These aren’t just words on paper; at AAG we live them every day. One way this is demonstrated is by the investment AAG leadership has made through the institution of a formal, paid volunteer time-off (VTO) program. Through this offering, AAG full-time employees are provided eight hours per year of paid volunteer time off (VTO) for service to foundation-approved activities. The AAG Foundation also hosts internal fundraising events in sponsorship of our partner organizations.
The AAG Foundation takes an active role in the fight against senior hunger and isolation. Each week, AAG team members in California and Georgia (as well as remote staff) take a break from their work schedules to deliver food and provide safety checks on seniors through local chapters of Meals on Wheels Association of America. Additionally, AAG associates engage in various social events and support activities with local senior centers and organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank and the Alzheimer’s Association.
AAG is a major contributor to Willow International. Willow International rescues and provides restorative aftercare to victims of human trafficking in Uganda. Human trafficking is an international issue that affects nearly 21 million victims worldwide. The goal of Willow International’s aftercare program is to empower victims to heal from trauma and graduate into a life of freedom and self-sufficiency. Willow International also partners with organizations to promote advocacy and prevention through education and community engagement. AAG also supports global efforts to end human trafficking and our foundation director serves as a volunteer with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.
In 2011, AAG CEO Reza Jahangiri took the journey to Africa to meet the participants of Willow International and volunteer his time. Since this inspirational visit, Jahangiri and AAG employees have become tireless advocates, joining in fundraising events and support activities that champion the organization’s programs as well as interact with its participants. To date, Willow International has empowered over 215 human trafficking survivors to live full, healthy lives.
The AAG Foundation Care Fund offers assistance to AAG associates experiencing hardship. The fund aids those in need of medical, memorial, rehabilitation, or catastrophic/natural disaster care. The AAG Foundation Care Fund is sponsored through AAG team member fundraising and support events.