Several frontline community charities the length of New Zealand are supporting a greater number of New Zealanders manage the effects of Covid-19 thanks to the ingenuity and community spirit of Shimano New Zealand Ltd.
When United Way New Zealand launched our #Unite20 campaign in April to get emergency funding directly to community charities managing a surge in demand for services alongside a reduction in funding channels, Shimano New Zealand stepped up with an exciting proposal. In the spirit of Kiwi mateship and ingenuity, the team decided to donate 5% of all sales across the country during May and June to the #Unite20 Appeal. Just like that, Shimano’s Support your Local initiative was quickly launched.
United Way New Zealand CEO, Teresa Moore says Support Your Local represented everything United Way New Zealand stands for.
“United Way New Zealand’s vision is to provide every New Zealander with the ability to support their community, whether through volunteering, regular payroll giving or one-off donations. By designing a giving initiative including its national customer and stakeholder community, Shimano truly brought our vision to life.”
Shimano New Zealand Marketing Manager, Yvette Johnson, said the team was inspired by United Way New Zealand’s #Unite20 campaign as it directed funding quickly into many frontline community charities across the country.
“We’re a business which operates in communities of all sizes across New Zealand. We were pleased to find a partner with a firm track record in the community sector, which could get funding to the smaller charities working in communities all over the country.”
Shimano’s funding has been distributed to charities and not-for-profits supporting struggling New Zealanders from Kaitaia to Dunedin.
“Our research showed that 98% of New Zealand charities and not-for-profits have been affected by Covid-19. Thanks to the generosity of both individuals and corporate partners such as Shimano, we have raised over $240,000 which is enabling community charities all across the country to continue their critical work at a time when our communities need them the most,”
“Small actions when combined together result in very significant impacts,” says Moore.
The United Way New Zealand #Unite 20 Appeal has been extended until November. If you’d like to join those helping community charities support New Zealanders doing it tough, you can read about the charities and donate here.
United Way and New Zealand businesses partner to ensure more Kiwi children have something to look forward to this Christmas
Christmas is a firm date in the calendars of children the world over. However, not every child looks forward to Christmas. United Way New Zealand is once again partnering with businesses to make sure that’s not the case for a few more young New Zealanders.
According to Statistics New Zealand, about one in eight New Zealand children lived in households reporting material hardship in the year ended June 2019. And with Covid-19 resulting in job losses, financial pressure, interruptions schooling and social routines, this Christmas will be particularly hard for many New Zealand children.
United Way NZ CEO, Teresa Moore says this will be the second year United Way has run its Christmas Shoebox Campaign and it is looking to increase the number of families it can help this year.
“Last year we partnered with 28 groups to make sure 1022 children didn’t wake up with nothing to open on Christmas morning. This year we want to double that number.”
Moore says organisations are now looking for activities to re-engage employees following a very fragmented year.
“Community impact activities are an often under-utilised employee engagement tool, and in a year where so much is out of our control, the simple act of filling a shoebox to help a child enjoy Christmas a little bit more, injects a real sense of achievement.”
Moore says organisations that participated last year reported really positive results, with increased engagement and positivity at a time of year where people are often running out of steam. Businesses also enjoyed the fact that participation is easy, with United Way New Zealand delivering boxes to workplaces, then distributing them to community groups across the country when they were filled.
And while participation injects some Christmas spirit into the workplace, the impact on recipients and their families is significant. Moore says every parent wants to give their children a good Christmas and the relief and gratitude expressed by families knowing they had the support of their community was quite often life-changing.
“Last year our shoeboxes went to children in refuges who had left everything behind to escape domestic violence, they went to families struggling to put food on the table and to those spending their first Christmas in New Zealand, separated from their own culture and family.”
“Thanks to people all over New Zealand just filling a shoebox, 1022 children and their families, were able to enjoy a little bit of Christmas magic. We think every child deserves that.”
For more information on the 2020 United Way Shoebox Appeal please click here
At United Way New Zealand we’re partnering with an increasing number of New Zealand businesses looking to maximise the impact of their CSR and community engagement activity. So, we’re excited to announce that Sally O’Brien will be joining the United Way New Zealand whanau as National Partnership Manager.
Sally brings a wealth of experience working in both large private sector organisations and the not-for-profit sector. She began her career in the public sector, moving to roles in managed funds in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Following time out to grow her family, Sally was appointed as Volunteering Auckland’s employee volunteer coordinator where she assisted organisations with their corporate volunteering projects.
Sally is hitting the ground running at United Way New Zealand, getting stuck into helping us and our partners achieve our goal of doubling the number of children who will receive gifts this Christmas via our annual Christmas Shoebox Project. We’re sure you’ll be chatting to Sally soon, but in the meantime here’s the lowdown on United Way New Zealand’s newest team member.
