HCAP WEEKLY April 19, 2021

HCAP Selects New Director of Finance
Want to Enroll Your Keiki in In-Person Pre-school? Recruitment Efforts Continue for HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start’s 2021-2022 School Year
HCAP Continues Delivery of Kokua Food Boxes to Homebound Kūpuna and Persons with Disabilities
Nā Lima Hana and Honolulu Community College’s HELLO Program Work Together to Help Students Improve their English and Succeed in their College Careers
Sending a BIG Mahalo to our Amazing HCAP Volunteers!


HCAP Selects New Director of Finance

The Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (“HCAP”) is pleased to announce that Ryan Obrero has been named Director of Finance. The Director of Finance oversees all aspects of HCAP’s fiscal operations, providing leadership in financial administration, business planning, budgeting, and reporting. As a member of HCAP’s Executive Management Team, the Director of Finance will work closely with the Board of Directors and serve as the staff liaison of the Finance Committee. 

Ryan was previously employed at HCAP as Grants Manager after working in the public accounting sector. After obtaining additional experience as Chief Financial Officer at another local nonprofit, he most recently served as Corporate Controller at Pacific Administrators, Inc. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hawaiʻi Pacific University. He is also an active Certified Public Accountant.

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “I am very pleased that Ryan has returned to HCAP in his new position. He comes back to us with a wealth of experience in both the private for profit and nonprofit sectors, and we are fortunate that he is already familiar with both our operations as well as our mission and commitment to the communities we serve. Ryan also brings with him a background in public accounting as well as his credentials as a Certified Public Accountant. I expect a smooth transition and look forward to working with him as part of HCAP’s Executive Management Team. ”


Want to Enroll Your Keiki in In-Person Pre-school? Recruitment Efforts Continue for HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start’s 2021-2022 School Year

Want to enroll your keiki in in-person pre-school? It’s not too late to apply for HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start’s 2021-2022 school year!

Last week, HCAP Head Start & Early Head Start Family Advocates conducted a widespread recruitment for Head Start & Early Head Start’s 2021-2022 school year. Over 4,000 applications were distributed and 200 flyers posted at housing complexes, schools, medical clinics, shelters, and local businesses. Family Advocates also recruited door-to-door in their respective neighborhoods and made their presence known in the communities where HCAP’s Head Start classrooms are located. This is just the beginning of recruitment efforts as the program reopens its doors to in-person learning and continues to serve our keiki and families.

Interested families are encouraged to apply the 2021-2022 school year by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website for an application: www.hcapweb.org/headstart/head-start-application/


HCAP Continues Delivery of Kokua Food Boxes to Homebound Kūpuna and Persons with Disabilities

As the impacts from COVID-19 reverberate across our state, households continue to face increased food insecurity. HCAP’s Kokua Food Assistance Program was created to respond to this challenge and help put food on the table for Oʻahu’s most vulnerable community members. One of the important initiatives of the program is to service homebound kūpuna and persons with disabilities across the island. Through this program, eligible recipients are able to receive Kokua Food Box deliveries right to their homes as well as other support services to help them.

Earlier this week, staff members from HCAP’s District Service Centers delivered 93 food boxes for the month of April. Each Kokua Food Box consisted of fresh vegetables and fruit, dairy, grains, and protein. Clients are able to receive these boxes on a monthly basis and since the program’s inception, 380 food boxes have been delivered to homebound kūpuna and persons with disabilities.

We look forward to continuing this important program in the upcoming months as many clients have expressed their deep gratitude for this program. Our goal is to not only ensure our vulnerable populations stay healthy and have access to food, but also to alleviate the anxiety and uncertainty our kupuna and persons with disabilities face. To learn more about HCAP’s Kokua Food Assistance Program, visit: www.hcapweb.org/kokua-food-assistance-program/ 


Nā Lima Hana and Honolulu Community College’s HELLO Program Work Together to Help Students Improve their English and Succeed in their College Careers

Recently, HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services staff met with Beryl and Kalehua from Honolulu Community College’s HELLO Program. The HELLO Program helps students to improve their English language skills so they can succeed in their college courses or ESL classes. According to the HELLO website, the program will help participants improve their skills in reading, writing, and comprehension. Currently, HELLO classes are held virtually twice a week. This partnership is a great opportunity for eligible clients of both the Nā Lima Hana and HELLO programs to get assistance in their college and employment journey. We look forward to working with the HELLO program by providing our services to their students and referring eligible Nā Lima Hana clients to their program.

If you are interested in receiving tuition for vocational school or are in need of employment services please email NaLimaHana@hcapweb.org or visit: www.hcapweb.org/na-lima-hana-employment-core-services-program/


Sending a BIG Mahalo to our Amazing HCAP Volunteers!

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we want to send out a big MAHALO this week (and every day) to our awesome volunteers that help us provide opportunities and inspiration to low-income communities on Oʻahu! Today we want to highlight one of volunteers from our Leeward District Service Center who embodies the spirit of giving back to the community.

“Aunty Pearl has been volunteering with us for many years. As a volunteer, she has done many different things to help us and our community from working at our food bank to answering our busy phones and much more. We would like to thank her for her time and service. We love you Aunty Pearl!”    

-HCAP Leeward District Service Center Staff

To learn more about HCAP volunteer opportunities, email hcap@hcapweb.org.