Young, Willing and Grateful
How Elijah Dacanay stepped in when others had to stay-at-home
When Gov. David Ige issued an emergency proclamation at the end of March 2020 — business closures, furloughs and tightened work schedules spread across Hawaii as residents were ordered to “stay at home” to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the orders allowed for essential public services like Hawaii Foodbank to continue operating, many nonprofits found themselves with sharply declining numbers of volunteers.
When news spread that Hawaii Foodbank was in need of healthy and able volunteers, Elijah Dacanay did not hesitate to raise his hand and step in. Knowing his work schedule was about to open up, Elijah signed up to volunteer one afternoon at Hawaii Foodbank’s warehouse. And he hasn’t looked back.