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Though FOC has always supported the non-profit organizations listed as well as countless others, those annual donations and hours of volunteerism have remained somewhat private until launching the FOC Corporate Citizen. Through Corporate Citizen we intend to bring greater awareness and support to the causes we care so deeply about.

Corporate Citizen has been built on a foundation to make a difference

FOC, founded in New Bedford, MA, USA, in “the city that lit the world“, continues the new traditions of lighting the world, through both its global business footprint and community involvement and support.  The history of the city that lit the world can be found on Our Home page.

Community Involvement

A believer that a business is only as strong as the community that surrounds and supports it, FOC has always invested in this area and organizations. Our reach is wider than only our local neighborhood but the New Bedford, MA and surrounding areas are the foundation that we support first and build our investments upon. This dedication has brought our workers together in support of common causes.

Mission Support

Becoming a step in the journey of a charity or non-profit organization mission, results in unexpected physical and social benefits. Through volunteering, we have found the opportunity to build our social networks and friendships while contributing to important causes. It has been a pleasure to experience an inner desire to become more involved with our partners in community improvements for many of us following our corporate examples.

Education and Perspectives

Supporting causes helps keep us informed about issues. When donating monetarily or through our time and efforts, we become more educated about the needs in our own community and social injustices around the world. The process of making new connections and discovering new points of view and possible solutions influences our perspectives.   These experiences of collaboration outside of the office, create new levels of opportunities and business development within the office.

Investing in the FOC team

Every member of a team has personal motivations.   As people, we naturally want to be connected and to contribute. This innate desire creates communities and effort.   FOC is a special place with many members of the team donating their personal time and funds to organizations where they have passion, challenges and ties.

FOC has been led by management that believes investing in charities makes an investment towards a better future for your employees and your business. We have become a culture about people having relationships with people and sharing their stories about why their causes are important. With a team that has grown into a reflection of its leadership, FOC has made charitable giving contagious.

Our office has become a home for knowing we, both as a whole and individually, contribute to important causes.   It is said that giving improves psychological, spiritual and emotional well-being. Simply put, giving is good. At FOC, we are proud to be continuing a tradition of lighting the world in our own unique way.

As Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” At FOC, we are each very lucky to be a part of a business that is a community within itself and one that supports the balance of work, passion, life, and making a difference in our worlds.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”


Corporate Citizen Contact

Kathleen Skelton

Direct: 508-717-8393

Corporate Citizen News

Life’s persistent and most urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?‘ “

Martin Luther King Jr.

The video below is a promotional video on the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts.  It is an excellent overview of the city and culture of this unique New England place.

See if you can find all the shots of Fiber Optic Center included in it.

FOC New Bedford VideoFiber Optic Center

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt


The Dartmouth School Music Association


Fiber Optic Center is proud to sponsor and support The Dartmouth School Music Association (DSMA).

The DSMA is dedicated to supporting the development of music appreciation and musical abilities throughout the Dartmouth Public Schools’ music programs.

The Elementary, Middle and High School Chorus, Band, Orchestra, Indoor Percussion Group, and Color Guard benefit from the DSMA’s support.

DSMA membership covers a wide group of supporters, including parents, family members, friends, alumni, and music lovers around the region.

Friendly Sons of St. Patrick

Pictured here is team FOC: Brian, Jason, Paul and Tom.

Tom Waite noted, “It was a day of perfection at a comfortable 80 degrees without a cloud in the sky.  It seemed like an official first day of summer.”

 Fiber Optic Center was a proud corporate sponsor of the charity golf tournament for the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.

Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of New Bedford, MA is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to promoting an increased awareness of the cultural achievements of the Irish people. The club forms a thriving, community oriented group sponsoring more than a dozen scholarships annually awarded, based on academic merit and need, to deserving local students, regardless of their heritage.

Food and toy distribution at holiday times, blood drives, golf tournaments, the management of the famed New Bedford Half-Marathon and a smartly uniformed presence at parades and festivals, are among the many other socially conscious activities undertaken by the association.

The Women's Fund

Fiber Optic Center is proud to sponsor and support The Women’s Fund and their mission to advance the educational attainment and economic security of women and girls in Southeastern Massachusetts.  This year’s Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017, we will continue our tradition of both sponsoring and participating in the Tiara Mother’s Day 5K.  Keep an eye out for future pictures~


Revenue from the Tiara 5K supports all Women’s Fund activities creating better economic opportunities for women and girls.


Buzzards Bay Swim

240 swimmers dove into outer New Bedford Harbor to show their support for a clean and healthy Buzzards Bay by taking part in the 23rd annual Buzzards Bay Swim on June 25, 2016.  The event raised over $120,000 to support the Coalition’s education, conservation, and advocacy work.


Fiber Optic Center was proud to be a sponsor of and support the annual Buzzards Bay Swim.


The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.

Fiber Optic Center was proud to be a sponsor of and support The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick 2016 Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament.


The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick hosted their 12th annual Golf Tournament on Saturday June 11, 2016.   All proceeds from this tournament were used to fund the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick Scholarship Program.

Annually, the organization distributes $20,000 in scholarships to area high school and college students.


JDRF One Walk

Fiber Optic Center was proud to be a sponsor and support the JDRF One Walk this year and our own Sydney Medeiros, FOC Customer Service Representative, who participated in the walk.


JDRF is the leading global organization funding promising type 1 diabetes (T1D) research with a mission to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.


The JDRF One Walk is their flagship fundraising event.  The funds and awareness raised by our dedicated walkers, volunteers and sponsors help us create a world without T1D.


Sydney’s team had 45 people walking and raised over 4,200.  Great job, Sydney!


KWF, a Dutch Cancer Society

Fiber Optic Center was proud to support the TE Connectivity team, in their quest to fight cancer, in this year’s Alpe d’HuZes event on June 4th.

For the 10th year in a row in 2015, Dutch cyclists climbed 6 times up the famous road between Bourg d’Oisans and Alpe d’Huez in an event organized to raise money for the KWF, a Dutch Cancer Society.  The goal of this event is to raise money for cancer research. Alpe d’HuZes adheres to a strict no-overhead policy so must run on volunteers and all costs are the responsibility of the participants themselves.

Team TE Connectivity included Jeroen Duis (team captain), Alex de Gast, Maarten van Gaal, Marc Hammink, and Niko Klop.

The Dutch cycling event, Alpe d’HuZes, takes place at one of the main mountains in the Tour de France and is climbed several times in succession under the motto “Never, ever quit!”.

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Women’s Fund Tiara 5K

Fiber Optic Center, Inc. was proud to participate in the Women’s Fund Tiara 5K again this year held on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. FOC was a corporate sponsor of this important event and a sponsor of runner bags.   David Sylvia, Billy Sorell and Geoffrey Garth ran the 2015 event.
The Women’s Fund is a volunteer-driven fundraising organization. We raise money for programs that help under-served women and girls become self-sufficient adults. We believe that mentoring, education and skills development allow them to flourish, contribute and become role models and leaders. This strengthens and benefits family, community and society. Funds raised support the communities of Southeastern Massachusetts, primarily in the greater New Bedford area.

Opening of the Bay Celebration

FOC was a proud sponsor of the 9th annual Opening of the Bay Celebration helping to a make a difference in our community.

Last summer over 80% of the children attending our program were from low-income families. They simply do not have the ability to pay. The Opening of the Bay fundraiser allows these students to participate free of charge.

DeMello/Cushman School PTO Superhero Sprint and Carnival.

Fiber Optic Center was a proud sponsor of the DeMello/Cushman School PTO Superhero Sprint and Carnival.

The day was both a successful fundraising and community building event.

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