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Hawaii: Volunteer to help Hawaii's keiki (children)!

Hawaii, please help homeless children.
Hawaii, please help homeless children.
Project Hawaii, a non-profit organization

Aloha all you environmentalist readers!

Two beautiful keiki (children) that needs help.
Project Hawaii

It's that time of year again!

Are you interested in volunteering for a great cause?

This one is an eye opener and also brings tears, but is also one that is very good to help too.

How do you feel about helping homeless children?

If you are interested in volunteering, read on!

I have interviewed Magin Patrick, the Program Director for Project Hawaii, a non-profit organization, and she has a very good heart to prove that by helping Hawaii's homeless keiki (children), one can also help change their future for the better.

Interview questions:

What made you want to start this non-profit organization?

I actually started this nonprofit on the mainland when I was 17 to help save a half way house of
teens. However, it is just what I was born to do....[which is] care for the homeless children. Moving to
Hawai'i in 2002, I started the nonprofit here to assure the keiki [children] would be cared for to the best of
my ability.
One aspect I felt strongly about when starting this organization is to have it run completely by
volunteers. Everyone one who volunteers for the program does it from their heart. I just can't see
being paid to feed homeless children.

How long has this non-profit organization program been running?

Project Hawai'i was originally Christmas Wish Program, Inc. founded in Hawai'i 2003, and then changed officially to Project Hawai'i, Inc. 2010.

The summer camp was founded in 2006.

Does the children get provided healthcare and dental care through this program?

No, all our keiki are on Med-Quest through the state of Hawai'i.

How does the children benefit from Project Hawaii non-profit organization?

Project Hawai'i, Inc provides several benefits to the homeless children on both the islands of O'ahu and Big Island of Hawai'i. Our agency provides monthly care with hygiene, food, healthy meals, clothing, emergency services for those who become homeless and need our support. Holiday parties are also a vital part to the over all success of our program. Assuring the homeless children are able to have something stable and "normal" in their lives. To be able to experience the joy and wonders of the holidays like every other child.

We also provide a free summer camp, which is our most beneficial life changing program we offer. The program runs the entire summer, providing educational programs, healthy meals/snacks, and school supplies, including new outfits, shoes, backpacks, etc.

How many children are helped through Project Hawaii?

Annually we provide services to over 1,500 individual children.

From holiday to holiday and event to event those numbers will be from 150-500 per event, etc.

Is there anyway to get these children and their families off the streets and into a home?

We have been working on this solution for over a decade. Helping to put families in homes or apartments, just for them to fall backwards again. I feel the only true way to help the adults is to have them go through life training, skill building and social behavior training. Then have a social worker help them through the transition and get them job training. While we have seen it happen, it is very rare that is as successful as one would hope.

We primarily focus on the children, getting them the tools to succeed, teaching them the life skills they
need, and building their self-esteem. Over the years we have seen these children succeed bounds above
what their parent(s) are capable of doing. Our focus it to help them stop the cycle of poverty and become
prosperous members of society.

Is there anyway that anyone can make a donation?

Our nonprofit organization does not have funds from government or state support. We rely solely on the
public's donation and concern for the children.

Anyone can make a donation on one of our websites. Our main site is www.HelptheHomelessKeiki.org or our summer camp site www.ProjectHawaii.org.

All donations are tax deductible as this is a registered 501 c 3 charity.

Since we are run 100% by volunteers, 100% of all donations benefit the children and the programs.

How often are donations taken in, and what can the donations be?

As far as donations to help our program, we are very limited on the amount of donations we can actually take in. We have NO STORAGE so we are not able to just take random donations. Rather, during the seasons we put out a list of most needed items, and provide the drop off locations for those who wish to contribute or hold a collection.

For our general monthly outreach, that too has to be very controlled to the needs of the children at the time. So, it is always best to email for a current list of needs, and our drop off locations.

For example on Feb. 12-23 we will be accepting items in Kapolei, Kaneohe and Honolulu.

Where would one go to volunteer for Project Hawaii?

Since we are not funded, we do not have an office.

