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F.A.F. Cares Fund
By Jean Cohoon / March 5, 2019 /   Loading Disqus...

Adopting a family for the holidays, organizing food drives, and assisting homeless shelters are just a few of the activities the employees of Greenville-based Fashion Accessories First (F.A.F. Inc.) have supported through the F.A.F. Cares Program.

“The F.A.F. Cares Team, comprised of employees who represent every department in the company, organizes company events and philanthropic initiatives under this Program. All our company social events are linked to the goal of giving back to the community. As we’re having fun, we’re also giving back,” explains JoEllen Fiorenzano, F.A.F.’s president and CEO. 

F.A.F. was founded in 1975 by JoEllen’s husband Arthur, and his late father Frank. JoEllen states that the company has grown to become one of the most reputable suppliers of fashion jewelry and accessories to the largest retailers in the United States. The company has always had a history of giving back to the community in Rhode Island. “Rhode Island has a special significance to us – it’s our home base, the majority of our employees are Rhode Islanders, and therefore giving back to Rhode Island is very important,” JoEllen states.

“Our employees really get a lot from their participation in the F.A.F. Cares events. We have seen, through the years, how our employees have embraced these events. It helps them feel like they’re part of something bigger,” she continues.

“Feedback from our employees has revealed that they have certain causes that matter most to them. Giving to families in need ranked high, along with such interests as supporting and mentoring women, providing disaster relief, and aiding the homeless,” JoEllen added.

The F.A.F. Cares Team has led the company’s efforts to provide employee-directed assistance for the past five years. “Now, through our partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation, we expect to make this even bigger, put more structure into it, and to have a bigger impact in the community,” JoEllen says. “The Foundation can help our F.A.F. Cares Team to identify the local organizations that provide the services our employees most want to support.”

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