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Project Hawai'i, Inc.
May 21, 2013

I want to say that participating as a volunteer for Project Hawai'i is very rewarding. Not only for the volunteers but for the little homeless children they serve. As a volunteer you will feel the passion that the directors have for the program and the keiki. It is amazing to work with such dedicated people who never seem to give up regardless the trials they face.
I know that I make the difference with any program I participate in. They are run by volunteers, and at some events they really need MORE. So, if you are looking to volunteer somewhere you know will make a difference in the lives of homeless children, then this would be a great place to start.

Ways to make it better...

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

get more volunteers to help with all their efforts. Although the programs are always completed, sometimes it would be easier on those who are volunteering if they just had an extra hand.

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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?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
October 17, 2012

Aloha, I was a teen mentor at the summer camp and was able to work hands on with the homeless children throughout the summer. It was the most incredible time of my life. I was so impressed with the organization of the program as well as the care given to the children. In some ways these children are "spoiled" by the director. They are taken care of so well they are almost able to forget they are homeless. This organization changes their lives and their families lives to help break the cycle of poverty. I am so happy to be part of such a wonderful program. Their summer camp is the best place on earth for the homeless keiki.

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

through being a mentor to the homeless children. I spent one month with the directors and volunteers during the summer camp. During this time we were able to provide an educational and life changing routine for the children. At the end the children all went back to their parents with all their back to school needs, from new backpacks to new outfits. I was part of this wonderful experience and can say it was an absolute success!!

Ways to make it better...

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

I would have more teens get involved. Don't miss this opportunity of a lifetime

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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?

2009

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

I think if the program had more funds to run the programs it would run a bit more smooth. As well, the teens wouldn't have to work so hard on the fundraising efforts and could spend more time with the children themselves.

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

I was able to earn 200 hours of community service certificate. I earned letters of recommendation and was able to use my experience to get a part time job after-school working with young children. Furthermore, I was able to attend leadership and mentoring workshops that I can take with me throughout my life. The skills and confidence gained is unexplainable. You just have to experience for yourself

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Full of love, confident and knowing I truly made a difference in this world.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was a teen mentor and helped to change the lives of my homeless camp buddy.

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
June 1, 2011

Hello Everyone who wants to know about this wonderful experience. I am happy to once again participate in the survey to share my experience. I guess this year they want to know how Project Hawai'i Summer Camp cares for the health of the children. As well how my experience was.
Well let me start with the health issues. Did you know that the children who attend this camp don't even have basic hygiene needs. They are homeless children living in tents and cars, in the bushes and along the beaches of Hawai'i. Did you know that these children weren't even able to brush their own teeth, or wash their own hair before this program showed them how to care for themselves.
Well, Project Hawai'i Teen Mentoring Summer Camp allowed me the opportunity to help these children become healthy and learn basic hygiene skills. Every day we would show the children how to care for themselves, and help them learn the reason why they need to do so.
The program was able to raise enough money with our help to even send them home with hygiene products they can use for months.
While I was able to mentor the little children and help them grow, I too was able to learn more independence and learn that life isn't just about me. I had a bigger purpose in life....and that was these children.
I am happy to share this experience. I hope that other teens are able to learn and grow and help others as well.
I do recommend this program to be awarded for the the Healthy survey. This camp keeps the children healthy.
Also, the camp offers very nutritious meals. We ate with the little children of course, but the food was soooo healthy. The children learned how to eat properly and not junk food. Every day was a new theme to learn to eat good foods. We had zoo day and we ate Bananas covered in peanut butter and rolled in cereal. Then at the ocean day, we went "fishing" we had celery fishing poles dipped in cream cheese and then fished for gold fish crackers. The children were so happy, but they were eating good food.
If you have the opportunity to attend Project Hawai'i Summer camp, Do it!! It is the best time of your life just waiting to happen.

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

teen mentoring. I attended as mentor and actually grew more from my experience than any other life experience I have had.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would help them to get more support. They are always struggling to provide for these childrens needs. It is funny how there is so much money being spent on things that don't really matter while children live homeless in our country.

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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

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

I wish that there were more people involved. It is a long and worth wild cause, but tiring because there isn't enough help.

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

It changed my life forever. I was able to meet new people, learn a new culture and make an impact over my summer vacation.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel like my life was worth something. I do make a difference.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was a teen mentor. I made a difference in the lives of homeless children. My whole summer was spent helping them learn and grow. I earned 200 community service hours and attending mentoring and leadership workshops. These earned me certificates I could .

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Project Hawai'i, Inc.
December 2, 2009

My experience with Christmas Wish Program was very rewarding. I am only giving 4 stars because I wasn't really sure what to expect and then I thought that there could of been more organization with the program overall. I was shocked to see how the children lived and what the difference we made in just a short time being with them. I was able to help with the delivery of the hygiene products that we purchased by the director. There was fundraiser in Oahu that I was a part of to collect supplies and money. At the fundraiser a few people came with small donations of products the agency asked for, and many people came with small monetary donations to help purchase items. The fundraiser fell short of its goal, but the director Magin didn't really seem to mind, she just purchased what was needed out of her own pocket expenses. I felt a bit confused because she didn't seem to care that it costs her hundreds of dollars to fill all the bags. The next day I went with her to hand out the bags and was amazed at that process. She just drove to the beaches and went up to every tent and asked if children lived there. She gave the bags to the families, talked with the children a bit and walked to the next tent. It was shocking that the children live in this environment and the items we brought were a huge impact on their daily lives. Anyhow, I never went back. Sometimes I feel sad for the children living like that, and then I also feel like it is too much to make a difference. Magin has a heart like no others and it is hard to match that. I just wish her well and hope for the best for her and the children she helps.

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

an eye opening experience. I was surprised at the whole process. I know that agency is for real, unbelievable but real. I know that she does more than she has the funds to do, and she cares beyond belief. But I will never participate again. It is too hard

Ways to make it better...

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

be to get this agency more supplies, funds and help. Definatly needs help and organization to be more successful.

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

seeing the difference that Magin actually made. When she was hundreds of dollars short from the fundraiser, she just purchased all the extra stuff needed. I don't know anyone who would go that extra mile for these children.

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

were not very helpful. The volunteers who came didn't have the same passion as Magin. In fact I think that they were there for the wrong reasons. I wish there were better volunteers.

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

really change the world, make it a better place for the children of the islands. In fact, it would make this organization one of the best in the world. The passion behind the director is unsurpassed by anyone.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more helpers and volunteers at the fundraiser. We were short handed and that made it difficult. Plus we were unsucessful at collecting enough supplies.

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

dedicated volunteers, lack of funds and not enough organization in the programs office

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

The program is wonderful, the children are precious, there just needs to be more help and support. One person is doing too much, and needs help to make it even better.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped at the fundrasiser and helped deliver packages.