You’re probably wondering what ecosystem volunteerism is all about.
Are you adventurous?
Are you looking for some outdoor learning fun?
Are you wanting to make a difference in the Hawaiian islands and in the world?
Then get ready for this!
Volunteering is a special way of helping life and our environment succeed by donating time. Time, as in whatever time you have free and or have to offer.
Volunteering also means that you are donating your physical help and are working for free.
By volunteering in Hawai’i, you will be helping Hawaii’s ecosystem (air, land, sea, environment), helping animals, and helping people. You’ll also feel good about the accomplishment that you did!
You can meet some new friends that enjoys being volunteers too!
Now maybe your asking “How do I get a volunteer spot?”
Here are some tips on where to start:
- Look up something that interests you. You want to be volunteering for something that is meaningful to you and also looks fun to do.
- Contact the volunteer site by phone or by website email. If you happen to be at a business that participates in volunteering, then ask for the information in person.
- Make sure that you can make that date and save it. Mark the date in your calendar and you should be set.
- Some volunteer sites have transportation, but it’s also good to make sure that you have the means of transportation to the volunteering destination and back. Carpooling would be good, or you can go by bicycle, walk, bus, car, etc.
- Show up with a positive attitude, supplies that you are asked to bring for the volunteering day, helping hands, a willing to learn about the cause that your volunteering for, bring light snacks, water, and have fun!
Here are some upcoming volunteer dates and some volunteer forms on Hawai’i websites:
Kokua Hawai’i Foundation:
A non-profit (c)3 organization supports environmental education in both schools and the Hawai’i communities.
Founded in 1892, a volunteer grassroots group, has a Sierra Club Hawai’i Chapter.
Currently, there are Hawaiian island groups for the islands of O’ahu, Big Island, Maui, and Kaua’i.
Wild Dolphin Foundation:
Volunteer with the dolphins and marine biology.
The Hawai’i Nature Center:
Founded in 1981, a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization, teaches environmental education.
Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Team O’ahu, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, helps provide support for the endangered Hawaiian monk seal pups.
Or you can apply for the Hawaiian Monk Seal Response Team O’ahu volunteering on: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=4prSWYPDYAxkzzDYkjCANQ_3d_3d
There are many other Hawai’i island private and public non-profit organizations that are looking for volunteers, which I will be listing more in the future.
In the meantime, have a fun time when volunteering, as you’ll help make a difference.
You’ll also find that the benefits are rewarding and that ecosystem volunteerism is great!