SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAM

 

Matching UHM’s Institutional Learning Outcomes, one of HELP’s Program Learning Outcomes is for students “to demonstrate personal development . . . (by) participation in activities with the larger community both on and off campus.” Service Learning is one way to fulfill this outcome and it is required of all HELP students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a method by which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community.

How will service learning help me learn and develop?

Service-Learning helps you…

  • discover the connection between your classroom studies and the real world
  • gain experiences and possible career skills that will enhance your resume
  • develop writing, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
  • learn how to communicate across cultures and generations

What is the difference between service learning and volunteering?

Doing a service, such as a beach cleanup or helping children in an after-school program, are unpaid, volunteer activities. These types of service become “service-learning” when they require the student to prepare a critical reflection on each service in the form of an essay, presentation, or the completion of a survey questionnaire.

 

What kind of service can I participate in?

There are a wide variety of service options. Some are one-day events, such as  serving a meal at a homeless shelter or helping at a cultural festival, and others are term-long commitments, such as visiting the elderly at a retirement home or doing after-school activities with elementary school children.

Please note: While we would like you to be able use both listening and speaking skills in English during the activities, you may not always be required to speak with others; for example, you may be asked to put away books in a school library by yourself. For all activities, you will have to listen to instructions in English. Then, it is your responsibility to try to speak with those you meet because people may think you cannot speak much English since you are an ESL student.

 

How many hours of service is required?

Every student is required to serve a minimum of six hours per term. HELP encourages students to serve more hours at one or more sites

 

What proof of the hours of service can I show to other educational institutions or an employer?

At the end of each term, you will receive a digital service-learning badge that corresponds to the number of hours you worked. Any school or employer can view your badge on the HELP website, or your own website, along with a description of it.

There are three levels of badge awards:

  1. Green = 6 hours
  2. Purple = 10 hours
  3. Blue = 15+ hours

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do I get started?

There are three (3) steps in completing the service-learning requirement:

1.  Choose  

During the first week of the term, select a service-learning activity that is good for you. If you have any questions about these options, please speak with the service learning coordinator. When you are ready, please sign up for at least 6 hours of service learning. You will need to sign up for your first service by the beginning of the second week of the term. If you need more hours during the term, please see the coordinator for more choices.


2.  Serve   

Service learning is an important part of your studies at HELP. You will do some volunteer work at a place not far from the university. You will be working with other HELP students, and you will need to work closely and communicate with your service learning organization. Please do your best because your organization will rely on you.


3.  Reflect  

During and after your service learning, you will be asked to write about your experiences or give a presentation. These writing projects and presentations are an important step in service learning. They will help you to understand the value of your service learning while learning to express yourself in English.

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Summer 2 2014

 

ENVIRONMENT-RELATED

*Ho‘oulu ‘Aina

[For all levels]

Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV) was formed by the Kalihi Valley community as a non-profit corporation in 1972, in response to the absence of accessible and appropriate health care services for the valley’s low-income, Asian and Pacific Island immigrant population.

We are pleased to offer opportunities for community gardening, reforestation, environmental education and the preservation of land-based cultural knowledge at Ho`oulu `Aina (the Kalihi Valley Nature Preserve).  In this “welcoming place of refuge for people of all cultures,” healing the land heals us as well.  Ho’oulu ‘Aina is flourishing under the enthusiasm and hard work of its staff and hundreds of community volunteers.

DUTIES:  Work in the garden – pull weeds/prepare garden for planting; Help in the kitchen to prepare meals; help with planting and clearing the forest.

 

*Lanikai Beach & Park Foundation

[For all levels]

The Lanikai Association is a local organization which aims to enhance and protect the unique

quality of life and character of our beachside community on the Windward side of Oahu.  We do this by managing and maintaining the Lanikai Park, one of the only community owned parks in the state, maintaining most of the beach right of ways, and exerting our influence.  The natural beauty and open space which Lanikai Association strives to preserve is also attractive to visitors who contribute to the economic base of Kailua, the city of which Lanikai is a part.  Part of why we have such nice water and beaches is because of our cooperation with the department of land and natural resources (DLNR), if you see illegal fishing practices, please contact them (808) 643-DLNR.

