DANVILLE — Volunteers are welcome to help plant trees Saturday as part of a Keep Vermilion County Beautiful grant project.
Keep America Beautiful and The UPS Foundation announced earlier this year that Keep Vermilion County Beautiful (KVCB) was a recipient of a 2013 KAB/UPS Community Tree Planting Grant, according to a press release. KVCB is one of 30 KAB affiliates throughout the country that was awarded a grant, which are being used for tree planting initiatives in urban and suburban communities.
The UPS grants are part of UPS’s Global Forestry Initiative designed to plant more than 1 million trees around the world by the end of 2013.
KVCB’s grant project will provide 28 new street trees to be planted in the area along West Williams Street between Harmon and North Logan avenues.
The program also links KAB affiliate organizations with a local UPS employee team who will provide essential volunteer support to plant the trees, in addition to the grant funding.
The Danville Parks Division also is providing support with personnel and equipment to deliver and excavate the locations for the trees.
Trees will be delivered to the planting sites this week and UPS employees will be volunteering their time starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. Other volunteers are welcome to participate.
“The addition of trees will make a big visual impact to the West Williams Street area,” said Steve Lane, KVCB board member and project coordinator, in a press release. “We chose to plant this area due to the lack of existing street trees and the unusually wide area between the curb and sidewalks.”
“Not only is Keep America Beautiful supporting our Global Forestry Initiative, but, it’s also providing local volunteer opportunities for our employees to help preserve, protect and restore forests around the nation,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of The UPS Foundation, also in the press release. “This is the sixth year Keep America Beautiful is a UPS Foundation grantee.”
“The simple action of planting a tree results in many meaningful outcomes. For example, planting a tree within 50 feet of a residence can increase its property value,” said Becky Lyons, chief operating office, Keep America Beautiful. “Through this far-reaching tree planting initiative, The UPS Foundation is helping Keep America Beautiful to create vibrant communities made up of beautiful public places that are socially connected and economically sound.”
The KAB/UPS Community Tree Planting 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.
The UPS Scholarship Program was established to encourage and strengthen individual leadership of KAB affiliates by providing $1,500 scholarships to six affiliate leaders so they could attend at KAB’s 60th annual National Conference.
These grant awards were presented to KAB affiliates in recognition of their volunteer initiatives with local UPS locations throughout the U.S. The UPS Foundation also supported KAB’s “Vision for America Award,” which is presented annually to distinguished leaders whose personal and corporate commitments have significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the U.S.
Keep Vermilion County Beautiful was founded in 2002. KVCB is the local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.
KVCB’s mission is “Creating sustainable and livable communities by providing anti-litter education, encouraging beautification, support of recycling opportunities, and promotion of sustainability,” said Lynn Wolgamot, KVCB executive director.
In the past year KVCB provided $5,000 in grant funds for local beautification projects throughout Vermilion County.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities.
With a network of more than 1,200 affiliate and participating organizations including state recycling organizations, it works with millions of volunteers to take action in their communities.
Keep America Beautiful offers solutions that create clean, beautiful public places, reduce waste and increase recycling, generate positive impact on local economies and inspire generations of environmental stewards.
Through programs and public-private partnerships, it engages individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment.
For more information, visit www.kab.org.