Communities

Communities Engagement

At Afton, we are committed to being good citizens wherever we have a presence throughout the world. Good citizens do more than simply comply with laws; they support causes that help to improve the community. We support such causes as a corporation and encourage Afton’s people to take active roles in answering community needs.

See all regional stories that illustrate how Afton supports local communities across the globe below.
We have also been providing support to our local communities during COVID-19. Click here to learn more.

Volunteering

From disaster relief aid to strengthening our local educational systems and keeping our environment safe and clean, we take an active role by volunteering in our communities.

Developing  

We work independently and with outside organizations to promote community development in the focused areas of public health and safety, education, and community sports and art programs.

Giving  

We support our communities in many different ways, the least of which is through donating resources to help organizations that are making a difference in the lives of our neighbors every day.

Afton supports many programs in our community – focusing in the areas of education, health, social services, as well as, cultural activities and programs that improve the quality of life primarily in communities where Afton has facilities. Some of the organizations we support include:

  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
  • Bloodwise
  • Children's Hospital
  • Children's Safety Education Foundation
  • Circus Starr
  • Comfort Zone Camp
  • Communities In Schools of Richmond
  • College Orientation Workshop
  • Dreamflight
  • Goodwill
  • Junior Achievement
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Massey Cancer Center
  • Math Science Innovation Center
  • Naomi House Hospice
  • National Merit Scholarship Corporation
  • Rainbow Trust
  • Science Museum of Virginia
  • Sebastian's Action Trust
  • Special Olympics
  • Sports Backers
  • Thames Valley Air Ambulance
  • United Way
  • VCU Foundation
  • Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • World Pediatric Project

Serving Dignity Kitchen

Employees from Afton’s Singapore Chemical Additive Manufacturing Facility participated in the “Hawker for the Day” program sponsored by Dignity Kitchen. Dignity Kitchen is a social enterprise set up in Singapore that provides hawker training for disabled and disadvantaged people and runs several social outreach programs. Their mission is to build and return the dignity to the disadvantaged and disabled through vocation with passion.

During the event, the Afton team learned to cook from the stall leaders that were trained through Dignity Kitchen. They prepared food for the elderly from a senior living home who visited Dignity Kitchen. It provided a great opportunity for the elderly to spend time outside of their homes and enjoy some local delights specially prepared for them.

Supporting Homeless People in England

Over the past several years, our Bracknell location has supported a leading UK charity for homeless people. This charity offers thousands of homeless people year-round education, employment, housing, and well-being services in various centers across the country.

In addition to year-round services, they run a specific event at Christmas, which offers food, warmth, companionship, and services to homeless people in London over the festive period. For the past couple of years, Afton employees and their families have volunteered at various locations serving food, leading workshops, answering phones, and cleaning sleeping areas.

Clean Up Our Mexico

Employees from Afton’s San Juan del Rio Plant took to the streets on the National Day of Trash Collection and cleaned up the area surrounding the plant. For the past nine years, Clean Up Our Mexico has hosted the event that encourages families, friends, and organizations to help clean up their communities.

Clean Up Our Mexico is a national awareness campaign focused on improving cleanliness in public places, promoting recycling, and raising awareness with Mexican families about the problem of garbage and its effect on the environment. In addition to raising awareness on the benefits of reduce, reuse, recycle, it also promotes active participation in picking up trash with various competitions throughout the year.

Afton Celebrates Earth Day 2019 - Richmond, Virginia, USA

In celebration of Earth Day 2019, Afton employees took part in a series of events and activities at the Richmond campus focused on promoting environmental awareness and protection. The activities included the collection of Household Hazardous Waste and recycling of E-Waste. Between the two collections, Afton collected more than 600 pounds of hazardous materials for proper disposal.

To help promote pollinators and the environment, employees adopted tree seedlings to plant at home. They also learned about the challenges associated with food-related waste. Afton’s food services group highlighted all of the creative and proactive ways they work to prevent food-related waste.

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