WAILUKU – The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concern’s Volunteer Center invites local non-profit and government agencies to nominate their favorite Volunteer Heroes. The awards program will be featured as part of the Volunteer Center’s annual Celebration of Service during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015.
The purpose of the Volunteer Hero Program is to recognize volunteers for their outstanding community service and giving back to help others.
“This awards program is a wonderful opportunity for your organization to say ‘Mahalo’ to that special person who gives so freely of their time,” said Volunteer Center Coordinator Wendy Stebbins.
Volunteer Heroes will be recognized on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by Mayor Alan Arakawa at a Celebration of Service. All Volunteer Heroes will receive a certificate of appreciation, lei and a recognition token from the County of Maui Volunteer Center.
Nominations may be submitted by non-profit or government agencies; only one application per organization is allowed.
Applications can be found online at www.mauicounty.gov/VolunteerCenter; under the “Agency” tab, click on “Volunteer Hero Program.” Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Feb. 20.
For more information on volunteering in Maui County, visit www.handsonmaui.com. You can also contact Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 270-7150.
Wailuku, HI, October 8, 2012 – Shannan Pyland will be honored as the 2012 Maui Red Cross Volunteer of the Year at the Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on October 13, 2012. Hawaii News Now will be recognizing this week as Red Cross Heroes Week; for more information, please go to www.hawaiiredcross.org.
Shannan has been a dedicated Red Cross volunteer since 2009, holding several key positions on Lanai and Maui. On Lanai, Shannan served as the Disaster Action Team Captain, recruiting and setting up trainings for residents, working to identify potential shelter locations and food resources, and connecting with local vendors to improve the sheltering and feeding capabilities during times of disasters.
Her experience in opening Red Cross shelters was put to the test during Hurricane Felicia, Honoapiilani Highway road closure, Kihei flooding, and a Maui police standoff. Shannan currently serves as a volunteer Red Cross Hotline Operator who receives calls from first responders and deploys disaster volunteers to the scene. She is also a Disaster Services instructor and Sheltering Lead volunteer for the County of Maui. Shannan’s enthusiasm, coupled with her strong leadership ability during disaster responses, has helped the volunteer team in Maui County reach new levels of success.
The Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides assistance to meet the immediate emergency needs of those affected by disasters. All Red Cross assistance to disaster victims is free. The Red Cross is not a government agency; it depends on public contributions to help others. Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross in your community, across the country and around the world. To send a contribution, mail your check to: American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter, 4155 Diamond Head Road, Honolulu, HI 96816 or make a secure online donation at www.hawaiiredcross.org or call: (808) 739-8109
Maui County Celebrates National Make a Difference Day at the 5th Annual Volunteer Expo. Looking for Exhibitors!
The Countyof Maui, Department of Housing and Human Concerns,Volunteer Center is hosting their Annual Volunteer Expo on October 27, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at QueenKa’ahumanu Center. All organizations are invited to participate to show “your stuff!” and share with the community the great contributions made for the people of MauiCounty! Booths are free to exhibitors.
Ukulele virtuoso Derick Sebatian will headline the entertainment. There will also be a live zumba presentation by Keoni Manuel along with door prizes and hands on activities for participants.
The Volunteer Expo is open to Vendors who have a nonprofit or government status and have an active Volunteer Program. To learn more about the Volunteer Expo, call Yuki Lei Sugimura at 878 – 1888 or email@example.com.
Kahului, HI (August 29, 2012) Dr. George Martin of Carden Academy of Maui was selected to receive the prestigious 2012 Palaka Award at a gala luncheon at The King Kamehameha Golf Club August 24th.
The sold out event, sponsored by The A&B Foundation, was emceed by Leslie Mullens, Rotarian and Palaka Event Chair. Dr. Martin was selected from a field of 12 outstanding nominees who exemplify the highest ideals of volunteer service to a nonprofit organization and Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self.”
“The community’s support of this annual event is extraordinary and speaks to the incredible work done every day by Maui non-profits” said Kahului Rotary President Robert Kawahara. “More than $21,000 was raised this year for scholarships thanks to the generous support of Maui businesses and individuals.”
Dr. Martin’s nomination cited his “above and beyond” selfless sacrifice over an eight year period to bring Carden Academy from the brink of closure to a thriving K-8 independent school. From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Martin led a Herculean effort, mustering a top-notch board and administrative leadership team that transformed the organization top to bottom. His actions led to a new governance board, a more focused and successful staff, an improved curriculum and student experience, fiscal stability, and a permanent campus that allows for continued growth.
A fund-raising golf ball drop was successfully held prior to the luncheon. Entertainment was provided by 4 time Grammy Award winner George Kahumoku, Jr. and students of UH-Maui Institute of Hawaiian Music.
The Palaka Award honors Mike Lyons’s legacy of commitment to community and is named for the signature palaka shirts he wore. Mike was the epitome of a Rotarian and a prominent, tireless community service leader, also serving as Rotary Club of Kahului President. The annual event helps fund Rotary Club of Kahului ‘s Michael H. Lyons II Scholarship Fund, providing college scholarships to exceptional Maui youth.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – The County of Maui, Volunteer Center will be holding Community Action Planning Training for Effective Volunteer Projects ”From Dream to Done” on Friday, August 10, 2012.
These community meetings are free workshops for the public. The training sessions will take place at the Cafe Ole at the Dunes from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and includes facilitators from Pacific Facilitation and Leadership, refreshments, giveaways and project awards.
The training is intended for teams of two to eight people who have a project idea in mind to address problems in their communities. We encourage teams to have youth leaders involved and attend the training too.
The engagement of volunteers, available resources and team building activities helps participants develop an action plan to create safer and healthier communities. Participants will develop an action plan to organize a project, activity, or program that mobilizes a change in their community. Learning objectives include:
• Learning how to engage teens in volunteering and the do’s and don’ts when working with teens.
• Putting together a “living with purpose” motivational piece.
• Sharing your completed project/activity and networking with others.
Groups that have a clear purpose and are S.M.A.R.T. – Specific, Measurable, Accountable, Realistic and Time Bound – will be evaluated for awards to help support projects.
Go to www.handsonmaui.com to learn more about the training and registration. Email Wendy Stebbins at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 270-7150 for registration help and more information.
WAILUKU,Maui,Hawai`i– The County of Maui Department of Housing and Human Concerns’ Office on Aging announced that it is seeking volunteer facilitators for its healthy living program, “Better Choices Better Health.” A four day facilitator training is planned for June.
The intensive four day training provides detailed information, techniques, practice sessions and on-going support in delivering the Better Choices Better Healthy Stanford University-based wellness program. Newly trained facilitators are expected to deliver at least one six week cycle of the program per year after their training. A memorandum of agreement will be required once an individual has been accepted into the facilitator training.
Facilitators need not be professional health care providers nor educators, but can be interested and competent community persons who want to make a difference in the health of our kupuna, caregivers or persons with disabilities.
Better Choices Better Health workshops are aStanfordUniversity, evidence-based, community-centered program. Workshops provide practical information, tools and support to people of all ages who are interested in incorporating healthier habits into their lives, and to help people with chronic conditions better manage their health.
For more information regarding the training, please call Better Choices Better Health Maui County Coordinator Robin Pilus at 281-0094.
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