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An Insider’s Look At: Service Team

 Today’s blog post is from our favorite Sheila, Ame Schadel. Ame came this spring from Australia to take part in our Service Team program. Service Team is a program where individuals assist with practical hands-on needs of STN such as painting, construction or service in the local community with our ongoing outreaches. The schedule and jobs are based off of the needs at STN has at the current time. It is a challenge, but the reward of living and growing in the community is unique and gratifying. Service team members must commit a minimum of one month and can stay as long as three months. Take a look at what Ame had to say about her experience:

 

‘I love those times in life when a really amazing opportunity presents itself and you choose to step out of your comfort zone. There’s a feeling of nervousness and excitement as you start making your plans. But the best part is, after you’ve made that step and you realize that the decision turned out to be the best one you could have made. This is exactly what happened to me when I had the opportunity to be part of the service team at Surfing the Nations.

I flew from Australia to Hawaii not knowing what to expect, nervous about making this new place home for the next month. Nervousness aside, I also had a feeling that this would be the start of an amazing adventure. I was ready for a new challenge in life, ready to meet new friends and ready to have a ton of fun while doing it.

Being part of the Service Team gave me the chance to see firsthand how Surfing the Nations is making a difference in the community and around the world. Not only was I able to help people within the organization, I was also able to help with weekly community events like Feeding the Hungry and the Ulu Pono kids program. Through these programs, my eyes were opened to the need that is in the world today. The need for primary things like food and shelter and also the need for comfort and encouragement. Seeing people line up for food and being able to look them in the eyes, give them food and encourage them was truly a highlight for me.

Another part of Service Team that made my time so enjoyable was all the people that served alongside me. It was great to be working on a project or helping build something with people from different countries, backgrounds and cultures. We worked together, ate together and laughed together. The community of people at STN made me not only feel like I was part of the organization, but like I belonged to a family that was all working to make a difference.

Service Team was the best decision I could have made. It was an incredible way to see Hawaii, meet new people and ultimately make a lasting difference in a community, I loved it so much, I decided to extend my stay.
I would highly recommend taking this adventure and making it your own.’ – AS

 

 

 

Aloha Friday- Help us with one click!

Happy Aloha Friday!

We are amazed at how businesses and individuals are coming alongside charities to help further the life-changing programs they offer.

Chase is one of those incredibly generous businesses and they are choosing charities that will share $2.5 million in grants. We would love to be one of the recipients that can use those resources to further humanitarian work in the community and worldwide. Continue Reading

Give Aloha revised!

If you are a Hawaii resident and you shop at Foodland, the Give Aloha gift matching program is an easy way to contribute to the work of Surfing the Nations.

At the checkout, you may pick the Hawaii non-profit charity of your choice to make a donation of up to $249, and Foodland will match that donation.*

Simple! Just let them know you are donating to Surfing the Nations, ID number 78555.

For more details visit:

http://www.foodland.com/our-community/give-aloha

Thank you for helping us bring positive change and hope to communities here and across the globe!

*PLEASE NOTE: Whoops! We weren’t completely accurate in our information on the give aloha program.

Foodland does NOT match donations dollar for dollar. Instead, this is how it works: (from the give aloha website):

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GIVE 2012: Be a History Maker

To really bring about radical change, one must have a certain percentage of courage. Most world-changers in history looked like fools in the world’s eyes. Many people can see where there is need for transformation, but not so many are willing to take action to set change in motion.

This year, join us in our GIVE 2012 campaign by being your creative self! Between December 1st and January 31st our goal is to raise $20,012 towards the remodel of a broken down brothel in to a thriving outreach training center, which will house our weekly social programs serving the community of Wahiawa, Hawaii.

Our property storefronts located in Wahiawa are being rented to community minded businesses. We see this as an important step in bringing transformation to an area once ridden by the sex-industry. Our next step is to create a permanent home for our outreaches and operations. This building will be the new home of our Feeding The Hungry program that impacts over 2,000 individuals weekly, Ulu Pono Kids, our after school at-risk youth program and countless other community training programs.

 

We need YOU to reach this goal!

Simply pick something and get people to support you in your fundraising. Here are some ideas:

  • Flash mob!
  • Dress up in costume to; play football,Christmas shop, surf, etc
  • Shave your head/dye your hair/moustache
  • Host a gathering, dinner, party, art show, open mic night, etc.
  • Make a New Year’s resolution that you will ‘donate’.

What do you love? What are you known for? What do you do on a regular basis that can become extraordinary?
Start your campaign and join GIVE 2012.

Then share your photos or videos with us via Instagram at #GIVE2012