Children Programs

Volunteer Opportunity #1: Mikiala Program

Schedule:

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Volunteer's Role:

  • Assist Parents & Children Together (PACT) and The Institute for Human Services (IHS) with logistical support to setup and breakdown a tent, games and activities in Aala park.
  • Assist PACT and IHS with facilitating activities that support redevelopment of the entire family unit. Volunteers provide program support, facilitate learning between parents and children, and foster a connection between family members.

Additional Requests / Commitment:

  • Willing to work with children, infants thru 5-years old.
  • We ask that volunteers be able to commit to the full duration of this program.
  • We are a qualified college certification program to sign off on community service hours and practicum hours for students seeking scholarships and graduation requirements.
  • We ask for your Kokua in making our families feel welcomed, normal and provide them with a meaningful experience they will remember the rest of their lives.
  • Great opportunity for community members interested in early childhood development programs and nonprofit work focused on children and families.

Read more about Mikiala (Preschool in the Park) on our IHS Blog

Volunteer Opportunity #2: After School Program

Location & Schedule:

Volunteer Role:

  • Assist the Children's Program Manager with engaging our children in interactive games and enrichment activities as well as assisting and following-up with projects and homework assigned to the child. 
  • Volunteers work may include working one on one with, as well as being able to supervise, manage, plan & implement project-based activities for children all ages.

Additional Requests / Commitment:

  • Volunteers must guide and interact with children’s behavior using positive, consistent, developmentally and appropriate child guidance methods while helping them develop a positive self-esteem and sense of self-worth.
  • Volunteers will have to be patient and wait for children to show up during their volunteer shift.
  • Volunteers must have the ability to understand specific subjects for grades K-12 to assist children with homework after school.
  • Volunteers will also be willing to assist with infants-toddlers after school to allow for parents to work with their school-aged children to complete homework assignments.
  • Volunteers must commit to a minimum of a full semester (preferably thru the academic year) in order to allow for consistency of helping our children develop academic and personal skills that help them through the toughest time of their lives.
  • Great opportunity for community members interested in obtaining work in education, social work or behavioral health degrees.

Volunteer Opportunity #3: Summer Fun 2019

Tentative Schedule:

  • Orientation Dates - 1-hour during business work hours:
    • Thursday, May 30, 2019 between 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Friday, May 31, 2019 between 9:00am – 4:00pm
    • Monday, June 1, 2019 between 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Summer Fun Start Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2019
  • Summer Fun End Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019
  • Summer Fun Schedule: Monday's, Wednesday's and Thursday's between 8:00am – 3:00pm

Volunteer's Role:

  • Assist IHS' Children's Program Manager and other volunteers every Monday and Thursday with chaperoning excursions for approximately 30-children ranging between Kindergarten thru 12-grade. Last year's excursions included trips to PaePae O Heeia Fishpond, visiting Kualoa Ranch, exploring the environment at Hawaii Nature Center, touring the ocean with Atlantis Submarine, hiking the Makapuu Light House Trail, and more. Excursions provide homeless children with a sense of normalcy and experiences that will encourage them to dream of a future outside of homelessness. IHS assists with admission to each activity. Lunches will also be provided.
  • Assist IHS' Children's Program Manager and other volunteers on Wednesday's with in-house volunteer programs and activities. Volunteers with skills and talents are encouraged to plan activities they know while also fostering a fun and collaborative environment. Past volunteers have assisted with cooking classes, dance lessons, play skits and urban farming/gardening. IHS staff also works with community businesses to host.

Additional Requests / Commitment:

  • We ask that volunteers be able to commit to the full duration of summer fun.
  • We are a qualified college certification program to sign off on community service hours and practicum hours for students seeking scholarships and graduation requirements.
  • We ask for your Kokua in making our homeless keiki feel welcomed, normal and provide them with a meaningful summer fun experience they will remember the rest of their lives.

Read more about our 2016 Summer Fun on our IHS Blog

To sign-up for this or any volunteer opportunity, click on the volunteer application link to the right.

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