HCAP Weekly March 30, 2015

In this week’s issue:

Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services – Getting Results and Making an Impact in the Community
50th Anniversary National Head Start Conference
Local Non-Profit Helps Clean Up Areas Surrounding Leahi District Service Center
Mahalo to HCAP Board Member Colleen Minami and Friends
Income Tax Services Wraps Up for the Year at HCAP’s Main Office
Starbucks Global Month of Service 2015


Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services – Getting Results and Making an Impact in the Community

Employment Core Participants
Since 1965, HCAP has assisted low-income individuals and families on Oahu to become more self-sufficient through a myriad of programs and services that focus heavily on employment and employment support. Our District Service Centers have also historically provided employment assistance to low-income clients as part of overall case management.

HCAP recognized the potential to enhance its employment services by hiring a dedicated Program Coordinator and increasing program offerings. As such, the Na Lima Hana-Employment Core Services Program (ECS) began as a stand-alone program in January 2014, with the assistance of a City and County of Honolulu Grant-In-Aid. James Upega is the Program Coordinator who tracks participant progress, develops partnerships with employers, seeks funding opportunities and works with program and district staff to implement the program. Through HCAP’s core programming at its five district service centers, the ECS program offers intensive case management, job readiness training and job placement assistance. From January 2014 to January 2015, the ECS program enrolled 620 participants; 252 participants attended employment preparation training; 222 participants obtained employment; 125 participants maintained employment for 60 days; and 98 participants maintained employment for 90 days. HCAP exceeded all contract goals for the City and County of Honolulu Grant-In-Aid. Currently, HCAP staff continues to track program participation as they achieve new milestones.

The ECS program has built strong relationships with employers throughout the island, which has allowed staff to refer participants to specific employers. The program continues to network and partner with local companies to further grow the database of employer referrals. To date, ECS participants have gained employment with partner companies such as The Home Depot, Walmart, Roberts Hawaii, Bath and Body Works, Kualoa Ranch, 7-Eleven, ABC Stores, Aloha Stadium, Big City Diner, Bubba Gumps, Cheeseburger Beach Walk/Waikiki, City Mill, E Noa Tours, Elite Parking, Enterprise Rent A Car, Pro Park, Popeye’s Kitchen, Unitek Contracting Group, and VIP Trans.The positive impact the program had on participants’ lives is presented in HCAP’s Weekly E-Newsletters. HCAP also highlights the successes of ECS participants on our social media sites, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

HCAP continues to offer the Na Lima Hana- Employment Core Services Program, and will seek to utilize additional sources of funding to support this very worthy and impactful program.


50th Anniversary National Head Start Conference

Photo of NHSA
This week, HCAP staff joined 5,000 Head Start staff, parents, and supporters from around the country to celebrate 50 Years of Opportunity at the National Head Start Association (NHSA) Conference in Washington, DC. In the past 50 years, Head Start has had an impact on more than 32 million children.

Staff attended workshops throughout the week to develop new skills, network, and learn about new resources to better serve Head Start children and their families. They will take what they learned at this conference back to Hawaii to share with their colleagues.

HCAP Head Start parent and Policy Council Chair, J-Nel Cullen shared, “Through this experience I’ve become a stronger leader and advocate for my family as well as for my role in Policy Council.”


Local Non-Profit Helps Clean Up Areas Surrounding Leahi District Service Center

Trees to Seas
Last week, Trees to Seas, a local non-profit organization, cleaned up the areas surrounding HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center. Volunteers collected over 100 lbs. of trash around the building and surrounding areas, including Palolo District Park and Jarrett Middle School. The three most common trash items were cigarette butts, candy wrappers and bottle caps.

This project is the start of a Palolo Stewardship Program hosted by Treas to Seas. According to the organization’s website, “The Palolo Stewardship Program is aimed to prevent trash becoming marine debris from the watershed communities, Palolo Valley. It is our next step from the clean-up dives we have been conducting to connect the seas to the treas. The main focus will be our public areas where no one takes responsibility for trash. Our schools, neighborhood streets and parks generate a lot of waste.”

Mahalo to Trees to Seas for the service! HCAP greatly appreciates the volunteers for their community action. If you are interested in volunteering for Trees to Seas or would like more information, please visit www.treastoseas.org.


Mahalo to HCAP Board Member Colleen Minami and Friends

Photo of Colleen Minami
The HCAP Head Start Home Base Program had the pleasure of spending the day with HCAP Board Member Colleen Minami and her friends at the Home Base Socialization at the HCAP Head Start Kunia classroom. Recently, Colleen Minami, along with friends Jane Ibara, Mae Isonaga, Lynn Murakami-Akatsuka, Jan Yukumoto, Lana Seki, Janice Nakama, Gwyn Tamashiro, Irene Takeshita, and Lillian Deir, kindly donated various gift cards to the HCAP Head Start Program.

The Home Base children and families had the opportunity to show Auntie Colleen the primary goals of science exploration by making scientific observations and conducting experiments. Through the classroom activities spent with Auntie Colleen, the children developed a sense of curiosity, met new friends and spent the day with family members.

In the years past, Auntie Colleen and her friends have also generously donated various gifts and gift cards in support of early childhood education and other HCAP programs and services. Mahalo to Colleen Minami and her friends for helping HCAP provide opportunities and inspiration to the people we serve!


Income Tax Services Wraps Up for the Year at HCAP’s Main Office

EITC Volunteers
On Wednesday, April 1st, the Income Tax Services Program (EITC) wrapped up for the 2015 tax year at the HCAP main office. We would like to say mahalo to our dedicated team of volunteers, which included David Paoli, Tara Bastatas and Karen Simiona. Each of them gave an enormous amount of their free time to service as many taxpayers as they could.

This year, the HCAP main office site assisted 98 taxpayers with filing their federal and state returns. Without our dedicated volunteers who assist our staff, we would be unable to help our clients and their families. Mahalo for being an inspiration and helping HCAP assist our community.

“I’m so blessed you all can help me. I always did my taxes online and had to pay.” -Income Tax Services Client


Starbucks Global Month of Service 2015

Starbucks Logo
On April 7th, HCAP Youth Services will be partnering with Starbucks on a volunteer project at Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center as part of Starbucks Global Month of Service 2015. According to the Starbucks Community Service website, “Volunteers will assist with projects on site: painting, garden, cleaning, etc. Volunteers will work with the youth participants from the program. In addition, the Store Manager/Assistant Store Manager partners will volunteer at an on-site workshop, assisting the youth with resume building and interview skills.”

For more information, visit the Starbucks Community Service website.