Argosy continues to encourage its staff to undertake community volunteer and give their time for organisations of their choice. Volunteer work is an important way to engage with our communities and support the delivery of outcomes over and above financial returns.
During the 2021 financial year 64% of staff undertook volunteer work in their community. Organisations which benefitted from the volunteer work included Pillars, The ManKind Project, Auckland City Mission and the Motutapu Restoration Trust.
The company will be aiming to improve on its staff commitment in the 2022 year.
Motutapu Restoration Trust
On 10 March 2021, nine energetic Argosy volunteers spent a day on Motutapu Island in aid of the Motutapu Restoration Trust (MRT). This trust was established in 1992 in response to the predations of possums and wallabies on Pohutukawa trees. Like Tiritiri Matangi Island, the Trust’s ambition is to create a sanctuary for endemic birds and native flora and fauna to proliferate. To that end, MRT have established a nursey on the island where they propagate a wide variety of native plants and trees. They have a planting programme to establish a large forest that will sustain the likes of kereru, takahe, saddlebacks, pateke, quails, korimako, geckos, kakariki and kingfishers. The Department of Conservation play a key role on Motutapu in ensuring animal pests don’t reach the island. Constant vigilance is central to success as stoats for example can swim 5 kilometres!
We spent our day attending to the Sisyphean demands of the nursey- removing weeds, cleaning open nurseries, potting seedlings and scrapping moss off the greenhouse floor. Our efforts improved the cleanliness and usability of the nursey and contributed to the preparation required for the winter planting.
The MRT are making our world a better place and we met dedicated people who give of themselves freely on a regular basis and have done so for many years. Their endeavour is laudable indeed.
Auckland City Mission
During 2021 (March) staff also used volunteer days to help at the Mission's distribution centre in Khyber Pass, Auckland. Staff did a mixture of work including preparing items for food parcels like bagging flour as well as putting family parcels together for collection.
Sadly, the Mission has gone from having demand for around 500 food parcels a week in 2020 to around 1200 a week in 2021. What was great to see was the real impact that organisations such as the Mission do for those in our community most in need.
Pleasingly, some of Argosy's staff used the mornings of school holidays as an opportunity to have their teenage kids give back to the community - doing volunteer work at the distribution centre! Apparently it was 'cool'!