In 2013 AFL celebrated its annual worldwide week of service during the week of November 16 by giving back to communities by participating in service projects. This is the sixth year in a row that AFL and its facilities around the globe extended outreach to its communities and the largest percent participation to date.
Associates contributed to several community projects including donating non-perishable food items to help stock the pantry at a local community center. As part of AFL's Take Root initiative to plant 12,000 trees by 2015, over 1,000 trees were given to fifth and sixth grade students from two nearby schools. And close to 60 trees were planted by volunteers near the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, SC. The week culminated in the annual Take Root Game Day BBQ lunch with the kick-off of the annual Sharing Tree gift donation program.
Several associates from the Monterrey facility volunteered for an ACT (AFL Community Team) project at Casa Hogar Alabastro de Amor Thelma, a home dedicated to the care of the elderly. Activities consisted of painting the rooms and outdoor areas. Volunteers also played Bingo and presented gifts including scarfs, blankets and food to the residents.
AFL Monroe’s Week of Community Service benefited the Union County Community shelter. AFL associates and their families have donated time over the course of the past year serving lunch on Fridays. A coat and food drive was held to benefit residents of this shelter as well as the elderly in their community.
Associates in Belmont, NH and Lowell, MA took part in a food and coat drive. In Belmont, the food and coats were delivered to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, an organization that provides material assistance to those in need. In Lowell, the coats were donated to the Hope Chest, a retail store that employs homeless women, providing valuable skills, and supports families struggling with the high cost of children’s clothing. The food was donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
As part of the annual BBC Children in Need Appeal Night, associates in Swindon dressed in costume and traversed Hawksworth estate selling cakes and noodles in a bid to raise money for Children in Need. The appeal show is an evening of entertainment on BBC One with celebrities singing, dancing and doing “crazy” things to raise money. Associates raised £290 to support projects in the UK that focus on disadvantaged children.
AFL’s Vancouver office chose two charities to support: Food Bank Canada and World Vision Canada. Since mid-November 2013, associates have raised almost $1,000 for both organizations combined. Three boxes of non-perishable food items were delivered to Food Banks in Surrey, Edmonton and Regina.
Associates in Atlanta hosted a drive to collect adult-sized gloves, hats and scarves to benefit the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS), an organization committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in metro Atlanta and beyond. Another drive ran concurrently and benefited the Norcross Cooperative Ministry which provides emergency assistance to families.
Australia associates supported Disability Sport and Recreation, an organization whose mission is to provide and promote positive health outcomes for Victorians with disability through participation in sports and recreation. Associates have donated for several years to this organization. The $500 AUD donation will purchase wheelchairs for clients.
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