You don't have to be a visionary or spiritualist to know that, like other areas of local life, Hawaii's non-profits are being hit and hit hard by the economic downturn. A recent survey of some local non-profits shows that almost half have cut back on staffing, over 40% have cut services, and almost three-quarters of those polled plan to make cuts next quarter. As a community, we all suffer when those in need lose out on services that these agencies and organizations provide.
Grants, donations, and in-kind products have all slowed down throughout the non-profit world in Hawaii. So what can you do, even if you cannot provide funds? Perhaps you can donate some time, expertise, or training. Make a simple phone call to a non-profit and ask what you can do to help out. Volunteers are always needed for fund-raising events, and educational training is something anyone with expertise can provide at no cost, other than your time and commitment. And when you do good, you feel good- not a bad thought for these tough times.