In the past few months, AMI staff have been getting out into their communities to support a number of community groups.
AMI employees get one paid volunteer day per year to help out a charity, non-profit organisation, community group or school. Here are a few stories from the latest happenings and what’s coming up:
AMI Tauranga – Katikati Community Patrol
The team at AMI Tauranga had a fantastic day supporting the Katikati Community Patrol (Night Owls) while promoting the installation of security screws to prevent vehicle plate theft. Over $300 was raised, and screws were installed onto approximately 60 vehicles, making a big difference for this small but tight- knit community.
Working closely with police, community patrols are important in maintaining safety and keeping an eye out for any suspicious behaviour. Solely run by volunteers, these great people give up their time to help make their communities safer. Interested? Check out http://www.cpnz.org.nz/ for more info or to volunteer in your area.
Further south, the team at AMI Timaru organised a quiz night and raffle to raise money for South Canterbury Child Restraint Rentals. They raised $3,877.70, which will help to buy 10 new car seats. The not-for-profit was established in November 2016 after Plunket’s car seat service was phased out. Offering safe, age/size-appropriate car seats and child restraints for rental, as well as fittings and education, South Canterbury Child Restraint Rentals plays an important role in keeping the young children of South Canterbury safe.
AMI Social Media Team
This year the AMI social media team will be planting alongside Trees For Survival – an education and sustainability programme which teaches school children about growing and planting native trees to restore natural habitats. A number of planting days every year see hundreds of community groups, schools and volunteers get together to plant at certain locations – often where erosion needs to be reduced, areas need to be replanted, or stream flows and water quality need to be improved.
To find out about the amazing organisations and individuals who received an AMI Community Grant in 2017, click here.
It’s AMI’s mission to make our world a safer place. We’re proud to be able to support our local communities and to empower our people to do the same – in the past we’ve seen individuals and teams get together to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, the SPCA, Pink Ribbon Breakfasts, and more. Keep an eye out here and on our Facebook page for more great work from our amazing teams around New Zealand.