How do you like to start your day?
With tea and a good morning cuddle from my kids.
What is the best thing about living in New Zealand?
The freedom to roam around different landscapes and the understated kiwi sense of humour.
What attracted you to United Way NZ?
I was fortunate to spend time with Teresa at a couple of workshops and cross business meetings and was impressed with United Way’s enthusiasm for partnerships with business and the not-for-profit sector. I like how United Way New Zealand has an all-encompassing approach to CSR and a ‘can-do’ attitude.
What is your favourite place in New Zealand?
Garston, Northern Southland
How do you think organisations can best help New Zealand community charities?
Partnership is a great way to help not-for-profits and charities. Mainly because the benefits gained by both sides, leveraging skills and resources, and impact are best gained through this unique arrangement. It's also the best kind of business where doing good and doing well can work in harmony.
What is the best advice you ever received?
“Always leave the party when you are having the best time”. My late Mum told me that years ago and, as usual, she was right. Thanks Mum
What was your best day at work ever?
Helping a group of volunteers run a Special Olympics Basketball competition. A lot of the corporate volunteers didn't know the first thing about the rules of basketball and were asked to referee. Once they got over their fear they just jumped in and made sure the kids got their competition day up and running. I think the volunteers actually got more out the day than the kids. It made me realise just how important the helping of others does so much to lift spirits. Something that resonates in the world right now I reckon.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I am learning how to garden having no real success in the past so starting with apparently ‘no brainers’ like succulents. This is from someone who can’t grow mint so wish me luck!!
I like running in the Auckland Xterra events. My husband and I also enjoy live music and we are looking forward to getting back to seeing bands from New Zealand and abroad soon.
Tea or coffee?
Both! Tea first thing in the morning and coffee before lunchtime
Youthline works with young people, their families and those supporting young people. The organisations are made up of volunteer and paid staff members - and has centres based across the country.
Youthline was established in 1970 and forms a collaboration of youth development organisations across the country. They were created to ensure young people know where to get help and can access support when they need it. At the core of Youthline’s work is the development of leadership and personal skills in young people. We do this by involving young people; both those who seek assistance and those who wish to develop themselves.
Youthline have 10 centres around New Zealand. They are located in:
- Central South Island (Office located in Christchurch)
- Palmerston North
- Auckland Central
- West Auckland
Youthline works collaboratively to provide a free, nationwide Helpline service. Locally, they all provide different services, programmes and training for our communities.
They have an extremely supportive team that works at making the quality of life for New Zealand communities better. Their team is comprised of partners, volunteers and community helpers that give their time to Youthline.
To find out more about the centres and what each centre provides, Click hereRead more
Crescendo is a visionary, unique and professional social enterprise that grows young people between the ages of 12-24 across various satellite hubs across Auckland. They provide services such as sound production, band and music groups and other creative areas. As a social enterprise, Crescendo works to provide opportunities for young people in Aotearoa through a range of commercial services. They generate income through gigs, event management, video and sound production, and integrate this into their programmes. Not only does this provide Crescendo with revenue, but also real-life work experience and income opportunities for their rangatahi.
-EMPOWERING RANGATAHI TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS-
- Crescendo's programme is called the "Link Up." The LinkUp allows you to pick the modules that will benefit you in your journey to being a more self sustained artist. The music industry has multiple pathways. Crescendo recognise that there are different creative areas people want to explore and hence, compiled different pathways into specific units and broken down each unit into modules. Their units cover beat making, production, song writing, live performance, radio broadcasting, how to promote yourself and more!
- Each module in the LinkUp is taught weekly. The weekly group sessions are run two times a day (11am-3pm with time for lunch and 4pm-6:30pm), Monday-Friday. Crescendo recommend each young person book for 1 of these sessions only 1 day/week.
- Advanced students have the option to book in for additional solo sessions any available time 11am-7pm Mon-Fri, where they are making all the music and pushing all the buttons (with a mentor floating around for help as requested).
- Crescendo also offer 2 hour 1:1 mentoring sessions for those looking for intensive sound recording and radio teaching and or want a way to ease into group work.
- Each week rangatahi will progress through learning modules, until they complete and receive their certificate. The learning modules are set up to run from 1-6 weeks in length and are designed so that you do not need to take the sessions consecutively, allowing for the rangatahi to book in their learning to suit their schedule.
3M and United Way New Zealand joined forces recently to help community charities and support services across New Zealand experiencing increased demand for their services due to Covid-19. On behalf of 3M, United Way New Zealand has distributed NZ$89,975 (US$59,000) in emergency funding to 16 community charities across New Zealand which are on the frontlines of supporting New Zealanders with the effects of the global pandemic.
