AFL Celebrates Week of Community Service

Spartanburg, SC - For the week of November 3, AFL in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as well as various AFL locations worldwide, will celebrate the first annual Worldwide Week of Community Service.  Dedicated to the communities in which AFL operates, the Week of Service engages employees in various aspects of giving back to the community – including time and resources.

AFL Spartanburg associates kicked off the week honoring its Community Advisory Board, made up of five leaders within the Greenville and Spartanburg counties. In addition, on Monday, the annual Thanksgiving food drive began. Supporting District Five Family Ministries, various items including non-perishables such as boxed meals and canned goods as well as baby items and paper products will be collected to support families in the Lyman, Duncan, Inman and surrounding areas.

On Wednesday, over 20 associates in Spartanburg will be deployed to assist the Upstate Family Resource Center in Boiling Springs with a SPIRIT project.  A SPIRIT project consists of ten or more employees gathering together to aid a non-profit for three to four hours of service. After the project is complete, employees present a check in the amount of $3,000 to the non-profit.  AFL associates will be painting, sorting, building cubicles, hanging blinds and providing outside grounds maintenance.

Lastly, AFL associates will take part in AFL’s Take Root program where each associate in Spartanburg will receive a tree to plant at their home or area of their choosing. The Take Root program is an effort to continuously plant trees and bushes in the areas AFL operates. AFL’s goal is to plant 5,000 trees by 2010.

Several other AFL locations are planning events as well including Belmont, NH where associates will collect fresh turkeys for families; Duluth, GA where food will be collected for Hands of Christ Cooperative Ministry; Monroe, NC where food, clothing, diapers and various household items will be collected and given to battered women and children; Birmingham, AL where trees will be provided to associates; Monterrey, Mexico where associates will provide a SPIRIT project / grant, helping provide a meal to children and the elderly, and take part in a Take Root initiative with associates; and Swindon, UK where associates will take part in a SPIRIT project / grant to aid the Great Western Community Forest and provide trees as part of the Take Root initiative.

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