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AFL Volunteers Rejuvenate the Hope Center for Children

6/24/2013

Hope Center Check PresentationSpartanburg, SC – Over 50 AFL associates gathered at the Hope Center for Children, located in downtown Spartanburg, to revamp outdoor areas across the nonprofit’s campus. The project, known as ACT (AFL Community Team), engages volunteers from AFL, plus family and friends, to embark on a project within the community, lending a hand in service as well as providing a small grant.

Known as a safe haven for neglected and abused children, the Hope Center houses an emergency shelter, a facility for long-term residential care and play areas for children of all ages. Many of the play areas are located outdoors and include a playground, open grass field and picnic shelter. However, many of these facilities were weather-beaten and very few of them provided shade.

To help remedy these issues, a team of AFL associates built a concrete patio under a shade sail, which was installed earlier in the week by AFL volunteers. It will now provide current and future children with an escape from the summer sun. Another team sanded and painted the picnic shelter, two sheds and several rocking chairs. Vehicles, including school buses and vans, were washed inside and out, while several other associates spread mulch and cleared debris around the property.

“AFL’s Community Outreach Program evolved in response to our community’s needs and as it’s grown over the years, it’s become engrained in our culture,” said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL. “Our volunteers were committed to improving the outdoor area at the Hope Center for Children and ultimately built a refuge that can be used for years to come.”

At the end of the project, AFL volunteers presented the Hope Center with a $1,000 grant made possible by AFL’s Community Outreach Program in support of the organization’s mission, which is to break the cycle of abuse and neglect and build stable, healthy families.

AFL’s Community Outreach Program awards dozens of grants each year in addition to planning volunteer projects for various nonprofits. The program also includes sponsorships, Take Root (a program to provide trees to communities), disaster relief, an annual United Way campaign and a yearly Week of Service.

For additional information about AFL and the company’s Community Outreach Program, visit www.AFLglobal.com.

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AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com

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Corie Culp
PR Manager
AFL
864.433.5409
Corie.Culp@AFLglobal.com

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