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AFP Aware: AFP Gives Back to Orlando

  • By Staff Writers
  • Published: 8/17/2016

It wouldn’t be the Annual Conference without AFPAware Community Service Day, sponsored by BBVA Compass. Every year, AFP partners with organizations committed to corporate and social responsibility. Registration for these events is limited to attendees at the conference. AFPAware is centered on three guiding principles: workplace, community and environment.

“We’re proud to sponsor AFPAware for the seventh consecutive year,” said Nanette Crocker, Treasury Management Executive Director of U.S. Corporate & Investment Banking for BBVA Compass. She added that AFPAware’s guiding principles align with BBVA Group and BBVA Compass’ Corporate Responsibility principles. 

“Our holistic approach involves many aspects, including charitable giving, volunteerism, environmental management, diversity and inclusion, and other areas that promote the well-being of people where we live, work and play. Participation in AFPAware is the best way to feel good about helping others while attending the conference,” Crocker said. 

AFPAware Community Service Day takes place on Sunday, October 23. Event times are provided below.

Central Florida Women’s Resource Center, Inc.
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Since 1983, the Central Florida Women's Resource Center (WRC) has been celebrating women’s achievements, connecting with and encouraging other women’s organizations, and identifying and supporting various issues facing women.

“Our mission is to help provide resources to women in the community, whether they are young women needing educational support, or women going back into the workforce for various reasons,” said Patty DeYoung, past president and current secretary of the WRC. “We have over 100 individuals that are members and about 15 people on our executive board.”

For example, through its annual Summit Awards, the WRC highlights women in the Central Florida community who have been active on women’s issues and achieved important goals. “These are awarded to women who, either through a group they led or by themselves, have done great things to support women and children,” DeYoung said. “This year, our awards are going to several nuns in the community who have done work with migrant farm workers, helping them to learn English as a second language, earn their GEDs and receive their citizenship.”

AFPAware volunteers will be taken to the Orange County Convention Center, where they will pack over 2,000 care kits that will be donated to homeless and spousal abuse shelters. “These kits are specifically for women,” DeYoung explained. “We have a lot of homeless people in the community, and many groups will provide them with things like toothbrushes, shampoo, etc. But we want to pack things that are specific to women, for their specific needs.”

AFP will provide breakfast and lunch for the event. Further details will be emailed to registrants in September. Space is limited; registration is required.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization that collects, stores and distributes donated food to more than 550 partner agencies throughout Central Florida.

“We are the largest safety net for food assistance here in Central Florida,” said Jennifer Landress, stewardship and special projects manager for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “We cover six counties, from Orlando out to the East Coast. We are the hub; we collect all of the extra and unused food in our community, and we work through our partner agencies to feed people who aren’t able to provide food for themselves and their families.”

Second Harvest Food Bank’s strategic plan is to reach the Central Florida residents who aren’t being served by other nonprofit groups or government programs like food stamps. “They’re falling into this gap, and we’re working to close that gap,” Landress said.

Volunteers will travel offsite to the Second Harvest Food Bank Warehouse to complete a produce sorting project, where volunteers will sort, bag, and seal produce that will be distributed to families throughout the week at the facility. The goal is to fill an entire tractor trailer load—approximately 40,000 pounds of food.

AFP will provide breakfast, lunch, and transportation for this event. Further details will be emailed to registrants in September. Space for this event is limited; please be sure to register.

AFPAware Fun Run
7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.

This year’s AFPAware Fun Run is taking place at Bill Frederick Park. Bill Frederick Park covers 183 acres of land alongside Turkey Lake, one of the top five rated fishing lakes in the state of Florida. Designed for nature lovers, participants can enjoy the scenic views while running or walking with their colleagues. This is a rain or shine event.

AFP will provide transportation to and from the park. Space is limited, so be sure to register ahead of time.


Even if you can’t make any of Sunday’s AFPAware events, you can still visit the PaintFest booth in the Exhibit Hall to paint pre-drawn murals provided by the Foundation for Hospital Art. The Foundation for Hospital Art’s mission is to give comfort and hope to those who suffer in hospitals by providing them with murals at no cost in order to soften the experience for patients, families, and hospital staff. This activity will be available during open exhibit hall hours. This event is sponsored by BBVA Compass.

Register for AFPAware here.
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