Part of what makes Kuraray unique is the generosity of our team members who multiply our community impact! KFA can assist in providing volunteers to support your cause. Are you looking for volunteers to judge your school’s science fair, speak at a local career day, or teach a science lesson on polymers, among other things? Email us at info@KurarayFA.org to request volunteers for your upcoming event. Please include the location, date, time, and how many volunteers you would like to see!

We will do our best to support your event’s success with the participation of available Kuraray employees.

Some of Kuraray’s Annual Volunteer Initiatives

GEMS at HMNS
The Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) and the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto County host an annual event called Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS)! The HMNS is filled with hands-on science and math experiments for anyone to experience. Local professionals, including Kuraray employees, organize booths at the Museum to answer questions about their careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Kuraray’s interactive booth allows kids to learn about the reflection of light waves by making kaleidoscopes and about polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH), which Kuraray produces in resin form, and polymer crosslinking while making slime.

Bike Around the Bay
The annual Bike Around the Bay event is a two-day 175-mile ride around Galveston Bay. The unique cycling event takes riders in a complete loop around the largest estuary in Texas (and one of the biggest in North America)! All proceeds from this fundraising ride directly benefit the Galveston Bay Foundation and its mission to preserve and protect the Bay. Kuraray has sponsored numerous employee cycling teams over the past several years. In 2017, Kuraray took it a step further and began hosting an annual breakpoint for bikers, which was staffed by Kuraray employees and their family members. The breakpoints throughout the ride are stops where cyclists rest as well as grab food and drinks.

Japan Festival
One of the most attended events of its type across the entire United States, Houston’s Japan Festival, brings about a reaffirmation of Kuraray’s commitment to Japanese and Japanese-American traditions, both old and new. Kuraray has sponsored this event and hosted a booth for many years. The mission of the annual Japan Festival is to provide a quality family event that fosters an appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of Japan and contributes to the rich international profile of Houston and its diverse cultural communities. Kuraray’s volunteers lead the traditional Japanese kids’ activities, including carp fishing!

Trash Bash
Every year, thousands of volunteers gather along Texas’s waterways to do their part for the environment by participating in the most extensive single-day waterway clean up in the state of Texas, Trash Bash. Trash Bash supports the Texas Conservation Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to promote environmental stewardship of the Houston-area watershed through public education by utilizing hands-on educational tools and developing partnerships between environmental, governmental, and private organizations. Kuraray hosts a community booth each year, and Kuraray volunteers help clean up Bay Area Park as well as hand out water, trinkets, and hand sanitizer to other participants!