The Maui Job Corps recently volunteered to perform a variety of landscaping maintenance tasks at the Aloha House/Maui Youth & Family Services (MYFS)/Malama Family Recovery Center administration building and MYFS campus, both in Makawao. During the week of May 11, 75 students and 10 staff members, led by Facility Maintenance Supervisor AJ Delima, cleared yards of overgrown shrubs and plants, raked leaves, trimmed hedges and helped haul away large amounts of green waste.
Each year, the three nonprofits help more than 5,000 individuals and families affected by behavioral health issues. “We are tremendously grateful to the job corps students and leadership for volunteering to upgrade our outdoor space so it is more welcoming for staff as well as our clients and their families,” said Jud Cunningham, tri-agency Chief Executive Officer.
Maui Job Corps, also located in Makawao, is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.
“Participating in community service and understanding the importance of giving are central to our program,” said Maui-site Director Robert Upton. “It is an integral part of our students’ training and learning how to be well-rounded citizens.”
The Maui Job Corps has volunteered for the tri-agency several times in the past. Last year, job corps students completely overhauled Malama Family Recovery Center’s backyard prior to the installation of fun and stimulating playground equipment for clients’ children.
Photo courtesy of Maui Job Corps