The Foster Grandparent Program has matched caring kupuna with volunteering opportunities with keiki for more than 50 years.
Parent-Community Networking Centers
The best way to connect with volunteer opportunities at schools is to engage with the Parent-Community Networking Center, or PCNC. You can contact schools directly to connect with their PCNC coordinator, or contact the Community Engagement Office:
- Lani Solomona, 808-305-0699, or via email.
Foster Grandparent Program
This volunteer program run by the state Department of Human Services recruits eligible low-income seniors statewide to assist children with special and exceptional needs to help develop them to their full potential. To be a foster grandparent, an individual must be at least 60 years of age, commit to volunteering a minimum of 15 hours per week, and meet income and other program requirements. Foster Grandparent volunteers in return receive a nontaxable stipend, meal allowance, travel reimbursement, and paid vacation and sick leave. When you share your time, love and experience, you have the power to help a child who needs you. To learn more, call (808) 832-5169.
Ready to Learn/School Tools
This program helps low-income families who are unable to purchase all of the basic school supplies that their child(ren) need to go back to school. The program also assists social service agencies, church groups and schools that work directly with these families to provide a needed community resource. To learn more and contribute, connect with the program administrator at Helping Hands Hawaii, James Li: