Online System Creates “One-Stop-Shop” for Volunteering on Maui
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i – September 30, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns’ Volunteer Center would like to invite the public to visit its newly upgraded website, www.handsonmaui.com,
The online platform, Get Connected 2.0, offers both non-profits and volunteers the opportunity to take advantage of this web-based, “one-stop-shop” that lists agency profiles and current volunteer needs. The system also allows users to create a free membership and to browse and sign up for volunteer opportunities.
Opportunities listed by 86 partner agencies currently offer more than 200 volunteer opportunities; these include becoming a museum docent, feeding the home-bound elderly, event volunteers, social media curator, beach clean ups, and more.
“The Hands on Maui website allows the public to see the many opportunities that exist for them to help make a difference,” said Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator. “This online platform creates awareness that can lead to citizens taking action and building relationships that further strengthen our community.
One partner agency, Islands Hospice, stated that the Get Connected system has connected many volunteers with their team, which in turn has benefited from the kindness, caring and compassion of these volunteers who may not otherwise have known about the volunteer opportunities that existed.
“Many people in our community want to get involved and contribute to a worthwhile cause, but oftentimes we don’t know where to volunteer our time or how to get started,” said Michelle Bowerman, Islands Hospice Director of Business Operations. “This is where Get Connected is so valuable, as it connects those who want to help with the agencies that need the help. The result is absolutely priceless in terms of serving the community.”
Judy Guajardo, Na HoAloha Volunteer Coordinator, noted that “a match made in heaven occurred when we used the ‘Get Connected’ program on www.handsonmaui.com.
Hands on Maui was the perfect connection for a traveling nurse and a young resident at Hale Makua. Not only did we discover a new resource for volunteers, but a very grateful caregiving Mom and her daughter now have a friend for life. Na Hoaloha has gained awesome volunteers through the connection of www.handsonmaui.com.”
The County of Maui Volunteer Center mobilizes volunteers to meet community needs, builds capacity of organizations to effectively engage volunteers, and inspires support for community service. The HandsOn Maui website has increased awareness of volunteer opportunities in the community with over 36,000 partner agency and volunteer need views and 350 volunteers signing up on the site in 2014. It is free for agencies that have volunteer programs, and is a fast, simple way to recruit new volunteers and find volunteer opportunities.
To learn more, visit www.handsonmaui.com or call Wendy Stebbins, Volunteer Center Coordinator at (808) 276-7733.