United States Postal Service Factoids

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The United States Postal Service does all of the following, and more.

  • Delivers 213 billion pieces of mail to more than 146 million homes, businesses and post office boxes in virtually every state, city and town in the country, including Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
  • Handles more than 44 percent of the world’s card and letter mail volume – delivering more mail to more addresses and to a larger geographic area than any other postal service in the world.
  • In 2005, 400 employees were recognized as heroes – by risking their own lives to save the lives of the customers they serve.
  • Employees pledged nearly $39 million in 2005 to their favorite charities through the Combined Federal Campaign.
  • This year, National Dog Bite Prevention Week will be held during May to build awareness concerning animal attacks.
  • Semipostal stamps raise money to support worthy causes:
    • As of January 2007, The Breast Cancer Research stamp has raised $53 million.
    • The Heroes semipostal stamp, sold from June 2002 through December 2004, raised $10.6 million to assist families of emergency relief personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty on 9/11/01.
    • As of January 2006, The Stop Family Violence stamp raised $1.8 million to help victims of these tragedies.
  • Working with ADVO, the top direct-mail company in the United States, to reunite families, the “Have You Seen Me” detached direct-mail card highlights the power of the mail. By September 9, 2006, 143 missing children had been found and returned to their homes.
  • The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is one of the oldest federal law enforcement agencies. In 2005, the Inspection Service launched “Operation Dialing for Dollars” to shut down fraudulent telemarketers targeting older Americans. The operation resulted in 64 arrests and 64 convictions.
  • The Postal Service is a recognized leader in efforts to make the world safer and cleaner by protecting the environment. It:
    • Generates more than $8.5 million in revenue through recycling and waste prevention programs.
    • Recycles 1 million tons of wastepaper, cardboard, plastics, cans and other materials annually.
    • Operates the world’s largest fleet of alternative fuel vehicles – more than 30,000 of them – that use clean fuels such as ethanol and electricity.
    • Uses recycled products to produce postage stamps and mailing products.