Now in their third year, on the second Tuesday of each month, the Maui County Animal Coalition (MCAC) assembles to discuss and plan ways to better the treatment of the county's critters. While each of the participating organizations is a nonprofit, the vast majority has no paid staff. At times, it can be a challenge just to find the time to attend the monthly meeting due to the group's composition--most are employed for 'ohana sustenance as well as organization expenses and then devote all their free uncompensated time to the organization helping a variety of animals.
Over the years, guests have included both state and county elected officials and their staff, county department supervisors, national organizations representatives and members of the media.
My manini part in all of this is meeting moderator and to help with communications.
Month after month, I watch MCAC members struggling to rescue a variety of animals in need, care for the injured, feed the hungry, safeguard the endangered, find homes for the homeless, rehabilitate the abused, spearhead spay-neuter clinics, assure protection laws are enforced and more. While their specific missions vary widely, many of them exhibit a spirit of cooperation and aloha, finding ways to help each other achieve almost impossible tasks. Each month someone asks for guidance and suggestions to rectify a concern, and usually someone offers a way to probably achieve it.
I can only observe in awe at what these selfless people do.