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Join volunteer activities at school, or make some of your own! Students from the KS Kapālama Give Back Club recently honored the legacy of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi with a fundraising walk event on campus. With every step taken, our haumāna evoked the memory of our beloved princess and raised more than $1,600 in donations for the Susan G. Komen foundation.

Mālama Ola Minute: Give time, stress less

Dec. 6, 2021

This year has been stressful. And as we start the holiday season the stress and pressure can increase. Family, gifts and finances complicated by COVID-19 make things more difficult. Are you feeling all the stress? Did you know that volunteering can help?

A Mayo Clinic study shows that volunteering reduces stress and increases positive, relaxed feelings by releasing dopamine. By spending time in service to others, volunteers report feeling a sense of meaning and appreciation, both given and received, which can have a stress-reducing effect.

Volunteer opportunities may not be abundant during the pandemic but we can still volunteer, give back to our communities, and help others – we just need to be creative about it. Look around. Is there someone in your ‘ohana, neighborhood, or community that could use a little help? Does the kupuna’s yard down the street need some TLC?  Is there a church or organization serving the lāhui in your area? Is there a beach that is in need of a clean-up?

Once you see the need, gather folks and start planning. Ask the kupuna if you and your ‘ohana can come by and help with the yard. Check with the church/organization and find out what they need, then gather your friends to fill that need. Take the family to the beach and as part of the day, bust out the big trash bags and make it into a challenge. See who can collect the most trash in 30 minutes!

It doesn’t have to be big or complex. Collecting and delivering donations to the Food Bank, even cleaning out the garage and taking your extra stuff to the Salvation Army will help. Look for ways to give back and volunteer this holiday season. Not only will it be a blessing for the community, it will help you de-stress and enjoy the holidays.  

LEARN MORE

Community service: A family’s guide to getting involved
KidsHealth

Five unexpected benefits of volunteering as a family
Feeding America

Helping others can increase happiness and reduce stress
Verywell Mind

 



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