AFL Awards $2,500 Grant to Union County Community Shelter

Monroe, NC and Spartanburg, SC – AFL awarded a $2,500 grant to Union County Community Shelter, an organization that provides food, emergency shelter and instruction to individuals and families in need within the community. The  will support the Emergency Shelter and Food program which provides emergency shelter services to homeless men, women and children, rehousing services to move people from homelessness back to permanent housing, and free feeding services through the soup kitchen and food pantry program.

“It is our intent to help very low income people attain a place of stability in which they can propel their lives out of a survival mentality to a pathway to stability, even prosperity—now and generationally,” said Kathy Bragg, CEO of Union County Community Shelter (UCCS). “We have great community support, a strong volunteer presence and a mission that others wish to support.”
Union County Community Shelter exists to serve homeless men, women and children in Union County, and also anyone in Union County experiencing a food hardship. UCCS assists people in poverty who are experiencing homelessness by providing emergency shelter and a rapid rehousing program. The shelter promotes a pathway to self-sufficiency which includes income stabilization and permanent housing.
Bragg continued, “We are striving to put an end to episodic homelessness before it turns chronic.”
The shelter cares for those with food security needs by providing meals three times a day, seven days a week through their soup kitchen and food pantry. After meeting basic needs of food and shelter, the shelter uses a case management “coaching” approach, affordable permanent housing access, and twelve month post housing support access to strive to provide a permanent solution to end homelessness, family instability, and hunger. 
AFL has an extensive Community Outreach Program that provides grants, sponsorships, associate engagement projects, disaster relief and more. For additional information on AFL and its community initiatives, visit
About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit
Christina Blount
Community Outreach Coordinator
Corie Culp
Community Relations Manager