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

Rating: 5 stars  

I just finished helping this organization complete their Healthy Hearts Campaign for homeless children. It was amazing to see the director deal with all the obstacles that occur while just trying to make a difference in the community. Not only do volunteers not show up for their assigned shifts, they actually have the nerve to grumble about the conditions, or lack of support, etc. It is amazing that Magin can keep it together so well. She worked for a month to put together a collection drive to get new shoes for the homeless children and provide funds for the summer camps athletic program. During the 3 hour shift she was harassed by the public about "who are you?, or the homeless need to get jobs" all kinds of junk like that. All along she just continues to conduct her drive and hopes to get enough shoes to make a difference. One school group did a drive at their school, and there was another teen group helping with the collection, holding signs, etc. But not half the people showed up, and we were behind on donations. It was hard as a volunteer to see all this happening when the whole point is just to help homeless children. I was amazed that at the end of the 3 hour shift she thanked everyone and said we all did a great job. I know in her heart she felt bad for the homeless children, as she was about 50 pair of shoes short. I asked what happened next. Her response was pretty amazing. She stated she would never allow a child to be left out and would just purchase all the missing shoes. She said that these fundraisers are to allow people the opportunity to make a good decision and to help out. She continued to say that she never expects much, and is just grateful for whatever comes. She understands that not everyone can keep their commitments or give a donation. I just want to say Thank you Magin, and keep up the good work. I know the children do care about the difference you make, and that someday it won't be so hard to get this community involved with such great efforts.

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

volunteering my time.

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

knowing I make a difference.

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

the director and her assistant are amazing and hard working people. I hope they continue despite the challenges they encounter.

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

Really? a million bucks? She would save the world she lives in. She saves our little world on a few thousand dollars....

Ways to make it better...

people would have shown up for their shift, and we had more donors

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

lack of support on all aspects

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

if people really knew what went into this program, and that fact that it is run 100% by volunteers, I think that people would feel more compelled to give.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I helped collect shoes and donations for the Healthy Hearts for Homeless Keiki campaign 2010.