HCAP Weekly April 6, 2015

In this week’s issue:

HCAP Youth Services and Kumuhonua Benefit from Starbucks Community Workday
Homeless Awareness Fair Educates Attendees on Homeless Services
Ewa Pre-Plus Head Start Children Learn About Earth Day
HCAP is Hiring LIHEAP Intake Aides
Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service
HCAP Selects New Information Technology Manager
HCAP Publishes 2013-2014 Annual Report


HCAP Youth Services and Kumuhonua Benefit from Starbucks Community Workday

Starbucks Community Work Day  at Kumuhonua
Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center was fortunate to be the recipient of Starbucks Global Month of Service, community workday. Youth Services Program Manager, Krystal Ikeda in a collaborative partnership with Starbucks, arranged a workday for approximately 90 volunteers at Kumuhonua. The volunteers dedicated hours of sweat equity as part of Starbucks giving back to community. Everyone was extremely enthusiastic and worked very hard in beautifying and cleaning up the property both inside and outside. Starbucks volunteers, Kumuhonua staff and residents enjoyed working together.

During the Starbucks community workday at Kumuhonua, HCAP Youth Services participants were fortunate to participate in mock interviews conducted by Starbucks Managers. Each youth met individually with a manager and was able to simulate a real interview. After the interview, the youth gained valuable one-on-one feedback on things they did well and things to work on. Some of the youth did such an awesome job that they were invited to fill out a Starbucks on-line application if they were interested. Starbucks graciously rewarded each youth with a Starbucks gift card.

Thank you Starbucks for your continuous giving back to community and to The Starbucks Foundation for making a monetary donations which allowed HCAP to purchase supplies for the workday at Kumuhonua.


Homeless Awareness Fair Educates Attendees on Homeless Services

Photo of HPU Homeless Fair
Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center participated in the first annual Homeless Awareness Fair put on by Hawaii Pacific University’s School of Social Work. This fair was held on April 1st, 2015 at the Fort Street Mall campus and included agencies island-wide that work directly with the homeless population. The event was created to increase awareness of the homeless problem and educate the community on resources and agencies that provide either direct client services or collaborate to work with the homeless population. Kumuhonua staff had a positive response and were able to educate many on the services that Kumuhonua and HCAP provide.


Ewa Pre-Plus Head Start Children Learn About Earth Day

Photo of Head Start Earth Day
As Earth Day approaches, the children at Ewa Pre-Plus Head Start have been learning about the earth and the beautiful things that are on our planet. After studying trees, they visited Moanalua Gardens and noticed that trees come in different shapes, sizes, colors and types. They had the opportunity to feel the tree barks and roots. The children were given a clipboard, paper and pencil to sketch a tree of their choice. Next, they will learn how to keep the earth clean through the 3 Rs, Recycling, Reducing and Re-using.


HCAP is Hiring LIHEAP Intake Aides

Photo of LIHEAP
HCAP is currently accepting applications for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Intake Aides. LIHEAP Intake Aides are responsible for screening and interviewing applicants for appropriate admission to the program. This is a temporary position from May to July 2015.

To download the job description click here.

To apply for the LIHEAP Aide position click here.


Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

Photo of Mayors Day VISTA
On April 7th, HCAP joined the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to celebrate the 2015 Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service. Participating CNCS programs included SeniorCorps (Senior Companion Program, Foster Grandparent Program, and Retired Senior Volunteer Program), and AmeriCorps (National, State, and VISTA). Volunteer representatives and local community leaders shared personal testimonies about the impact the programs have had on their lives and the lives of those they serve.

HCAP currently has two AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in different capacities within the organization.


HCAP Selects New Information Technology Manager

Photo of Information Technology Manager
HCAP is pleased to announce that Brandon Sparks has been promoted from HCAP Head Start Information Technology (IT) Specialist to HCAP Information Technology Manager. In his new capacity, Brandon will oversee all IT functions for the entire agency.

Brandon has 10 years of relevant IT experience, and started with HCAP Head Start in 2007 as the IT Specialist providing support to Head Start administration and classrooms. Most recently, he has been providing valuable assistance to all of HCAP’s programs.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “During a time of transition, Brandon has stepped up and met the challenges of maintaining the proper functioning and integrity of HCAP’s information systems. He has demonstrated the ability to work well with all staff and balance multiple priorities. This selection was made after a comprehensive search process, and I am proud that Brandon was found to stand out in comparison to all external applicants.”

HCAP congratulates Brandon for continuing to build upon his achievements.


HCAP Publishes 2013-2014 Annual Report

Photo of Annual Report 2013-2014
We are pleased to present our annual report for the 2013-2014 Program Year. Each year, we provide program highlights and other information that showcases who we are and what we have accomplished during the course of the program year. HCAP has made great efforts during the 2013-2014 Program Year to reinvent our website and develop our social media strategies. We believe this interactive approach increases public awareness of the agency and allows us to share in detail all of the exciting things happening in our agency. Most importantly, it allows us to share the stories of individuals and families who are making strides towards self-sufficiency, and recognize the staff, volunteers, and donors who allow HCAP to provide assistance to those in need.

Download the 2013-2014 Annual Report here.
View past Annual Reports here.