June was an exciting month to be a Goodwill GLAM! Squad volunteer! Filled with fun surprises, this month’s events definitely consisted of activities worth getting out of the house for. On June 8, we returned toDiscover Kaka’ako at Ward Centers. Situated at our usual spot, in honor of Father’s Day, we brought our talents to good use by teaching people how to tie a tie, which garnered some event goers to second guess themselves and ask, “so, just how is that done?” A new addition to the Goodwill booth is our “step and repeat wall” where models from the event’s fashion show come down and strike a pose after strutting down the runway. Event goers have been loving this new add because of the mysterious basket of Goodwill items that people can use as props to create their own mini photo shoot. Model aspirations anyone?
On June 13, L&L Drive-Inn held its eighth annual 76-cent plate lunch celebration. It’s safe to say that the plate lunch connoisseurs came back hungrier than ever. As an event volunteer, I can attest for the intense traffic and long line that stretched all the way from outside the Keeaumoku Wal-Mart and into the parking garage. Calming the eager crowd, the Goodwill Signing Stars performed popular songs in sign language, making the wait a more enjoyable experience. With bonus offers such as 10-cent Pepsi fountain drinks and free discount gas cards, it was no wonder that this year’s event was also a success and happened to gather more people than any of the previous years. All the proceeds went to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii to support our mission.
If you weren’t getting a plate lunch on June 13, then I hope you were in line to see the grand opening of the new Microsoft store at Ala Moana Center. Goodwill staff and volunteers were present as Microsoft bestowed a generous donation of $500,000 in software to Goodwill Industries of Hawaii at the store’s ribbon cutting ceremony. Not only were there new products to been seen at the retail store, but theexcitement continued into the evening when, Goodwill staff passed out Dell Reconnect paraphernalia and attendees were able to visit the Goodwill truck to learn about our Dell Reconnect Program.
Some might think that volunteer work is strictly boring stuff, but do these events look drab to you? Join the Goodwill GLAM! Squad to participate in more exciting events in the future. Bring a friend! Volunteering is always more fun with more people around. Our volunteers help to further our non-profit mission to help people with employment barriers to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient. Don’t let summer slip through your fingers, volunteer today!