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The UPS Foundation grants $25,000 to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and its Million Trees Miami Fund to enhance tree canopy at Amelia Earhart Bark Park

Check presentation kicked off UPS employee day of service October 10

MIAMI (October 13, 2015)

The UPS Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and its Million Trees Miami Fund to plant shade-tree canopy at Amelia Earhart Bark Park, creating a welcoming retreat in a highly urbanized area.  Volunteers from UPS Americas participated in an employee day of service at the park on Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., where they planted trees and joined in other beautification projects.  See photos.

The day began with a check presentation by UPS Americas employees to Parks Foundation Board Member and Parks Director Jack Kardys and Miami-Dade Vice Chairman Esteban Bovo, Jr, District 13. Neat Streets Miami, a County board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of transportation gateways, corridors and connections, launched the Million Trees Miami initiative with the goal to plant one million trees by 2020.  

“I’d like to thank The UPS Foundation for its commitment to support the environment by joining Million Trees Miami’s goal of restoring tree canopy in Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner, District 9 and Chairman of Neat Streets Miami Dennis C. Moss.  

“UPS has been a longstanding advocate for the environment, participating in efforts around the world that have helped clean and beautify our communities,” said Charnley Conway, vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations, UPS Americas. “On behalf of The UPS Foundation, we’re proud to once again provide our support to the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and its Million Trees Miami Fund, as they help keep our South Florida recreational areas clean for our citizens and for the future of our local community.”

“This generous donation underscores the important role that the private sector plays in making Miami-Dade, a world class community,” said Commissioner Bovo.  

“On behalf of the Parks Foundation’s Board of Directors and as Miami-Dade Parks Director, I’d like to thank The UPS Foundation for their generous support that will help us in our mission of conservation and stewardship of our County’s precious public lands,” said Parks Director Jack Kardys.  “Volunteering at a County park creates future Park champions and stewards, joining us in our mission to create a legacy for this and future generations.” 

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.

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 leads the global citizenship programs for UPS which includes philanthropy, corporate relations and community engagement in local, national, and international communities. In 2014, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $104 million in charitable giving around the world. The UPS Foundation can be found on the web at To get UPS news direct, visit