This Sunday, Hands in Helping Out will be hosting an fundraiser featuring Paula Fuga and Jake Shimabukuro. “Volunteers make it possible for non-profit organizations to help better our communities,” says Shimabukuro. “I believe service-minded people build and strengthen communities, which is why I support HIHO.”

Hands in Helping Out is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating volunteerism on the island of O‘ahu. The volunteerism rate for the state of Hawai‘i is 21 percent, nearly 6 percent less than the national average. Yet, Hawai‘i’s nonprofit sector is larger than most other states’ and is growing at a faster rate than the rest of nation. HIHO exists to help these non-profits and the people they serve by providing a skilled, motivated volunteer force.

“We passionately believe in the power of individuals to affect change in the community,” says Ryan Leong, executive director of HIHO. “We want to increase volunteerism on the island of O‘ahu by assisting individuals and groups to serve the community through volunteer opportunities that match their abilities, lifestyle and personal interests.”

HIHO currently works with local non-profit organizations including Kokua Kalihi Valley, Hooulu Aina Program, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Special Olympics Hawaii, Lanakila Pacific, Hawaii Literacy, Papahana Kuaola, Hawaii Nature Center, KAUPA, Kukui Children’s Foundation, Kids Hurt Too, Waikiki Aquarium and Moiliili Matters

Ukulele players Jake Shimabukuro and Paula Fuga will perform for an intimate group at The Pineapple Room on Sunday, May 26, 2013 to benefit HIHO. To purchase tickets, visit giveandtake.bpt.me.

For more information, visit facebook.com/HIHOVolunteer.