Live Kōkua Community Service Day
On Veterans Day, during Homelessness Awareness Month, Bankoh Blue Crew employees, family and friends came together on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 to volunteer at organizations that serve veterans, families and individuals affected by homelessness in the state of Hawaii and across the West Pacific Region.
More than 300 Bankoh Blue Crew volunteers, throughout the state and the West Pacific Region, participated in a variety of service projects, partnering with 11 nonprofits during BOH’s first bankwide Community Service Day.
On Oahu, volunteers served brunch to veterans, painted, cleaned, landscaped, cleaned out garages and provided financial literacy. They worked at eight locations, including:
- Institute for Human Services, the state’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive human services agency focused exclusively on ending and preventing homelessness, at its Ka‘a‘ahi, Hale Mauliola, Sumner and V.E.T. House locations
- Kahauiki Village, a planned development of 153 one- and two-bedroom homes for homeless families in Honolulu
- Mental Health Kōkua, the oldest, private non-profit mental health organization in Hawaii
- YWCA-Fernhurst Residence, a facility dedicated to empowering women to successfully transition from prison back into the community
- U.S. Vets, provides military veterans and their families services including housing, counseling, career development and comprehensive support
Neighbor island service projects included collecting and donating outerwear for those in need on Hawaii Island to Hope Services Hawaii, preparing and serving meals at Hale Kau Kau at St. Theresa Church on Maui, and assisting with informational events on three days for Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity.
Bank of Hawaii volunteers in the West Pacific Region served and delivered meals in Guam, Saipan and Koror for a total of 11 days as they worked with Kamalen Karidat, The Salvation Army and the Palau Old Age Center.
Bank of Hawaii’s “Bankoh Blue Crew” volunteers are out in the community almost every weekend. They donated over 16,000 hours of their time to 359 community service projects in 2017.