Our Maui community is under “Stay at Home” orders until April 30th, 2020. We all need to stick together during these uncertain times and follow quarantine guidelines to protect those at high risk of catching COVID-19.
This economic slowdown has also had a severe impact on Maui’s nonprofits. These organizations need all the help they can get to come out of this period still able provide services to our community. There are many volunteer opportunities you can do from home that will keep our beloved Maui nonprofits a float! Check out some ideas here:
Virtual Volunteer Opportunities in Maui County
1. Work with Na Hoaloha to give a reassuring phone call to Kupuna that are no longer allowed to visit with their loved ones due to being in quarantine and isolation. Make a difference, brighten someone’s day, and build a lasting friendship.
2. Sort donated food to put into food boxes with Feed My Sheep. There are many families struggling to make enough money to purchase food in these tough times. The warehouse is big enough for five volunteers to come in and still practice social distancing.
3. Become an online mentor and tutor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. You can have a meaningful impact on the life of a child in need of guidance. If you have experience teaching or have valuable industry knowledge, you can tutor local keiki virtually!
4. Use your social media and video editing skills to help put gardening classes online. Grow Some Good is a local organization cultivating a love of gardening in our keiki and our community. They usually offer in person classes about sustainable living, but are looking to transfer this material online.
5. Aid in communication during search and rescue, emergency services, or other similar education. Civil Air Patrol – Maui County Composite Squadron is seeking volunteers interested in helping our county in search and rescue, emergency services, communications, aerospace education, Air Force Missions, and more.
6. Use your organization and problem- solving skills in times of stress. Become a caseworker with the American Red Cross to provide much needed relief to families after a disaster. You can assess their needs and provide encouragement via phone and email.
7. Make DIY toys and treats for shelter animals from home. Maui Humane Society and East Maui Animal Refuge need help caring for homeless pets and other critters. You can google how to cook up some treats or craft some toys from your home, then drop them off curbside – or ask someone to pick them up.
8. Put your sewing skills to use and make masks for Hospice Maui. Healthcare workers are in urgent need of reversible masks. You can donate handmade masks, or materials that are used to make them – like elastic.
9. Record important beach and marine data with Pacific Whale Foundation. The scientists working with this organization could use your assistance monitoring and recording data they have gathered. You can utilize your own laptop from home.