HCAP Weekly March 16, 2015

In this week’s issue:

HCAP Staff Gather for Annual Training Day
Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Participant Finds Pride in Providing for Her Family
SCSEP Program Participant Receives Added Benefits from HCAP Income Tax Services
Fun with Magnets at the Hā Initiative
Leahi District Service Center Attends School Health Fair
Kumuhonua Residents Help Promote the “Be A Jerk Campaign”


HCAP Staff Gather for Annual Training Day

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On Friday, March 20, 2015, HCAP’s entire staff gathered at the McCoy Pavilion at Ala Moana Beach Park to showcase HCAP’s 50 Greatest Hits and 50 years of Community Action. The morning began with Board Chair Representative Isaac Choy thanking HCAP’s staff for all the work they do in the community. Special Guest Kaala Souza gave an engaging speech on Nui Thinking- or thinking big, and thinking of the future, in order to better contribute to the island and the individuals and families HCAP serves. Program staff then presented 50 Greatest Hits from their programs throughout the years. Following their presentations, staff were celebrated and given awards for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 years of service. Toward the end of the day, Rich Miano, a former NFL football player, spoke to the staff on the importance of teamwork.

HCAP’s Training Day was a great time for staff to gather and celebrate the organization’s accomplishments over the past 50 years.


Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Participant Finds Pride in Providing for Her Family

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In April 2014, Desiree began volunteering at the HCAP Leeward District Service Center and gained better knowledge of HCAP’s service from her experience. After volunteering, she enrolled in the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services (ECS) program, where she completed job readiness training classes, a budgeting workshop, resume writing class, and Introductory to Basic Computer Skills workshop. She also did job searches and applied for jobs on-line at the Leeward District Service Center’s employment center.

She found part-time employment in October 2014 at CVS Waianae Mall and has maintained employment since then. Desiree stated, “I am so grateful for the help and guidance from HCAP that I can now be employed, support my family, and feel accomplished as a woman and a mother. Thank you, HCAP.”


SCSEP Program Participant Receives Added Benefits from HCAP Income Tax Services

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Naomi, a Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) trainee at HCAP, went to the Central District Service Center for assistance in filing her taxes. Trained volunteers were able to help her get all the credits she qualified for, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which lead to her receiving a refund. With the tax refund and the extra money she saved by utilizing the free tax service, Naomi is able to pay off all her credit card bills.


Fun with Magnets at the Hā Initiative

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Students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Windward STEM Exploration Center investigated the properties of magnets and how they react with other materials. They asked questions such as: What kinds of materials are magnetized? Which are not? The students conducted a simple test to see if their material was magnetized. They placed a paper clip on one side of the material and tried to move it with the magnet on the other side. If the magnet was able to attract the paper clip through the material, then it was not magnetized. They tested cardboard, paper, and wood.

For the cardboard test, students drew a maze on the cardboard. They then exchanged mazes with a partner and guided the paper clip through the maze using the magnet on the opposite side. Some of the students made difficult mazes, and others made easy ones. However, the result was clear: cardboard was not a magnetized material.

Next they experimented with paper. The students took paper cups and put the paper clip inside. They discovered the magnets were also able to move the paper clip up the cup by moving it on the opposite side. They determined that paper was not a magnetized material.

For the wood test, the students used rulers. They were able to move the paper clip up and down the ruler easily. However, one student’s ruler had metal on it. Finally, they had found one magnetized material! Students recorded the results in their STEM journals and resumed having fun with magnets.


Leahi District Service Center Attends School Health Fair

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On Saturday, March 7, 2015 the Leahi District Service Center staff attended the Papakolea Health Fair at Lincoln Elementary School. Leahi’s Community Workers provided information on HCAP’s programs and resources such as the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services, HCAP Head Start, HCAP Youth Services and the Weatherization Assistance Program. They were able to “talk story” with community members, while providing a fun craft project for the keiki.


Kumuhonua Residents Help Promote the “Be A Jerk Campaign”

Photo of Kumuhonua Be a Jerk Campaign
Residents from the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center volunteered to give back to the community by collecting pledges for the City and County of Honolulu’s “Be A Jerk” campaign, which has people pledge to not give alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age. The campaign took place at the job fair held at the Blaisdell Center. Residents talked to people waiting in line for the fair about preventing underage drinking and asked them to sign the pledge.

The residents also had the opportunity to walk around the job fair and collect information on potential employers and companies. The residents enjoyed the experience and felt as though it helped them break down any personal barriers with social interactions. Their time and hard work was immensely appreciated by the City and Count of Honolulu for their help with the “Be A Jerk” campaign.