Leadership and Service Opportunities

Luke Center for Public Service publishes a monthly list of service opportunities for students, families and friends of the Punahou community.

One Time Opportunities

  • November 2017

    Posted November 7, 2017

    Learn How to Help the Hungry and Homeless in Hawai‘i
    All ages
    Ongoing. Want ideas about ways to support the hungry and homeless in Hawai‘i? Here are some local agencies that help. Go to the following websites for information, wish lists and volunteer opportunities:

    Aloha Harvest

    Family Promise of Hawai‘i

    Hawaii Foodbank

    Helping Hands Hawaii

    Institute for Human Services

    Waikiki Health

    Donate to the Annual Punahou Food Drive
    All ages
    Ongoing through Friday, November 17. Bring in nonperishable food items to feed Hawai‘i’s hungry. Most wanted canned items: proteins (meats, tuna, chicken and beans), meals (chili, spaghetti, stew and soup), vegetables, fruits and rice. Drop off donations at Chapel, Luke Center, and Cooke Learning Commons. For more information, contact the Chapel or Luke Center.

    National Hunger and Homelessness Week
    All ages
    Ongoing through November 19. The plight of those who are hungry or without a home can be both lonely and difficult. Educating yourself about their struggles can bring greater solidarity and understanding. Learn more about the issues of hunger and homelessness at the following websites: www.nationalhomeless.org/ and www.studentsagainsthunger.org.

    Educate Yourself to Educate Others About World Hunger
    All ages
    Ongoing. The World Food Programme states that every six seconds a child dies from hunger‑related causes. Raising awareness about hunger is an important part of the solution. Learn more about hunger issues around the world and take fun online quizzes to donate food at www.thehungersite.com and www.freerice.com.

    Help at Kahuku Point Community Work Day
    Saturday, November 11 (and the second Saturday of every month). 9 a.m. – noon. Help restore rare coastal strand habitat at Kalaeokaunaʻoa (Kahuku Point). Volunteers are needed to remove invasive species, plant native species, and pick up marine debris. Meet at Turtle Bay Resort parking lot near the Paradise Helicopters sign. Wear comfortable clothing, closed-toe shoes, and sun protection. Bring a reusable water bottle. For more information, go to http://northshoreland.org/stay-involved/communitywork-days/kahuku-point-2/ or email nick@northshoreland.org.

    Join a Community Cleanup Event
    Age 12 and up
    Various Saturdays. Join a City and County of Honolulu Adopt-A-Stream or Adopt-A-Block event at a number of locations across the island. For more information and to RSVP by site, call 768.4319:
    November 11, 9 – 11 a.m. Makiki Adopt-A-Block, hosted by HiSmile
    November 18, 8 a.m. – noon. Moanalua Gardens Adopt-A-Block, hosted by Boy Scouts Troop 9

    Waikalua Loko Fishpond Work Day
    High School
    Saturday, November 18. 8 a.m. – noon. Connect with the ‘aina at this workday in the Waikalua Loko fishpond on the windward side. Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and wet, old shoes and sun protection. Please bring a reusable water bottle. They provide a light lunch. For more information and to register your group online, go to www.thepaf.org/waikalua/ohana/.

    Pack Food Boxes to Help Elders
    Age 16 and up
    Saturday, November 18. 8 a.m. – noon. Help Hawaii Foodbank pack food boxes for ‘Oahu senior citizens. Wear covered shoes and comfortable clothing. For more information, email Vee at volunteer@hawaiifoodbank.org.

    Work at Honolulu Zoo’s Children's Discovery Forest
    Saturday, November 18 (and the third Saturday of every month). 9 – 11 a.m. Activities at this monthly work day at Honolulu Zoo include planting seedlings, pulling weeds and harvesting. Wear sun protection and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Water will be provided. To RSVP, email LMDULING@hawaii.edu or call 760.695.7460.

    Restore He'eia Estuary
    Age 16 and up (younger OK w/ adult)
    Saturday, November 18. 9 a.m. – noon. This He'eia stream estuary project aims to improve water quality and increase habitat for native aquatic animal species by removing invasive plants and replanting native species. Wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt that you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Bring a hat, sunscreen, refillable water bottle and a signed parental waiver for volunteers under age 18. For more information, go to www.huihawaii.org/heeia-estuary-restoration.html. To print a waiver and RSVP online, go to www.huihawaii.org/hok-rsvp-form.html.

