HCAP Weekly September 11, 2017

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In this week’s issue:

SCSEP Participant Finds Employment at Roberts Hawaii
HCAP Participates in 2017 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign
Central STEM Students Build Robotic Arms
HCAP Head Start Children Learn about Pedestrian Safety
Save Energy and Money with Smart Laundry Habits
HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications


SCSEP Participant Finds Employment at Roberts Hawaii

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Pamela first enrolled in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) in July 2014. She was having difficulty finding a job in social services. Upon entry into SCSEP, Pamela was placed at the Waianae office of Oahu WorkLinks as an office clerk. But after moving to town, Waianae became a tough commute, and she requested for a SCSEP assignment closer to home. Upon her request, SCSEP staff placed Pamela at the HCAP Corporate Office, where she has been working until now.

Pamela recently applied for a full-time position as Call Center Agent at Roberts Hawaii and was hired on the spot; she will begin her new position next week. Pamela remains grateful to SCSEP and all the doors it has opened. “SCSEP kept me employable and sharp,” she said. “It’s so difficult for seniors to get a job now, but because of SCSEP I was employed and therefore more attractive to a potential employer.”

The staff at the HCAP Corporate Office will miss Pamela, but wish her well on her new job. Congratulations Pamela!


HCAP Participates in 2017 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign

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Foodland’s Annual Give Aloha Campaign began on September 1. During September, Maika`i Card members are invited to make donations up to $249 to their favorite participating Hawaii non-profit organizations at checkout. Donations to each organization are tracked, and Foodland’s matching gift is divided proportionately among all participating organizations based on customer donations to the organizations. Please support HCAP when you shop at any Foodland, Sack N Save or Foodland Farms store in the month of September! Use HCAP’s code #77207 and show your Maika`i Card to donate. 100% of your donation will help HCAP provide early childhood education, job training, housing, and opportunities for self-sufficiency for Oahu’s most needy families.


Central STEM Students Build Robotic Arms

Students at the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Central STEM Exploration Center have been learning about the basic principles of engineering with the help of Legos. The class was divided into teams, and each team was given the task of building their own attachable robotic arm. As part of the robotics challenge, the students needed to build the arm and program it to move. Later in the week, the students at the Central STEM Exploration Center were asked to build Lego structures that could stand up to different tests. The Lego structures were subjected to a high winds test, a flying projectile test, and an earthquake test. Many students came up with different and creative designs, but the winning entry was a simple tower with a sturdy foundation.


HCAP Head Start Children Learn about Pedestrian Safety

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Pedestrian safety education is provided to all children and parents enrolled in the HCAP Head Start program. HCAP Head Start believes it is critical for children to learn and practice safety procedures. This week, the children at Enchanted Lakes Head Start became familiar with pedestrian safety and learned how to keep themselves safe in and out of a car. They discussed what the crossing signals meant, and who to cross the street with. Children identified markings to denote which part of the street is a crosswalk versus the area cars drive in. As an activity, the children were asked to think of a destination they wanted to walk to. But before they could begin their walking itinerary, the children needed to find the nearest crosswalk and identify the traffic signals.


Save Energy and Money with Smart Laundry Habits

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Energy usage for washing machines and dryers can be very costly. In fact, water-heating accounts for 90% of the energy used by your washing machine. If you want to cut down on energy costs for laundry, here are some simple energy-efficiency tips from HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

1. Wash your clothes in warm or cold water instead of hot water. Unless you are washing clothes soiled in tough stains, our clothes are usually not dirty enough to warrant such high temperatures. Hot water kills bacteria quickly, but it may also cause lasting damage to clothes, making them easier to shrink in size or fade in color.

2. Set water level to the size of the load. Saving water also saves energy. By conserving water, you are saving the energy it takes to pump it, clean it, heat it, and treat it later.

3. Do full loads of laundry whenever possible. Filling up your washing machine with water requires energy, and it’s a waste if done for a partial load. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.

4. Don’t overdry your clothes. Running a typical dryer for 15 minutes less per load can save you up to $35 per year.

5. Dry two or more loads of clothes in a row. You should take advantage of the heat that is still in the dryer from the first load.


HCAP Early Head Start Accepting Applications

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HCAP’s Early Head Start (EHS) program will provide home-based child development and family support services to low-income families with infants and toddlers, and to low-income pregnant women and their families. The program begins on October 1, 2017 and is now accepting applications for infants and toddlers, ages 0-3 years, who are based in the Windward and Central areas on Oahu. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting the HCAP Head Start Waipahu Office, located at 94-810 Moloalo Street, #200, Waipahu, Hawaii 96797.