Tokyo, November 21, 2011
The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS (NYSE: UPS), has donated $43,823 to a foster group home, Kodomo no Sato, and $14,290 to the bamboo conservation group Nihon no Take Fan Club.
Kodomo no Sato began its child welfare activities as a daycare center in Osaka in 1977. It was certified for the Subsidized Project to Provide Daycare Facilities for Children in 1996 and as an Osaka City family shelter in 2001. Since its establishment, Kodomo no Sato has provided 24/7 support for families in adverse circumstances. The facility now provides live-in accommodations at the Kodomo no Sato Family Home. The grant will be used for children’s self-care projects, support for homeless people, winter night patrols, and outdoor activities such as camping.
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. Through various volunteer activities, the organization has helped to energize local communities and encourage interchange between cities and the countryside. The grant will be used to hold bamboo lantern festivals, which are one of the ways the club is using to strengthen and maintain the relationship between nature and the local community.
In addition to the donations, UPS has also supported both organizations with volunteer activities - Kodomo no Sato since 2006 and Nihon no Take Fan Club since 2008. More than 1,300 volunteer hours have been donated to both groups since.
Masato Umeno, president of UPS Japan, said, "UPS has long been involved with both Kodomo no Sato and Nihon no Take Fan Club as volunteers. Now we are greatly honored to be able to contribute again through these grants. UPS will continue to support the community in various means."