    Animal Hero Service Learning Training Class
    Grades 6 – 12
    Saturday, November 18. 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Want to do a service learning project at the Hawaiian Humane Society? Take this required class and learn more about ways you can help. $25 fee. For more information and a link to register, go to www.HawaiianHumane.org/AnimalHero or email education@hawaiianhumane.org.

    Adopt a Child in Need for the Holidays
    All ages
    November 20 – mid-December. For more information about ways to bring a little cheer to children in need this holiday season, check in at the Luke Center for Public Service or email lukecenter@punahou.edu shortly before Thanksgiving.

    Support Homeward Bound 5K and Help the Homeless
    All ages
    Thursday, November 23. 7 a.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving morning with a 5K run through picturesque Mānoa to benefit the Institute for Human Services. Started nine years ago by members of the Punahou cross-country team, this event is open to individuals and families of runners, joggers and walkers interested in burning calories, giving thanks and making friends on America’s greatest feast day of the year. Not a runner? You can still help! Volunteers are needed for tasks to support the event. For more information, to register online, and to sign up to volunteer, go to www.homewardboundhawaii.org.

    Sign Up Now to Be a Winter Camp Volunteer
    Age 16 and up
    Application deadline: Friday, December 1. Hawaii Children's Discovery Center is looking for friendly, hardworking volunteers to assist teachers during their Winter Camps running Monday, December 18 – Friday, January 5 from 8:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Choose to help during one of the three weeks, or volunteer for all three! Prepare materials, facilitate camp curriculum, supervise student gallery and outdoor game time with children. Mandatory orientation and training session. For more information, email Kyra at kyra@discoverycenterhawaii.org.

    Plan Ahead to Help Others Enjoy the Ocean
    High School
    Saturday, December 2 (and the first Saturday of every month). 7:15 a.m. – 1 p.m. White Plains Beach Park. AccesSurf provides swim and surf assistance at to those who might not otherwise be able to enjoy ocean sports. New volunteer orientation at 8 a.m. For more information, go to www.accessurf.org/event/december-day-at-the-beach-2/ or call 236.4200.

    Plan Ahead to Help Set Up Shelter for Homeless Families
    Age 15 and up
    Saturday, December 2. 9 – 11 a.m. Get insight about temporary shelter by assisting Family Promise volunteers as they set up the rooms in which homeless families will stay for the week. Tasks include cleaning rooms and toys, hanging fabric that serves as partitions for sleeping areas and making spaces look “homey.” For more information, email lukecenter@punahou.edu.

    Share Your Aloha With Seniors
    High School
    Ongoing. Compassionate volunteers are needed to play games with or provide uplifting music for elderly residents at Hawaii Kai Retirement Community. For more information, contact John Koike at 256.3009 or email john.koike@holidaytouch.com.

Ongoing Opportunities

Volunteer to Help Hawaii's Homeless
Age 14 and up
Ongoing. The Institute for Human Services can use your help in a variety of ways. Check out the possibilities at www.ihshawaii.org/get-involved/volunteer. For more information, email Volunteer@IHS-Hawaii.org or call 447.2810.

Work at Rocky Hill
Grade 4 and up

Ongoing. Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants from Pu'u o Manoa (Rocky Hill) in an effort to make our campus more sustainable. To schedule a workday and for more information, contact Tai Crouch at tcrouch@punahou.edu.

Help History Come Alive

Age 16 and up
11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives is looking for volunteers to serve as visitor information desk attendants. Contact Marcia at 447.3918 or email mtimboy@missionhouses.org.

Donate Items to Help Hawai`i's Animals
All ages
Oahu SPCA helps displaced pets find a safe place to live. Check out the ways your donations support their mission that "every healthy, treatable animal will find a forever home." Go to http://oahuspca.com/donate/.

Check out more possibilities for service work at these websites: www.volunteermatch.org andwww.volunteerhawaii.org.

Student Service Log

Students who want to track their service activities can enter them into the Service Log, accessible through the Students section of this website.

Punahou does not require students to log their hours in order to graduate. However, some students find it helpful to have a record of their service for college applications, National Junior Honor Society, etc.

Sharing Opportunities with the Punahou Community

Looking for volunteers? For organizations or agencies that would like to publicize a volunteer opportunity, information will be shared, as appropriate, with the Punahou community. Availability of volunteers is not guaranteed.

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