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Project Hawai'i, Inc.
April 17, 2013

Hello everyone...it is my pleasure to once again be able to give my review to allow this program to receive another award for their excellence in providing life changing service to homeless children in Hawai'i. As a volunteer, I know I made a huge impact in those lives I touched over the years. I felt very involved in the activities that were implemented and provided to the children.
This program is a wonderful agency to be involved with, regardless how much time or money you have, you do make the difference working with this program.
I am now on my way to college, and because of my participation in this program, I have all the recommendation letters, extra activity certificates and even more community service hours than needed. I know this program is really not designed to "help" teens with money, but they truly help everyone involved to make a difference with in their own lives. It is true, everyone involved make the difference and is truly blessed by their own actions.
So, please consider them once again for a top rated charity.
Keep up the good work!!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
October 17, 2012

As a volunteer I feel privileged to be able to make such a difference in the lives of the homeless children that receive services through Project Hawai'i, Inc. This organization truly makes a difference in the lives they touch from the clients to the volunteers. I have been volunteering since 2009 and have seen wonderful things happen for the keiki. Glad to be on such a hard working team of volunteers.

The Great!

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

so many ways. First starting out as a volunteer to help raise funds and items needed to make events possible was extremely insightful. Not realizing how much it actually takes to care for the keiki, and the lack of support that actually comes from fundraising events. Second, I volunteered at the Christmas party and not only was that life-changing for the children, but it changed my life as well. Being able to bring so much joy to a child in just a few hours is really rewarding. I now love my holidays

Ways to make it better...

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

hope to get more funding and support. More people, companies and others need to know that this organization is for real, and putting 100% of the donations to awesome work!! YOUR donations do make a difference.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

If more people were there to help. The group is short handed on volunteers who really want to make a difference, not just show up to say they helped.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I am happy to be there and love to see the keiki smiling faces.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Overwhelmed at first, but then filled my heart with love

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was able to help raise funds at several events, and help hands on with the keiki at holiday parties and summer camp events.

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
October 26, 2011

Aloha,
I would like to say that this summer camp program provided me with a wonderful summer. I was able to mentor homeless children, teach them life skills and even how to read. It was a great experience. As a teen mentor I worked hands on with my camp buddies for 4 weeks. During this time I was able to experience the growth in their lives from educational awareness to general behavior growth.
I earned 200 community service hours towards my own educational goals and helped homeless children spend their summer with excitement.

The Great!

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

I was able to help the children in my group to become more aware of the islands wonders, learn life skills and social skills that will help them when they go back to school. I saw the impact first hand by working with the children from day one. Some children were very dysfunctional in basic life skills such as sitting at a table to eat, or brushing their teeth. I helped them learn and grow over the summer.

Ways to make it better...

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

Because they are run 100% by volunteers and the teen mentoring program is pretty intense, I would just like to see more teens attend to make the difference I was able to do.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I would hope that others would get involved so that not so much of the work is put on the few volunteers we had.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I learned patients and more about my own self by working with the children. I really grew up over the summer. Even my mom said that I am more aware of those around me, and I tend to help around the house more.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It was the best time of my life. I was proud to see my camp buddies grow because of my efforts. I was happy to see their faces and help them throughout the month. I felt like I really made a difference that will change the lives of all those involved.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was able to mentor homeless children and help the gain self-esteem and life skills.

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
June 1, 2011

I had a wonderful, fantastic, incredible experience with Project Hawai'i Summer Camp as a teen mentor. Because of my experience I was able to earn extra credit in High School and use my volunteer hours and community service certificate to apply for the best schools.
That is only the start of my benefit from this wonderful summer camp experience.
My life as a teen mentor meant so much to the homeless children I worked with over the summer. We formed an ever lasting bond that helped me to grow as I helped them gain self esteem and life skills. Working for those less fortunate than others is a hard experience to get use to, but once you understand the impact on your own life and how you are changing others, it is the best feeling in the world.
I am glad that I was asked once again to participate in this survey about my experience.
I was able to learn so much about a new culture and life experience away from my own environment. I grew from this experience more than ever imaginable. My experiences included swimming with dolphins, learning hula, and other exciting Hawaiian traditions. I was blessed to have such a wonderful experience with a wonderful program.
I say if you are a teen, like working with children, love to explore and travel....this is the best program around.
If you like to help others and make a difference, then this is it!! Project Hawai'i is the best ever!!
I was asked to write how "HEALTH" is incorporated in this camp for this survey.
Well, helping to keep homeless children healthy is a major part of the program. Not only do the children get meals daily, they are nutritious and healthy for their growth. I saw the children "get fat" in front of my eyes from the nutritious meals they were served. I was amazed about how hungry these children really are. Even during the camp when they knew that food would be coming, they still over ate because of the fear of being hungry later. They were able to eat good food, lots of veggies and proteins wtihout the fats or fried foods. They also got milk and yogurt, fresh juice and natural foods. It was awesome.
Also for the health factor....the children were given all their hygiene needs. They were taught how to brush their teeth proper, how to bathe and take care of themselves. When they left camp, the children went home with bags of hygienic products to help keep them clean and healthy for months to come. During camp a dentist came and showed the children how to brush proper. What foods to eat to keep their teeth healthy. This program is on it when it comes to health needs.

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

Hawai'i. I was able to work with the children and teach them all sorts of things. I was able to learn about a new culture and meet wonderful people. I also got to help raise money to give the children their back to school supplies and new outfits.

Ways to make it better...

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

make sure they got the funding needed to continue this awesome program. It is run 100% by volunteers and solely supported by public donations. I know that it needs more of both. I wish I could change that need

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

I wish that more teens were involved. It would make it more fun for the teens and would make it easier on the directors.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

OMG!! It was a huge impact. I changed so many views of the world. I grew so much and became very independent. This was the best experience of my life. I wish I could do it every year!! I made new friends, got 200 hours of service towards my graduation. I was able to learn new cultural experience and travel. I was well cared for which allowed me to grow.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It makes you feel like you truly made a difference. It is the best feeling ever.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was a teen mentor. I worked along side my camp buddy for the month. I was able to change their lives as much as my was changed. .

Video : Graduation Lu'au

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
December 2, 2009

My experience working with Christmas Wish Program, Inc has been amazing. The love that the volunteers share and have for the homeless children is amazing. I was able to work hands on with the children after working on fundraisers and projects designed to make their holidays brighter. My family was able to get involved and make a difference as well. I was able to see first hand how the children live in poverty and how this organization make a difference with the food and living needs they provide. It was shocking to see how the children actually live, but knowing that they will have a hot nutritious meal because of the efforts put out by Christmas Wish is truely a blessing.

The Great!

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

different aspects from fundraising to delievery as well as helping to get ready for parties and other services they provide for the homeless children.

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

the way all the volunteers have the same passion to help and make a difference. Working with the children and volunteers fills your heart with love. When you leave the program, it is hard not to want to be involved for the next upcoming event.

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

amazing with a passion to really make a difference.

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

end homelessness on the Hawaiian islands. I can truthfully say that because there are no salaries or other funds taken from the benefits. The director of the organization would utilize the funds to end homelessness and put all our precious children in

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped raise funds, collect supplies, make meals and deliver the meals to the children living in tents.