The most important function of the Lanikai Association is the maintenance of the community park and its associated facilities which are frequently used by both young and old for soccer, softball, basketball, volleyball, and picnics.  The fenced children’s playground area included swings, slides and other equipment.  The Lanikai park facilities can be rented to families and groups for birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations.

  DUTIES: Help with conducting a beach survey of beachgoers & beach activities.

 

ACADEMIC RELATED

*Japanese Conversation Class  [OUTREACH COLLEGE (UH Manoa)]

[For Intermediate level and higher - (Japanese speakers only)]

About Outreach College

Extending the rich resources of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to the community and world, Outreach College presents year-round lifelong learning opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students.

DUTIES: Teach introductory conversational Japanese.

[No teaching experience needed.]

 

MISCELLANEOUS

*Aloha Harvest

[For all levels]

Aloha Harvest is a non-profit organization that gathers quality, donated food and delivers it “free of charge” to social service agencies feeding the hungry in Hawai‘i. This innovative concept first proved successful in New York City with the 1982 City Harvest project. In 1999, the Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation asked founder, Helen ver Duin Palit, to study the feasibility of bringing the City Harvest concept to O‘ahu. Based on discussions with potential food donors, recipients, and community leaders, her study concluded that the island definitely needed a reliable link between businesses that wanted to donate good, perishable food and social service agencies with clients to feed. Thus, Aloha Harvest was established in November 1999 to fulfill this need.

DUTIES:  Help with shredding and labeling; label supplies (e.g. pans, cake boxes) and label cookbooks.

 

*Epilepsy Foundation of Hawai’i  – (Freedom Run – July 4, 2014)

[For all levels]

The Epilepsy Foundation of Hawai’i provides direct services to individuals with seizure disorders.  It is estimated that over 15,000 Hawaii residents have epilepsy and over 75,000 people are touched by it.  For over 30 years, the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawai’i has provided information and educational services to individuals and organizations interested in learning more about epilepsy.

  Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.

  DUTIES: Make race packets for runners/participants & fold T-shirts.

 

*River of Life Mission

[For Intermediate level and higher]

The Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization feeding hundreds of hungry people daily who come from all walks of life.  We receive no state or federal funds.  Most of our income comes from contributions of individuals, churches and businesses.  Some funding comes from private foundations or grants.  We greatly appreciate the financial support and in-kind donations from our generous donors.

  DUTIES: Help us put food on plates and serve the plates in the dining room /Help prepare food, cutting vegetables, making salads, cutting cakes/pies – put slices on plates.

 

HEALTH RELATED

*Hale Ola Kino  [Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Hale Ola Kino features progressive rehabilitative and long-term care programs, as well as respite services.  Our highly trained, multi-disciplinary staff takes pride in meeting your specific needs.  We believe in providing the type of environment and the necessary assistance that will result in the greatest level of independence and happiness.

DUTIES: Help with activities and share conversations, interests and hobbies with the residents.

 

*H.U.G.S. (Help, Understanding, & Group Support)

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Founded in 1982, HUGS was the concept of a small group of volunteers who recognized the many challenges and stressors that families with seriously ill children face.  They dedicated themselves to establishing an agency that would provide support, compassion and aloha to keep these families together.  Initially called the “Center,” it was later named the Young People’s Support Center before becoming known as HUGS (Help, Understanding, & Group Support) in 1989.  Since its inception, HUGS has continued to grow in family numbers and services backed by a firm commitment that no family who qualifies will ever be turned away. HUGS is an entirely community supported agency through the Aloha United Way, fundraisers, grant, and generous donations throughout the years.

DUTIES:  To help clean, sanitize and maintain the children’s playground area.

 

*Leahi Hospital  [Skilled Nursing Facility]

 

[For Intermediate level and higher]

  Leahi Hospital has been providing quality care since 1901.  The goal of Leahi Hospital is to provide quality individual care and services.  Leahi Hospital is one of two facilities under Oahu Region within Hawaii Health Systems Corporation; the other is Maluhia.  Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is made up of thirteen medical facilities within the State of Hawaii and together, these facilities provide a safety net of medical care for the people of Hawaii.

