Every year , all across the country, Windermere closes its offices for one day to make a positive difference in their local communities. Two years ago we deeply cleaned the Makawao Boys and Girls club, and last year we worked on the Kihei Youth Center. This year was the most rewarding experience for me. On June 21st Windermere Valley Isle Properties closed all three of our offices on Maui and spent a beautiful morning in upcountry Makawao working with the families at the Maui Farm, gardening, pulling weeds, organizing and cleaning the nursery. Our Windermere ohana (family) working toward a common goal of helping our community is one the yearly highlights.
I wanted to share the Mission statement of the chosen community service project this year:
"The Maui Farm provides farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living. We offer services in a safe neighborhood setting where individuals and families are nurtured to their full potential."
Pulling weeds and talking story with resident moms and their kids was a special experience. This safe environment they call home, allowed them to open and share their stories as we worked. Moms receive guidance on parenting, develop a strong supportive community, and work towards personal and achievable goals. Their quality of life is greatly improved thereby encouraging these families to grow in independence, while at the same time forming bonds with other women of similar circumstances.
The Maui Farm is available for volunteer opportunities, and I hope to post their contact on my www.volunteer-on-vacation-hawaii.com site soon. Please visit their site and look for ways to share your mana ( energy) and good fortune with these deserving folks.
Mahalo for all you do for your community.