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Three initiatives Referral If you know someone who would benefit from the SVA Grocery Service, let us know and we can get in touch with them directly REFER NOW Groceries We are delivering groceries for those that struggle to get to the supermarket SHOP NOW! phonelink Tech help Do you or do you know someone who would like help with their technology? APPLY NOW If you’d prefer to phone us, call our friendly team between 9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday. 0800 005 902 Our Story TEN YEARS OF STUDENT VOLUNTEER HISTORY Student Volunteer Army LEARN MORE UC SVA 3,300 Student Members 4,441 Volunteer Hours in 2019 27 Executive Leaders CONTINUING THE STUDENT VOLUNTEER ARMY LEGACY UC SVA LEARN MORE SVA Service Award 3,600+ Registered Students 160,000+ Volunteer Hours Logged 135+ NZ Schools On-boarded SVA Service Award THE ONLY NATIONAL VOLUNTEER FRAMEWORK FOR HIGHSCHOOLS IN NZ LETS GO! 104,000+ Primary School Students 160,000+ Volunteer Hours Logged 135+ NZ Schools On-boarded SVA Primary Schools THE VERY FIRST PRIMARY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERING ACTION KIT GO TO PROJECTS Support SVA A NEW GENERATION OF STUDENT VOLUNTEERING DONATE NOW
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The Student Volunteer Army was founded after the Christchurch Earthquakes in 2010, when our founder Sam Johnson was a student at the University of Canterbury. He, along with a team of other students, organised 11,000 volunteers to come together and shovel liquefaction (silt) out of the city (equivalent to the weight of the Empire State Building!) and the Student Volunteer Army was born.

In the years since, the Student Volunteer Army has diversified to administer programmes aimed at developing a volunteering culture in New Zealand at all stages of education, nationwide – SVA Schools for primary, SVA Service Award for secondary and the SVA Club at the University of Canterbury for tertiary. These programmes reach 65,000 students across Aotearoa every year.

In March 2020, the Student Volunteer Army activated a response to the global pandemic to help the most vulnerable members of the community access essential services in the coming weeks. Our efforts focused on those disproportionately affected by the pandemic – over 65’s, immunocompromised, solo parents, essential workers and their families. We provided grocery delivery for over 65’s, immunocompromised and healthcare workers; worked with pharmacists to deliver prescriptions to housebound clients and provided childcare for healthcare workers.

Call Centre

If you prefer phone assistance, you can contact the Student Volunteer Army Helpline between Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.

0800 005 902

Can we call your family member? We have a friendly team of phone operators who can call someone you support each week to take their order over the phone. Set this up by emailing shop@sva.org.nz with their name, number, and preferred day for a phone call. 

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Hero Partners

Special recognition to the following partners:

CANTERBURY DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD

SCHOOL KIT

MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

BDO ACCOUNTANTS

TRUST WAIKATO

CHRISTCHURCH AIRPORT

ST JOHN

BIZDOJO

HYUNDAI NEW ZEALAND

FOODSTUFFS

NEW WORLD

Z ENERGY

RĀTĀ FOUNDATION

GO MEDIA

TAVENDALE AND PARTNERS

CARERS NEW ZEALAND