AMI has announced that customers replacing damaged items after a claim can donate their used goods to community housing provider Habitat for Humanity New Zealand.
In a statement, AMI said that the initiative forms an ongoing partnership with Habitat for Humanity, and is open to all insurance customers of AMI, State, NZI, Lumley, Lantern, Westpac, BNZ, ASB, and the Cooperative Bank.
At the settlement of a claim, AMI gives the customer information about the programme – and if the customer wishes to donate their items, they can call one of 22 Habitat for Humanity-owned ReStores, let them know they are an AMI customer, and the ReStore team will come and collect the goods free of charge. The ReStores will then sell the goods to help fund their community housing projects across the country.
Jess Rodger, sustainability manager at AMI, said that the insurer was “pleased to be able to support Habitat for Humanity in this way, so the team can continue to deliver their programmes for warmer, healthier homes for Kiwis, as well as diverting items that might otherwise have gone to landfill.”
“With this initiative, people will very easily be able to donate them to Habitat for Humanity, should they wish to,” Rodger said. “Customers will just need to call their local Habitat ReStore and the goods will be collected. We settle thousands of contents claims each year, so even if a small portion of those reclaimed items go to Habitat, we’ll be making a significant impact.”
“Our mission is a world where everyone has a decent place to live, and this initiative helps us achieve that,” said Alan Thorp, group chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity NZ. “Goods sold through our ReStores help fund our local programmes across Aotearoa to help families in housing need. Through this initiative with AMI, we think larger furniture items – such as lounge suites or outdoor settings – will probably be the most popular items to donate… [and] we look forward to working with AMI’s customers and helping the planet at the same time.”