In order for communities to thrive, all residents must feel safe. Just as the safety of our employees and community members is paramount to how we operate, Union Pacific is committed to helping communities prevent and prepare for accidents and emergencies, and helping residents get home safe at the end of each day. As such, we prioritize funding for programs that seek to:
Encourage safe behaviors and prevent accidents through education and awareness,particularly projects which focus on rail, driver, bike, and pedestrian safety, and ensure outreach efforts reach diverse populations.
Eliminate risks and improve safe and equitable access to community spaces through infrastructure improvements,such as signage, proper lighting, and public trail improvements.
Prepare and equip residents and emergency responders*to effectively respond to incidents and emergencies if or when they occur.
Prevent crime and violent incidentsthrough efforts that address the root causes of these issues and seek to mitigate their occurrence.
Provide homeless and at-risk populationsaccess to safe shelter and services that ameliorate and prevent homelessness.
Build the capacity of safety-focused organizationsto integrate DEI best practices internally and/or within their community programs.
*Union Pacific supports publicly -funded emergency responders through a variety of corporate programs; only independent nonprofit, 501(c)(3) emergency response organizations, such as volunteer departments, are eligible for funding through this grant program.