized UPS with our inaugural Gamechangers Award. We're celebrating their leadership and long-term commitment to fighting human trafficking.