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Each year, AFL associates around the world take part in AFL’s Worldwide Month of Community Service, engaging in projects that support our communities and invest in the future.
All over the world, associates on six continents reach out to help by collecting food, clothing, shoes and other items to donate to the community; by forming an ACT (AFL Community Team) and providing service that also generates supplies or funding to nonprofit organizations; or by investing in the environment and planting trees. The possibilities are endless with new projects implemented each year.
More than 100 AFL associates volunteered 325 hours of service for four organizations. AFL's interns and co-ops painted a Born Learning Trail at Hatcher Garden. For Christmas in Action, associates scraped and repainted trim while others built a wheelchair ramp. Associates also helped with the annual Spring Fever Basketball Tournament for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Upstate. Lastly, 25 associates landscaped, painted and cleaned the playground equipment for Hope Center for Children and presented them with a $1,500 grant thereafter.
Associates in the Northeast served their communities with a different project each week. Volunteers donated clothing and toys for a sales event at the LRGF Nursery Guild/Child Boutique and then helped prepare and work the event. The following week, boxes of non-perishable food items were collected and donated to the local Boys & Girls Club. Thereafter, volunteers prepped and served lunch at Salvation Army locations. And lastly, associates provided eight boxes weighing more than 200 pounds filled with food, socks, toiletries, magazines, letters and additional items for Adopt-a-US Soldier.
AFL associates donated 26 shoeboxes to homeless women and children for the United Way's Shoebox Project. The shoeboxes were filled with supplies such as hair care products, soap, tooth brushes and towels. Shoeboxes were delivered by FedEx and Atlanta Peach Movers to over 100 agencies on Mother's Day. This year, the total contribution to the Shoebox Project was more than 50,000 shoeboxes totaling $1 million, breaking the record for the charity.
AFL associates and their families volunteered for Turning Point updating two rooms in their shelter. Associates painted and redecorated both rooms to make them welcoming. In addition, the associates surprised the shelter by providing custom blinds for the remaining eight family rooms, putting the shelter a step ahead in their goal to update the remaining rooms.
Six AFL associates spent a collective 45 hours volunteering at a local day care that helps children between the ages of nine to 16 with daily living skills. The associates reshaped the garden by providing plants, topsoil and garden bench materials. Weeds were cleared, shrubs were trimmed, berry bushes were planted and a garden bench was built of material from a wooden cable drum.
Forty-two AFL associates volunteered at Diaz Ordaz, a retirement home that provides the elderly with food, personal care, medical care and other various accommodations. Volunteers painted the exterior, dining, kitchen and garden areas of Diaz Ordaz. After painting, volunteers hosted a lottery game for the elderly where they received gifts contributed by AFL associates.
Associates with FibreFab donated 30 large bags of items to Mind, a local charity which provides help and support to over 400,000 people experiencing mental health issues in England and Wales. The bags consisted of clothes, shoes, books, pillows and throws. The organization was enthused with the donation since stock at the time was very low.
AFL associates raised $500 for Foodbank Victoria, Australia's oldest and largest non-profit organization. From 2013-2014, Foodbank Victoria distributed 14.4 million meals to those in need. As a member of the State Government's Emergency Response and Recovery Committee, Foodbank Victoria is the leading organization for providing food to Victorian communities when disasters strike.
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