Volunteering in Hawaii

There is no better way to feel at home in Hawaii and build your ohana (the Hawaiian term for extended family) than to lend your talents and time to the surrounding community. Volunteering is an excellent way to meet new people, build working relationships, acquire new skills and learn about local culture.

To discover new volunteer opportunities on and off base, follow the MCBH Volunteer Facebook Page!

Tracking Your Hours

We want to make sure you get credit for the time you give volunteering. To start tracking your time, simply follow these steps:

  1. Visit presidentialserviceawards.gov
  2. Create a profile about yourself
  3. Enter our certifying organization code for MCBH: BDS-8616
  4. Start tracking your volunteer hours and activities!

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Award (MOVSM) may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and their Reserve Components, who perform outstanding volunteer community services of a sustained, direct and consequential nature.

For additional guidance on the criteria, see MARADMIN 514/09 . Questions should be directed to the personal awards section at (703) 784-9342/9343 or DSN 278-9342/9343 or can be mailed to SMB_HQMC_PERS_AWARDS@USMC.MIL.

Installation Volunteer Opportunities

Single Marine & Sailor Program: The SM&SP offers several volunteer opportunities each month for single or unaccompanied Marines or Sailors to get out in the community and support local organizations and causes. Check the SM&SP’s monthly calendar to find an opportunity that excites you.

L.I.N.K.S. Mentor: Use your Marine Corps spouse on-the-job training to help other families navigate the transitions of military life a little easier. Become a mentor and share your insights with other spouses in the classroom, at monthly Coffee Crew groups and events.

Youth Sports: Practice your leadership skills and help kids access the life-changing benefits of youth sports by serving as a volunteer coach. Semper Fit is constantly on the lookout for coaches for basketball, soccer, flag football, cheerleading, baseball, volleyball and wrestling.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society : Helping Sailors and Marines in times of need or crisis is an excellent way to make a difference while adding purpose and perspective to your own life. The Society has many different volunteer roles to fill and may have the perfect opportunity for you.

Mokapu Elementary : Support the home school of families living aboard MCB Hawaii. Mokapu offers a mandatory, 45-minute training class once a month for those interested in getting involved. Check their web calendar for available class dates and times.

American Red Cross : The Hawaii Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skills to support its humanitarian work and welcomes individuals with base access to volunteer at its K-Bay office.

Base Environmental : Want to learn about the native ecosystem? Become a weed warrior! Join Base Environmental in removing invasive species from native wildlife habitats.

Command Team Advisor or Family Readiness Assistant: Reach out to your Deployment Readiness Coordinator to learn how to become a Command Team Advisor or Family Readiness Assistant.

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