INDIANAPOLIS – (June 25, 2012) Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) is a recipient of a UPS/Keep America Beautiful Community Improvement Grant for $10,000 to support KIB’s NeighborWoods program—an initiative to plant 100,000 trees in Marion County in 10 years.
This is the 5th annual UPS/KAB Community Improvement Grant Program, which is providing more support than ever for recycling, beautification, community greening, litter prevention and waste reduction initiatives across the country. This year’s grant awards exceeded $150,000 for 66 projects. The program’s intent is to link KAB affiliate organizations with local UPS employee teams who will – in addition to the grant funding – provide essential volunteer support to the local efforts.
NeighborWoods is KIB’s urban forestry effort to strategically plant trees throughout Indianapolis. Our goal is to plant 100,000. Already, more than 30,000 trees have been planted since the program was announced in 2006.
“Indianapolis needs trees,” said David Forsell, president of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful. “The city has lost 25 percent of its trees in the past few decades, and due to factors like the emerald ash borer, we are on track to lose even more of our tree canopy over the next few decades. Support from community partners like UPS, allows us to plant trees that will have significant benefits on our city, and engage neighbors to foster community pride.”
“Keep America Beautiful is privileged to have developed such a strong partnership with The UPS Foundation, because its values are in such close alignment with our own,” said Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO, Keep America Beautiful. “Our affiliates are truly grateful to the many UPS volunteers who are engaging in our local, grassroots initiatives.”
“The UPS Foundation is pleased to support Keep America Beautiful because of the broad array of programs and projects that UPS employees can engage in to improve their local communities,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation. “Past success with this grant program led to an even greater commitment to more KAB affiliates throughout the country. We’re eager to see the results that our grassroots partners can achieve with our ongoing commitment.”
For more information about the programs supported through the UPS/KAB Community Improvement Grants, go to www.kab.org/UPS. The UPS/KAB Community Improvement Grant Program is one element of The UPS Foundation’s overall support of KAB, which totaled $225,000 in the past year, designed to strengthen KAB’s affiliate network.
About Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB)
Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization uniting people to build community and transform public spaces through aesthetic and environmental improvement. In 2011, KIB worked with more than 46,000 volunteers on over 600 community projects throughout the city. To learn more, visit www.kibi.org, or follow us on Twitter @kibiorg and like us on Facebook @kibiorg.
About The UPS Foundation
UPS (NYSE: UPS) is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including the transportation of packages and freight, the facilitation of international trade, and the deployment of advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Since its founding in 1907, UPS has built a legacy as a caring and responsible corporate citizen, supporting programs that provide long-term solutions to community needs. Founded in 1951, The UPS Foundation, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011, is responsible for facilitating community involvement to local, national, and global communities. In 2011, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $93.3 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS foundation can be found on the web at UPS.com/foundation. To get UPS news direct, visit pressroom.ups.com/RSS.
About Keep America Beautiful, Inc.
Keep America Beautiful, Inc., established in 1953, is the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization. With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations, Keep America Beautiful forms public-private partnerships and programs that engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community environments. For more information, visit www.kab.org.