Leahi Hospital is Medicare and Medicaid certified and has 164 beds: 155 nursing home beds, dually certified as Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), 9 Acute/Tuberculosis beds.  Individuals requiring long term care or short term restorative care are admitted to our nursing facility beds.  Treatment and general care are provided by your physician and an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.  Individuals with or suspected of having Tuberculosis are admitted to our Tuberculosis unit.

  DUTIES: Volunteers are needed to push wheelchairs to and from activities, help with activities, visit one to one with residents, do light office work, and other related duties.  Sample volunteer jobs available: activity helpers, seamstress, hospital lobby greeter, playing ukulele or piano, help residents do crafts, play Hanafuda or Mah Jong.

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Summer 1 2014

ACADEMIC-RELATED

 

*Japanese Conversation Class  [OUTREACH COLLEGE (Univ. of HI)]

[For All levels - (Japanese speakers only)]

About Outreach College

Extending the rich resources of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to the community and world, Outreach College presents year-round lifelong learning opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students.

Duties: Teach introductory Japanese for conversational use.

[No teaching experience needed.]

 

HEALTH-RELATED

*Hale Ola Kino  [Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility]

[For Intermediate level and higher]

[Hale Ola Kino features progressive rehabilitative and long-term care programs, as well as respite services.  Our highly trained, multi-disciplinary staff takes pride in meeting your specific needs.  We believe in providing the type of environment and the necessary assistance that will result in the greatest level of independence and happiness.]

Duties: Help with activities and share conversations, interests and hobbies with the residents.

 

*Leahi Hospital

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Leahi Hospital hasbeen providing quality care since 1901.  The goal of Leahi Hospital is to provide quality individual care and services.  Leahi Hospital is one of two facilities under Oahu Region within Hawaii Health Systems Corporation; the other is Maluhia.  Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is made up of thirteen medical facilities within the State of Hawaii and together, these facilities provide a safety net of medical care for the people of Hawaii.

Leahi Hospital is Medicare and Medicaid certified and has 164 beds: 155 nursing home beds, dually certified as Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), 9 Acute/

Tuberculosis beds.  Individuals requiring long term care or short term restorative care are admitted to our nursing facility beds.  Treatment and general care are provided by your physician and an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals.  Individuals with or suspected of having Tuberculosis are admitted to our Tuberculosis unit.

Duties: Volunteers are needed to push wheelchairs to and from activities, help with activities, visit one to one with residents, do light office work, and other related duties.  Volunteers are not allowed to do nursing care.  Sample volunteer jobs available: activity helpers, seamstress, hospital lobby greeter, playing ukulele or piano, help residents do crafts, play Hanafuda or Mah Jong.

 

*Islands Hospice

[For Intermediate levels and higher]

[As a nonprofit organization, Islands Hospice is dedicated to serving our community, our patients, and our families with a total commitment to excellence in Hospice care, regardless of ability to pay.  Our patients and families come to us with unique feelings and apprehension as they face end-of-life concerns.]

Duties: Help with folding letters (addressed to the families that lost loved-ones during the year) or labeling candles.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

*Kendama Tournament

[For all levels]

Held by USA Kendama Association, LLC

The USA Kendama Association was founded in 2013 by members of the JKA (Japan Kendama Association) and the USA Kendama Association to promote Kendama play and to foster international exchange within the United States and to support its local activities.

It is our mission to create an environment where Kendama players can learn, progress and compete amongst players nationwide. We hope that in doing so Kendama play will continue to grow and be shared throughout the world.

We would like to thank the JKA for supporting our activities and vision to share its rich culture and heritage throughout America.

By developing a structured ranking system and competitive tournaments, the members of the USAKA look forward to working with Schools, Clubs, and organizations interested in promoting the sport.

Duties: Everything for registration, usher, handing out fliers, restocking bags, etc.

 

*Aloha Harvest

[For Intermediate level and higher]

Aloha Harvest is a non-profit organization that gathers quality, donated food and delivers it “free of charge” to social service agencies feeding the hungry in Hawai‘i. This innovative concept first proved successful in New York City with the 1982 City Harvest project. In 1999, the Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation asked founder, Helen ver Duin Palit, to study the feasibility of bringing the City Harvest concept to O‘ahu. Based on discussions with potential food donors, recipients, and community leaders, her study concluded that the island definitely needed a reliable link between businesses that wanted to donate good, perishable food and social service agencies with clients to feed. Thus, Aloha Harvest was established in November 1999 to fulfill this need.

