Student Volunteer Ideas

25 March 2022 | Articles

As part of Student Volunteer Week 2022, we have put together some volunteering ideas for Kāpiti Students.

The Student Volunteer Week theme for 2022 is: Takoha – give; Whakatipu – grow; Tūhono – connect. The week runs from April 4th till April 10th and is an opportunity to celebrate the impact that student volunteers make through volunteering. We know the impact our local students have and the power of the school community volunteering together to make a difference in Kāpiti. If you are a student, do chat to us if you would like to particpate in one of these volunteer ideas or if you have your own idea that you would like us to support.

StarJam – Jam-athon Fundraiser
StarJam invite Kāpiti students to participate in our first ever High School "Jam-athon", which acts as a fundraiser for StarJam, raises awareness for a good cause and showcases your wonderful students. Our idea is for your student leaders to rally together a fundraiser within the school that celebrates the magic of music & performance – just like us here at StarJam! All money raised will help us open new StarJam workshops across the country and help more youth with disabilities to be able to join the StarJam family. We'd also provide you with StarJam resources to help educate your students on disability and if we can, get some of Jammers along to your school to either perform or say thank you! Click here for more information and also check out their volunteer roles here

Lazy Sneakers – Sneaker Collection
Set up by Wellington Student Maia Mariner, Lazy Sneakers is a sneaker bank project collecting reusable and new sneakers from the community and then distributing these sneakers for FREE so people can play, participate and reach their potential. Set up a sneaker collection at your college and Volunteer Kāpiti can assist in getting the donated sneakers to Wellington. Click here for more information

Foodbank – Food Collection
Help your local foodbanks by setting up a Food Collection point at your college. Both Kāpiti and Ōtaki Foodbanks really appreciate donations of the following groceries:
• Soup
• Pasta sauce
• Canned fish
• Pasta & noodles
• Canned spaghetti & baked beans
• Refreshments (including tea, coffee, milk & sugar)
• Spreads (including jam, honey, marmite & peanut butter)
• Toiletries (including toothpaste, shampoo, handwash, soap, body wash and sanitary items) and
HUHA – Animal needs collection
Help your local animal shelter by collecting items they need to help keep rescued animals healthy and warm. HUHA
is based in Ōtaki and Volunteer Kāpiti can assist with getting the donations to the shelter.
• Dog beds; hard plastic dog beds – large
• Food/water bowls
• Dog food (biscuit or canned soft food), treats, Cat/kitten food, Rabbit/Guinea pig food
• Toys
• Blankets (not duvets) and towels
• Leads, gentle leaders (haltis), harnesses, collars
• Newspaper
• Paper towels
• Kitty litter or sign up to volunteer long term with HUHA

Chip Packet Project New Zealand
Chip Packet Project reuses your empty foil packets and creates survival sheets (thermal blankets) for those living on the streets throughout NZ. Collect, wash and package empty chips packets at college for this awesome recycling project. Cleaned and prepared foil packets can be posted to CPPNZ HQ, 26 Tuhimata Street, St Heliers, Auckland 1071. Click here to watch a video on how to prepare the chip packets

Share the Warmth – Kāpiti
Share the Warmth - Kāpiti - an initiative to share warmth and love amongst our Kāpiti whānau in the winter seasons through donating any winter wear surplus to requirements! Collect the following good condition items at college and contact Sophie Handford on 0210 894 7590 for collection:
• Coats
• Hats
• Jerseys
• Thermals
• Scarves
• Gloves
• Blankets
• Warm socks and shoes

Home 4 All – Kāpiti and Other Group Activities
Home4All is a community-based day-care facility aiming to bring pride, joy & respect to people with dementia by inspiring & supporting them to use their skills in a homely, social environment. They have various gardening and painting projects they would love students to help with for a group activity (half or full day).

Contact Volunteer Kāpiti to discuss other group volunteer activities such as weeding, painting and gardening activities for Kāpiti Community Organisations