HCAP Weekly September 3, 2018

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HCAP Participating in 2018 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign
Weatherization Client Receives Solar Water Heater
Na Lima Hana Participants Obtain Jobs
Pālolo STEM Students Visit the Pālolo Ohana Learning Center
HCAP Staff Attend Children’s Health Fair


HCAP Participating in 2018 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 low-income individuals and families on Oahu.


Weatherization Client Receives Solar Water Heater

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Sharon was first introduced to HCAP through the monthly Ohana Produce food distribution at HCAP’s Windward District Service Center, where she picked up food once a month for her family. When Sharon was introduced to other programs offered by HCAP, Sharon expressed interest in the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

As a homeowner, Sharon decided it was time to make energy conservation a priority. She completed the WAP intake process and was eligible for WAP services. Sharon received a 120-gallon solar water heater, along with small energy saving devices (LED light bulbs, aerators for their bathroom sinks, new handheld showerheads). She is very thankful for all the devices that were installed in her home to help save on their family’s electric bill. HCAP would like to give a big mahalo to Larry’s Plumbing and Solar for installing Sharon’s solar water heater.


Na Lima Hana Participants Obtain Jobs

Sage and Mayra arrived in Honolulu in search of a new start. Originally from Oregon, they came to Hawaii with just the clothes on their back. They were staying at Ala Moana Beach Park when they got word from friends about HCAP’s Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. Sage and Mayra applied and completed intake at HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center. Following intake, they were given bus pass vouchers to make finding work easier. They were also referred to the Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center. Shortly after completing Job Readiness Training, they were hired at the IHOP restaurant in Waikiki. Sage initially worked as a bus boy but is now working in the kitchen and Mayra continues to work as hostess.


Pālolo STEM Students Visit the Pālolo Ohana Learning Center

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Last month, students from the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program’s Palolo STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, were invited to the Pālolo Ohana Learning Center (POLC). At the POLC, the students tried out new robotics activities brought by the visiting Punahou High School Robotics Team.

The robotics team came by to give the students an opportunity to see what it would be like to be on a robotics team. There were all sorts of activities available for the students, such as Sumo Bots, where students pilot their own Lego robot to try and push another robot out of the arena. The students also got to control one of the robotics team’s old competition robots; they were able to see the mechanics of the bot and how it all worked together. Overall, this event definitely sparked an interest in robots for the STEM Pālolo students.


HCAP Staff Attend Children’s Health Fair

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Last month, HCAP staff attended the Ko’olauloa Health Center’s Children’s Health Fair. Windward District Service Center staff teamed up with HCAP Head Start Family Advocates and Child Health and Development Specialist to promote HCAP’s programs and services. HCAP staff used the event as an opportunity to talk about programs such as the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and Ready to Learn school supply drive, as well as a one-stop location where prospective Head Start parents can submit completed medical forms. Overall, it was an educational and fun afternoon for all; parents and their children also enjoyed popcorn, shave ice, and raffles!