Community Service & Outings
Pacific Quest is committed to the concept of community stewardship. Community service and the ability to “give back” are essential cornerstones of each young adult’s journey at Pacific Quest. Becoming a steward of one’s environment begins with self-care. As young adults become advocates for the healthy planning and management of a well body, they can better focus on their emotional self, their immediate environment and the larger community. Empowering young adults to be active participants in this process promotes positive and meaningful engagement in society.
The local community surrounding Reed’s Bay provides a wide range of opportunities to bring a sense of stewardship to the surrounding community in the form of service projects. Young adults volunteer at nearby elementary schools and senior centers and assist with setup and breakdown responsibilities at community events and meals. They also participate in PQ and other community-sponsored beach cleanup events, green space maintenance at the local zoo, and land work to aid local community farms. Young adults assist in invasive species removal tasks at various national park sites on the island. Past clients have also had the opportunity to volunteer with the Surfrider Organization in their work with community youth, and through projects that promote environmental restoration.
At appropriate intervals, young adults are also offered the chance to explore the island’s diverse historical, scenic and cultural offerings. They snorkel at white sand beaches, hike to remote fields and forests and even venture out to the peaks of Mauna Kea. Along the way, young adults learn about the environmental and cultural history of the areas they visit and as a result, are often moved to give back to these memorable locations.