Community Service

community service opportunities

Volunteer for major ewc events

EWCPA ELECTIONS

  • EWCPA Elections (August-September)
    Elections for the EWCPA board occur annually. Volunteers are requested to assist as Election Co-Chairs to manage the ballot results and ensure voters are part of EWCPA. Students can also participate in EWCPA Board as leaders of the community. Sign ups are normally advertised in August.

Concert on the lawn (November)

The concert on the lawn occurs annually and volunteers are needed to assist with group management, performances, cooking, logistics, and more. Calls for volunteers happen in early Fall.

Ho'opuka Ceremony (december and may)

The Ho'opuka Ceremony is meant to honor EWC participants that are either ending their Awards, graduating, starting a new degree program, or changing their status at the East-West Center. The Education Program will seek volunteers to assist with setup and food.


International graduate student conference (mid-february)

The Internatinal Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) is where graduate students and young professionals from all around the world are invited to submit abstracts in relation to the Asia-Pacific region. This conference needs the assistance of volunteers to culminate the event, review abstracts, promote the event, set up the event, tear down the event, logistics, moderate sessions, and more.


EWCPA INTERCULTURAL POTLUCK (FEBRUARY)

The Intercultural Potluck is an event meant for students to share food from their homes and culture. Volunteers are asked to assist with group management, performances, cooking, logistics, and more. Volunteers are typically called for in late December or early January by the EWCPA board.

eAST-wEST fEST (aPRIL)

The East-West Fest is an annual celebration event hosted by EWCPA and the East-West Center staff. Volunteer opportunities include event planning (various committees), performing, culture booths, demonstrations, promotions, logistics, and more. There will be several calls for volunteers at different stages starting in Fall.

cOMMUNITY BUILDING INSTITUTE (CBI)

CBI happens twice a year and is an event to welcome new and current participants (that are changing awards). Volunteer opportunities include leading project groups, greeting and hospitality in Hale Hālāwai, set-up and tear-down for meals and sessions, drivers for shopping trips, and more. Volunteers may sign up for roles when advertised in July and December.

eXCHANGE

The Exchange
The Exchange, the weekly seminar and performance series, requires committed volunteers to be group facilitators. Facilitator positions are advertised at the beginning of each semester (August and January), and those selected attend each session during the semester to lead group discussions and activities. Volunteers also are needed for weekly food preparation.


kAHANA vALLEY

Ahupuaʻa ʻO Kahana State Park is located on the windward side of O’ahu, between Kaneʻohe and Laʻie, and 26 miles from Honolulu. Kahana is one of only a few publicly owned ahupuaʻa, or ancient Hawaiian land division including lands from the mountains to the sea (mauka-makai) and encompassing all of the resource zones needed for subsistence, in the state. Interested volunteers should contact Alapaki Luke.

pACIFIC AND ASIAN AFFAIRS COUNCIL (PAAC)

EWC students often volunteer with PAAC. Volunteer opportunities include: Helping to facilitate a variety of global education conferences, workshops, and other programs for high school students in Hawaiʻi. If you would like to be notified of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please fill out this form to join their mailing list.

Students can also volunteer to be guest speakers at a local high school. PAAC disseminates a list of guest speakers to its students and teachers, who then choose whom they would like to invite to their school to speak. If you are interested in being on the list and speaking to youth in Hawai'i about your area of expertise, culture, language, background, or life experience, please fill out this form. Please direct any questions to Jason Shon, High School Program Director, at hs@paachawaii.org. EWC students from all fields, cultures, and backgrounds are welcome.
See their website for more information. If you have any questions, please contact hs@paachawaii.org.

Drivers for weekly shopping trips/shuttles (year-round)

EWCPA is looking for volunteers to drive the weekly shopping shuttle. All you need is an international or an American driver's license! Please contact the Community Service Coordinator: Krystine Cabrera (kawcabre@hawaii.edu) for more details.

Community service at partner organizations

The EWC has community service partnerships with six organizations. EWC participants who volunteer at these organizations will receive EWC In-House Community Service hours.

UHM Women's Center

The Women's Center is an organization within the university committed to providing personal and academic support for the success of women and LGBT students. Each year, the Women's Center sponsors events related to women's issues, which includes: Women's History Month (March), Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), Women's Health Month (September), and Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October). The Women's Center provides crisis and referral services, connecting individuals with on and off campus resources for intimate partner violence, sexual assault, legal aid, and other emergency needs. For more information, please refer to this website: https://www.hawaii.edu/womenscenter/

To volunteer with the UHM Women's Center, please contact (Ms.) Malia Kaio mkaio@hawaii.edu or uhmwomen@hawaii.edu.

Mānoa heritage center

Docents and garden volunteers are needed at the Mānoa Heritage Center. Contact (Ms.) Ke’ala Wong – keala@manoaheritagecenter.org. Please use the in-house community service process on the Student Portal and complete the online form to log and account for volunteer hours completed. To volunteer with the Mānoa Heritage Center, please follow the attached Mānoa Heritage Center Volunteer Guidelines to get involved.

