HCAP Weekly May 23, 2016

In this week’s issue:

HCAP Participates in Charity Walk ‘16
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to Help Households with their Energy Bills
Hā Initiative Students Learn About Physical Science
Youth Services Students Present their Research on Health Topics
Play Day at HCAP Head Start Prepares Students for the Classroom
HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year

HCAP Participates in Charity Walk ‘16

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On May 21, 2016 the Honolulu Community Action Program participated in the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association’s Charity Walk ’16. Since its inception in 1978, the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk has raised more than $27 million to support hundreds of local charities throughout the state.

The morning was filled with food, fun, local entertainment, and a little exercise! This was the first time that HCAP participated in the annual Charity Walk. 83 HCAP staff, ohana, board members, and friends supported HCAP at the walk. Although this was a fun walk, not a race, Julius and Steve from Kumuhonua Transitional Living Center were some of the first participants to finish the walk.

Thank you to everyone who arrived early Saturday morning to set up the HCAP tent and snacks. Also, a huge mahalo to everyone who supported HCAP during our first Charity Walk. It was a very fun and memorable day!

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to Help Households with their Energy Bills

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Honolulu Community Action Program will be accepting applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) starting June 1, 2016, on Oahu.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy needs. Offered once a year, LIHEAP provides income-eligible households with assistance in paying their electric or gas bills. In 2015, HCAP helped over 5,200 Oahu families apply for energy assistance through LIHEAP.

Oahu residents can qualify for one of two programs available through LIHEAP in 2016. The first is “Gas or Electric Bill Payment Assistance,” whereby an energy credit is applied to the gas or electric accounts of households having difficulty paying these bills. The second is “Energy Crisis Intervention,” whereby households whose electricity has been shut off in the past sixty days or is scheduled to be shut off within seven days are provided financial assistance.

HCAP will be accepting applications at its five district centers on Oahu, starting June 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2016. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday 9 am – 12 noon.
Applicants must bring the following documents and information with them to apply:

1. Current Original Gasco Gas Bill or Heco Electric (If utility subscriber is different from applicant and does not live in household, they must sign a required form and show ID.)
2. Proof of Residence (A document other than utility bill that shows current address. Ex: phone bill, doctor’s bill)
3. Photo Identification (For all household members 18 yrs & older)
4. Social Security Numbers (Verification for all household members)
5. Proof of Age or Disability (Birth certificate for ONE child 0-5 yrs OR Disability parking/bus pass or other documentation of disability. Only if no one in the house is over 60 years old)
6. Proof of Income (For all household members) Bring all that apply: Pay stubs for all jobs since January 2016; Self Employed Log/Receipts showing income/expenses for 2016; 2016 Award letters for Social Security, Welfare, Unemployment, & SSI; Pension/Retirement statement , etc.)
7. Proof of Non-Citizen Status (Passport or Birth Certificate, etc.)

New this year, is the option for applicants to print and fill out forms through the HCAP website at http://www.hcapweb.org/low-income-home-energy-assistance-program-liheap/. Applicants must bring the forms with them to the application site. The forms cannot be submitted online.

Interested applicants may call any of the HCAP district service centers for more information on dates, times, and program requirements:

Central District Service Center
99-102 Kalaloa Street
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-6834

Leahi District Service Center
1915 Palolo Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 732-7755

Leeward District Service Center
85-555 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI 96792
(808) 696-4261

Kalihi-Palama District Service Center
1545 Linapuni Street “Kuhio Park Terrace” (Behind B building / Tower B)
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 847-0804

Windward District Service Center
47-232 Waihee Road
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 239-5754

Hā Initiative Students Learn About Physical Science

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This week the Hā Initiative: Creative STEM After-School Program students at the Kalihi-Palama STEM Exploration Center started the “Force and Motion” unit and explored the world of physical science. The students started the unit by learning about Newton’s Three Laws of Physics. After the students understood basic topics such as inertia and force, they engaged in some fun activities.

The final challenge for the students was to construct a miniature, hurricane-proof house. A large Vornado fan and a small water sprinkler simulated the hurricane’s wind and rain. The students were given monopoly money, which they could use to purchase various materials such as Styrofoam, wood toothpicks, foil, plastic wrap, Lego blocks, and play dough. They were then instructed to construct a small (6-inch tall) shelter capable of standing up to the storm. The students learned that according to Newton’s Second Law, the house would need a lot of mass to withstand the hurricane’s ‘force’. Waterproofing the house was also necessary in order to keep the house intact. The students had to use their critical thinking for this challenge. Some students thrived, but other students who only bought play dough or Styrofoam quickly learned that they had nothing to hold their house together! This was a fun-filled, engaging lesson that taught the students about the importance of physical science.

Youth Services Students Present their Research on Health Topics

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Youth Services C-Base students worked hard throughout the month to complete their health projects. They were tasked to research a health topic of interest and prepare a presentation board as well as give an oral presentation. Topics included, Lung Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Colon Cancer, PTSD, and Lupus. Many of these topics were chosen based on personal experiences. One student commented that “it was interesting to learn about all the different health issues.” And another student said that it was ” informative to hear about the other topics presented, especially the symptoms to look for.” The students really showcased their creativity and gained lots of new knowledge.

Play Day at HCAP Head Start Prepares Students for the Classroom

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Ms. Leona, Ms. Aida and Ms. Clinenne worked together to arrange an end of year Play Day for the children and parents of Queen Kaahumanu Head Start and HCAP Head Start Home Base Honolulu Classes!

Parents were invited to create activities including matching games, number recognition exercises, as well as alphabet flash cards. Parents took these home to continue their children’s learning over the summer break.

The Home Base children, most of whom will be transitioning in to a Head Start classroom for the next school year, spent time playing with the other Head Start children. Home Base students learned about the rules of the classroom, sharing with their friends, and the things they have to look forward to next year.

After playing together, the children and families from both Home Base Honolulu and Queen Kaahumanu sat together for a (very large) circle time. Parents got the opportunity to experience what a Head Start morning is like, learn some of the songs and dances we sing in Head Start, as well as meet the teachers and ask any questions they had about the upcoming year! Thanks to all of the teachers for their hard work and preparation. Both the parents and children became a little more prepared to transition from Home Base to the classroom setting!

HCAP Head Start Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 School Year

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Are you or someone you know in need of free or affordable preschool? Spread the word! HCAP Head Start is now accepting applications for children 3-5 years for the 2016-2017 school year. Families are encouraged to apply by calling (808) 847-2400 or visiting our website.