Forty-eight cars and trucks took their turns, driving thru the grounds of the Urban Garden Center for a well-deserved chance to vote on their favorite Halloween decoration, and receive tools generously donated by City Mill, as well as other tokens of mahalo! from the Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, UH Agricultural Diagnostic Service Center, UH Bookstore, and CTAHR.
Extension agents, faculty and staff were on hand for the drive-thru event, greeting the caravan of volunteers and thanking them for their thousands of hours donated to the UGC and Oahu Master Gardener program.
“It was our pleasure to return something back to the volunteers for all the time and energy they give to UGC,” said Steve Nagano, Extension agent. “And for the years past, present and future, we always believe that volunteers have been the heart and soul of the UGC.”
In August 2020, CTAHR conducted a UGC volunteer needs assessment, as suggested by UGC/CTAHR advisory team members, explains Jari Sugano, Oʻahu County Administrator. Volunteer recognition and appreciation was listed as a top priority for CTAHR to work on. Many of the educational gardens at UGC are led and managed by volunteers.
“With everyoneʻs help, creativity, and donations, our volunteers were recognized for their valuable contributions,” she said. “Historically, Extension always rises up and pulls together to support one another. It’s the very least we could do for our essential and hardworking volunteers. Thank you for your support and generosity. Together, we can do great things.”
Kalani Matsumura, Extension agent, added, “I saw smiles through the masks and got such positive feedback from all attendees!”