Kanu Hawaii is planning historic Volunteer Week Hawaii 2022
The largest gathering since the pandemic will feature more than 200 events across the country, involving 10,000 volunteers
— Governor of Hawaii David Ige
HONOLULU, HAWAII, UNITED STATES, April 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Organized by Canoe Hawaii, Volunteer Week Hawaii 2022 is aiming for an unprecedented unity of kama’aina (residents) and visitors alike as Hawaii emerges from the pandemic. More than 10,000 volunteers are expected to gather at more than 250 nationwide events in support of hundreds of charities.
Groups and organizations can go to VolunteerWeekHawaii.org to schedule an event in Hawaii or to attend an existing event. Businesses are needed to encourage employee participation and provide in-kind and financial donations. Opportunities throughout the week range from park and beach cleanups to food drives and Lo’i and Loko i’a recovery.
Hawaii has held the largest annual celebration of National Volunteer Week since joining the national movement in 2018. National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon. Called Volunteer Week Hawaii, service events are planned to support a wide range of community needs, including Friday, April 22, which is Earth Day.
“At Volunteer Week Hawaii, we all carry our kuleana (responsibility),” says Hawaii Governor David Ige. “It will be one of the wisest investments we can make in our community, our people and our local values. We hope all of Hawaii will join in. Together we can inspire young people with our actions to take responsibility for the community.”
Running April 17-23, the week-long celebration will feature hundreds of in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities nationwide, including a fundraiser and E Ala Ē, a worldwide oli (Hawaiian chant) on Earth Day.
Earth Day E Ala Ē. Thousands around the world will join hands and raise awareness for environmental protection with a sunrise oli, or sacred chant, sounding from Maui’s Haleakala at 6:06 am, open to participants worldwide. To participate and learn more from your location, contact [email protected] or visit KanuHawaii.org/e-ala-e-2022/
Promise to our Keiki. Supporters are asked to sign the Pledge to Our Keiki online as their first act of service during Volunteer Week Hawaii. In an unprecedented partnership, the Hawaii State Department of Education and Kanu Hawaii have teamed up to collect 10,000 signatures from public school students and their families by Earth Day 2022 to meet their goal of 50,000 signatures by 2023 through personal actions. To sign the Online Pledge, the public can go here: PledgeToOurKeiki.org Groups, businesses and individuals are needed to mobilize signature drives for the Online Pledge as part of Hawaii Volunteer Week. The Pledge was created by a collaboration of students from across Hawaii.
Funding is provided by the Hawaii Tourism Authority through the Community Enrichment Program. Partnerships include the state of Hawaii and all Hawaii county governments, as well as the business and non-profit sectors.
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