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The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade receives $15,000 grant from The UPS Foundation for ecological restoration efforts at Pelican Island

UPS Americas employees participated in the environmental restoration efforts as part of their June “sustainability” service project

MIAMI (June 26, 2017)

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade received a $15,000 grant from The UPS Foundation, which drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS).  The grant will be used toward continuing the ecological restoration efforts of the Pelican Island natural area and coastal hammock. 

About 60 UPS Americas region employees and their families participated in a day of service on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where they planted native plants, removed exotic vegetation and debris throughout the island and along the hammock that floated in from Biscayne Bay.  View photo album.

Pelican Island is a 10-acre island nature preserve, bird sanctuary, and recreation area located 400 yards offshore from Pelican Harbor Marina.  The southern portion of the island is being restored as a coastal hammock and serves as refuge for numerous wildlife, including many bird species.  Ecological restoration is an ongoing process that requires periodic management to maintain the health of the environment.  Exotic invasive vegetation has to be removed and replaced by native species so that wildlife can continue to benefit from the healthy environment for foraging, shelter and resting stops for migrating birds.

“We are grateful to The UPS Foundation and the UPS Americas region employees who care about this community and understand the important role of parks for a healthy environment. To date, The UPS Foundation has invested $90,000 in our parks system for sustainability projects including tree plantings and ecological restoration projects such as the one at Pelican Island,” said Maria Nardi, acting director of Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces. 

Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, GA, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues.  In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving:  volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

In 2016, UPS and its employees, active and retired, invested more than $116 million in charitable giving around the world.  The company can be found on the web at or and its corporate blog can be found at  To get UPS news direct, follow @Ups News.

“The UPS Foundation believes in assisting the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade’s efforts to support Miami-Dade Parks’ Open Space Master Plan, recreational programming, conservation and stewardship, and healthy initiatives,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS.  “Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community.”

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.