Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in and help. Whether you are a student, teacher, artist, businessperson, retiree -- there is something you could do to help. You could help with specific projects such as restoring natural areas, selling products at our farmers' and green market, Mākeke Kapolei, growing plants in our nursery, speaking to groups, helping at community events, creating presentation materials like brochures, designing artwork, writing content for our website, or sharing your musical talent with us at a fund-raiser or teaching event.
There is no limit to how you can help! Another great aspect of volunteering is that your sweat equity can be used to match some grants...so in a real way, volunteers are donors. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (808) 305-8287 if you have something to offer.
We welcome community members of all ages and abilities to volunteer with our diverse range of projects, but we'd like to get to know you! To better gauge and understand what kind of opportunities volunteers are interested in, please fill out ourMālama Learning Center Volunteer In-Take Form.
Volunteer Opportunities Through Mālama Learning Center:
Mākeke Kapolei Farmers' Market (every Thursday 3pm-6:30pm @ Kapolei High School parking lot): Mālama Learning Center, Wai'anae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, and Kapolei High School are partnering to provide the community with Mākeke Kapolei, a weekly farmers' and green market. Live, eat, and learn sustainably! Volunteers are welcome to help us at our MLC booth to set up and breakdown, conduct outreach activities, and sell native plants and other "green" items.
Kapolei High School Nursery: Love plants? Learn how to propagate and care for plants utilizing both organic and conventional methods through volunteering at the Kapolei High School nursery, which houses a variety of native and introduced Hawaiian plants as well as fruits and vegetables.
Camp Pālehua: Volunteers are invited to help care for Camp Pālehua in Makakilo, a premiere venue for groups looking to explore the environment in a picturesque setting for one-day programs or overnight stays. Help is needed with tending to the native and food gardens, erosion control, and camp beautification.
Mālaola Cultural Garden: In the bustling Kunia town, MLC has been able to grow a native Hawaiian cultural garden in partnership with DuPont Pioneer and Hālau 'O Kaululaua'e. We encourage other hālaus or groups to help us maintain the garden and plants so that the community can continue to use it as a resource for cultural practices.
Piliokahe Beach Park Restoration & Outreach Workdays: Help us to restore a section of the park with native Hawaiian plants to control erosion, beautify the area, and engage the community in creating healthy environments. Volunteers are needed to pick up litter and marine debris, remove invasive species in the restoration section, and plant native Hawaiian coastal plants.
Nānākuli Muliwai Community Workdays: We are embarking on a new project to help educate students, teachers, and community members about water quality and more importantly, how to sustain clean water. We have chosen to focus our efforts on the infamous "Stink Pond" in Nānākuli and how we can study this place to inform how we take care of it.
Overall MLC Program Volunteer: We're constantly seeking individual volunteers who can assist in any and all programs (workdays, nursery, education, fundraising, outreach, etc...) ran by Mālama Learning Center. There's nothing better than getting to know a volunteer on a personal level through constant engagement with our programs and staff.
Volunteer Highlight: Cheyenne Brown Cheyenne has been a dedicated volunteer for Mālama Learning Center since June 2016 helping us with a multitude of programs including our native plant nursery, Mākeke Kapolei, site restoration workdays, community outreach, and education programming. Cheyenne lives in 'Ewa Beach and is passionate about caring for Hawai'i's environment and educating the next generation. She is a true to joy to work with and we appreciate her work ethic, intellect, and commitment to our organization! She will forever be a part of the MLC 'ohana!
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