HCAP Weekly May 26, 2014

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In this week’s issue:

EITC Program Brings Over $1.2 million Back to Community
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Begins on June 2nd
Hā Initiative Students Build Robotic Arms
Friends of Hawaii Charities Supports HCAP’s Kupuna Program
Head Start Homebase Gather for End of the School Year Social


EITC Program Brings Over $1.2 million Back to Community

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HCAP’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program was a huge success this year. IRS certified volunteers (including HCAP staff) assisted 744 filers in completing their tax returns. These families and individuals received a total of $1,278,354 in refunds this year, with 356 filers qualifying for the Earned Income Tax Credit. This credit accounted for $628,942 of the refunds. This year, HCAP serviced an additional 20 filers through the www.myfreetaxes.com/hcap website, bringing the grand total to 764 filers for 2014.
In the 2013 filing season, we assisted 597 filers, showing a program growth rate of 27.9% in 2014.
Great job and thank you to all the staff and volunteers that helped to make the program a success!


Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Begins on June 2nd

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The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin on Monday, June 2nd and run through June 30th 2014. LIHEAP is a federally funded program to assist low-income households in meeting their home energy needs. This program is offered once a year and provides income-eligible households with assistance in paying their electric or gas bills. For more information, call 521-4531 or visit our website.


Hā Initiative Students Build Robotic Arms

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This month, students from the Kalihi-Palama STEM Exploration Center have been researching, building, and programming robotic arms to pick up and move miniature car parts, such as wheels and motors. Perhaps one day the young children of Kalihi will be helping to design and engineer real industrial robots that build real vehicles!


Friends of Hawaii Charities Supports HCAP’s Kupuna Program

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Mahalo, Friends of Hawaii Charities for selecting the Kupuna Independent Life Series to receive a grant award. Located at HCAP’s Leeward District Service Center in Waianae, the Kupuna Independent Life Series provides workshops to seniors age 55+ to address issues of aging and client-centered health intervention, while supporting seniors in living productive, independent lives. For more information on the program, call 696-4261.


Head Start Homebase Gather for End of the School Year Social

Families from Head Start Homebase Honolulu and Homebase Kapolei gathered at Kakaako Park for their end of the year socialization. Health staff, Bethany, Jackie, and Jayzel educated parent on community resources as well as provided them with first aid kits and hygiene kits. Family Advocate, Jill Tweedy also engaged parents in creating a mini irrigation system with recycled materials and flower making. Thank you to all the parents for coming out and making this event successful.