HCAP WEEKLY August 31, 2020

HCAP Participates in 2020 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign
HCAP Client Affected by COVID-19 Receives Wrap-Around Services
Nā Lima Hana Establishes Employment Partnerships with Servco and Straub Medical
STEM Kits Allow Hā Initiative Students to Engage in Hands-On Learning


HCAP Participates in 2020 Foodland Give Aloha Campaign

Photo of Foodland Give Aloha

Foodland’s Annual Give Aloha Campaign begins on September 1st. 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 consider supporting 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.


 

HCAP Client Affected by COVID-19 Receives Wrap-Around Services

Jolene first visited HCAP’s Leahi District Service Center in September 2019 and was enrolled in the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services Program. Through this program, she was able to receive various employment services such as basic job-readiness training, financial literacy education, resume development, and interview coaching. Soon after her enrollment, Jolene secured a part-time position with Goodwill as a Donation Attendant and was grateful that it was convenient for her schedule and flexible given her physical disability. 

In the midst of COVID-19, staff from the Leahi District Service Center reached out to Jolene to check in on her well-being and check to see if she might be in need of other services. After over 8 months of employment with Goodwill, Jolene was laid-off due to COVID-19. Despite losing her job, Jolene still dedicates volunteer work to Goodwill’s Customer Service Department.

In more ways than one, HCAP has been a reliable resource to Jolene since her first visit. Through HCAP’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Jolene received a range of energy-efficient devices, which were installed in her home for free. The devices she received included a hybrid water heater and brand-new replacement refrigerator. These devices will help her to reduce high electric bills in the months ahead. Jolene is also in the process of applying for HCAP’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides households with utility assistance.

Jolene is grateful for her relationship with our agency and is working with staff to access services that will help her during this difficult time. Many individuals and families are in need of wrap-around services as they have been impacted by COVID-19. Our agency hopes that we can help individuals and families weather this crisis by offering programs and services that are essential during this time.

To learn more about the programs and services that HCAP offers, visit our website.


 

Nā Lima Hana Establishes Employment Partnerships with Servco and Straub Medical

We are pleased to announce that HCAP’s Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program has established employment partnerships with Servco and Straub Medical. These partnerships  will provide individuals the opportunity to apply for available positions in the medical and automotive fields. In response to the COVID-19 economic crisis and competitive job market, the Nā Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) has begun providing tuition assistance to low-income eligible individuals to attend vocational schools. It is our hope that through this new initiative, more students can attend vocational school, work towards obtaining employment, and gain financial stability.


 

STEM Kits Allow Hā Initiative Students to Engage in Hands-On Learning

This week the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center, delivered more STEM kits to the students. STEM kits are delivered to the students twice a month with new and different activities ranging from books, science experiment materials, and ingredients for cooking activities. All of the materials inside each STEM kit allows students to participate in the program’s virtual lessons. This week’s kit included construction paper, popsicle sticks, crayons, and pipe cleaners. Our STEM staff and teachers also put together a variety of worksheets related to the week’s lessons and activities. Upcoming worksheets focus on the endemic silversword plant which can be found at the top of Haleakala and Mauna Kea.

Even though our physical classrooms remain closed due to COVID-19, our Hā Initiative Program continues to explore and implement creative new solutions to bring our classrooms to our students homes and keep them learning during this time.

If you keiki is interested in joining the Hā Initiative Program, please email hcapstem@hcapweb.org.