Project Hawai'i, Inc.

Rating: 4.94 stars   110 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: P.O. Box 1844 Kea'au HI 96749 USA

Mission: To enhance the lives of homeless children though interactive solutions to help them end the cycle of homelessness.
Results: This is our 13th year on the islands of Hawai'i. Typically each year we are able to help over 1,500 children between the islands of Hawai'i and O'ahu. We have successfully provide holiday meals, parties, gifts, to hundreds living in poverty or homeless situations. Every month we provide emergency care, hygiene, food and clothing to those living homeless along the waters edge and those high in the mountains. This is our 8th year providing the free summer camp educational program. We plan to expand our summer camp to those on the island of Maui for 2016 as well. Currently, we have our Adventures Abound Day Camp on O'ahu and Edu-Camp Sleep over camp on Big Island
Target demographics: Poverty stricken and homeless children living on the islands of Hawai'i. We target children between the ages of infancy to 18 years.
Direct beneficiaries per year: We provide services to an average of 1,500 individual children annually. In addition to the children, we provide life changing opportunities to moms enrolled in the first to work program. Helping them develop life and work skills so they can obtain work and employment opportunities to change their lifestyle.
Geographic areas served: We provide services to the children living in poverty across the islands of Hawai'i (Big Island) and O'ahu
Programs: We provide the following Programs: Holiday Parties/Events Basic Life Skills Emergency Services Summer Camp Teen Mentoring Program Healthy Hearts for Homeless Keiki Monthly Giveaways
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Rating: 5 stars  

While volunteering with Project Hawai'i over the holidays, I realized what a difference they truly make for the children living in extreme poverty. Some of us might think that a little gift, or a box of food doesn't really do anything to really make a difference. But from my experience it does. These children not only wait for Magin and Cliff to show up, they are so excited to just to see that they really do care for them. The children rely on these two people to bring them life needs, and LOVE. I couldn't believe my eyes to see the bond these two have with the children.
To be a part of this program, weather it be a donor or a volunteer, it does make a difference. This organization is not just a general drop off stuff organization. They are hands on, and they do take it personal. Treating these children and families as if they were their own, Cliff and Magin really do provide care beyond belief and I am happy to have made a difference with my donations and time.
Looking forward to continuing to know that I do make a difference on this island for these precious children living in poverty. Please support Project Hawai'i, Inc., any way you can.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Project Hawai'i has not only changed the lives of the children I donated to, but has changed my life in unexpected ways. I never expected to actually see the impact that might donation might make. As with everyone, you hope your donation is used as stated and truly makes a difference, but to actually have meet a child that was involved as a client served in a parking lot was amazing.
This little girl, a bunch of her siblings and her mom were standing in the parking lot next to the entrance of Walmart. Fumbling through their overstuffed backpack looking for something, and blocking the way of my cart. So, I kindly asked if they needed help finding something, as I could tell they were not going to be able to move.
The mom stated to me that she had lost her gift card that the little girl got for Christmas, and they had spent all their money on the bus to shop with these cards, but couldn't find the daughters one.
The little girl was crying and saying that her aunty was going to be mad because Santa gave her the card, and just went on and on. I was a donor of some of these cards. I donated 10 $10 Walmart Cards to help families in need through Project Hawai'i, Inc. So, I asked the mom what agency provided these cards. She replied that Santa gave them to the children in their stocking. Not being rude for their sake, I asked if that was with Project Hawai'i. The mother answered, yes, Magin delivers for Santa because he can't come into the bushes with his reindeer. I gave the mom another $10.00 for the daughter and proceeded to conduct my shopping.
As I was in the store, I really felt blessed to once again know that what I do makes a difference because I chose an agency who truly cares for these precious children. Of course I don't know if those were the gift cards I donated, but obviously the children are getting their blessings and their lives are enhanced, just as Project Hawai'i claims to do. Enhancing the lives of homeless keiki.

