Project Hawaii gave my children the best Christmas when me and my husband couldn't. With both of us losing our jobs and had no income. So depressed. Project Hawaii was there for us. Magen became my inspiration. And I told God one day I'll be like her. And give back. Years went by and today I'm a owner of a restaurant that was always my dream. And when a storm came and damage our town. My family went and feed the community, and now till this day we are the only restaurant in the Hawaii states, that has and runs a food pantry for our community open every day. And do a big thanksgiving feeding for our community. Feeding over 1000. It all starts with a wish and of hope , for all our children and families in need. Magen gave my family that hope and answered my wish. And today I am walking beside her in spirit sharing the Aloha to all families . Project Hawaii deserve top honors for all they do for our children of all islands. Mahalo
I met this dynamic duo at a conference about people making a difference in the community. I was amazed at the dedication these two people put towards making the lives of homeless children better. Not just basic needs, but their emotional needs, and way beyond just a hand out.
Project Hawai'i, Inc. seems to be a tiny organization because there is no paid staff, no office or building, but on the contrary, this program is operating on a large scale of production. I personally work for another nonprofit organization and I don't put in half the time or energy these two do. Of course I love my job, but I don't make it my life like these two. I am very fortunate to have met these two.
What a blessing they are to the community, and to our homeless children. Keep up the great work.
A note to those who might be wondering who these two are, or if it is a great cause. Just do your research, google Magin Patrick, or Project Hawai'i. See the changes they make all year round. See their passion and their dedication for your self. Don't judge the fact that they don't have fancy names under their organization, or funding from the government. These two are real.
I have been involved in several nonprofit organizations across the county. After settling in Hawai'i and finding a great retirement home, I was so blessed to find Project Hawai'i. This organization has made it possible for me to give back to my newfound community and be involved with something special.
Project Hawai'i is a different type of nonprofit from what I have ever worked for in the past. Being run 100% by volunteers is a strange concept I had not truly understood until being a volunteers here. There seems to be no real funds coming in, not much in the way of donations, and no stable support, yet these two people make EVERYTHING happen. Yes, I know it comes mostly from their pockets and hard work, but it is still amazing that the energy and time they focus to help the homeless children.
Like many before me, volunteers come and go. They seem to give up or become overwhelmed because the need is so great and the resources are just not there. I too have not been able to volunteer as much as is needed, and feel that this organization truly needs more support so it can continue. I have seen success in the children's lives and progress in the programs offered. It is truly amazing how much is being done with out proper support.
I have heard, "starting on a shoestring budget", this organization doesn't even have the shoestring and yet are able to provide the children with the entire shoe.
If you are looking for a great way to make a difference, please try Project Hawai'i. If you are looking to make a donation that will benefit the children, donate here. There is no waste, no red tape, no hassle. Just helping these precious children.
We at SuperGeeks Hilo love this org and support their work and mission.
I ran into this organization by chance and it changes my outlook on what it means to be a social worker. As Magin would state, "nothing is by chance and everything happens for a reason." However, being a social worker for over 15 years, dedicating my life to what I thought would change the lives I touched, was nothing compared to what I experienced working with this program.
Project Hawai'i, Inc., truly makes the difference in the lives they provide services to. Far beyond filling the holes and gaps that other agencies face. I couldn't believe the dedication they have to help the children, even with the means. It never seemed to cross their minds that there might not be funding available, or to check the computer to see what was in their inventory. Never saying no, and never turning away children as they lined up for supplies. It was truly amazing to see them in action!!
Here is my experience:
My experience was a unique one I suppose. Just happened to be at their place of giving at the right time. I was watching from across the field lots of children gathering around waiting for their turn for something. I just sat back and watched as this little old van pulled up and opened the doors, children ran up to the passenger side, yelling aunty, aunty. She calmed them down and told them to line up, and they DID! That was enough to get my full attention. These children all sat nicely along a rock wall waiting quietly. She called them all one by one all by name. They went to her and got their backpacks filled with supplies, a lunch bag and other things I couldn't quite make out. There seemed to be several dozen children waiting on the wall never to be called. She looked at them and asked, "where did you all come from?" Mostly their replies where they knew she was coming and needed supplies too. She told them she would return with all their supplies and took down names.
That is when I stepped in. I asked her where she was from, how she was going to get the supplies, and so forth. Her response to me was mind blowing!!
She stated she was going to run to Walmart to pick up the items needed for these children. She didn't have enough because she didn't know these children were going to be here. Stating this happens to her often, children in need just seem to find her. She doesn't have extra and knows that not enough funds came, but these children need these supplies to succeed in school and therefore she is going to get it.
Well, that is just amazing. The different agencies I have worked for in the past, including one's with major funding would not have even done this. They would have have told those children too bad, and put them on a wait list. They would go about their daily "job" and forget about the crisis.
So, if you want to meet a truly amazing lady, please take the time to meet Magin, attend one of her events and be part of something great.
Of course I am sure there are other involved, but this woman is really remarkable. I feel bad, as I didn't have time to meet the man she was with, assuming it is her husband, but he seemed to just follow her lead and they drove off to Walmart.
Project Hawaii is a selfless organization that takes caring to a whole new level. Having worked with homeless people in Canada I understand the enormity of the task. To be able to take that same level of dedication and empathy to the keiki is honorable. We, as caring people, should never have let this type of poverty exist, but since it does, we need organizations like Project Hawaii to right the wrongs. Thank you Project Hawaii for all your work and inspiration!
I've been aware of Magin Patrick and the Christmas Wish Program from when she first came to our island and started caring for the homeless people of our island. From the first time we met to discuss collaborating on some Domestic Harmony events for her families we had common ground and were/are committed to addressing the very real issues of domestic violence in homeless families by teaching them about Domestic Harmony. To that end, Magin and I have consulted and participated in events together, including a t shirt contest, and fund raiser. In addition, she held the first Domestic Harmony event on O'ahu on behalf of the Domestic Harmony Awareness Initiative, where she read Mayor Hannemann's proclamation to her families on 11 11 07, while they were enjoying the food she secured for them. Magin's organization has a number of volunteers, she has secured good press all along, she has made a huge impact on numbers of people here and on O'ahu through her steadfast commitment to her families and this work. It is amazing year after year to see the programs she comes up with and then the effort she extends to see that those children have a Halloween party or a Christmas party and school supplies. More help and supplies, and materials which could be secured with more funds would only serve to help her provide even better services. What she does matters. She's an Ace of Hearts.