HCAP Weekly May 22, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

HCAP Participates in Charity Walk ’17
HCAP Selects a New Head Start Assistant Director
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Helps Households with their Energy Bills
Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Offers Summer Program
Windward District Service Center Hosts Job Fair
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year


HCAP Participates in Charity Walk ’17

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On May 20, 2017, the Honolulu Community Action Program participated in the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association’s Charity Walk ’17. This was HCAP’s second year participating in the annual Charity Walk. Since its inception in 1978, the Hawaii Visitor Industry Charity Walk has raised more than $30 million to support hundreds of local charities throughout the state.

A total of 117 HCAP staff, ohana, board members, and friends supported HCAP’s participation in the event. Together, over $5,000 was raised for HCAP.

HCAP was proudly represented at the Charity Walk by a large turnout of walkers in their HCAP t-shirts. It was a great day filled with lots of food, camaraderie, and a good workout. Thank you to everyone who donated and/or walked on behalf of the HCAP team. A big mahalo to everyone who arrived early Saturday morning to set up the HCAP tent and snacks. It was a very fun and memorable day!


HCAP Selects a New Head Start Assistant Director

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HCAP is pleased to announce that Jennifer Tanele has been named its newest Head Start Assistant Director. The HCAP Head Start Assistant Director assists in the planning, development and evaluation of all Head Start components. This position will also be responsible for overseeing program quality assurance and support services.

Jennifer began her employment at HCAP in 1998 as a Head Start Teacher and later served as a Head Start Teacher Mentor. Since 2015, Jennifer has been a Head Start Education Program Manager. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education/Early Childhood Development and a Master of Education in Instructional Leadership from Wayland Baptist University.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “In each position Jennifer has held at HCAP Head Start, she has consistently demonstrated the commitment, determination and attention to detail required to be the Head Start Assistant Director in charge of monitoring and quality assurance. She will fit in perfectly with the current Head Start management team.”

Grant Kogami, HCAP Head Start Director, adds that “Jennifer possesses a work ethic and initiative that is needed to ensure a high level of quality throughout all components of the Head Start program. I am excited for the future of the program with Jennifer in her new role.”

HCAP would like to congratulate Jennifer and welcome her to the position.


Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Helps Households with their Energy Bills

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HCAP will be accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), starting June 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2017. Offered once a year, LIHEAP provides income-eligible households with assistance in paying their electric or gas bills.

HCAP will be accepting applications at its five district centers on Oahu. Application will be accepted Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 noon.

Applicants must bring the following documents and information with them to apply:

1. CURRENT ORIGINAL GASCO GAS BILL OR HECO ELECTRIC BILL (If utility subscriber is different from applicant and does not live in household, they must sign a required form and show ID.)

2. PROOF OF RESIDENCE (A document other than utility bill that shows current address. Ex: phone bill, doctor’s bill)

3. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION (For all household members 18 yrs & older)

4. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS (Verification for all household members)

5. PROOF OF AGE or DISABILITY (Birth certificate for ONE child 0-5 yrs OR Disability parking/bus pass or other documentation of disability ONLY IF NO ONE IN HOUSE IS OVER 60 years old)

6. PROOF OF INCOME (For all household members) Bring all that apply: Pay stubs for all jobs since January 2017; Self Employed Log/Receipts showing income/expenses for 2017; 2017 Award letters for Social Security, Welfare, Unemployment, & SSI; Pension/Retirement statement , etc.)


Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program Offers Summer Program

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HCAP’s Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program is offering a free summer program from May 31, 2017 to July 28, 2017. The program provides participants in grades 2 through 8 with an opportunity to engage in hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities involving forensics, food chemistry, and robotics. The summer program will take place at all five STEM Exploration Centers. The hours will be from Monday through Friday, 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. For more information, visit our website or call us at 447-5416.


Windward District Service Center Hosts Job Fair

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On May 24, 2017, the Windward District Service Center hosted a job fair for the Windward community. Employers and recruiters volunteered their time to accept applications and do on-the-spot interview. Vendors included Starbucks, Macy’s, Enterprise Corporation, Longs Drugs, Target Corporation, Kulolo Farms, G4 Security, Paradise Tours, Kaneohe Marine Base, and American Saving Bank. Thank you to our partner, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kaneohe for granting us permission to use their gym. Windward District Service Center staffs were on hand to promote and answer questions about all the different HCAP programs.


HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of comprehensive early childhood education? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2017-2018 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.