Kanu Hawaii is collaborating with dozens of local nonprofits throughout the state for Hawaii’s first coordinated celebration of National Volunteer Week. With thousands of volunteers expected to turn out from April 15-22, Kanu and its partners in this effort are building on a rising tide of commitment to service and engagement in our community.
“Hawaii ranks near the bottom nationally in volunteerism coming in at 45th and at 22% per capita. As the purveyors of aloha we can do much better,” said Keone Kealoha, executive director of Kanu Hawaii. “We see participation in Volunteer Week as an opportunity to connect our community through the lens of volunteerism, identify challenges and develop strategic solutions around how we can increase our relationship in this important area of social equity.”
With Kanu’s encouragement, the Hawaii State Legislature recently passed a resolution officially recognizing National Volunteer Week in Hawaii, adding even more momentum to this effort. The focus of this week is to celebrate the impact of volunteer service across Hawaii, to participate by sharing our mana and aloha, and encourage others to join in. We hope to partner with events happening on every island to highlight our collective impact for the greater good and foster a shared sense of connectedness among us all.
How to get involved:
Volunteer your time
Visit kanuhawaii.org/participate, where you can enter your info to be matched with a volunteer opportunity based on your location and group size, or search the posted opportunities at kanuhawaii.org/volunteer-week-hawaii-map.
Host a volunteer event
Visit kanuhawaii.org/participate-host-an-event, where you can:
- Find volunteers
- List your event to be counted as a part of the movement
- Sign up for volunteer training help for your site
For more information, visit VolunteerWeekHawaii.org and watch #volunteerweekhawaii #kanuhawaii #ohanahou. Volunteer Week Hawaii — it’s a kakou thing.
Click here to download the Hawaii State Legislature’s 2018 resolution recognizing National Volunteer Week in Hawaii.