HCAP Weekly April 15, 2019

HCAP’s Income Tax Services Brings Back Over $1 Million to Our Communities!
Na Lima Hana Participant Receives Tax Assistance
STEM Teachers Participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Showcase
SCSEP Participant Receives Wraparound Services
Na Lima Hana Participant Reaches 90 Days of Employment


HCAP’s Income Tax Services Brings Back Over $1 Million to Our Communities!

Photo of Leahi Taxes

District Service Center staff and volunteers have once again made the Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program a success! This year, 702 households filed their tax returns at one of the five District Service Centers or the HCAP Corporate Office. More than 42% of these filers received the Earned Income Credit, realizing more than $536K from that credit alone. Overall, the EITC Program brought back $1,222,071 to our local families and communities.

A big mahalo to our partners, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Hawaii Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), for all their patience and support this season. We especially want to thank the Bank of Hawaii, Honolulu Community College, and VITA for providing us with valuable volunteer support. We couldn’t have succeeded without the discipline and dedication of our staff and volunteers, who continue to make our clients feel welcomed during appointments and drop-ins.


Na Lima Hana Participant Receives Tax Assistance

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Cynthia first began receiving HCAP services last fall. Leahi District Service Center’s Community Workers held 13-week employment training and workshops at the Salvation Army in Waialae. Cynthia was one of the participants who enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Service (ECS) Program and received training in financial literacy and help in developing her resume.

Shortly after completing the workshops, Cynthia gained employment at Goodwill. She recently visited the Leahi District Service Center to get her taxes prepared. Through HCAP’s Income Tax Services/ Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Program, Cynthia was able to have her tax returns completed at no cost.  She also received a gift card for completing an employment milestone: obtaining employment for ninety days. Cynthia is grateful for all the ways HCAP has assisted her.


STEM Teachers Participate in the 21st Century Community Learning Center Showcase

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This week, staff from the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, attended the 21st Century Community Learning Center Showcase. At the event, the Hā Initiative’s teachers made a presentation entitled, “Hands-On STEM”.

Alaka’i from the Windward STEM Exploration Center shared the students’ diorama of the the solar system.  Mark and Jocelyn from Central STEM Exploration Center displayed the students’ model of the Earth’s core and the layers of the atmosphere. Julie showcased the Kalihi STEM students’ #Giving Tuesday projects.  Persis from the Honolulu STEM Exploration Center shared the student-created display boards showing their experiment of PH balance in different brands of bottled water.


SCSEP Participant Receives Wraparound Services

Photo of Raldean SCSEP

Many years ago, Raldean worked as Shift Manager at the Fort Shafter Army Base.  But in the aftermath of 9/11, she was laid off.  To make matters worse, her son was dealing with major medical issues.  With all that was going on, a friend had recommended that Raldean should consider enrolling in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) at HCAP and looking into the services they may provide.

She completed intake for SCSEP and enrolled in the program shortly thereafter.  Raldean also accepted referrals to HCAP’s wraparound services, including the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which helped her with her utility bills, the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, which provided her with suitable work attire, and the Kupuna Independent Life Series, which equipped her with resources on nutrition and health.

When Raldean first started in SCSEP, she was assigned to HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center as a receptionist.  During her time at the Leeward District Service Center, she was trained on the various programs and services that HCAP provides to the community.  She felt that not only was she able to use skills that she already possessed, but she was able to put her knowledge and experiences to actual use. Now, Raldean has been transferred to her new assignment as Program Aide/Receptionist at the SCSEP office. It was a decision made to further and strengthen her office skills as her time with SCSEP comes to an end.

“SCSEP has been a life saver in so many ways,” Raldean said.  “I was able to obtain hands-on training, earn income, provide for my family, and support my son.”


Na Lima Hana Participant Reaches 90 Days of Employment

Photo of Millie ECS

Millie first heard of the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program when she applied for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center last June.  When she first enrolled in the ECS Program, Millie was unemployed and at a crossroads with her career path.  She had many years of working in a medical establishment, but felt like she wanted to do a bit more with her medical schooling.

After completing Job Readiness Training, Millie began her job search for full-time employment.  With encouragement and frequent follow-ups from the Leeward District Service Center staff, Millie was able to obtain employment with a home healthcare agency. Millie’s outgoing personality, big smile, and extensive experience in the medical sector helped her land the job.  Millie has reached 90 days of employment, and is very thankful for all the support she received from HCAP’s ECS Program.  Miliie was a joy to work with and the Leeward District Service Center staff wishes her well on her career journey.