AFL's Associates Show Volunteer Spirit with Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts

Spartanburg, SC - Employees at AFL in Duncan volunteered their time Saturday morning, May 16, to assist Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts (DHGH), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free basic home and lawn maintenance to the elderly/physically challenged citizens in the Greenville area.

Twenty-five volunteers, 14 of which were AFL associates, kicked off the event at 8:00 a.m. on a rainy Saturday morning. Dividing into four teams, each team provided with a truck and GPS, 4 lawn mowers, one blower and one weed-eater, the teams hit the streets wasting no time to tend to a total of 24 houses!

“This was an amazing opportunity to provide assistance to those in need,” said Corie Culp, Community Relations Manager for AFL. “And meeting the home owners was even more meaningful! Everyone was so gracious and thankful for our efforts.”

The volunteer effort was part of AFL's SPIRIT grant program which matches the “sweat equity” of AFL employees with a $3,000 grant to the organization chosen for community service. The check was presented to Todd Wilklow, Founder and Executive Director of Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts.

“What a great group of employees and what a great company that encourages and supports service in the community,” stated Wilklow. “All the volunteers were real troopers working in adverse conditions with enthusiasm and purpose.”

Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts is in motion constantly! DHGH currently serves over 100 individuals providing them with lawn care and fellowship twice a month. Visit for additional information.

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 .

Corie Culp, Public Relations Manager