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AFL “Takes Root” on the Swamp Rabbit Trail


Spartanburg, SC – On Saturday, October 22, fourteen AFL associates together with family and friends kicked off AFL’s Annual Worldwide Week of Community Service. In conjunction with the Greenville County Recreation District, volunteers spent time on the Swamp Rabbit Trail near Furman University by planting trees and assisting with other landscaping activities. With a total of 25 volunteers, 33 trees were planted, debris was cleared away along the trail, and the shoulder of the trail was repaired underneath a nearby bridge.

The tree planting is a part of AFL’s Take Root tree program which supports tree plantings internationally where AFL has locations. AFL has a goal in this initiative to plant 12,000 trees over the course of five years (by 2015).

“AFL’s Community Outreach Program encourages associates to volunteer their time and making connections in our community, and this initiative is just one part of that,” said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL. “We are excited to kick off our new tree planting goal with the Greenville County Recreation District and on the Swamp Rabbit Trail which is visited thousands of times each week by locals and by visitors.”

In addition to the Take Root initiative, this week AFL will provide community reinforcement through several diverse, community-oriented venues. On Wednesday, AFL will deliver non-perishable food and monetary donations to the Greenville Rescue Mission as well as clothing to District Five Family Ministries in support of victims of the fire at The Haven apartments in Duncan.

On Thursday, AFL’s community advisory board will present grants to three organizations: Middle Tyger YMCA, Upstate Family Resource Center, and Homes for Life/Miracle Hill Ministries. And on Friday, AFL volunteers will culminate the Week of Service by assisting TOTAL Ministries by helping relocate its food pantry.

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Editorial Contacts:

Corie Culp, Public Relations Manager