Duties: Help with shredding and labeling; Label supplies (e.g. pans, cake boxes) / label cookbooks.

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Spring 2 2014

 

ENVIRONMENT-RELATED

*Plastic Caps/Lids Recycling [B.E.A.C.H.]

 

[Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) has organized plastic caps and lids recycling in Hawai`i since 2009 with the help of various partners. The purpose of the plastic caps and lids recycling campaign in Hawai`i is to help save sea birds.]

Duties: Help clean plastic caps/lids to make them ready for recycling.

 

*Ala Moana Beach Clean-Up [B.E.A.C.H.]

Duties: Help remove rubbish/cigarette butts from Ala Moana Beach Park. Count and sort trash and collect data on the trash.

[Both for All levels]

 

* First Hawaiian Bank Auto Show [Blue Planet Foundation]

HI Ocean Expo

HI Business Expo

Our vision: A world of abundant, renewable energy that sustains all life on Earth.

Our mission: Blue Planet Foundation is a local nonprofit organization committed to clearing the path for clean energy.

•We inspire leaders to change the rules and accelerate cost-effective, secure, renewable energy.
•We inspire communities
to adopt smart, replicable energy solutions.
•We inspire everyone
to believe in the power and possibility of a future beyond fossil fuels.

Duties: Promoting Hawaii’s clean energy future by handling out brochures, providing useful

information, signing up future Blue Planet volunteers and having people sign our “Community Solar” postcards.

[For High-level students only – all events]

 

*HO‘OULU ‘AINA

Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV) was formed by the Kalihi Valley community as a non-profit corporation in 1972, in response to the absence of accessible and appropriate health care services for the valley’s low-income, Asian and Pacific Island immigrant population.

We are pleased to offer opportunities for community gardening, reforestation, environmental education and the preservation of land-based cultural knowledge at Ho`oulu `Aina (the Kalihi Valley Nature Preserve). In this “welcoming place of refuge for people of all cultures,” healing the land heals us as well. Ho’oulu ‘Aina is flourishing under the enthusiasm and hard work of its staff and hundreds of community volunteers.

Duties: Work in the garden – pull weeds/prepare garden for planting; Help in the kitchen to prepare meals; help with planting and clearing the forest.

 

ACADEMIC RELATED

*Noelani Elementary School – A+ Program

[“The goal of the A+ Program is to reduce the high incidence of latchkey children and provide affordable after-school child care services to children in the public elementary schools whose parents work, attend school or are in job training programs.”

“The program starts immediately after the close of the school day. The A+ Program is NOT an extension of the regular school day. While some structure is necessary for order and control, activities will be offered in a comparatively informal setting where children are given the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities. Children will be encouraged to use after-school time to complete homework assignments.”]

Duties: Help teach students in A+ program (grades: Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). Volunteers will be responsible for teaching children cultural things, such as arts & crafts, origami, games, songs, calligraphy, etc. Each class will have around 30-40 students.

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*Kuhio Elementary ”Reading is Fun” Program

Prince Jonah Kuhio Elementary School is in venerable Mo`ili`ili, a section of Honolulu just at the foot of the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. Once a suburb of old Honolulu, Mo`ili`ili is now largely populated with high-rise and walkup apartment dwellers, with a smattering of single family house owners. Kuhio has a wide mixture of ethnic groups and nationalities because of the makeup of the community and because of nearby East-West Center on the University campus. Kuhio also has a crosssection of socio-economic groups, from solid middle class to poverty levels.

About Kuhio School

Develop in each individual the ability to reach the highest, become a lifelong learner and a responsible, contributing member of society.

Kuhio School Vision

Our mission is to empower our students with social, intellectual, and emotional skills to become productive citizens who contribute positively to society.

Duties: Help read stories to the students (Kindergarten to 3rd grade); Check reading comprehension. Help students with reading speed, vocabulary, pronunciation; Discuss story after reading!