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Rating: 5 stars  

im just glad they are doing what they are!!!! also its easier for me to donate now via ebay thats how i found them so i hope more people do too its nice to be able to participate in some small way

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Magin Patrick and her team of tireless, dedicated volunteers make a huge difference in the lives of homeless children in Hawaii Nei. By providing these hungry, poverty-stricken kids with Summer Camp, Back-to-School, Community Outreach & Support, and annual Thanksgiving & Christmas programs, they give these precious keiki the greatest gift of all which is HOPE for a better future.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Awesome program for the keiki of Hawaii. Magin and Cliff do an amazing job at making these homeless kids feel loved!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have found their work to be grassroots and hands-on. I volunteered at an event years ago and since then have on occassion donated to this worthy cause. I trust my money is put to good use in Megin's hands as she is extremely passionate about her work.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a first time donor to this organization. One thing I really like is that it is run 100% by volunteers and that allows the donation to directly benefit the children's needs. I was able to see my donation hard, I mean hard at work over the summer. Although I got plenty of advertisement in return for my donation, that was not the main reason for my donation. I was able to attend a day at camp and watch the children in action, wearing the camp shirts that carried my name was also exciting. These children are very fortunate to have such a dedicated person as Magin to provide such a wonderful experience for them. I know without my donation, this would not all be possible. I am proud to be a donor and know my donation does make the difference in their precious lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting advertisement on the back of their camp shirts...I guess? I really feel my experience with this organization goes far beyond the results I got. It is about how my donation makes the difference.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that others would donate as I did.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I was asked to help sponsor a child's meal fund for the camp and in return my company name was placed on the back of the camp shirts and links on the websites. I was happy to help. I was glad it is all tax deductible.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

There was a need, and I was able to assist.

What would you tell others about this organization?

To donate!! All donations make a difference, and this organization may be small but have a HUGE impact on the lives of the children they care for.

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

As the commercial property manager for the Hilo Shopping Center, I have worked with Magin Patrick and the Christmas Wish program many times to promote their Easter and Christmas events in the Shopping Center. The organization has a tremendous amount of energy, commitment and integrity. This is demonstrated by their constant marketing and manning of booths, "giving trees" and more to attract the public and educate them concerning the homeless children and others that they suport. Every effort on the part of the public is rewarded with a handmade thank you note from the children that Christmas Wish supports; no small task and a lovely touch. I commend this program for their year 'round and round the clock devotion to the families and especially the children that it supports.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their commitment and the happy look on the faces of the children that it services when they are receiving the services Christmas Wish provides.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Redeeming Light International, Inc. has been a supporter of Christmas Wish Program for many years. They provide a service, an invaluable service, to our island's homeless children and their families. They have been able to bridge the economic and cultural differences that tend to separate us. And can they ever stretch a dollar! With more donations they could do so much more. It isn't just for Christmas. The reading classes for example are trying to provide a way out for the next generation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that everything I give goes to the children and their families.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the director and her daughter collecting food items at the local markets in preparation for a holiday dinner.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help provide housing alternatives for families.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This wonderful program helps the most needy among us and I wish I could do more to support the homeless children it serves. My first experience was volunteering to help with the annual Christmas party, and I was so impressed with the uplifting event and simple joy of the children that I have sent a few bucks in continued support almost every month. I also donated some craft actvities to the summer camp program, and will continue to help this worthwhile organization whenever I can. Mother Theresa said that if you can't feed a hundred, feed one. This program feeds a hundred hungry children at least one good meal a year, and fills their little hearts with hope and true spirit of Christmas.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smiles on the kids faces, and the sincere appreciation of their parents.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

offer to help by getting more involved.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it really makes a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, cheerful and generous.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

encourage homeless children to break the cycle of poverty and grow up to be self-sufficient.

Ways to make it better...

I had learned more about the organization before showing up as a volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the downturn in the local ecomony has created more homelessness and reduced donations to the program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Megin Patrick is an inspiration and shining example of how one person can truly make a difference.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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