YMCA ATHERTON BRANCH

If you are looking for opportunities to volunteer for school, scholarships, or just want to give back to the community, please visit the Atherton YMCA website or watch their presentation to EWC students. For more information, contact (Mr.) Cassidy Inamasu – cinamasu@ymcahonolulu.org. Please use the in-house community service process on the Student Portal and complete the online form to log and account for volunteer hours completed. To volunteer with YMCA Atherton Branch, please send an email to studentboard@ymcahonolulu.org.

Institute for human services

The Institute for Human Services is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive human services agency focused exclusively on ending and preventing homelessness in Hawaii. Interested volunteers must visit their website and/or contact (Ms.) Leona Larkin –leonal@ihshawaii.org. Please use the in-house community service process on the Student Portal and complete the online form to log and account for volunteer hours completed. To volunteer with the IHS, please send an email to volunteer@ihshawaii.org to set up a 15 minute meeting with the volunteer manager to find the opportunity that works the best for you.

Aloha harvest

Aloha Harvest is the largest food rescue and redistribution organization in Hawaiʻi, getting quality excess food into stomachs instead of landfills. Free of charge and free of liability, they pick up quality excess food from donors and redistribute it to recipient agencies feeding the hungry like homeless shelters and social services. For volunteer opportunities, visit https://alohaharvest.galaxydigital.com/ or contact Hannah Emery at hannah@alohaharvest.org.

Kūloa'a institute

The Kūloa‘a Institute runs a professional development workshop for Kapi’olani Community College faculty about developing culturally responsive online courses and is seeking student volunteers to assist. The volunteer hours are flexible, and students will be assisting professors with implementing culturally aware practices in online classes and participating in discussion sessions. This can potentially be a longer-term opportunity. To get involved, please contact Leigh Dooley ldooley@hawaii.edu, faculty member at Kapiolani Community College.

community garden, sustainability, and community events

Please review the "Garden" section of our website. If you have any further questions, please contact the current Community Garden and Sustainability Coordinator: Porpla Nusartlert an2009@hawaii.edu for more details.

organize community events to gain volunteer hours

Most of our usual activities and events are limited because of the pandemic, and so are our community service activities. But do not worry, you can organize virtual community events to get community service hours! If you have any event idea that you think the whole community can participate in and enjoy, please fill out this form and the EWCPA board will get back to you about the status of your event proposal. Please provide details about your event as much as you can, as the board will be deciding whether to support the event or not depending on your proposal. If your event would need funding, please fill out the Activities Request Form attached in the Google Form. Please reach out to the board if you have any questions about organizing the events or about the form.

logging your community service hours

Logging your volunteer hours

  • EWC Community Service Activities can be logged here.

  • For Non-EWC Community Service Hours, students would have to complete this form.

Note: Sometimes the volunteer hour form does not correctly log hours upon submission. We strongly recommend that you track your service hours separately to ensure accuracy.


For Community Service at partner organizations:

As community service at these six organizations is considered as In-House EWC community Service, the volunteers should follow the EWC Community Service process and complete the online form on the Student Portal for their community service hours with the IHS, YMCA, and MHC.

On the form, please:

  1. Put the name of the organization as the name of the activity/event name

  2. Put the respective volunteer coordinator from the organization you worked with as the Volunteer Coordinator unless the organizations state otherwise.

  • Mānoa Heritage Center - (Ms.) Ke'ala Wong - keala@manoaheritagecenter.org

  • Atherton YMCA - (Mr.) Cassidy Inamasu - cinamasu@ymcahonolulu.org

  • Institute for Human Services - (Mr.) Andrew Long - AndrewL@ihshawaii.org
    (For example, if you work with IHS, please put Institute for Human Services as the name of the activity/event name and Mr. Andrew Long as the Volunteer Coordinator).

  • UHM Women's Center - (Ms.) Malia Kaio - mkaio@hawaii.edu

  • The Kūloa‘a Institute - Leigh Dooley - ldooley@hawaii.edu

  • Aloha Harvest - (Ms.) Hannah Emergy - hannah@alohaharvest.org


For Shopping trip/shuttle volunteer drivers:

Please complete the EWC community service form on the Student Portal and

  • Put the date of the shopping trip and Shopping trip as the name of the activity/event name

  • Put Krystine Cabrera, kawcabre@hawaii.edu, as the volunteer coordinator.

The volunteer driver should get at least two hours for each trip, and more if the trip takes longer.


For EWCPA community event organizers:

Please complete the EWC community service form on the Student Portal and

  • Put the name of the event as the name of the activity/event name

  • Put Krystine Cabrera, kawcabre@hawaii.edu, as the volunteer coordinator.

Tracking your community service hours

You can check your volunteer hours at the following dashboard. Please make sure to have your award number ready, which you can find in your Award Document upon being approved to an EWC program as a participant.

Note:
Sometimes the volunteer hour form does not correctly log hours upon submission. We strongly recommend that you track your service hours separately to ensure accuracy.