Members of the Press Club at HPU
who volunteered to help at Hawai‘i Public Radio phone
drives were among the volunteers honored by the Radio Station
at the Waikiki Aquarium Jan. 27. About 150 of the station’s
volunteers attended the event. They were treated to a buffet-style
meal and provided drinks throughout the evening. Free admission
to the aquarium was a part of the evening, and five outstanding
volunteers at the station won awards for hours donated or for
arranging services such as catering for the phone drive.
This is the station’s sixth volunteer event according to
Gene Evens, HPR’s Listener Services manager. The station
tries to hold one once a year and fits it in whereever room is
available in the calendar. Before the guests left they were handed
a bag filled with items, each one was different, and a free t-shirt.
Hawai‘i Public Radio “couldn’t exist without
the volunteers,” said Evans. “Their energy and wisdom
invigorates the staff.”
HPR is a nonprofit organization with 17 full-time employees for
two stations. The event was funded by donations from local food
companies and other resources. To run the station itself, two
phone drives are held, one in the fall and another in the spring.
The next phone drive will be held from April 9 through 19. Interested
volunteers should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Evans: email@example.com.