HCAP WEEKLY April 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination Event Held at Makalapa Community Center
HCAP Selects New Director of Information Services
Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Assists Client with Vocational Training Needs
Leahi District Service Center Conducts Door-to-Door Outreach
Head Start Keiki Learn Through Arts and Observation


COVID-19 Vaccination Event Held at Makalapa Community Center

As part of ongoing efforts to vaccinate Oʻahu residents for COVID-19, a free vaccination event was held on Friday, April 23 at Makalapa Community Center. The event was the second this month in a collaboration between the Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. (HCAP), the Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH), and Project Vision Hawaiʻi, with support from the Hawaiʻi Public Housing Authority (HPHA)

Individuals who met all requirements to be vaccinated received their first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Friday’s event, which primarily focused on residents of nearby Halawa public housing. Many participants attended together to get vaccinated alongside friends and family members. One local mother attended with a friend, then returned later with her 18 year old son after finding out that a walk-in appointment would be available for him to come get vaccinated after school. 

HCAP Executive Director Robert N.E. Piper emphasized the importance of community vaccination events, and the continued partnerships between nonprofit organizations and state departments in vaccination efforts: “Our network of community relationships is able to benefit the health and welfare of the community at large by providing opportunities for vaccination to people who otherwise may not have access,” he said, “so no one gets left behind.”


 

HCAP Selects New Director of Information Services

The Honolulu Community Action Program, Inc. is pleased to announce that  Sonia Chan has been named Director of Information Services. This is a newly created position that will manage HCAP’s technical operations and supervise the Department of Information Services staff. The Director of Information Services ensures that all technology systems and applications support HCAP’s goals, objectives and mission. 

Sonia has over 30 years of experience in the information technology field. She joined HCAP in 1994 as a Head Start Information Technology Specialist and subsequently was Information Technology Manager for several Head Start component areas. Since 2007, Sonia has been overseeing the Information Technology component of the HCAP Head Start program to ensure all computing needs are met. Sonia holds a Bachelor of Science in Information & Computer Sciences from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 

Robert Piper, HCAP Executive Director, states “I’m pleased to welcome Sonia as HCAP’s first ever Director of Information Services. The success of our agency’s delivery of much needed services to our community is now more than ever greatly dependent on our ability to leverage and maximize our use of  technology. In an environment of high demand with more limited resources, our use of technology to  support our front-line professionals as well as our clients is a high priority. Sonia has been instrumental in not only maintaining the technology systems for Head Start, but is also well experienced and versed in the needs and missions of the rest of the agency. She is a natural extension to my Executive  Management Team and I look forward to working with her as we usher HCAP into our new and exciting  future.”


 

Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program Assists Client with Vocational Training Needs

When Eunhui wanted to further her career skills and education, she decided to contact HCAP Central District Service Center for assistance. She was interested in enrolling in a Phlebotomy course offered by HCAP partner Professional Healthcare Educators, which would help her obtain employment and financial independence. Eunhui had been staying with friends and family for some time, and wanted to be able to support herself and afford a place of her own. 

Through the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, Eunhui received assistance with the costs of tuition, course materials, and Phlebotomy exams. We are happy to share that Eunhui has successfully completed the Phlebotomy course and she is now in the process of applying for positions at local Oʻahu healthcare facilities! 

To learn more about Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program, visit https://www.hcapweb.org/na-lima-hana-employment-core-services-program/


 

Leahi District Service Center Conducts Door-to-Door Outreach

Because the COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for individuals and families to seek in-person assistance on their own, the Leahi District Service Center has started bridging the gap by bringing services directly to the people.  

This week, Leahi District staff went door to door offering information and resources to community members. Staff distributed information on HCAP programs such as Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services, Weatherization Assistance, and Kōkua Food Assistance

All HCAP District Service Centers remain open to community members seeking assistance during this trying time. Health and safety protocols remain in place and staff are always looking forward to being able to help!

Find your local district and learn more about the programs offered at https://www.hcapweb.org/our-locations/


 

Head Start Keiki Learn Through Arts and Observation

This week, our HCAP Head Start keiki are showing off their visual arts and observation skills with some exciting spring projects! 

Handprint Flowers 

Jaystin and Mikayla from August Ahrens II created paper handprint sunflowers by tracing their hands multiple times on yellow construction paper and cutting them out. Through this activity that incorporates arts and observation, the two were able to understand the life cycle of a sunflower and also identify its parts. The sunflower activity was a cheerful way to celebrate the spring season while learning about plants! 

Planting Sunflower Seeds

   

Ryder from August Ahrens II has been learning about the growing stages of sunflowers by planting his own sunflower plant from a seed. He learned to care for it by making sure to water it when needed and provide it with enough sunlight, and he is now able to see the sprout coming out of the soil. In the coming weeks, Ryder will be observing the different stages of growth and recording his observations by drawing them in his journal. Way to go Ryder!