Community Partnerships Enable Students to Thrive in School

HMSA staff donating school supplies

HMSA staff donating school supplies

As a result of strong community partnerships, Helping Hands Hawaii (HHH) raised more than $12,000 in monetary donations and collected 18 pallets of school supplies (estimated value $29,650) for the 2016 Ready to Learn program (RTL). Because of this teamwork, 5,435 students returned to school with their heads held high and new school supplies in hand. HHH will continue to distribute school supplies throughout the year from our Community Clearinghouse.

Volunteers from Banana Republic packing kits

Volunteers from Banana Republic packing kits

This extremely important work could not be achieved without amazing community supporters. Many businesses, organizations and individuals championed the program. They hosted school supply drives, dropped off donations at Collection Points and made financial contributions that went directly toward serving this incredible need. Additionally, volunteers hand-packed the school supply kits for students and donated more than 1,000 hours of their time.

Provider agency, First to Work Waianae, collecting school supplies for their clients

Provider agency, First to Work Waianae, collecting school supplies for their clients

Another component to the program’s success is the strong collaborations between HHH and service providers throughout the state. These agencies work directly with the students and their families every day and are the reason RTL is able to make a difference in the lives of so many children.

This year HHH launched a pilot project that extended the RTL referral process to include social service agencies on Hawaii Island. This was coordinated by HHH’s Hilo office, and, as a result, 150 Hawaii Island students received assistance. All other islands continued to receive assistance through HHH partner agencies, because donations received on the Neighbor islands stayed on-island to benefit local students.

Community partnerships are essential to addressing and overcoming many of the challenges in our community. By working together and being invested in positive changes, all members of our community will benefit and thrive.

2016 Community Supporters

AC Warehouse
ActioNet Inc.
Alex and Ani
Aloha Air Cargo
Aloha Nursing Rehab Centre
American Savings Bank
Banana Republic Kahala
Candy’s Volleyball Supply
Central Pacific Bank
C.S. Wo & Sons
Child and Family Services Kauai
Dean Foods
DTRIC
Fisher Hawaii
Gate Gourmet
Golden State Foods
Hawaiian Electric Company – Construction & Maintenance
Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union
HHF Planners
HMSA
KITV
Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers Maui
Leavitt Yamane & Soldner
Melanie’s Store LLC
Miyasaki Law Offices LLLC
Ohana Broadcast Company
Operation Homefront
Rescare Child Care Connection
RMR Group and First Insurance Center businesses
S & K Sales
Sam’s Club Keeaumoku
Tiare FIT
Ulupono Initiative
United Airlines Maui
Verizon Hawaii
Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai
WalMart Keeaumoku

. . . and the hundreds of individual donors who contributed to this year’s success!

2016 Referring Partner Agencies

Catholic Charities Hawaii
Child and Family Services
City and County Family Self Sufficiency Program
Department of Human Services First to Work
Domestic Violence Action Center
EAH Affordable Housing
Feeding Hawaii Together
Hale Naau Pono
Honolulu Community Action Program
INPEACE
Institute for Human Services
Ke Ola Mamo Medical Clinic
Kalihi Palama Health Center
Maili Land Transitional Housing
Ohana Ola O Kahumana
Palama Settlement
Parent and Children Together
Parent and Children Together Hilo
Queen Liliuokalani Children Center
St. Anthony’s Outreach
State Family Self Sufficiency Program
The Salvation Army Hilo
The Salvation Army KROC Center
Ulu Ke Kukui
United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii
Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
Waianae Complex Elementary Schools (Kamaile, Maili, Makaha and Waianae)
Waimanalo Health Center

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