The UPS Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Keep the Midlands Beautiful for Tree Planting Initiative at the New Saluda Riverwalk

We are so excited to be a part of this incredible opportunity to replenish and enhance the Saluda Riverwalk’s Urban Forest.  We would love for you to join the Riverwalk Planting Team, so please be sure to register below for an incredible, hands-on learning opportunity with Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

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The UPS Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to Keep the Midlands Beautiful for Tree Planting Initiative at the New Saluda Riverwalk

Keep the Midlands Beautiful’s Grant One of 12 UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grants Provided to Keep America Beautiful® Affiliates throughout the Country

COLUMBIA, South Carolina (August 27, 2019) – Keep the Midlands Beautiful (KMB) recently received a $5,000 Keep America Beautiful/UPS Community Tree and Recovery Tree Planting Grant for the soon-to-open Saluda Riverwalk. The Keep the Midlands Beautiful grant is one of 12 grants from The UPS Foundation that have been provided to Keep America Beautiful affiliates in 2019.

Keep the Midlands Beautiful will plant thirty trees at the soon-to-open Saluda Riverwalk to beautify the Riverwalk entrance and facilitate opportunities for volunteerism through environmental stewardship.  Keep the Midlands Beautiful, KMB volunteers, and UPS volunteers will gain an understanding of the ecosystem services trees provide and will be actively involved in monitoring tree health and sustainability.

“Our hope for this project is to convert awareness into action by facilitating opportunities for volunteers to learn more about environmental stewardship,” said Jacqueline Buck, Executive Director.  “We will be working closely with Karen Kustafik, Assistant Superintendent of the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department, to ensure that this project is a success.  We look forward to beautifying the Riverwalk’s entrance alongside Midlands citizens and UPS employee volunteers.”

The Keep America Beautiful/UPS grant program, open exclusively to Keep America Beautiful community-based affiliates, provides grants for tree plantings that will have a greater likelihood of withstanding natural disasters in communities that have lost a significant number of trees because of a recent disaster. In addition, local Keep America Beautiful affiliate grant recipients work with UPS employees who provide volunteer support to plant the trees and to fulfill other community improvement projects.

“With natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to flooding to wildfires there is a critical need to focus significant attention on strategic tree plantings that can add to a community’s resilience while replenishing the trees lost to these disasters,” said Helen Lowman, Keep America Beautiful’s president and CEO. “The UPS Foundation has been focused on this issue for years through its global tree-planting initiative. Keep America Beautiful is proud to be among the NGOs partnering with UPS to meet this fundamental global challenge.”

Keep the Midlands Beautiful is dedicated to enhancing the day-to-day experiences of Midlands citizens and visitors by partnering with local organizations and county agencies to create vibrant spaces that are inclusive, accessible, and welcoming to all. Beautification projects also have the added benefits of deterring illegal behaviors such as littering and illegal dumping, which is a core component of the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

Since 2011, Keep America Beautiful and The UPS Foundation have worked together to plant more than 23,700 trees throughout the country. The collaboration with Keep America Beautiful is part of The UPS Foundation’s global tree-planting initiative intended to help sequester levels of carbon dioxide through strategic plantings; emphasize the importance of native tree planting; or produce fruit from fruit trees for local consumption.

About Keep the Midlands Beautiful
Established in 1989 to serve Richland and Lexington Counties, the mission of Keep the Midlands Beautiful is to engage, inspire and educate the Midlands to invest in our community through litter prevention, recycling and beautification.  Each year, thousands of Midlands residents volunteer to support this mission, including more than 200 groups regularly removing litter on area roads and waterways, schools and businesses coming together to implement recycling programs, and communities pursuing beautification projects.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s leading community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to End Littering, Improve Recycling and Beautify America’s Communities. We believe everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 Keep America Beautiful affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials, and individuals. Join us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and YouTube. Donate and take action at

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