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AFL's Associates Show Volunteer Spirit at Foster Family Fun Day

5/28/2008

Spartanburg, SC - Employees at AFL in Duncan volunteered their time Saturday morning, May 17, to assist with Foster Family Fun Day at Barnet Park in Spartanburg County. Hosted by Foster Care of Spartanburg, the event was a special day for foster children and their families to spend time together, with other foster children, and in some cases, with their siblings. Activities included a blow up slide, bounce house, Plinko, ball and ring toss, and many others, with door prizes provided at each station.  Food was plentiful as the event consisted of snow cones, popcorn, cotton candy and a large lunch of BBQ ribs and hot dogs.

Ten volunteers from AFL along with friends and family spent time assisting with set-up, hosting the games and activities, serving food and clean up afterwards.  The volunteer effort was part of AFL ’ SPIRIT grant which matches the “sweat equity” of AFL employees with a $3,000 grant to the Spartanburg County Foster Parent Association/DSS.  Corie Culp, AFL ’ Community Relations Manager, presented the check to County Director, Ray Trail.

“The projects we work on never cease to amaze me,” stated Culp. “Until you have a chance to work with a non-profit organization like Foster Care of Spartanburg, and see first hand what they do for our community and our children, it is eye-opening. I applaud what the parents are doing to help our foster children, and with so much love and attention. It’s truly inspiring!”

Over 200 children are currently in foster care in Spartanburg County, but only 109 foster homes exist. May is Foster Care Month, and the Spartanburg Foster Family Association is working to get the word out regarding the need for foster families. If you would like additional information on foster care, call 864.593.3001, x. 2339.

About AFL
AFL is an industry leader in providing fiber optic products, engineering expertise and integrated services to the Electric Utility, Broadband, Telco, OEM, Private Network and Wireless markets. It has operations in the U.S., Mexico and the U.K.  AFL is a division of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan.

About Fujikura Foundation
With a commitment to being an exemplary corporate citizen for the communities in which we operate, America Fujikura Ltd., parent company to AFL and AFL Network Services, has established a Foundation that focuses on four Areas of Opportunity supporting families, education, the environment and community partnerships. In keeping with both our current corporate strategies and principles, Fujikura Foundation is providing monetary contributions and volunteer opportunities so that we can give back to the communities who have made our existence possible. For additional information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

Contact 
Corie Culp, Public Relations Manager
AFL
864.433.5409
corie.culp@aflglobal.com

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