Doing Good: Our Guide to Giving Back
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Surfrider Foundation, Oahu Chapter
Mission: The Surfrider Foundation is an international environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through conservation, activism, research and education.
Paid staff members: Zero; its 14 committee members are all volunteers.
Volunteers: Between 14 and 500. The monthly beach cleanups have an average of 50 people.
Annual budget: Budget is based off of donations. It can be as low as $1,000, says chapter co-chair Tim Tybugzewski.
Signature events: John Kelly Environmental Awards at Waimea Valley.
Biggest needs right now: Volunteers for beach cleanups.
How the community can give: Volunteer. “I’d rather have someone volunteer 100 hours than give $100,” he says.
Life Foundation Oahu
Mission: The Life Foundation is dedicated to stopping the spread of HIV and to assisting people who are living with HIV and AIDS in Hawaii.
Paid staff members: 37
Volunteers: 250; 20 volunteers help regularly with office duties and the meal program, and have been with the Foundation for more than five years.
Annual budget: $2.6 million
Signature events: The Honolulu AIDS Walk. The next walk is on April 15.
Biggest needs right now: “Diversified private funding to cover programs and activities,” says communications director, Melanie Moore.
How the community can give: Become educated about HIV/AIDS and raise both awareness and funds for the foundation by participating in the Honolulu AIDS Walk.