AAA Arizona Ramped up Charitable Giving, Volunteer Efforts in 2013

Phoenix, Jan. 7, 2014. AAA Arizona’s employee volunteer program, AAA Volunteers, can close the book on a very successful 2013, the third year of the program.

“AAA is built on the core value of helping people,” said President and CEO Mike Tully. “I’m proud of our team for extending their service into the communities in which they live and serve.”

More than 170 employees participated in 1,700 hours of Hands-on service. Activities included:

  • Making blankets for animals at the Humane Society.
  • Planting cacti for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy.
  • Cleaning and painting homes for Save the Family and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Picking up trash and debris at Grand Canyon and Zion national parks.
  • Providing maintenance and ranch-hand services at Dreamchaser Horse Rescue.
  • Packing food boxes and distributing meals and groceries to the hungry through St. Mary’s Food Bank and St. Vincent de Paul.

New agencies served in 2013 include Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, Girls on the Run, The Salvation Army, Lost Our Home Foundation, Vista del Camino, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club of Tucson and the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona.

The club and its’ employees also contributed more than $156,000 to local charities in 2013:

  • In partnership with the Community Safety Foundation, the club donated $10,000 to the families of fallen Yarnell Hill Firefighters through the United Phoenix Firefighters Association.
  • AAA Arizona also launched a matching gift program for employees that awarded $2,561 to qualifying organizations.
  • In addition, nearly 50 percent of employees contributed more than $93,000 during the club’s annual United Way campaign. With the AAA company match, more than $144,000 will be reinvested to address the community’s most critical needs.
     

Employees also participated in walks and donation drives throughout 2013:

  • Employees participated in fundraising walks to benefit local charities, including, Girls on the Run, Autism Speaks and Make-A-Wish® Arizona.  
  • In addition, employees provided sleighs full of much-needed clothing and gifts to brighten the holidays for 30 low-income families through Family Service Agency.

 “We’re looking forward to expanding our efforts in the community with continued growth of the AAA Volunteers program in 2014,” Tully said.


In addition to volunteering and charitable giving, the club helped educate communities statewide on driver safety through workshops. Nearly 2,000 parents and teens took advantage of AAA’s free Permit Prep 101 workshop, which helps prepare teens and parents for licensure. More than 1,000 senior drivers attended AAA’s Safe Driving for Mature Drivers class, which aims to keep seniors on the road as long as safely possible. The club’s certified car-seat technicians also inspected and installed more than 300 car seats and booster seats.

For more information on AAA’s community involvement, visit az.aaa.com/about-us/community-involvement. For information on AAA’s traffic safety programs, visit az.aaa.com/news/traffic-safety.

Arizona, the Arizona affiliate of AAA, provides automotive, insurance and travel services to more than 850,000 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.