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Review for Project Hawai'i, Inc., Kea'au, HI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I found Project Hawai'i online through the United Way volunteer site. At first I was just looking for a one day event my child and I could participate in. It turned out to be a life changing experience for both my family and the homeless children we are volunteering for. The director asked us to conduct a food drive to help with the summer camp needs. We were given a menu list and set up a drive at a local grocery.
This was an eye opening experience. Here my daughter and I sat, greeting customers as they walked by and asking if someone would like to donate a can of food to help homeless children. It was not as easy as I thought. People not only walked by ignoring us as if we were doing something wrong, but made rude and unwanted comments. By the end of the day we did succeed, but in the meanwhile, we learned about the communities true feelings about the issues we shared.
This was a learning experience for my daughter as well. I had to reinforce that what we were doing was a great thing, we are making a difference, and those who choose to be mean are not those we need to help either. It was an experience that is hard to express. I would encourage others to conduct a drive, as it is one of the most important links in the over all success of the camp, but be prepared to learn about people and the community in which you live.
Over all, I am so happy that we had this opportunity to help all the homeless children that attended camp. I know that my contribution and time was greatly appreciated and did make a difference.
My own family would not have been able to donate close to the amount of food we were able to collect. This shows that your time is more valuable than you realize. Putting a few hours in to good use does make the difference while volunteering with Project Hawai'i.
I hope others will do the same, as I know this agency needs the support

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Althoug this statement is NOT about the organization, I would have loved for the community not to be so harsh towards the people who are trying to make a difference.

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Role:  Volunteer