Many of our partners will be aware of the Spark Give scheme, whereby Spark staff have the opportunity to make a contribution each pay day to a programme that they would like to support. A large number of staff have selected the Spark Jump programme, with most contributing $5 every fortnight. This means that each month these staff members contribute $10, which is the cost of one Spark Jump voucher. The Spark Foundation matches this contribution and each quarter allocates vouchers to its Spark Jump partners. For the last two quarters, DIAA, as a Spark Foundation partner, has received around 500 $10 Spark Jump vouchers. These in turn are distributed to delivery partners in the regions nominated by Spark staff.
Delivery partners have the discretion to allocate these vouchers to Spark Jump families who they feel could benefit the most. We have received very positive feedback from recipient families who are very grateful for this extra support. $10 might not seem a lot, but when you are facing financial difficulties this can make the difference between retaining the internet or having to let it go.
Partners are expected to account for vouchers that they receive by entering details of recipients in the second tab of their Spark Jump registers. The number of new vouchers entered each quarter is allocated by DIAA in row 3. Partners are expected to record the names of recipients and the number of vouchers allocated to each family.
If you are in a region that has not yet received any vouchers, that means Spark staff have not yet nominated your region, so this might be a good chance to persuade any friends or family who work for Spark to nominate your region for their Spark Give payroll programme.