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*Palolo Elementary School

Palolo Elementary School is a K-5 public school located within Palolo Valley in the Kaimuki area of Honolulu. Palolo Elementary School first opened its doors in September 1921 under the leadership of principal Willian Kekepa. Its first buildings were converted military barracks and the school was next to a golf course that had been developed earlier. Later that golf course was turned into a public housing project that is now Palolo Valley Homes.

a. Teacher’s Aide (Kindergarten to 1st grade)

Duties: Assist teachers in the classroom.

b. Library Aide

Duties: Assist library staff reshelf books, restock students’ supplies, categorize students’ work, etc.

c. Cafeteria Monitors (Kindergarten – Gr. 1) / (Gr. 3 – 5)

Duties: Help monitor students during lunch break. Socialize with the children.

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*Japanese Conversation Class [OUTREACH COLLEGE (Univ. of HI)]

About Outreach College

Extending the rich resources of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa to the community and world, Outreach College presents year-round lifelong learning opportunities for both traditional and nontraditional students.

Duties: Teach introductory Japanese for conversational use.

[No teaching experience needed.]

[For All levels - (Japanese speakers only)]

 

MISCELLANEOUS

*Step Out: Walk for Diabetes [American Diabetes Association]

We lead the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes. We fund research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes. We deliver services to hundreds of communities. We provide objective and credible information. We give voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

Duties:

Registration: Welcome Team Captains and walkers, help get them registered and distribute t-shirts.

Rest Stop: Serve refreshments, offer assistance and provide support to walkers.

Finish Line: Serve refreshments and cheer and greet walkers as they complete their day.

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*”Purple Day” [American Epilepsy Foundation]

The Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii provides direct services to individuals with seizure disorders. It is estimated that over 15,000 Hawaii residents have epilepsy and over 75,000 people are touched by it. For over 30 years, the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii has provided information and educational services to individuals and organizations interested in learning more about epilepsy.

Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.

Duties: Help staff a fundraising table/ help pass out informational brochures and

try to raise awareness and funds (money)!

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*Hale Ola Kino [Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility]

[Hale Ola Kino features progressive rehabilitative and long-term care programs, as well as respite services. Our highly trained, multi-disciplinary staff takes pride in meeting your specific needs. We believe in providing the type of environment and the necessary assistance that will result in the greatest level of independence and happiness.]

Duties: Help with activities and share conversations, interests and hobbies with the residents.

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*Letter Folding at Islands Hospice

[As a nonprofit organization, Islands Hospice is dedicated to serving our community, our patients, and our families with a total commitment to excellence in Hospice care, regardless of ability to pay. Our patients and families come to us with unique feelings and apprehension as they face end-of-life concerns.]

Duties: Help with folding letters that are addressed to the families that lost loved-ones during the year.

[For Intermediate level or higher]

*Office work at Islands Hospice

Duties: Help with data entry or general office work.

[For Intermediate level or higher]

 

*Kodomo no Hi: Keiki Fun Fest [Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii – JCCH]

The seeds of thought and planning which had since developed into the solid concrete of Phase I and the working committees of the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i were sown over two generations ago. Minds and hearts of Issei and Nisei (first and second generations) forebearers set themselves to the tasks of survival, later to national heroism, and later still to the responsibility of restoring the concept of cultural pride in themselves and their community. Emotions generated by the Kanyaku Imin (125 Years of Japanese In Hawai‘i) celebration in February of 1985 spurred the devotion of major Japanese groups in the community to initially conceptualize the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai’i. On May, 28, 1987, the birth of a new direction and a new step toward the dreams of our forefathers emerged as the Cultural Center was incorporated under the laws of the State of Hawai‘i as a non-profit corporation to develop, own, maintain, and operate a Japanese cultural center in Hawai‘i. As an independent entity, the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i would play a most crucial role in perpetuating the cultural heritage we inherited from our Issei forefathers into the lifestyles and values of our children’s children.

Duties: Help with the Japanese festival for children

Volunteers are needed to assist with: Crowd Control / Cultural Demonstrator Assistants / First Aide Booth / JCCH Food and Drink Booths / Keiki Games / Keiki Make and Take Activities /Set up and clean up.

