For Immediate Release

WAILUKU – April 12, 2016 – The County of Maui Volunteer Center held its annual “Celebration of Service” in the Mayor’s Conference Room at the County of Maui Building this morning, to recognize 10 special volunteers who have made a great impact on the community.  This year’s Maui County “Volunteer Heroes” received recognition from the honorable Alan Arakawa.

Celebration of Service

This year’s event was a little different than past events, because both volunteers and volunteer leaders were recognized.  Alan Takeda of Hawaii Animal Rescue and Lee Chamberlain of Maui Bicycling League were honored for their leadership contributions, while Rosalie Yoshia of the Foster Grandparent Program, Tannis Grimes of the Haku Baldwin Center’s Therapeutic Riding Program, Jim Porowski of the Hāli’imaile Community Garden, Daniel Southmayd of Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, Valerie Bromberg of Leilani Farm Sanctuary, Tony Pompillio of Maui Food Bank, Myrna Fung of the Maui Historical Society, and Jeannie Brew of Nā Hoaloha were celebrated for the immense impact their volunteer activities have on our community.

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This event is held every year during National Volunteer Week, which celebrates and encourages volunteers across the US. Lead by Points of Light, National Volunteer Week has been taking place since 1974, and inspires hundreds of volunteer events every year.  This special week offers the perfect opportunity for the County of Maui Volunteer Center to assist its partner nonprofit agencies in showing appreciation for their volunteers.

About the County of Maui Volunteer Center

The HandsOn County of Maui Volunteer Center mobilizes volunteers to meet community needs, builds capacities of organizations to effectively engage volunteers, and inspires support for community service. It is a part of the national HandsOn Network, the volunteer-centered branch of the Points of Light Institute.