A total of 98% of community frontline charities have been directly affected by Covid-19 according to research conducted in April by United Way New Zealand, managing a surge in demand alongside reduced sources of income. United Way New Zealand Chief Executive, Teresa Moore said small to medium community charities are acutely affected as they are the first port-of-call for those in need and do not have in-house marketing or fundraising resources.
“While there’s no doubt that Covid-19 is impacting everyone; young people, the elderly and those living with mental health challenges, economic hardship and family violence are disproportionately affected, says Moore.
“Thanks to 3M we were able to get funding straight to those charities on the frontlines, so they could help those most affected by Covid-19,” said Moore.
Community charities are also being approached by increasing numbers of people who have not needed support before. Food banks across the country have reported daily demand increasing more than 20 times. A charity supporting the elderly received over 1200 calls in three days as shopping for groceries online became necessary, and mental health charities, particularly those supporting youth require funding to bring in additional counsellors to support a growing number of young New Zealanders in crisis.
Charities are expecting demand to continue to grow for another three to six months, and not drop for quite some time. Many are bracing for the wage subsidy scheme which is coming to an end next month.
“Since the outbreak began, 3M has addressed the COVID-19 pandemic from all angles and across all stakeholders, and this includes supporting our community partners around the world,” said Chris LeBlanc, Managing Director, 3M Australia and New Zealand. “It’s important that 3M holds true to its core values during this pandemic by supporting our communities and improving lives. Throughout this global crisis, we will continue to look for ways to help in the fight against COVID-19.”
United Way New Zealand works alongside donor organisations such as 3M to maximise the impact of their CSR by designing and executing bespoke workplace giving and volunteering programmes which align with that organisation’s people, values and the communities they work within.
"It's rewarding to know our funding is going to where it is needed most," said LeBlanc.Read more
The Garden to Table programme is teaching children the essential skills they need to be food-resilient. Garden to Table aims to create an enthusiastic culture that encourages children to get their hands dirty in learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
$20 will help support a child in the Garden to Table programme for a year.
Garden to Table also has wider community benefits when the children bring home what they have learned about growing, harvesting, preparing and cooking good food. Children develop increased self-esteem, pride in their achievements and pride in the environment, and behaviour improves in some children.Read more
Mastercard donation provides post-trauma support to those affected by the Christchurch Mosque shootings
While over a year has passed, the people impacted by the Christchurch Massacre continue to feel its affects. Thanks to a generous grant received this month from Mastercard, frontline charities supporting those affected have some extra help.
This week United Way NZ distributed $65,000 to Christchurch Resettlement Services, 180 Degrees Trust, Waitaki Multi-Cultural Council, 298 Youth Health Centre, Youthline Central South Island, Aoraki Migrant Centre, PIPS Pregnancy Infancy Parenting Support and Compassion Trust to continue the important work they do helping those affected by the tragedy to continue to heal. Thank you Mastercard for remembering those affected.
"It made my week to receive and distribute a grant of $65,000 from Mastercard to eight frontline charities to help them continue their critical work supporting those impacted by last year’s Christchurch Mosque Massacre. Thank you Mastercard for recognising that the process of supporting individuals and communities to heal continues long after the event itself"
Heather Rankin, United Way NZ Grants Manager
Budgeting and Family Support Services, Mangere need our help, as their existing building has sold and they urgently need to relocate their community services and food bank. Without community and local business support, this essential service may very well have to cease operating.
Budgeting and Family Services is an essential frontline organisation and needs financial assistance to continue to provide the Food bank and services for families in South Auckland. Without funding, their Food Bank may not be able to provide the high volume of requests for food from people who are struggling and have lost work due to the COVID-19 outbreak. There has been a huge increase in demand for this Food Bank, due to a massive growth in food insecurity.
Budgeting and Family Support Services require donations to meet the demand from the South Auckland communities. The Food Bank operates for those in genuine need of food from 9am to 2pm each day, Monday to Friday and has an office and communications available for food requests and family support services.
Budgeting & Family Support Services are based in Mangere, Otara & Tuakau providing support to families and individuals with a range of social services; as well as raising the issues affecting low-income families/whanau right across Aotearoa. For the past 23 years they have provided a wide range of innovative and quality focused family services and now they need your help to continue to serve the community.
Designed to help many frontline charities who are providing necessary services due to the COVID-19 outbreak and beyond.
We’re asking everyone who can, to donate $20 or whatever you can afford, to help a frontline charity
- United Way New Zealand research is now showing that over 98% of Kiwi charities have been directly affected by Covid-19 and 88% of charities are in need if additional financial support
- Charities are expecting demand to continue to grow for another 6-12 months.
100% of your donation (less a card processing fee), goes directly to Frontline Community Charities in need of financial support. You can also choose which charities to support.
All charities have been identified for their hard work in the community by United Way's online COVID-19 community need surveys and verified by United Way's staff and community volunteers as requiring urgent support