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Project Hawai'i, Inc.
October 17, 2012

As a teen mentor at the summer camp, I can say that this program rocks. It is an awesome experience and I wouldn't have missed it for the world. I love my camp buddies and know that I helped to change their lives. Don't miss out on Project Hawai'i Summer Camp!! My mom said that I needed to do more community service to build my resume for college. I choose to visit Hawai'i and have a blast, little did I know my life would be changed forever. My friends said I was crazy, after all what is a teen boy going to do with all those children? I said, surf, hike, who knows, who cares, I will be in Hawai'i. Well, life is full of surprises and not only did I get the hours I needed, but I had a once in a lifetime experience thanks to my homeless camp buddies!!

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

I was in charge of two little boys...and they were a handful. My one camp buddy had never even used a toothbrush!! So my work was cut out for me. I had to teach them life skills, social skills and guide them through the daily activities. By the end of the day, I was worn out!! A teen boy worn out?? Yes!! This was an awesome experience. My camp buddies grew so much and I know that I did that! I changed their lives!!

Ways to make it better...

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

get them more donations

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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?

2010

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

More teens to attend. The camp had more little one's then teens, so it was more difficult for us. Teens SIGN UP!!

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

Yes, I was able to gain so much skills from mentoring, caring for others and even learned cultural lessons like hula dance, and so much more. Really so much was given to me!! and that isn't the best part. The best part was being able to help those homeless children.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I was so happy, excited and tired!! IT WAS GREAT!!

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped teach homeless children life skills while gaining leadership skills.

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
June 1, 2011

Well I wasn't expecting this. I had a wonderful experience with Project Hawai'i Summer camp and didn't know that every year we would have to do a survey to tell our story. I had to think about all the fun I had all over again.
This survey is about healthy living. How the camp helps the children live healthy.
As a teen mentor I was able to help them with basic daily care of their hygiene. I taught them skills that I guess they don't have because they are homeless? I was able to help them learn to wash their hands before eating, and brush their teeth after. I was able to help them understand that it is important to take care of their bodies inside and out.
We played lots of sports that keep them fit, and taught them to exercise every day. I was able to help teach them lots of outdoor games and sports. Over all my experience was great. I feel that the opportunity I was given by this program was great and wonderful.
The children were hard work but worth every minute. I loved my camp buddies and my experience.
Thank you for the opportunity and the lessons I learned.

The Great!

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

participating as a teen mentor

Ways to make it better...

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

I would get them more funds, and supportive help

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I helped homeless children and earned my community service certificate for high school graduation.

Project Hawai'i, Inc.
March 1, 2010

My experience is some what different from what one might think. I wasn't a volunteer or a donor, or even a client. I was actually just someone who was interested in what was going on in a local park. One afternoon while walking through the park downtown, I saw a woman setting up a make shift service area and putting out tables with clothing, toys, books, all kinds of things. I asked if it was yard sale or something? She replied no, I just come down on Sundays and give away stuff and feed the homeless children. I was surprised about the calm in her voice and the excitement she felt to be there. I asked if she needed help, she just said if I wanted to help fold the outfits together. I kind of just wanted to know what was going on. I didn't know there were homeless children, and couldn't imagine how truck loads of items were going to be given away. Time passed, and I saw the park fill up with hungry, dirty children. Some had no shoes, or even shirts. They just kept coming over and getting food, taking clothing, and books. It was amazing. These children went home with arms full of stuff, and their bellies full. About one hour went by, and everything was gone, the families started leaving, and this wonderful lady (still smiling) started packing up the remaining items and tables. She seemed very content and happy. I was talking with her about why she did this, how she knew to do this. She just replied "Its my Kuleana. (In Hawaiian that means responsibility). She stated she was born to do this and wouldn't know what else to do with her life. I was amazed., and wanted to share my experience. This program is incredible and to think it is run by one lady with a huge heart.

The Great!

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

viewing the difference it makes to the community.

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

watching the children get what they needed, and their smiles from all the joy Magin brought to their day.

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

She was wonderful. She was there alone, and didn't seem to mind.

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

I saw what she did with only a few dollars, I could only imagine the impact with a million, let alone 10. There would no longer be a need for homeless agencies. She would be able to end homelessness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I observed a wonderful event at the local park in Hilo.