 

*Leahi Hospital [Skilled Nursing Facility]

Leahi Hospital has been providing quality care since 1901. The goal of Leahi Hospital is to provide quality individual care and services. Leahi Hospital is one of two facilities under Oahu Region within Hawaii Health Systems Corporation; the other is Maluhia. Hawaii Health Systems Corporation is made up of thirteen medical facilities within the State of Hawaii and together, these facilities provide a safety net of medical care for the people of Hawaii.

Leahi Hospital is Medicare and Medicaid certified and has 164 beds: 155 nursing home beds, dually certified as Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) and Intermediate Care Facility (ICF), 9 Acute/

Tuberculosis beds. Individuals requiring long term care or short term restorative care are admitted to our nursing facility beds. Treatment and general care are provided by your physician and an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. Individuals with or suspected of having Tuberculosis are admitted to our Tuberculosis unit.

Duties: Volunteers are needed to push wheelchairs to and from activities, help with activities, visit one to one with residents, do light office work, and other related duties. Sample volunteer jobs available: activity helpers, seamstress, hospital lobby greeter, playing ukulele or piano, help residents do crafts, play Hanafuda or Mah Jong.

[For Intermediate level and higher]

 

*River of Life Mission

The Mission is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization feeding hundreds of hungry people daily who come from all walks of life. We receive no state or federal funds. Most of our income comes from contributions of individuals, churches and businesses. Some funding comes from private foundations or grants. We greatly appreciate the financial support and in-kind donations from our generous donors.

We always need cheerful volunteers to help us minister to the needs of the homeless and low income people who use our services.

Duties: Help prepare breakfast, help prepare lunch (kitchen) and or serve breakfast (dining room), or help serve lunch and or clean the kitchen and dining room. Help sort clothing donations or answer phones. Help with general cleaning or food inventories, or on our manually operated elevator.

[For Beginner level and higher]

 

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Spring 1 2014

 

ENVIRONMENT-RELATED

1. Beach Clean-Up with Waikiki Aquarium & Hard Rock Café

Help remove rubbish from Ala Moana Beach Park

[For all levels]

 

 

2. Recycling Plastic Caps/Lids

B.E.A.C.H.

  [Beach Environmental Awareness Campaign Hawai`i (B.E.A.C.H.) has organized plastic caps and lids recycling in Hawai`i since 2009 with the help of various partners. The purpose of the plastic caps and lids recycling campaign in Hawai`i is to help save sea birds.]

Help with cleaning and sorting plastic caps/lids ready for recycling in order to help save sea birds!

[For all levels]

 

 

SPORTS-RELATED

1. Great Aloha Run Expo 2014

[The Great Aloha Run has accomplished and achieved many milestones in its 30-year history.  It was the first largest first-time running event in the state with over 12,000 individuals signing up for the event in its first year. The Great Aloha Run has also been recognized nationally as one of the top “100 Great Road Races” by Runner’s World Magazine. 

  Over the past 29 years, the Great Aloha Run, Hawaii’s largest participatory race, has raised over $10 million for over 150 non-profit health and human service organizations and community groups throughout Hawaii, such as: D.A.R.E., Girl Scout Council, Leeward Special Olympics, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MWR Facilities, United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii, the Variety School of Hawaii, Kaimuki YMCA, Lanakila Senior Center, Hawaii Nutrition and Physical Activity Coalition, and many more!]

Help assemble race packets and pass out to race participants and help out staff with various other jobs at the Great Aloha Run Expo.

[For intermediate level and higher]

 

 

2. Sharon’s Ride.Run.Walk for Epilepsy

  [Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii provides direct services to individuals with seizure disorders. It is estimated that over 15,000 Hawaii resident have epilepsy and over 75,000 people are touched by it. For over 30 years, the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii has provided information and educational services to individuals and organizations interested in learning more about epilepsy.]

Prep-day & packet stuffing (put numbers and flyers in runners’ packets).  Be course Marshals – direct walkers, runners and bikers along the course, pass out water, cheer on participants.

[For all levels]

 

ACADEMIC RELATED

1. Palolo Elementary School

[All duties for all levels, except for a, d, f]

a. Teacher’s Aide (Kindergarten to 1st grade)

Assist teachers in the classroom.

