In an effort to document how much we are already helping each other, we’re compiling snapshots of neighbors working together through organized community projects and other community events. Click on photo to enlarge. Send us your own photos, we’d love to include them!

September 2021

Boy Scout Troop 223 members, from left, Luke Takakuwa-Holtey, Reed Snyder and Austin Holmquist helped out with the Honolulu Bicycle League's 2021 Century Challenge ride, at the Kailua District Park. Century Challenge participants designed their own riding courses in increments of 25, 50 and 100 miles. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman /Civil Beat)

YWCA Oahu hosted Bank of Hawaii and their Bankoh Blue Crew for volunteering to help sort clothing donations for the Dress for Success Honolulu Program. (Photo: YWCA Oahu)

Community volunteers dig out the roots of invasive weeds in an ongoing effort organized by the North Shore Community Land Trust to restore Hawaiian agriculture and native ecosystems to the area of Waialee on the North Shore. The group will plant hala, which was once prevalent in the area and important to Hawaiians for weaving. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

A candlelight vigil in Waimanalo marks the end of another day of searching for Isabella Kalua, also known as Ariel Sellers, a 6-year-old girl who has been missing for days. Dozens of community members have been assisting police in trying to find her. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteers with Hui o Ko’olaupoko weed out invasive plants in Kaneohe. Since 2015 the group has been working on the He'eia Estuary Restoration Project, aimed at improving water quality and increasing habitat for native aquatic species by removing invasive plants and replanting native Hawaiian species. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Roberta Leung, right, and daughter Robbie Ann Leung help paint a cell phone tower as part of a beautification project in Kaimuki. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteer painters from the neighborhood beautify a cell phone tower at the Pu'u O Kaimuki Mini Park in Kaimuki. The mural project was a collaboration by artist Solomon Enos and the 808 Cleanups team. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Jon Gelman, right, from the Hawaii Marine Animal Response and Hawaii Marine Mammal Alliance, uses a stuffed seal to teach, from left, Max Lee, Kate Dolbier and Vaibhavi Dwivedi how to handle crowds of onlookers when a marine animal is on the beach in Waikiki. The Hawaii Marine Animal Response organization is the largest Hawaii-based marine species response and conservation nonprofit in Hawaii. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteers handed out bags of food as a part of the Serving Aloha event at Central Union Church. They serve over 450 people per week with food donated from the Hawaii Food Bank. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Volunteers with Ocean Defenders Alliance pull old tires out of the water at the Kaneohe Harbor. The group retrieved 43 tires from around the harbormaster's dock in Kaneohe Bay. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Richelle Doctolero, left, and Crystal Theel with HUGS (Help, Understanding and Group Support) plant a young koa tree in a memorial garden at Sunset Ranch on the North Shore of Oahu. Land for the memorial garden was donated by the Sunset Ranch and tree saplings were donated by Waimea Valley to help with the HUGS mission to provide support, compassion and aloha for Hawaii families with seriously ill children. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)

Members of the Hawaii chapter of the American Public Works Association replaced damaged traffic delineators along the South Street bike lane, between Kapiolani Boulevard and Pohukaina Street. The effort was coordinated by the city’s Malama O Ka Aina community volunteer program. (Photo: City and County of Honolulu)

More than two dozen volunteers with the Kaimuki Youth Development Organization remove overgrown vegetation and litter along Koali Road, between Waialae Avenue and Kanewai Community Park. The work was coordinated by the city’s Malama O Ka Aina, which is administered by the Department of Facility Maintenance’s Division of Road Maintenance. (Photo: City and County of Honolulu)

Alex, left, and Oliver Lillegard help their father Walter Lillegard, right, pull invasive vines out of the ground surrounding native plants in the botanical gardens of Waimea Valley during the Ohana Volunteer Day. The ongoing ohana volunteer days are geared to families with younger kids under the age of 12 and provide opportunities for families to get involved, give back and learn. (Photo: Ronen Zilberman/Civil Beat)