HCAP Weekly May 13, 2019

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Governor Ige Proclaims May as Community Action Month
Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment as Account Manager
Windward STEM Students Learn to Budget
Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Distributes 4,724 Pounds of Food
HCAP Staff Attend the WorkForce Career Fair


Governor Ige Proclaims May as Community Action Month

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On Thursday, May 16th, Governor David Ige officially proclaimed May as Community Action Month. HCAP Executive Director Robert Piper, Esq., MBA was joined by Director of Planning, Program Development and Communications Michael Hane and Acting Director of Community Services Robin Fakaosi in the official proclamation ceremony at the Governor’s Ceremonial Room.

Also in attendance were HCAP Board of Directors Chair Edward Mersereau, HCAP Board of Directors Vice-Chair Terrence Aratani, State Office of Community Services Executive Director Denise Iseri-Matsubara, and members of the Hawaii Community Action Program Directors Association (Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council Executive Director Jay Kimura, Kauai Economic Opportunity Chief Executive Officer MaBel Ferreiro Fujiuchi, and Maui Economic Opportunity Chief Executive Officer Debbie Cabebe).

Community Action Agencies were created from President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 proclamation of America’s “War on Poverty.” The nation’s 1,000-plus Community Action Agencies are a robust, state and local force— reaching children and families in 99% of America’s counties with life-changing services that create pathways to prosperity. Community Action Agencies connect individuals and families to approaches that help them succeed – including high quality education programs for children, job retraining for adults, utility assistance for low-income households, and so much more.


Na Lima Hana Participant Obtains Employment as Account Manager

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Cherviann, a mother of two, came to the Leahi District Service Center in October determined to make ends meet.  She was looking for a full-time job that would be challenging and also pay the bills. Cherviann enrolled in the Na Lima Hana Employment Core Services (ECS) Program. As part of Job Readiness Training (JRT), the Leahi District Service Center staff helped her develop her resume and prepare for job interviews. After completing JRT, Cherviann began her job search.

Cherviann eventually landed a full-time position as account manager at Colortyme, and has kept in touch with HCAP staff. During the holiday season, she was an active participant in the Toys for Tots Program. Leahi District Service Center also made sure that, through their collaboration with Helping Hands, Cherviann’s family was “adopted” and received personalized gifts from the Adopt A Family Program. Last month, Leahi District Service Center staff presented Cherviann with a gift card for completing an important employment milestone: maintaining employment for ninety days. In the meantime, Cherviann will be coming in later this month to apply for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Cherviann has nothing but great things to say about her current position: she loves her job and is happy with what she does. She manages the front desk and sometimes helps with the product sales of Colortyme. Leahi District Service Center will continue to follow up with Cherviann and provide assistance and resources to help her achieve self-reliance.


Windward STEM Students Learn to Budget

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This week at Hā Initiative: STEM After-School Program’s Windward STEM Exploration Center, a 21st Century Community Learning Center, students learned about why budgeting is important and how to budget. They learned that a budget is a plan we make to track income and expenses. The plan includes money that we receive and choices we make about how to use that money: to save, spend, or to help others. A budget helps us to make sure that we have enough money to pay for the things we need.

With their “Living History STEM Museum” showcase coming up for Family Nights, students learned how to shop for their historical costumes and outfits on a $4 budget. They also learned to negotiate and bargain in the process. The students enjoyed buying and assembling their outfits for the upcoming event.


Kalihi-Palama District Service Center Distributes 4,724 Pounds of Food

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HCAP’s Kalihi-Palama District Service Center, in partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank, held their monthly Ohana Produce food distribution at Kalihi Valley Homes on April 29th. 4,724 pounds of food were distributed to 60 households, which included 137 adults and 126 children. Kalihi-Palama District Service Center staff would like to thank volunteers from Head Start who helped at last month’s food distribution. Without volunteers, food distribution would be impossible!


HCAP Staff Attend the WorkForce Career Fair

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On Wednesday, May 15th, HCAP staff attended the WorkForce Career Fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center as a Community Partner. HCAP staff from the Corporate Office and Head Start used the event as an opportunity to provide information about HCAP programs and services, as well as to share current employment opportunities. Brochures and enrollment information were distributed to attendees who visited HCAP’s booth.

In addition, HCAP’s Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) staff attended the career fair as volunteers. As part of SCSEP’s ongoing partnership with American Job Center, SCSEP staff provides assistance to the organizers behind the WorkForce Career Fair. Wednesday’s event was a big success, attracting a total 320 employers and 2,250 job seekers.

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