Week of September 10

The Volunteer Experience

I'd like to share my amazing experience of what it's like to be part of the Hale Kau Kau team. 

Not just a charitable organization, but a network of committed people, members of our Kihei community who have dedicated literally - years of their lives - to the service of others, and the betterment of our lives - the Hale Kau Kau Ohana is truly an eclectic group filled with diversity yet held together by one unbreakable bond. 

What is this "bond" I hear you ask - a question easy to answer. This bond is the peace that is found internally when one serves others without hope of gain, without the desire to be known - simply because it feels good to help. 

Over and over I have interviewed our volunteer staff - some of whom have been with the program for more than 15 years and ask them - why do you continue? The answer is always the same: "helping others makes me happy"...and what more does man seek than happiness at the end of each day.

If you have ever thought of volunteering, or dedicating yourself to helping others - paying it forward, or simply finding a good group of like minded to socialize with, I encourage you to visit our Volunteer sign up on this site.  You'll get a phone call within 24 hours, and an opportunity to decide how you can join our family, be it helping in the kitchen, driving for our homebound, helping organize our endless paper work, or serve in one of the many fundraising events that come up throughout the season. 

Now is the time to act! Our immediate needs include:

  • Kitchen helpers for preparation and service for the annual St. Theresa's Thanksgiving Dinner, prepared by Hale Kau Kau kitchen, and supported by many local organizations with donations of food and funding. Call today 875-8754 to get information on committment and dates.
  • On October 21 the Stomp Out Hunger 5k run, and 1mile Walk will be supported by breakfast from Hale Kau Kau - we need help in preparation, and Dr. Mary is always looking for volunteers to help with the event, preparation, and onsite. For immediate response: email Hale Kau Kau @ halekaukau@rcchawaii.org
  • November 25th - the Mulligan's Golf Tournament is needing volunteers to work in the kitchen preparing breakfast, on the course, and at the event. Sign up is now! Don't delay.
  • Christmas, with all the trimmings is a jolly event at St. Theresa's in the kitchen or helping decorate the hall at St. Theresa's - we're planning a magnificent dinner with all the trimmings...and lots of photo ops!
  • We need Fundraisers for 2 weeks in February to work with Dr. Mary in preparation of our biggest fundraising event of the year "the Hale Kau Kau Auction". Guaranteed fun, and great rewards!

You may be an individual, a family, a school, or a charitible organization; whoever you are, we are looking to collaborate, expand, enhance, and share our experiences with you. With Aloha, 

The HKK Program Director and Chief Fundraiser, Dr. Mary Trotto bid you "welcome"

Tags: Serving others, Maui, Office on Aging, Homebound, Homeless, Kihei, Halekaukau


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