Kihei, Hawaii

Hoaloha ‘Aina (aka South Maui Volunteers)

Maui is a wonderful place. Not just for its abundant natural beauty of blue water, greenery, and mountains. The Aloha culture, the people, the history, and the traditions make Maui unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been.

I was lucky enough to join up with the South Maui Volunteers at venerable Kam II Beach in Kihei where I did some light gardening. If you’re in Maui on vacation and you want to give back in appreciation for the splendor you have enjoyed, you can volunteer with them even if it’s only one time. No reason not to!

More about Hoaloha ‘Aina (from their website):

Hoaloha ‘Aina (aka South Maui Volunteers), under the guidance of Parks, State DLNR, and UH SEA Grant personnel, has been able to help in several instances of natural and man-made events and disasters which have affected the south Maui coastal dunes.  Storms have ravaged dunes and beach areas, water leaks have washed out trails, sea birds have been killed by dogs, vandalism has damaged dune areas, and on several occasions there have been huge mounds of dumped rubbish.   Our volunteer group has been able to step in and repair most of the areas with the help of grants from Hawaii Tourism Authority, donations from supporters, and hours of service from a host of wonderful volunteers.

Hoaloha ‘Aina on the web:
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Broadview, Illinois

New to You

My friend Cedric and I volunteered at New to You in Broadview, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago). Parents from his son’s school were there to help set up a holiday display. And so were we.

More about New to You (from their website):

We are an upscale non-profit resale store located in Broadview, Illinois (western suburb of Chicago), at the corner of Roosevelt and 17th Avenue.
All merchandise is donated. All workers except for the store managers are volunteers.

The store offers a wide variety of new and used items including but not limited to antiques and other collectibles, books, boutique items, clothing, electronics, furniture, housewares, jewelry, music, videos, shoes, small appliances, sporting goods, and toys.

New to You on the web:
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Dahlonega, Georgia

TLC Humane Shelter

I joined my friend, author Delilah S. Dawson at the TLC Humane Society in Dahlonega, Georgia. We spent time with cats and dogs who needed a little human interaction. To be honest, it was nice, having been on the road for a bit, to run around outside with the dogs and to quasi-nap in the sun with the kittens.

More about the TLC Humane Society (from their website):

TLC Humane Society, legally recognized as Dahlonega-Lumpkin County Humane Society, was founded in 1977 and is Dahlonega’s only no-kill shelter. We are a licensed non-profit 501(c)(3) rescue organization and have both dogs and cats and, often times, puppies and kittens available for adoption, and all of them need to find a good home.

The shelter sits on 5.87 acres of beautiful property which includes a dog park, walking trail, small block house with 2 cat rooms, a kitten room and 3 dogs runs, plus a puppy palace with 6 dog runs and 16 large dog kennels.

TLC Humane Society is very active in the community, hosting adoption events almost every weekend on the beautiful Dahlonega Square and at many other locations nearby. In addition, we hold several activities and events throughout the year, such as the annual Bark in the Park Festival in the fall.

We do our best to save as many animals as we can, but that’s only possible with the help of our community and people like you. We are especially happy to find new volunteers who share out commitment for the animals of Lumpkin County and surrounding North Georgia area. Check out our Get Involved for more information on what you can do. A helping hand is always appreciated!

Denver Rescue Mission on the web:
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