This headline in my local paper hurt my heart today:
“State ranked among the lowest in volunteering”
From the Associated Press for the West Hawaii Today
“Hawaii residents are among the stingiest in the nation in volunteering their time, according to a national report released Monday.”
Well, I do like this attitude:
“We’re all going to the drawing board and taking a look at this,” said Lynn Dunn, state director of the CNCS (Corporation for National Community Service, the federal agency which conducted the study) “”to me there’s no bad news here; it’s a good way to raise the issue of volunteering in America, and all of us know we can’t just depend on government to address and support our communities. Volunteering is a way we can all get involved.”
When my children were younger, most of our volunteering was with the neighborhood sports they were constantly involved in. These days, Managing with Aloha has very naturally led me back to many school campuses again, however this article is giving me pause to think of more ways I can extend my mālama and aloha for our community locally.
What are you doing? Can we give each other more ideas for involvement?
Related articles in the local news (the print I’m reading is not online, but these are similar):
Ranking surprises local charities
Hawaii ranks near bottom for volunteers
And an update:
Volunteers just don’t like to brag
Congratulations to the states making the top of the list for their volunteering; these were the top 5: