On January 25, 2018, over 60 SYL members and their guests gathered together to go over our accomplishments from 2017 and our plan for 2018. We also came together to provide toiletries for Project Vision, a nonprofit that provides mobile showers for our community’s homeless population.
On January 24, 2018, SYL members and their guests helped Boys and Girls Club with their basketball tournament. We helped the kids with their food booth, so they could raise money for an x-box. We also helped to supervise kids during their basketball tournament.
Our SYL members spent their Saturday morning sorting and packing over 5,000 books. In total, 9,200 books will be distributed to over 20 nonprofits throughout Oahu in support of literacy. These books were donated by the generous employees and customers of Barnes & Noble. Many of the books brought us back to memory lane. Some of our favorites as keiki were Where’s Waldo?, Dr. Seuss, Ferdinand the Bull, Good night moon, Where the Wild Things Are and so much more.
United Airlines donated 60,000 pieces of tableware and with the help of 55 volunteers, we packed over 2,000 tableware kits for Hawaii’s homeless community. It was non-stop unpacking boxes, wrapping tableware and packing kits from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. One of the highlights of the packing day was seeing keiki, students, nonprofit organizations and people from various businesses work together to help better our community. This successful service event would not have been possible without the prep help from UPS, Walmart Honolulu, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resortand Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
On September 14, 2017, Society of Young Leaders hosted our membership meeting at Aloha United Way.
SYL members and their guests were able to learn more about who SYL is, what we do, and how you can get involved in making our community better.
At our membership meeting we also collected books for Hawaii Literacy‘s Bookmobile. The Bookmobile travels weekly to provide families on the Wai’anae coast access to books and, ideally, a life-long love of reading and learning.
The Special Olympics Aukake Classic is a 2-day event where more than 400 Coaches and Athletes from throughout the State participated. Competition includes a multi-division 5-a-side Soccer tournament, Individual Skills Soccer competition, and Traditional and Unified Bocce Doubles competition. SYL members volunteered at the Bocce Ball awards tent where they helped organize and handed out awards to the Athletes. Members had a great time getting to know the athletes and the nonprofit.
It takes a village to raise a child and our “volunteer village” spent a weekend packing school supplies for local youth. In just two hours, more than 1,100 backpacks and bags were filled with more than $25,000 worth in school supply donations. The school supply kits will be distributed through the Hawaii State Department of Education and Aloha United Way nonprofit partners.