‘Healing the Healers’ Event Planned to Celebrate Nonprofit Employees | News, Sports, Jobs

WAILUKU – Maui United Way, along with Hawaii Land Trust (HILT) and Hui No Ke Ola Pono, will host a “Healing Healers” event on April 7, 2022 at the Waihe’e Refuge to thank the Maui-based nonprofit and health center staff for all they do for our community.

During these difficult times, nonprofit staff expressed a sense of exhaustion.

“Healing Healers” hopes to regain purpose through an event that heals using traditional Hawaiian practices in a safe outdoor environment.

The event will begin by working on the ‘aina with HILT and will move on to cultural and health activities, followed by a delicious Hawaiian Hui No Ke Ola Pono meal.

Administrators of nonprofits and health centers on Maui are invited to nominate themselves and up to three staff members to attend this event. Contact Makana Nunes at makana@mauiunitedway.org to receive the link to the nomination form.

This event has a limited capacity and the deadline for nominations is March 18, 2022.

“We are very pleased to bring this event to the medical and nonprofit community. It has been difficult for everyone, and providing social services during this time has certainly cost us dearly. We believe that a day of healing and gratitude is in order”, said Nicholas Winfrey, president and CPO of Maui United Way.

Not-for-profit organizations fill the void in community services that government and the private sector do not provide.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, nonprofits have had limited resources, with growing demand and need for their work.

Staff at nonprofits and health centers report feeling burnt out due to the constant need to adjust programs and services due to fluctuations in COVID-19, in addition to their already taxing jobs.

Overall, nonprofits and health centers report concerns about the emotional health and well-being of staff and uncertainty about the future.

“Our job as a nonprofit is to help and heal our community in different ways. We can’t help if we’re burnt out,” shared Laura Kaakua, CEO of Hawaii Land Trust.

“From a Hawaiian perspective, when we need to heal, we go to land, we go to the ocean. When we go back to land and ocean collectively, it brings collective healing, so that we can continue to heal and help others.

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