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 word, 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 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.
In South Carolina, AFL associates, friends and families gathered together to build a Habitat for Humanity® home for the Crichlow family in Greer. Throughout the four months leading to the June 28 dedication ceremony, nearly 250 volunteers contributed approximately 4,250 volunteer hours painting, nailing, sawing, planting and installing every portion of the home. The ACT project is AFL’s largest to date.
In Monterrey, AFL associates spent a day at “Dif Capullos,” a temporary home for children and adolescents who receive social assistance or have been in difficult situations, such as abandonment or abuse. Each of the 112 volunteers partnered with one child and acted as a god parent for the day, reading books, playing games and even hitting a piñata! Monterrey also hosted an open house for 150 children of AFL associates. Over the two-day event, the children spent quality time with their parents touring the facility while learning about recycling and taking care of the environment.
Associates in AFL’s training group, Light Brigade® in Tukwila, WA, donated more than 15 bags of clothes and several boxes of household goods, food and personal items to the Union Gospel Mission. The mission provides emergency care and long-term recovery services to hurting and homeless people in Seattle.
Associates in New Hampshire and Massachusetts held a “Look Smart, Book Smart” drive in which they collected numerous boxes of gently used books and children’s clothes to donate to two Habitat for Humanity locations in Lowell and the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
AFL associates in Swindon, UK contributed to several community projects including presenting the Wiltshire Air Ambulance program Charity of the Year honors and a £1000 grant for Go Pro Cameras intended for vital medical team use. Additionally, Swindon awarded OK4U, a day center for people with physical and learning disabilities, a £1,800 grant and planted raised flower beds for their garden. Finally, associates collected and donated boxes of chocolate goodies and treats to the children’s ward in Swindon’s Great Western Hospital.
In Atlanta, AFL associates donated blood for the American Red Cross. With 22 donors, the Red Cross received 18 blood units! Each unit will be used to save lives in the Metro Atlanta Area.
In Australia, AFL associates raised funds for Rafael, a young boy with cancer, by pulling together a generous hamper of Easter chocolates and gift vouchers worth close to $200. Associates donated the baskets along with an additional $500 to Rafael’s soccer club, contributing to the $14,257 total geared toward Rafael’s dream of attending the World Soccer Cup.
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