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‘Ōlelo Waianae CMC’s Volunteer of the Year

May 3, 2011

Volunteerism is what ‘Ōlelo Community Media is built upon.  Giving back as a volunteer is the investment that pays dividends toward a better community.

Marcelino “Junior” Soto received the Spirit of
Volunteerism Award at ‘Ōlelo’s 11th Annual Volunteer and Video Awards Banquet.  Each year the banquet celebrates PEG Access programs and the producers and volunteers from each Community Media Center who create them.  At the 2011 Banquet, held February 26th at the Empress Restaurant in Chinatown, Junior was honored as Waianae’s outstanding volunteer.   

As Sparky Rodrigues, Manager of the Waianae CMC put it: “Junior is the kind of guy who offers to help before you can ask for it.  Every conversation Junior has ever had with the Waianae CMC staff and fellow clients volunteers has always ended with him saying ‘Well, you take care, if you need help just call’”.  Junior’s commitment to helping out was obvious from the beginning, Rodrigues noted.  “Junior was the first in his ‘Ōlelo certification class to finish the required First Works video project; he then pitched in to help every one of his classmate’s finish their projects.”  Junior continues to volunteer on a weekly basis with the video ministry at Ark of Safety, covering two shoots a week as well as seasonal community outreach events.  Soon after completing training, he volunteered as part of the video crew on a production covering the Aloha Week Parade in Waikiki.  In November of 2010 he volunteered to produce projects with Habitat for Humanity. 

We invite everyone who is interested in telling Waianae’s stories in video to follow Junior’s example.  “Check out our training schedule and plan to get ‘Ōlelo certified to produce your own programming for ‘Ōlelo channels.  Like Junior, you could find yourself involved in exciting and important work that gives back to the community, while meeting your neighbors and having fun!”

We also want the you to know the Waianae hours of operations will change, starting April 2011.  The new hours will be 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; closed Sunday, Monday and Friday; available Saturday by appointment.  “We are adjusting our hours to spend more staff time helping media programs in the Waianae – Nanakuli schools and community organization projects.” 

For more information, contact the ‘Olelo Waianae Community Media Center at 696-1003 ask for Christian, Justin or Sparky.

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