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AFP Aware: Giving Back to Boston

Sep 23, 2019

AFP understands the importance of providing our members with opportunities for both professional and personal growth while making meaningful connections with members. AFP Aware lets conference attendees give back to the community while enhancing the wellbeing of others. See what we have in store for you at AFP 2019.

We are pleased to announce that BBVA is sponsoring this year’s AFP Aware Community Service Day. “This year marks our tenth consecutive year of sponsoring AFP Aware,” said Karen Grekstas, Executive Director of Treasury Management Solutions and Services for BBVA USA. “We are very proud of the commitment we’ve been able to make to this special event.”   
AFP Aware’s guiding principles align with BBVA Group and BBVA USA’s Corporate Responsibility principles. "We believe in creating opportunities for everyone," Grekstas 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.  

Offsite Project: Love Your Block

In 2015, the city of Boston kicked off the Love Your Block program thanks to Cities of Service. Love Your Block is now a permanent Boston program that includes mini-grants, neighborhood cleanups, and community tool sheds. The Office of Civic Engagement continues to urge Bostonians to revitalize their neighborhoods, one block at a time.

Volunteers will participate in a clean-up and beautification project at a local elementary school. Projects include creating learning gardens, painting blacktops, and adding playground benches.

Registration is required. Transportation to and from the school, breakfast, and lunch will be provided.


For the tenth year in a row, Paintfest will be featured at the AFP conference. Make sure to visit the PaintFest booth #755 to paint pre-drawn murals provided by the Foundation for Hospital Art. The murals will be donated to healthcare facilities across the country. 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.

The Offsite Project, Onsite Project and Paintfest are sponsored by BBVA.

AFP Puppy Park

Sponsored by Basware

This year we’re offering something cute and fluffy to brighten your day. Introducing our new AFP Puppy Park! Did you know dogs help humans reduce stress? Studies show that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of stress-reducing hormones and decrease production of stress hormones.

We have partnered with Great Dog Rescue New England to have adoptable dogs available during our show. (Please note adoptions are only possible for attendees living in New England States - MA, NH, VT, ME, CT, RI.)

Stop by the AFP Puppy Park located in the North Lobby adjacent to registration to find a little puppy love.

More information on AFP Aware is available here. Register for AFP 2019 here.