Good in the hood kicks off

Franklin County News - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

‘‘The teams at Z sta­tions in Franklin are ex­cited to be get­ting be­hind more groups to help them ad­dress the needs of our com­mu­nity. We can't wait to read through the ap­pli­ca­tions and see all the good hap­pen­ing in the hood.’’

Groups do­ing good for peo­ple or the en­vi­ron­ment in Franklin can ap­ply now to be part of Z En­ergy’s 2017 Good in the Hood at one of the lo­cal Z sta­tions.

Groups se­lected will all get a por­tion of the $4,000 that each lo­cal Z sta­tion will be giv­ing away dur­ing Good in the Hood vot­ing month in May.

Since 2012 more than $4 mil­lion has gone to com­mu­nity groups and projects thanks to this ini­tia­tive.

The Z sta­tions in Franklin are look­ing for groups that are help­ing ad­dress a need in the lo­cal neigh­bour­hood.

Com­mu­nity Cham­pion Me­lanie Ken­ner­ley said she was look­ing for­ward to host­ing the ini­tia­tive once again.

‘‘Franklin is an awe­some neigh­bour­hood to op­er­ate in and as a Kiwi com­pany we want to give back lo­cally by help­ing groups car­ing for peo­ple or the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘‘The teams at Z sta­tions in Franklin are ex­cited to be get­ting be­hind more groups to help them ad­dress the needs of our com­mu­nity.

‘‘We can’t wait to read through the ap­pli­ca­tions and see all the good hap­pen­ing in the hood.’’

To en­sure the needs of lo­cal peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment are ad­dressed, Franklin Z sta­tions will choose which groups they will get be­hind.

‘‘Good in the Hood is the ul­ti­mate in keep­ing it lo­cal. In­stead of the folk at head of­fice pick­ing who we sup­port, the teams on the ground make the call, since we’re the ones who best know the needs of our neigh­bour­hood,’’ Ken­ner­ley said.

Cus­tomers will de­ter­mine what per­cent­age of the fund­ing goes to each group by vot­ing with an orange to­ken ev­ery time they shop at Z in May.

Groups can en­ter on­line at z.co.nz/good­inthe­hood and are in­vited to pop in and in­tro­duce them­selves to staff at the lo­cal sta­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Fe­bru­ary 28.

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