The UPS Foundation Grants $76,000 to Japanese Bamboo Forest Conservation Group

Grant will be used for purchasing machinery and materials for bamboo forest maintenance and food processing

The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), has donated US$76,000 to the Nihon no Take Fan Club, a non-profit organization that aims to preserve bamboo forests and nature. The grant will be used to purchase machinery for bamboo forest maintenance and processing of bamboo sprouts for food, as well as to purchase supplies for the annual “Bamboo Lanterns Festival” and support other bamboo conservation initiatives in Japan.

Nihon no Take Fan Club was established in 1999 to conserve bamboo forests nationwide and to educate local communities on how to effectively utilize bamboo. The Club aims to protect Japan’s traditional natural environment through frequent maintenance of bamboo forests. Through various volunteer activities, the organization has helped to engage local communities and encourage interactions between cities and the countryside.

UPS in Japan has been actively involved with the Nihon no Take Fan Club since 2008, with a total of 190 employees contributing 890 volunteer hours in various activities throughout the past six years. This is the second UPS Foundation grant to the organization, with the first grant of US$14,290 given in 2011.

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