Volunteers can find out what opportunities are available on our website under the volunteer section. These opportunities run across the islands.
Volunteers will need to meet us at the event they choose to help at.

Thank you for answering these interview questions Magin. Is there anything else that you would want to add?

While we are considered a "small" charity, we do provide more hands on services than most "larger" agencies. Our outreach team goes through bushes, walks beaches, etc. seeking out the homeless children and bringing them the supplies they need to succeed.

In addition, our agency has won several dozen national awards for our nutrition program, our teen mentoring program, our reading program, and we have been top charity for 3 years in a row. One fact I didn't know was that only 2% of all charities in the nation receive this award.

Now that you have read the interview with the Project Director Magin Patrick of Project Hawaii, are you ready to help with volunteering?

There are upcoming dates that are right around the corner in February 2014 and also in March 2014.

If interested, please sign up with the date(s) that you are interested in attending to the email that are listed below.

Email: info@ProjectHawaii.net

Contact: http://www.projecthawaii.net/contactus.htm

Note: The February event is not suitable for the ages of children that are younger than 9 yrs. of age, and
anyone elderly that is over 65 yrs. of age.

Volunteering for these February events will be holding fish scoop nets to collect donations and holding awareness signs.

To those volunteering, please arrive at the location(s) 5 to 10 minutes early for the sign in and the orientation.

Wear comfortable clothing, and bring water to drink.
Project Hawaii will have snacks and a cooler to keep drinks cool.

Here's the upcoming dates and events:

Date: February 21, 2014 (Friday)

Where: Kapolei (Safeway shopping area)

Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm

Date: February 22, 2014 (Saturday)

Where: Honolulu (Blaisdell area, close to Kapiolani and Ward)

Time: 10:30am - 1:30pm

Date: February 23, 2014 (Sunday)

Where: Kaneohe (Windward shopping center near First Hawaiian Bank)

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

If interested, please sign up with the date(s) that you are interested in attending to the email that are listed below.

Email: info@ProjectHawaii.net

Contact: http://www.projecthawaii.net/contactus.htm

Note: The March event is not suitable for the ages of children that are younger than 9 yrs. of age, and anyone elderly that is over 65 yrs. of age.

Volunteering for these March events will be holding fish scoop nets to collect donations and holding
awareness signs.

To those volunteering, please arrive at the locations 5 to 10 minutes early for the sign in and the orientation.

Wear comfortable clothing, and bring water to drink. Project Hawaii will have snacks and a cooler to keep drinks cool.

Date: March 7, 2014 (Friday)

Where: Kapolei Shopping Center (near Tesoro and Safeway entrance)

Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm (volunteers for after school is ok too)

Date: March 8, 2014 (Saturday)

Where: Pearl City (First Hawaiian Bank near the corner of Kamehameha highway and Waimano Homestead Road.

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Date: March 9, 2014 (Sunday)

Where: Kaneohe First Hawaiian Bank / Windward Shopping Center / the intersection of Toyota / Burger King.

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Date: March 14, 2014 (Friday)

Where: Kapolei Shopping Center (near Tesoro and Safeway entrance)

Time: 2:30pm - 5:30pm (volunteers for after school is ok too)

Date: March 15, 2014 (Saturday)

Where: Pearl City (First Hawaiian Bank near the corner of Kamehameha highway and Waimano Homestead Road.

Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

Date: March 16, 2014 (Sunday)

Where: Kaneohe First Hawaiian Bank / Windward Shopping Center / the intersection of Toyota / Burger King.

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

If you'd like to make money donations instead of volunteering, you can do so at:

http://www.projecthawaii.net/contactus.htm

For more information, please visit:

Project Hawaii: www.ProjectHawaii.org

Help the Homeless Keiki: www.HelptheHomelessKeiki.org

Now that you know how to help the homeless keiki (children) in Hawaii, you will find that you're also helping contribute to their well-being and future!

And remember Hawai'i, to take care of your health, take care of life, take care of the Earth's Environment, and to think Green Hawai'i!

Aloha!