General Questions

What is the Adopt-A-School Day (AASD) Project?

The Adopt-A-School Day Project is an annual project of JCI Hawaii. The project is led by a different local chapter each year. The project provides two types of opportunities. The first opportunity provides for members of JCI to share and develop skills in project management, finance and accounting, marketing, IT, community outreach, and leadership. The second opportunity is community development, allowing for schools to benefit through contacts made with the JCI Hawaii, local businesses and volunteer organizations, and kind individuals.

Since the project lead changes each year, the approach of AASD changes based on the chapter that takes on the project. This year, the project is led by the Honolulu Chinese Jaycees, who have participating committee members from other local JCI Hawaii chapters such as the Hawaii Kai Jaycees, Filipino Jaycees, Hawaii Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce, Rising Phoenix Jaycees, and JCI Honolulu.

What is JCI and the Jaycees?

Junior Chamber International (JCI) is a not-for-profit global organization made up of young individuals 18-40 years of age. The organization was founded in St. Louis, Missouri in 1915. The group of young men who started the movement went by different names during its early years, and became known as the St. Louis Junior Chamber of Commerce when the group became affiliated with the St. Louis Chamber of Commerce. The members would later be called Jaycees. Since then, chapters of the Jaycees were created throughout the U.S. and soon after international countries formed. Today, the main organization is referred to as JCI. However, many chapters in the U.S. still go by Jaycees.

The Jaycees started off as young men who craved experience to not only develop professionally, but to also be a part in the development of the community. Since then, Jaycees have worked to create a positive impact in the community through the belief that “service to humanity is the best work of life.”

How can I or my organization participate in this project?

You may participate as a sponsor with a cash donation for the project, donate items services needed by a school, or help as manpower toward a project. “Word of mouth” help is also great. It’s a great help when people and organizations spread the word.

Volunteering Questions

Do we have to hold a project day for a school we adopted on the same day dedicated as Adopt-A-School Day?

We encourage participation on the same day as a way to show solidarity around the state, but it is not required. In fact, some groups have held projects such as a supply drive or beautification on days or weeks after the official Adopt-A-School Day date. Also, there are cases when a project may need another day or two to complete. Projects are done on days that are agreed upon by both the school and the organization adopting them.

I’m not part of any group, can I volunteer as an individual?

Yes! Of course. E-mail and someone will get back to you.

Sponsorship Questions

My organization is unable to help with a project in person, may we donate money to the project?

Yes, you may. If your organization is interested in becoming a sponsor, we can send you a virtual sponsorship packet. E-mail and we will get one of our community outreach members to contact you.

How can I be a sponsor for the Adopt-A-School Day Project?

You may e-mail and we will provide you with a virtual sponsorship packet.

Who do I contact if I want to donate money, equipment, and/or supplies?

You may e-mail and we can provide you a virtual sponsorship packet and/or details on the type of needs a school may have.

Are you a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization?

The Adopt-A-School Day Project is an annual state project of JCI Hawaii and is hosted by a local chapter each year. JCI Hawaii and its local Jaycee/JCI chapters are a 501(c)(4) non-for-profit organizations. Donations to 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organizations are not tax deductible. In exchange for financial support, we providing marketing opportunities for sponsors who donate.