Remember the days of searching the newspapers for volunteer opportunities? Perhaps you even perused the bulletin board at the grocery store, or hoped to hear of prospects through the grapevine.

We now live in a digital age, when opportunities are at our fingertips through websites, databases, and social media platforms. As 2017 begins, it’s the perfect time to seek out new volunteer opportunities that may enrich your life.

The County of Maui Volunteer Center offers an easy, one-stop portal to easily locate new volunteer opportunities. On our HandsOn Maui website, you’ll find our impressive GetConnected portal, made for volunteers and agencies alike. It’s something we only could have dreamed about when the County of Maui Volunteer Center was started in the 1980’s!

For volunteers, it’s an ideal place to find volunteer opportunities that seamlessly match with your unique personality, schedule, and interests. You’ll find a dashboard filled with the latest news, fresh opportunities, and information on local agencies that we partner with.

Agencies enjoy engaging with GetConnected, updating their volunteer opportunities and seeking talented, kindhearted people to help fulfill their current needs. Our Agency Partners have found great success through the portal. Instead of scrambling for volunteers, the volunteers come to you, ones that are well-matched with your opportunities.

To read more about GetConnected, visit our Tips page. And visit our Agencies page to find out how your organization can get more involved in the Maui community.

Currently on the GetConnected portal, there are several great opportunities posted by partner agencies, such as Hale Hoike’ike and Maui County Parks & Recreation.

Hale Hoike’ike, a museum filled with Hawaiian artifacts that also includes Bailey House, a historical 19th century home, is looking for volunteers to run the register, greet volunteers, and give a brief introduction to the museum. In particular, they are searching for volunteers on Monday mornings to accept museum admissions. The Maui Historical Society has a passion for sharing Hawaiian history with visitors, and they love it when their volunteers share that very passion. Visit the Agency Page to learn more about all of Hale Hoike’ike’s current volunteer opportunities.

Maui Parks & Recreation works diligently to keep Maui looking pristine and beautiful, thanks to the help of its dedicated base of volunteers. One upcoming opportunity is the Kula School Park Tree Planting on Martin Luther King Day (January 16), hosted by the Arborist Committee along with the Kula Community Association, Maui Green & Beautiful, Department of Housing and Human Concerns Volunteer Center and the East District of Parks. Maui Parks & Recreation regularly offers volunteer opportunities, like park clean-up projects and supporting local athletics. To see all of their offerings, go to their Agency Page.

A quote that really applies to our GetConnected portal is this: “You can’t make a difference without making a connection.” The HandsOn Maui website is designed for both volunteers and agencies, to discover life-changing volunteer opportunities or to have the ability to seek those volunteers.

So, whether you’re searching for a chance to make a difference in the new year, or if you’re an organization wanting to get even more involved in the community, look no further than the HandsOn Maui website, GetConnected Program. Email Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator with any questions.