They are commonly known for delivering vacation planning or roadside assistance, but after forming a dedicated community service team, AAA Arizona employees are sharing more of their time with the community. Performing more than 275 hours of charitable service since the start of the year, AAA Volunteers has demonstrated it is “there when you need us most.”
AAA’s benevolence touched St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance with a “Virtual Food Drive” to benefit the hungry of Arizona. At the start of June, AAA launched the online food drive, where employees can make monetary donations. For every $1 raised, the food bank can distributed enough food to provide seven meals. The club’s goal was to raise $1,000 for the month, which will provide 7,000 meals to individuals in need.
AAA reached their goal and then some! By the end of the month, $1,652 was raised, allowing the Food Bank to distribute enough food to provide 11,564 meals during the summer months when the demand increases at St. Mary’s while donations tend to decline.
“I am so proud of the humanity and generosity of AAA Volunteers,” said Mike Tully, president and CEO for AAA Arizona. “We have known that our employees were active volunteers before, but through our community service committee, we have been able to multiply our employees’ time and talents to create a collective impact in our community.”
Earlier this year, 25 AAA volunteers visited St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance’s Knight Transportation Client Services Center, gathering and distributing groceries to more than 500 families at the food bank’s distribution center.
“Organizing our ideas and efforts toward community service has been such a successful venture,” said Mark Allan, controller for AAA Arizona and president of the community service committee. “By bringing together a team of representatives throughout the club, we’ve been able to arrange fulfilling opportunities for employees to take part in.”