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AFP Aware: Finance Pros Give Back to San Diego

  • By Staff Writers
  • Published: 8/24/2017

Centered on three guiding principles—workplace, community and environment—AFP Aware partners with organizations committed to corporate and social responsibility to host community service projects every year at the AFP’s conference.

AFP regularly hosts two community service projects, with one taking place on-site at the convention center and the other taking place off-site in the local area. At AFP 2017, we will continue the community service tradition with two great events, sponsored by BBVA Compass.

“We’re proud to sponsor AFP Aware for the eighth consecutive year,” said Nanette Crocker, Treasury Management Executive Director of U.S. Corporate & Investment Banking for BBVA Compass.   
AFP Aware’s guiding principles align with BBVA Group and BBVA Compass’ Corporate Responsibility principles. "We believe in creating opportunities for everyone," Crocker added. “Everyone deserves a bright future and giving back to the community does help to make a brighter future for all, one kind act at a time.” She invites attendees to bank it forward and join this year's AFP Community Aware events.  

AFP 2017 keynote speaker and TV host Mike Rowe will give the opening remarks to kick off the event. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Rowe's book “Profoundly Disconnected, A True Confession from Mike Rowe.”


Sunday, October 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Promises2Kids is a leading nonprofit organization originally founded over 35 years ago as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County. Since 1981, Promises2Kids has responded to the needs of foster children and provided support to children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect.

The organization annually provides more than 3,300 current and former foster youth with opportunities and guidance to grow into healthy, successful adults. In the early 1990s, Promises2Kids raised $12 million to build the Polinsky Children's Center, an emergency shelter for children in San Diego County. Today, it provides shelter, protection and support for about 1,100 children annually.

“When a child is removed from the home, they are placed at Polinsky temporarily until they can find more permanent foster care placement. They’re typically there for about a week before they are placed with family or a more traditional foster care placement,” said Andréa Muir, director for donor stewardship at Promises2Kids. “While they’re there, they still attend school at their normal school. There’s a cafeteria that focuses on healthy eating, and there are programs that help bring kids to where they need to be developmentally.”

This project will take place at the San Diego Convention Center, where volunteers will make fleece blankets for foster kids at the Polinsky Center, birthday cards, and pack care boxes. “When kids come into care, we try to give them a comfort kit; usually when they arrive, they don’t have very much,” Muir said. “So typically when we work with groups, we’ll have them make blankets and pack up care packages so that when kids come in, they’ll receive them.”

San Diego River Park Foundation
Sunday, October 15, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The San Diego River Park Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the San Diego River and creating a better quality of life for the community. Following a 2000 sewage spill in 2000, a group of volunteers formed the foundation to ensure that no similar incidents ever happen to the San Diego River again.

“We engage the community in all sorts of things along the San Diego River, such as education, volunteerism, and land conservation,” said Ally Welborn, community engagement manager for the San Diego River Park Foundation.

The foundation’s most ambitious effort is the creation of a 52-mile series of parks and trails that will follow the length of the San Diego River. The foundation is currently working with land owners along the river to bring the plan to fruition.

AFP Aware volunteers will participate in the foundation’s Coastal Habitat Restoration Project along the San Diego River Mouth, near Dog Beach and Ocean Beach. “The area they’ll be working in is what is called a coastal dune habitat; it’s a disappearing habitat in California,” Welborn said. “They’ll be removing invasive plant species, planting native plants, fixing trails and picking up litter. This is going to help restore this habitat for the species that live in the area, including some endangered species.”

Health and Wellness

New this year, AFP conference attendees can start their experience with Yoga by the Bay, Monday October 16, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. at the Bayfront Park at Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Refresh your mind and body before you head into all the sessions and networking of AFP 2017. Participants will be provided with a complimentary yoga mat. Attendees will need to provide their own transportation to the event.

Attendees can also participate in 15 minute wellness sessions in the Wellness Zone. These opportunities are a great way to recharge your batteries and help you focus during your action packed days at AFP 2017. Wellness sessions occur on Monday and Tuesday.

Sponsored by BBVA Compass

As always, AFP Aware is hosting Paintfest in the exhibit hall. Stop by the booth to paint pre-drawn murals provided by the Foundation for Hospital Art. The murals will be donated to children's hospitals across the country.

More information on AFP Aware is available here.

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