We're always curious why people come to work and stay with the Kaimuki YMCA. Earlier in the year we asked a few of our current staff why they find themselves at our branch and we came up with this great compilation of words to inspire us: Why I work at the Kaimuki YMCA (Part 1).
This time, we got to speak to one of our Summer Day Camp Group Leaders, Kaluhi Kaapana and we asked her a different question - What is she learning so far?
Our Summer staff are sometimes with us just for the summer and in such a short time, what do they get out of it? Read more on what Kaluhi has to say.
If you'd like to join the Summer staff, you're still welcome! Visit our jobs page here.
At the Kaimuki Y, we've embarked on a mission to figure out why people work here with us - all with the intention of a happier, healthier workplace. (Visit our jobs page.)
If you've been following us on Facebook or Instagram, you may have seen a few of our staff talk about what they love doing here, in videos like this one:
It's always enlightening to hear what others have to say and so we talked to more of our staff to know their stories. Each one of them will make your heart full with what they have to say about their work. Read more below.
“It’s the hardest job I’ve ever had … and the best one.”
That was my sincere response to inquiring minds of friends and family after leaving the private business sector and serving in the challenging position of Executive Director of the Kaimuki-Waialae YMCA during the 1990s.
Having already been a part of this Y Ohana since 1963 as a teen participant and later as a volunteer board member, the culture was familiar and comforting. Yet, as an Executive Director, I had to look at the Y from a different viewpoint. And, at the time, the challenges were… well, pointed and sometimes prickly.
Sustaining an aging facility, meeting a growing demand for more diverse programs to serve the multi-generational families in East Honolulu, bolstering our sagging community collaborations - these were just some of the pop-up problems that came up in my daily work life. “Like juggling bowling balls,” was the analogy I liked to use for my work - something that would literally be challenging and tricky to do. All of this on a shoestring budget and thankfully, with a hearty, spirited group of staff and volunteers who also believed in the values and worthiness of the Y.
What’s the number one lesson I learned in all those years?
Here's a collection of information, insights and, inspiration from us to you 🌺