It is rare that I “toot” my own horn. But after scooping poop and working most of yesterday in the sun with a most exceptional group of volunteers, I feel it is justified. I do a lot of volunteer activities. Sometimes I think that I spread myself too thin. But I remind myself that my volunteer work is a key to real estate lead generation. More importantly though, it feeds my soul and nourishes our community.
Yesterday, in concert with Community Work Day, our South Maui School Gardens Project started a garden at Lokelani Intermediate. We had about 35 people of all ages out to help! We are far from finished but great effort by everyone. I especially love it when families with kids come out. If you are interested in following more about the gardens and getting on our volunteer lists, sign up here or give me a call at 808-344-0469.
Behind every work day are many hours of planning. I wasn’t in the frontline of planning for this day but I did assist. I really give much credit to my friends and “overzealous” volunteers, Nio Kindla and Kirk Surry. They have each spent an immense number of work hours planning, finding donors and working in the gardens. Kirk is our designated School Garden Coordinator which is a paid position. But the pay is for about 15 hours of work a week and I’m sure he puts in at least an average of 40 – so he is still is a volunteer in spirit. For this project we were also pleased to have Rebekah from Community Work Day assisting in the design and planning for the garden. Knowing and being around passionate people like this, truly energizes my soul. And our effort continue to show as more and more kids are eating healthy and growing their own food!
You can read more about it as well as another fabulous program at the Maui School Garden Network website. I created the website and hope to see it used by more and more schools to share knowledge and get the importance of school gardens out to others. Last week we were recognized by Governor Abercrombie. And don’t miss this great video created about the Kihei Elementary School Garden by my friend Elizabeth Crow (and see me, Nio, Kirk and many others!). If you would like to volunteer to help with any school garden on the island, please contact Lehn Huff at 808-250-8323 or send her a note.
I can’t write a post on volunteerism without mentioning my first volunteer group on Maui – The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. If you love the ocean and learning about the life in our fragile ocean ecosystem, this is a fabulous place to volunteer. The enthusiasm and excitement about the ocean, whales, turtles and fish is astounding. There is something for everyone! I remember hearing that 98% of the effort at the sanctuary is performed by volunteers. They have an education center that is open 10-3, M-F for kids of all ages learn and explore. Contact the volunteer coordinator Bo Petty at(808) 879-2818 extn 22 for more information.
These are my volunteer activities but no matter what your interest, you’ll find something that can feed your soul. I do know many great organizations around the island and I’m happy to try to connect you so give me a call at 808-344-0469.