AAA Arizona Employees Volunteered 1,500 hours in 2012

Club highlights employee efforts during Volunteer Appreciation Month

Phoenix, April 24, 2013. AAA Arizona is there when you need them most, and the club’s employee volunteer program — AAA Volunteers — exemplifies that within the community. In honor of April being Volunteer Appreciation Month, the club is highlighting those efforts.

“Employees continue to embrace the club’s volunteer program with great enthusiasm,” said President and CEO Mike Tully. “It fills me with pride to think of the results we’ve achieved in the community through their efforts.”

In 2012, AAA Volunteers experienced significant growth in participation and generosity, with more employees stepping up to get involved and give back. This marked the second year employees could take advantage of paid volunteer time, which allows eligible employees up to 24 hours per year to participate in volunteer activities.

From tow truck drivers to travel agents, more than 150 employees came together to volunteer 1,500 hours in the community during 2012. Here’s a summary of their efforts:

  • Hands-on service. Activities included clearing litter and debris from national parks; keeping things clean at the Special Olympics Games; planting cactuses for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve; cleaning and painting homes for Save the Family and Habitat for Humanity; and providing maintenance and ranch-hand services at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue. Teams also packed food boxes and distributed meals and groceries to hungry individuals and families through St. Mary’s Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul.
     
  • Charitable giving. In addition to offering hands-on service opportunities, the AAA Volunteers program continued to encourage employees to get involved in other ways, including participating in the club’s annual United Way campaign. In total, 45 percent of employees contributed more than $95,000 to United Way in 2012.
     
  • Walks and Drives. Employees also participated in fundraising walks to benefit local charities, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Autism Speaks, the March of Dimes and Make-A-Wish® Arizona; donated piles of hygiene products for Central Arizona Shelter Services; and provided sleighs full of much-needed clothing and gifts to brighten the holidays for 17 low-income families through Family Service Agency.

“We’re continuing to grow our volunteer program in 2013 and aim to increase participation by celebrating our volunteers and rewarding them for their service,” Tully added.

For more information on AAA’s community involvement, visit http://www.az.aaa.com/about-us/community-involvement.

Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 825,000 Arizona members. Annually, AAA’s Roadside Assistance responds to more than 450,000 calls for help on Arizona roadways. The auto club also provides insurance, travel, auto repair, discounts and financial services to AAA members. Since its founding in 1927, AAA Arizona has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers.