Aflac Group Awards $378,000 in Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits

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Aflac has awarded $378,000 in grants to 48 local nonprofit organizations in its Spring and Fall 2022 grant cycles. Awarded grantees are working on projects that support health & well-being and education in South Carolina communities.

Since establishing the Aflac Charitable Fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation in 2016, Aflac has awarded more than $1.96 million through 246 grants funding nonprofit programs across South Carolina.

“Aflac Group believes we have a responsibility to give back and support the communities where our employees work and live,” said Bob Ruff, senior vice president, Group Voluntary Benefits. “We proudly support these 48 nonprofits as they work to improve neighborhoods and communities across South Carolina, where Aflac Group Insurance calls home.”

The selected nonprofits and projects are:

Spring 2022 Grantees:
• Able SC, Peer Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
• American Diabetes Association, Project Power
• Beautiful Gate Center, First Year Program Capacity Expansion
• Charleston Orphan House, Inc. dba Carolina Youth Development Center, CYDC’s Freestyle Academy
• Different Heroes, Fitness Unarmed: Learning to Exercise with a Limb Difference
• Epworth Children’s Home, Epworth’s Center for Independent Living: A Portal for Success in Life
• Galatians 62, Homeless & Hunger Outreach
• Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, The Girl Scout Difference!
• Girls on the Run of Columbia, Building Strong, Confident Girls in the Midlands
• Growing Home Southeast, Leaphart Place Transitional Living
• Habitat for Humanity of Kershaw County, Personal Finance and House Maintenance Education for New Homeowners
• Home Works of America, Inc., SC Home Repair Mission Advancement 2022
• Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, Pediatric Care Program – Providing Assistance and Support to Families with Critically Ill Children
• Jacoby’s Shield, Camp Shield 2022
• Junior Leadership Kershaw County, Leadership Training
• Logan Elementary Foundation, Logan Elementary Foundation Science & Math Support
• Mission Lexington, Operation Splish Splash
• Oliver Gospel Mission, Life Skills Education Courses for the Homeless
• Palmetto Project, My First Books SC
• Power in Changing, Emergency Diaper Need Program
• Prisma Health – Upstate, Prisma Health Pediatric Oncology Child Life Program
• Senior Resources, Inc., Meals on Wheels
• Spartanburg Science Center, STEM Study in the Summer
• Sumter Senior Services, Physical Health & Well-being
• The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, LLS Local Travel Assistance Program
• Veterans Welcome Home Resource Center, Tiny Home Village and Resource Center

Fall 2022 Grantees:
• American Cancer Society, Charleston Hope Lodge Rooms of Hope
• Anderson Free Clinic, Pharmacy Operations
• Bridges of Hope, Stepping Stones Grief Support Expansion
• Camp Happy Days, Family Financial Assistance
• Children’s Attention Home, Inc., Children’s Services Program
• Classy Smiles, Barnwell Schools Dental Services
• Ezekiel Ministries, EZE After-School
• Free Medical Clinic of Newberry County, Inc., Medical Home with Access to Specialty Care
• Girl Get Up Society, Girl, Grow
• Key Changes Therapy Services, Inc., Be A Change-Maker for Key Changes
• Mercy Medicine Free Clinic, Life Sustaining Medication Support III
• Midlands Fatherhood Coalition, Healthy Fathers and Healthy Families – Health and Wellness for At-Risk Fathers and Youth
• Midlands Housing Alliance, Ensuring Resident Clients Receive 3 Nutritious Meals a Day in Residence at Transitions
• Programs for Exceptional People, Providing Critical Life Quality and Safety Skills to Intellectually Disabled Adults
• Richland Library Friends and Foundation, Richland Library Early Learner Programs
• Robert S. & Vivian I. Johnson Foundation, Inc., Robin’s Nest
• Serve & Connect, Greg’s Groceries
• The Camp Cole Foundation Inc, Camp Cole Shining Opportunities
• The Free Medical Clinic, Access to Medications and Medical Supplies
• The Newberry Museum, Newberry Museum Replacement Printer
• The Period Project, Advancing Menstrual Equity for SC Students
• United Way of the Midlands, Midlands Reading Consortium

Aflac established its fund at Central Carolina Community Foundation to strengthen its philanthropic efforts. The Community Foundation acts as a centralized point of contact for all grant requests and manages the grants administration, evaluation, outreach and distribution. Aflac’s grants committee is comprised of a dedicated group of community-minded employee volunteers.

Applications for Aflac’s spring grant cycle will open March 1, 2023. For information about applying for an Aflac grant, visit www.yourfoundation.org/aflac or call 803.254.5601.

Aflac Incorporated (NYSE: AFL) is a Fortune 500 company helping provide protection to more than 50 million people through its subsidiaries in Japan and the U.S., paying cash fast when policyholders get sick or injured. For more than six decades, the insurance policies of Aflac Incorporated's subsidiaries have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the U.S., Aflac is the number one provider of supplemental health insurance products.1 Aflac Life Insurance Japan is the leading provider of medical and cancer insurance in Japan, where it insures 1 in 4 households. In 2021, the company was included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and became a signatory of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). In 2022, Aflac Incorporated was proud to be included as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere for the 16th consecutive year, Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies for the 21st time and Bloomberg's Gender-Equality Index for the third consecutive year. To find out how to get help with expenses health insurance doesn't cover, get to know us at aflac.com or aflac.com/español. Learn more about Aflac Incorporated and its commitment to ESG and social responsibility at investors.aflac.com under “Sustainability.”

1 LIMRA 2021 U.S. Supplemental Health Insurance Total Market Report

Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands' leader in collaborative philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands of SC by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the online giving challenge Midlands Gives, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund and annual scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.

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