HCAP Weekly August 19, 2019

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The Kupuna Independent Life Series Returns to Leeward in September
Single Mom Gains Work Readiness Skills and Obtains Employment
HCAP’s Interim Director of Finance Leads Presentation at Nonprofit Seminar
Hā Initiative Staff Showcase Program at Makalapa Elementary 
Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Accepting Applications Until September 20th
HCAP Staff Attend 21st CCLC Meeting


The Kupuna Independent Life Series Returns to Leeward in September

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After a summer break, HCAP’s Kupuna Independent Life Series, which assists seniors 55 and older to “age in place” through health and wellness workshops, healthy breakfast and lunch, and support groups, will return to Leeward this September. The thirteen-week series is a collaborative effort to provide seniors, age 55 and older, with health education, support for living productive independent lives, and proactive civic engagement.

The time and location for Leeward’s Kupuna Independent Life Series is as follows:

HCAP Leeward District Service Center
85-555 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792
Thursdays from 8:30am – 1:30pm
September 5, 2019 to November 21, 2019
Contact Number: 696-4261


Single Mom Gains Work Readiness Skills and Obtains Employment

Rochelle is a single mom whose only source of income was from selling baked goods and handmade products online. Without a steady source of income and with a college-aged son to support, Rochelle received a disconnection notice on her electricity bill. To prevent her electricity from being shut off, staff at HCAP’s Central District Service Center assisted Rochelle in applying for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

In need of a steady income, Rochelle asked Central District Service Center staff if they could help her in her employment search. Staff referred her to the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. Upon completing intake for ECS, Rochelle enrolled in Job Readiness Training. Since Rochelle had been out of the workforce for some time, Central District Service staff assisted Rochelle with resume development and interview preparation. Rochelle also received training in financial literacy.

Due to prior work experience as a caregiver, Rochelle was able to leverage her experience and obtain employment in the caregiving profession. Central District Service Center would like to congratulate Rochelle on her newfound employment, and will continue to provide case management services to Rochelle until she becomes self-sufficient.


HCAP’s Interim Director of Finance Leads Presentation at Nonprofit Seminar

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Last Friday, Spencer Lau, HCAP’s Interim Director of Finance, spoke at the 16th Annual Nonprofit Organizations Seminar at Chaminade University. It was a homecoming for Spencer, who is a graduate of Chaminade University’s undergraduate class of 2012 and a 2018 graduate of Chaminade’s MBA program. Spencer led a seminar presentation on crowdfunding. Spencer discussed with seminar attendees regarding how useful crowdfunding can be, especially when it comes to filling in budget gaps, but also challenges that a nonprofit may face during a crowdfunding campaign.


Hā Initiative Staff Showcase Program at Makalapa Elementary

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Last Thursday, Hā Initiative: Creative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) After-School Program staff attended the Makalapa Elementary School Open House. The Open House was attended by active military and their families. Hā Initiative staff used the event as an opportunity to provide information about the after-school STEM program. The classroom curriculum and EV3 robots were showcased at the Open House. Parents or guardians interested in enrolling their children in the Hā Initiative Program should complete the Participant Registration Packet and email the completed packet to hcapstem@hcapweb.org.


Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Accepting Applications Until September 20th

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The Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) provides low-income seniors with eligible fresh produce (fruits, vegetables, honey, and fresh cut herbs) at farmers’ markets and roadside stands during the “harvest season,” which ends on September 30th. To qualify for this program, individuals have to be 60 years of age or older and have a household annual income of less than $26,603 for a single person or $36,001 for a 2-person household.

Hawaii Foodbank, an HCAP partner, is organizing the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program with the State of Hawaii Office of Community Services. Interested individuals must submit a completed application, by Friday, September 20th, to: Hawaii Foodbank, 2611 Kilihau Street, Honolulu, HI 96819.


HCAP Staff Attend 21st CCLC Meeting

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Last Thursday, HCAP’s Interim Director of Community Services, Grants Manager, and Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Manager attended the annual 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) sub-grantee meeting at the Oahu Veterans Center in Salt Lake. HCAP staff joined program directors across the state for a half-day briefing on the reports and requirements expected of grantees in the 2019-2020 school year. The 21st CCLC grant provides funding for HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program.