APRIL 2020
Celebrating our volunteer roots
This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week and it reminds us of how essential volunteers are to our organization.

IHS was founded as a volunteer-driven response to homelessness. In the 1970s, our grassroots work was affectionately called the Peanut Butter Ministry because Father Claude DuTeil and a group of volunteers made and shared peanut butter sandwiches with homeless individuals on Honolulu's streets. By 1980, we officially became the nonprofit Institute for Human Services. As an institute, IHS was ignited by students pursuing professions in a wide range of specialties including nursing, psychiatry, dentistry and social work. These students gained practical experience towards their careers and served Oahu’s most vulnerable populations of men, women and children. Today, their work, supplemented by our staff professionals, church groups, civic organizations, and friends like you, continues to drive the success of the organization.

Individual volunteers like Rhonda Khabir, whose story you can read below, also energize and inspire our work. In the past year, she mobilized her colleagues to host a holiday clothing drive, donate office supplies, and secure pallets of bed sheets and blankets for use at our shelters. Rhonda is also regularly in our kitchen with us helping with meal service.

We have current needs for volunteers to serve meals, sort donations, bag supplies to deliver to unsheltered homeless, and more. As an essential organization, our volunteers are also regarded as essential workers. If you are willing and able at this time, we'd love to have you join our team as a volunteer. Please complete our volunteer interest form and we will match you to an opportunity that works for you.
Connie Mitchell | Executive Director | IHS, The Institute for Human Services
"To whom much is given, much is expected."
When Rhonda steps through the doors at IHS, she is connected to something powerful from her past and in her present life. When asked why a busy executive carves out time during a pandemic to serve meals to Oahu’s impoverished, she shared: “To whom much is given, much is expected.”

The Vice President of Sales for Aqua-Aston Hospitality is responsible for nearly 40 properties, mostly throughout Hawaii – a position that comes with 24-7 responsibilities. Yet, her life's abundance of blessings compels her to serve others. 
Help gather "Bags of Hope" on April 29
Join Bank of Hawaii and IHS to collect supplies that will help those who are homeless to shelter in place. Monetary support and wish list items can be dropped off at or near four branches on Wednesday, April 29 between 7 and 9 am only.  

Wednesday, April 29 | 7 to 9 am | Select Branches
Mahalo to the following organizations that have donated their time to gathering or manufacturing essential supplies: D.R. Horton, The Episcopal Diocese of Hawaii, Every1ne Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines, KoHana Distillers, Popeyes Hawaii, Seven Seas Canvas, Site Management Professionals, LLC and so many more who have supported our mission with critical items during this pandemic. Our work is made easier and safer with the help of all of the partners and donors who have stepped in to help.