Drawn by the simple promise to offer a helping hand to those in need, Faye Kurren joined the Helping Hands Hawaii (HHH) Board of Directors in June 2004. After serving on the Board for more than a decade and contemplating retirement from her day job, she wanted to identify and focus on the things that were most meaningful to her. Surprisingly, this was easy—spending more time with family and friends, traveling and community service.
Faye knew right away that she wanted to become more engaged with the agency. As an HHH Board Member, she saw the impact that the agency had in the community and the tremendous need for the services it provided. She believed it was also vitally important for the agency to provide these services efficiently and effectively to people in need.
“I admire the dedication and leadership of our President and Chief Executive Officer, Jan Harada, and her team,” said Faye. “Our clients are the most vulnerable among us and include the homeless, low-income working families, non-English speakers and those battling mental illness.”
Serving such a diverse population, and serving it well, requires an agency that offers many programs to meet the needs of consumers. Faye has contributed to many of these programs by volunteering her time in addition to the hours she dedicates as a Board Member.
Faye has volunteered at the Community Clearinghouse, a donation warehouse that gives away free basic necessities to financially struggling individuals and families. Additionally, she has worked together with other volunteers making ornaments during the holidays for the Adopt A Family program, and she has planned and organized the annual fundraising dinner.
Most recently, Faye attended last month’s School Tools event. This school supply drive partners HHH with KITV and other supporters to benefit the Ready to Learn program. The program makes school supplies available to low-income and homeless students year round. Throughout it all, Faye has enjoyed working with the HHH team, other volunteers and clients.
Often the media reports on Hawaii’s problems and how solutions are few and far between due to insufficient resources. While this may seem overwhelming, HHH is making a positive difference and helps more than 40,000 community members annually.
“I am inspired by and draw strength and hope from the stories of the people we are helping and from the HHH staff who work tirelessly and with aloha,” said Faye. “There are many opportunities to serve our community. I choose to volunteer at HHH because it delivers on its promises and because its broad humanitarian mission touches my heart.”