Maui is home to hundreds of nonprofit agencies providing vital services to our community. These groups function on limited staff and rely heavily on the aloha of people living on island to keep everything up and running. Volunteers are the backbone of nonprofits around the world, and in order to give these superstar humans the recognition they absolutely deserve, we are celebrating Global Volunteer Month!
April is Global Volunteer Month
Global Volunteer Month is a chance to shine a spotlight on outstanding nonprofit agencies and special volunteers that are making a huge positive impact. It is especially important in these hard times to express our gratitude for others out loud. While the world is doing their part to fight COVID-19 by staying home, we could also use this as a platform to let the Maui community know they can still volunteer virtually.
Tips for Nonprofits
Points of Light is an organization trailblazing this movement and has created a way for everyone across the globe to share their volunteer stories together.
You can use the hashtag #LocalLight in your social media posts to be featured and to recognize your local volunteer heroes.
If you are a Maui non-profit agency and you want to recognize one of your volunteers, you can nominate your volunteer hero here or direct message us on our social media so we can share your story!
Tips for Volunteers
If you are an individual wanting to inspire others, you can use the hashtag #LocalLight and also tag @handsonmaui in your photos! Finally, and the most urgent, you can get on our website and look under the volunteer opportunities tab to start reaching out to the many nonprofits that need your help! It is up to us to keep these critical agencies afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This is an important time to ask yourself, your spouse, and your family, “How can I/we be a #LocalLight in the Maui community?”. Then, follow these steps inspired by Points of Light:
- Learn: You can explore the HandsOn Maui website to see what is involved in virtual volunteerism. There are also safety recommendations resources for people that choose to still volunteer outside at organizations that are exempt fromStay At Home orders.
- Find: Search our database, updated many times throughout the day, for virtual volunteer opportunities. There are so many options like crafting projects that you can do from your home, social media marketing, and making phone calls.
- Share: You can inspire others to get involved by telling your story about taking part in virtual volunteerism on social media. If you or someone you know is uplifting the Maui community in creative ways, share the story of being a local point of light in your community.
There are so many ways you can still help out our wonderful Maui nonprofits during these hard times. Please feel free to contact us if you are a person or agency that has insight to more virtual and social distancing opportunities. We love bringing good people and causes together by connecting volunteers with non-profits who need help!