The opportunities to lend a helping hand are endless in Hawaii
Throughout the year, various Hawaiian Telcom employees have found different ways to give back by simply volunteering a little of their time. Here are some organizations they have participated with:
“Hawaii Meal’s on Wheels”
A hot meal and the opportunity to live independently are amenities that all people should be allowed to enjoy. “Hawai’i Meals on Wheels” works to provide meals and a friendly, familiar face to the elderly or disabled who are living independently. Laura Weaver, Al Bonilla, Tray Marsh, Sheilah Lee, Jason Thune, Joe Murray, and Cathy Crowley are a few members of the Hawaiian Telcom Technology Team who volunteer every Thursday to deliver hot meals to the people on their route.
Employees preparing toiletry bags for "River of Life Mission"
Lissa Guild Eveleth President YWCA of Oahu
Jennifer Tanouye President YWCA of Hawai'i Island
”For me personally, volunteering is very rewarding as the clients and their caregivers are always thankful and appreciative of their meal. Some clients live alone, so their daily delivery may be the only outside contact they have all day. It is sad too as I’ve seen some clients on our route pass away and others who can no longer live on their own.”
– Cathy Crowley
The “River of Life Mission”
We sometimes take the little things for granted and forget the importance of basic essentials like soap, shampoo, washcloths, and toothpaste. The “River of Life Mission” is a non-profit organization that provides items like these to those who are less fortunate and come to the mission seeking help. Some of our employees took time out of their personal schedules to collect, assemble, and deliver 134 toiletry bags to help the organization with their efforts.
Creating a safe haven and a sense of community for women, children, and families, the YWCA has become an important part of every community it touches. Each chapter offers a wide variety of programs and services that help women achieve their fullest potential as professionals, as mothers, and as leaders in our communities. Jennifer Tanouye, a Consumer Sales Consultant and Lissa Guild Eveleth, a Senior Marketing Manager, both currently serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the YWCAs on their respective islands.
“I love being able to give back to the community and gladly devote a bit of my extra time to the YWCA Hawaii Island. I’ve been proudly serving on its Board of Directors for 3 years now... I believe in the YWCA Hawaii Island, its mission, its people, and the many lives in our community that are enriched by the programs that are offered.” – Jennifer Tanouye
“I feel strongly about the mission of the YWCA, and the positive impact the Y has here in our community. When I see the people and families we’ve helped, I can’t help but be inspired to do more.” – Lissa Guild Eveleth
“Friends of the Library”
There is no other feeling like the one you get when you go on an adventure with a new book, and there is an organization that wants to make sure that the opportunity to read a good book will be around for generations to come. By organizing book sales throughout the state, libraries are able to keep their services free of charge with help from the profits from the sales. This year, some members of the Hawaiian Telcom team contributed their personal time to the efforts. Here are some things that the team had to say about their time with “Friend of the Library”:
“It was in my experience a success. The folks at the Library were very appreciative and commented several times how wonderful it was to actually have personnel support for their community effort.”
“We were proud to help our community, proud to show Hawaiian Telcom’s support and got some good book deals in the process.”
There are many more organizations that employees throughout Hawaiian Telcom have volunteered with, and many organizations that you too can lend a helping hand to. A little bit of time goes a long way.