H.C.R. NO.



H.D. 1






requesting a task force to determine the feasibility of establishing of the aloha corps by implementing several small pilot projects.



WHEREAS, volunteerism offers great contributions to society locally, nationally, and around the world; and

WHEREAS, volunteering takes many different forms and involves a variety of activities; and

WHEREAS, besides the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Job Corps, there are other less well-known federal initiatives like the Senior Corps, Citizens Corps, USA Freedom Corps, and the 118 successor agencies to the Conservation Corps; and

WHEREAS, religious denominations are also associated with various volunteer groups, such as AVODAH: the Jewish Services Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Vincentian Service Corps, Cabrini Mission Corps, Catholic Charities Volunteer Corps, Francis Corps, Lutheran Volunteer Corps, and Lutheran Service Corps; and

WHEREAS, there are also secular nonprofit service groups, such as the Global Service Corps, Green Corps, Africare Service Corps, Inner-City Teaching Corps, the multi-city Executive Service Corps, and United Nations Volunteers; and

WHEREAS, despite the presence of these programs and organizations, the world remains in desperate shape, and the need for organized volunteer services is far from having been met; and


WHEREAS, Hawaii has a population of well-to-do, active retirees, extensive community expertise in Asian-Pacific languages and cultures, know-how in many fields, and a youth population that could benefit from a year or two of training and community service; and

WHEREAS, the Aloha Corps is a project that could enable Hawaii residents, ranging from teenagers to seniors, to work together with nonprofit agencies, at home and overseas, for the greater good of the community; and

WHEREAS, the world needs to learn to develop itself gently, with Aloha, and an Aloha Corps could help accomplish that; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Twenty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2004, the Senate concurring, that this body requests the University of Hawaii to create a task force to determine the feasibility of establishing the Aloha Corps by implementing several small pilot projects; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President and Chairperson of the Board of Regents of the University of Hawaii.



Report Title:

Establishment of the Aloha Corps