HCAP Weekly December 2, 2019

Central District Service Center Gives Back to Community through Kokua E Hanai Keiki Project 
Windward District Service Center Provides Clothes, Food, and Hygiene Kits to Families in Need 
STEM Students Give Back to Teachers for #GivingTuesday
Leahi District Service Center Visits Seniors at Franciscan Adult Day Center
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Volunteers at Hawaii Foodbank for #GivingTuesday
Leeward Kupuna Celebrate #GivingTuesday


Central District Service Center Gives Back to Community through Kokua E Hanai Keiki Project

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For over 15 years, Central District Service Center‘s Kokua E Hanai Keiki Project (Help Feed The Children) and Helemano Elementary School have worked together to make a difference in their community.
Helemano Elementary School has a humble pineapple plantation heritage and was first established in 1957. Just outside of Wahiawa Town, Whitmore Village was established as a place of residence for the plantation employees of the Dole Pineapple Company.

Helemano Elementary School presently has an enrollment of over 620 students from preschool through fifth grade. Their mission is to provide a safe and caring environment where learning can take place, to develop partnerships between parents, teachers, students, and the community and to provide students appropriate learning opportunities to think, create, and succeed. The faculty and staff constantly strive to create a safe and caring environment where learning can take place because it is their belief that every child is a unique individual who is able to learn and that learning is a developmental and lifelong process.

Under the leadership of Leigh Padilla, this year’s student council along with their dedicated teachers, wonderful students and families led a successful canned food/hygiene product drive, collecting over 1,600 items. Central District Service Center will distribute the donated items to families and individuals in their community during this holiday season.

Central District Service Center staff are honored to be a part of such a wonderful project and grateful that Helemano Elementary School’s dedicated staff, students, and families continue to support HCAP’s community efforts.


Windward District Service Center Provides Clothes, Food, and Hygiene Kits to Families in Need

Photo of Windward Waimanalo homeless encampment collage

Windward District Service Center staff has been keeping close relations with Waimanalo’s houseless encampment, one of Windward’s most delicate and vulnerable communities. With the holidays approaching and many children and families still in need of clothes, food, and shelter, Windward District Service Center has been taking extra steps to provide these families with basic necessities.

At a recent outreach visit, one of the program participants assisted Windward District Service Center’s Community Worker Kim in gathering donations of clothing, food, and hygiene kits to distribute to the families of the encampment. They spent the day encouraging members of the community to partake in friendly socialization and offered them refreshments while doing intake services and Job Readiness Training. At the same time, they were able to provide them with all the items they were in need of. The smiles on their faces were heartwarming and hopeful, especially on that rainy day.

Windward District Service Center continues to make strides by giving with selfless compassion and empowering our community with the tools they need to stand independently and gain self-sufficiency. Recognizing and fulfilling the needs of the vulnerable population and instilling them with strength and dignity are key components to their success.


STEM Students Give Back to Teachers for #GivingTuesday

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This week at Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, students at Leeward, Lincoln, and Windward STEM Exploration Centers celebrated #GivingTuesday by making Thanksgiving and thank you cards for their parents and guardians, school teachers, and STEM teachers. Students used creative materials such as construction paper, cotton balls, and Popsicle sticks. They used their imagination in creating shapes for their cards and wrote the reasons why they are giving thanks.

Students at Central STEM Exploration Center celebrated #Giving Tuesday by picking up trash at Makalapa Neighborhood Park and in the parking area. The students’ way of giving back to the community is to keep the community clean.


Leahi District Service Center Visits Seniors at Franciscan Adult Day Center

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To highlight and embrace the spirit of #GivingTuesday, Leahi District Service Center staff recently paid a morning visit to volunteer at St. Francis’ Franciscan Adult Day Center in Manoa. Seniors participated in a lively session of chair Zumba and were individually assisted during their short strolls around the activity center.

After completing the morning’s exercise activities, Leahi District Service Center staff helped with meal preparation and getting the seniors settled in for lunch. Leahi District Service Center looks forward to continuing this newfound relationship and hopes to participate in volunteer opportunities in the near future.


Kalihi District Service Center Volunteers at Hawaii Foodbank for #GivingTuesday

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For #GivingTuesday, Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff volunteered their time at Hawaii Foodbank’s salvage department. Kalihi-Palama District Service Center’s Community Workers sorted out 3,393 lbs. of canned goods, making sure that all of the items are in good condition before they eventually get transferred to Hawaii Foodbank’s Mapunapuna warehouse.


Leeward Kupuna Celebrate #GivingTuesday

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The seniors at Leeward District Service Center’s Kupuna Independent Life Series concluded the fall session on Thursday, November 21st. Amidst all of the holiday food, festivities, and fashion (there was even a catwalk for everyone to show off their DIY Christmas hats), the kupuna found the time to reflect and write about how they have given back to their communities by creating #UNselfies for #GivingTuesday.