The team at Linwood Library topped the JUMP leader board in November with 21 sign-ups. This is the third time this year that Linwood has topped the board – 30 in August and 32 in October. Near the top were New Plymouth Libraries (20), Kaitaia Library (15), Whanganui District Libraries (15) as well as Glen Innes Library (13), but as the efforts of these JUMP partners have already been recognised this year, the Spark Foundation morning tea for November goes to RaWiri Residents Association (13). The Association provides community services and facilities from the Rata Vine Community House that are beneficial for the residents of Rata Vine, Wiri and the wider community. Nearly 100 families have benefited from a JUMP connection as a result of the efforts of Liz and the team at RaWiri Residents Association. Well done!
Congratulations to the Kaitaia Library JUMP team who topped the country for the second time with 34 families signed up in July. The top 10 were:
|Whanganui District Libraries||33|
|Glen Innes Library||21|
|Dunedin Public Library||13|
|Mangere East Library||12|
|Te Matariki Clendon Community Library||12|
|Sir Edmund Hillary Library (Papakura)||10|
Whanganui District Libraries gave Kaitaia a run for their money and during the month were frequently in the lead, but on the last day, Kaitaia edged ahead. All partners in the top six places have benefited from a Spark Foundation morning tea, so the award for July goes to Te Matariki Clendon. Thank you John Mata’afa and your team for your efforts.
Otahuhu Library has won the staff morning tea, sponsored by the Spark Foundation, by signing up 17 JUMP families during June. Three partners did sign up more families than Otahuhu Library, but as they have already had a free morning tea this year, the prize goes to the partner with the next highest number. But well done to all 48 partners who signed up families during June; 282 more families are now benefiting from an affordable home internet connection as a result of your efforts.
|Glen Innes Library||33|
|Whanganui District Libraries||27|
|Mangere East Library||15|
|Te Matariki Clendon Community Library||11|
|Whanau Resource Centre Pukekohe||10|
|De Paul House||9|
|Sir Edmund Hillary Library (Papakura)||9|
|Central Hawkes Bay Libraries||8|
|Dunedin Public Library||8|
Congratulations to Whangarei Library which scored the highest number of Spark Jump sign-ups in September. They win a morning tea for all staff, funded by the Spark Foundation. Note the count is based on the number of Kawa of Care received; it is most important that families complete their Kawa of Care before they take home their modems. September results are:
|Local Partner||Number of modems issued in September 2018|
|Buller District Library||8|
|De Paul House||8|
|Whanau Resource Centre Pukekohe||7|
|Central Hawkes Bay Libraries||6|
|Nga Tai O Te Awa||5|
|Dunedin Public Library||4|
|RaWiri Residents Association||4|
|Hastings District Libraries||3|
|North Harbour Budgeting Services||3|
|Te Mana o Kupe||3|
|Glen Innes Library||2|
|Hutt City Libraries||2|
|Te Matariki Clendon Community Library||2|
|Timaru District Libraries||2|
|Adult Learning Franklin||1|
|Grey District Library||1|
|Invercargill City Libraries||1|
|Kawerau District Library||1|
|Manukau City Baptist Church||1|
|Nelson Public Libraries||1|
|Sir Edmund Hillary Library (Papakura)||1|
|Tairawhiti Technology Trust||1|
|Tauranga City Libraries||1|
|Valley Baptist Community Centre Dunedin||1|
We have received 451 complimentary $10 Spark Jump vouchers as a result of donations by Spark staff during the third quarter (ending 30 September). They have been allocated as follows:
- Canterbury 74
- Auckland 151
- Wellington 28
- Porirua 14
- Napier 7
- Northland 28
- Hutt Valley 28
- Dunedin 7
- Gisborne 7
- Dannevirke 7
- National 106
These vouchers have been distributed to partners in these regions for use at their discretion to support families with the greatest need. Partners receiving the vouchers must provide details on the second tab of their Spark Jump registers, indicating how the vouchers have been allocated – refer to the instructions in my previous post. Further details are also on the Spark Give Information Sheet that we send with each batch of vouchers.
For regions not receiving these vouchers, do encourage anyone you know who works for Spark to nominate your region when they join the Spark Give staff programme.
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.
Every month we count how many Spark Jump modems have been issued by each delivery partner and the partner who achieves the greatest number wins a free morning tea for all their staff, funded by the Spark Foundation. In August, four partners were first equal, signing up 11 families each – De Paul House (Auckland), Linwood Library (Christchurch), Masterton Library and Nga Tai o Te Awa (Whanganui). When this occurs, our practice has been to award the morning tea to the partner who hasn’t received a Spark Foundation Morning Tea before, but in this case we have two partners in this situation – De Paul House and Nga Tai o Te Awa. Spark Foundation came to our rescue by agreeing to provide two free morning teas for August. So well done to all four partners – you are really making waves in supporting your communities.
The Leader Board for Spark Jump signups is updated continuously and can be viewed here (tip: scroll to the bottom of the page). The numbers are based on completed Kawa of Care.