Today is #GivingTuesday and the perfect chance to spread your aloha! Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 with a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Giving what you can to a local organization that does good in our communities, or to someone who needs a helping hand, will make our world a lot brighter.
Here's some of our favorite charities that would appreciate some extra love today:
Aloha Animal Sanctuary, Oahu's first 501(c)(3) non-profit sanctuary for farmed animals, accepts animals who have been abused, abandoned, and/or neglected and have nowhere else to go. This is a place where people can visit and form meaningful relationships with the animals.
Leilani Farm Sanctuary is an island paradise for rescued animals where compassion for all living beings reigns. Located on eight lush acres of pure love, this all-volunteer, non-profit sanctuary on Maui saves animals destined for slaughter or orphaned after hunters took their mothers, and educates the community on the humane treatment of animals.
Pacific Primate Sanctuary is an entirely volunteer, nonprofit wildlife conservation organization dedicated to the protection, preservation, and permanent care of threatened, endangered, and distressed primates. Since 1984, the Sanctuary has maintained a federally authorized facility for New World monkeys, many of whom have been rescued from research laboratories, the exotic pet trade, and tourist attractions.
Kupuna Kokua is an all-volunteer organization that serves our most vulnerable residents by delivering groceries, matching kupuna with volunteers who check in on them weekly to provide help as needed, and supplies reusable face masks.
The Kōkua Hawaii Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii. Their mission is to provide students with experiences that will enhance their appreciation for and understanding of their environment so they will be lifelong stewards of the earth.
808 Cleanups is a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit organization committed to restoring Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty by empowering volunteers to conduct decentralized cleanups from Mauka to Makai, responding to littering and vandalism of Hawaii’s natural spaces, saving Hawaii’s indigenous ecosystem through education, and building sustainable solutions with community partners. 100% of your donations go to cleaning and restoring our communities.
Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation recognizes that climate change, pressure on our freshwater resources, global political instability, and a fragile global food supply chain are factors that contribute to food insecurity. As a buffer against this insecurity, you can invest in local farmers and sustainable agriculture in Hawaii by donating to HFUF's programs.