 

b. Library Aide

Assist library staff reshelf books, restock students’ supplies, categorize students’ work, etc.

c. Cafeteria Monitors

(Kindergarten – Gr. 1) / (Gr. 3 – 5)

Help monitor students during lunch break.  Socialize with the children.

 

d. Enrichment Program

Assist students with reading, writing, math, etc.

 

e. Garden Work (outdoors)

Help weed/clear out the vegetable gardens

 

f. Kama’aina Kids Program

[Kama‘aina Kids is a private, non-profit, multi-service organization dedicated to serving children and their families through quality childcare programs. Our services include, but are not limited to, preschool programs, before & afterschool programs, day camps, environmental education programs, enrichment programs, sports clinics, convention childcare and hotel programs.]

Help with tutoring students (reading, math, English, etc.)

[For intermediate levels and higher]

 

 

2. Noelani Elementary School –   A+ Program

[“The goal of the A+ Program is to reduce the high incidence of latchkey children and provide affordable after-school child care services to children in the public elementary schools whose parents work, attend school or are in job training programs.”

“The program starts immediately after the close of the school day.  The A+ Program is NOT an extension of the regular school day.  While some structure is necessary for order and control, activities will be offered in a comparatively informal setting where children are given the opportunity to choose from a variety of activities.  Children will be encouraged to use after-school time to complete homework assignments.”]

Help teach students in A+ program (grades: Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5).  Volunteers will be responsible for teaching children cultural things, such as arts & crafts, origami, games, songs, calligraphy, etc.  Each class will have around 30-40 students.

[For intermediate level and higher]

 

 

3. Japanese Conversation Class

[OUTREACH COLLEGE (Univ. of HI)]

Teach introductory Japanese for conversational use.  [No teaching experience needed.]

[For all levels - (Japanese speakers only)]

 

4. Japan Wizards Statewide Academic Team Competition

[Japan Wizards Competition is a challenging, fun-filled academic team competition for Hawaii's high school students that tests students' general knowledge of Japan and Japan-related fields.  The competition is sponsored by the Japan-America Society of Hawaii (JASH), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with the mission of promoting understanding and friendship between the peoples of the United States and Japan through the unique and special perspective of Hawaii.]

Volunteers will help test Hawaii’s high school students’ general knowledge of Japan and Japan-related fields within an academic team competition!

[For all levels – (Japanese students only)]

 

 

5. “Japan in a Suitcase” Program

Sponsored by Japan American Society of Hawaii (JASH)

  [Japan in a Suitcase (JIAS) is a free program that teaches the concept of different perspectives to elementary school students. We visit classes and share Japanese artifacts such as an elementary school backpack (randoseru), textbooks, and yukata. We also bring photos of life in Japan and introduce basic Japanese greetings, gestures, and games.

  JIAS is divided into three separate programs - JIAS I for kindergarten and grade 1, JIAS II for grades 2 and 3, and JIAS III for grades 4 and 5.  Presentations range from 35 minutes to one hour.  In each, students are encouraged to ask questions while they explore, gaining valuable lessons on critical thinking.  They learn about similarities and differences between themselves and people in Japan, and are reminded throughout that "different" does not equal "wrong".]

Visit classes and share Japanese artifacts, such as an elementary school backpack (randoseru), textbooks, and yukata.  Share personal photos of life in Japan and introduce basic Japanese greetings, gestures, and games.

[For all levels – (Japanese students only)]

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS

1. Hale Ola Kino 

(Rehabilitation and Nursing Home Facility)

[Hale Ola Kino features progressive rehabilitative and long-term care programs, as well as respite services.  Our highly trained, multi-disciplinary staff takes pride in meeting your specific needs.  We believe in providing the type of environment and the necessary assistance that will result in the greatest level of independence and happiness.]

Help with activities and share conversations, interests and hobbies with the residents.

[For intermediate levels and higher]

 

 

2. Islands Hospice

[As a nonprofit organization, Islands Hospice is dedicated to serving our community, our patients, and our families with a total commitment to excellence in Hospice care, regardless of ability to pay.  Our patients and families come to us with unique feelings and apprehension as they face end-of-life concerns.]

Help with making bereavement cards (cards to send to families whose family members have passed away) & make origami.

[For intermediate levels and higher]