AFL Partners with Greenville Family Partnership

Spartanburg, SC – AFL presented a $7,500 grant to Greenville Family Partnership (GFP), a nonprofit organization that educates children and families about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. Made possible by AFL’s Community Outreach Program, the grant supports a high school or college intern for the organization and its annual Red Ribbon Classic.

Through the internship program, students develop problem-solving, research and debating skills while learning how drug and alcohol abuse can affect their lives and the people around them. More importantly, interns impact an estimated five to 10 people within their circle of friends, causing more people to develop good habits and avoid substance abuse.

“Our interns are fully integrated into the mission of GFP and learn the impact of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and how these substances directly and indirectly influence their lives and the lives of those around them,” explained Carol Reeves, CEO and director of GFP. “Interns serve the GFP mission as teachers and role models for others within our community, positively impacting the lives of both their peers and the younger children who look up to them.”

AFL’s community outreach grant also supports GFP’s annual Red Ribbon Classic, GFP’s largest fundraising event. Proceeds support their Prevention Resource Center, parent education programs and part of their community outreach efforts.

“Drug and alcohol abuse is a growing issue in the upstate and Greenville Family Partnership is doing amazing work to educate our children, parents and community partners,” said Corie Culp, community relations manager for AFL. “To make an impact, it’s a joint effort that involves everyone at every level. Ultimately these efforts will make our community stronger and streets safer.”

GFP's Red Ribbon Classic will be held Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 at the Green Valley Country Club in Greenville. Red Ribbon Week, an awareness program that focuses on local elementary schools, begins Oct. 23 and ends Oct. 31. 
For more information about AFL’s Community Outreach Program, visit

Pictured (left to right): Kurt Dallas, Vice President of Global Cable Systems, AFL; Carol Reeves, Director and CEO, GFP; Corie Culp, Community Relations Manager, AFL; Lynda Leventis-Wells, President on the Board of Directors, GFP; Susanne Hite, Director of Marketing Communications, AFL; Steve Althoff, Executive Vice President and General Manager, AFL.

About AFL
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

About Greenville Family Partnership
Formed in 1984, Greenville Family Partnership is on a mission to prevent children and youth from using tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other harmful substances. Through information dissemination, awareness, youth-specific efforts, community education, task forces and other partnerships, GFP is partnering with families and communities to build healthy drug-free communities.

Corie Culp
Community Relations Manager