There are so many ways to be compassionate. Try these other ideas:

Animals—Feed, groom, play with or just learn more about your favorite animals. Love is unconditional when it comes to this passion.

Cooking and Baking—Volunteer with friends in a kitchen, bake a cake, or just check out farmers markets. Nourish your body and spirit with the culinary arts.

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Get Moving

Just go out there and volunteer at your school, community and more:

  • Organize a food drive at your school or community to support your local food bank
  • Join the 4-H service learning program

Stay Focused

Focus on volunteering, keep improving, and have fun as you set and fulfill goals:

  • Take courses through the Red Cross: Get certified in CPR and first aid to be better prepared in an emergency
  • Take a babysitting course to enhance your childcare skills
  • Thinking of studying human services or social work in college? High school classes to help you prepare include: Peer Education Program (PEP), Psychology, Sociology, Health, Human Physiology, and Biology

Get Involved

Great minds think alike. Connect and work with other people who like volunteering as you reach your dream:

  • Volunteer with American Red Cross service projects: Help schools, communities and the world
  • Check out Hawaii hospitals and volunteer information: Hospitals offer volunteer opportunities that support the organization’s needs and help the sick. Volunteers visit patients, greet visitors, and support the staff. Check the website of your local hospital for information on volunteering requirements:
    Queen’s Medical Center
    Kuakini Medical Center
    Kapiolani, Pali Momi, Straub, and Wilcox
    Castle Medical Center
    Wahiawa Medical Center
    Shriner’s Children’s Hospital
  • Care for our kupuna at nursing homes or senior care facilities: Provide company for residents and assist in activities, card games, and bingo nights to help the residents feel more at home and engaged. Check if a senior home in your area accepts volunteers
  • High school students can volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii: Qualified and dedicated role models are paired with youth in need of guidance and support through one-on-one friendships
  • Children’s Discovery Center is a great place to volunteer if you love helping keiki
  • Want to be a positive role model for keiki? Look for opportunities to tutor elementary students or work in an afterschool program