Helping Hand

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This week on Helping Hand, it's the Polar Plunge from Special Olympics Hawaii, as Director of Development Tracey Bender joins HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence to discuss their April 14th fundraiser at Waterfront Plaza in Honolulu.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii President Jerri Chong and Public Relations Manager Gene Davis.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back the Domestic Violence Action Center and CEO Nanci Kriedman. For close to thirty years, they have provided legal information and representation and services for victims of domestic abuse in the Aloha State.

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This week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes PARENTS Inc. back to Helping Hand, with Executive Director Lisa Groulx. PARENTS Inc. -- Providing Awareness Referrals Education Nurturing Therapy and Support -- is a private, non-profit offering prevention and treatment services for child abuse and neglect, and a range of parenting courses.

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This week HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Best Buddies Hawaii back to Helping Hand. March 10th is their annual Friendship Walk at Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, 9 a.m.

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Helping Hand concludes two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals.

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This week Helping Hand starts two weeks of featuring nonprofits in the Asia Pacific supporting two of the most vulnerable animals on Earth. First up, Save Elephant Foundation and Elephant Nature Park in Thailand.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, President and CEO of the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii, or the ATRC. It’s week two of organizations that can offer critical resources to people with disabilities and often field difficult questions regarding trying to get specific services or assistance with mobility challenges.

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This week Helping Hand starts two weeks of related segments, spotlighting organizations that can play a critical role in finding specific resources related to disability. Aloha Independent Living Hawaii is dedicated to giving people with disabilities the choice of where to receive independent living services. They provide information and referrals, peer counseling, advocacy, independent living skills training and transition assistance.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the Aloha United Way. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Chief Operating Officer Norm Baker about their support of a number of other critical nonprofits aiding the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and other vulnerable segments of society.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Grandcares Hawaii. According to their website, GRANDCares Hawaii is a project of UH Mānoa and Colorado State University to support vulnerable grandparents who are raising grandchildren by providing access to community resources and information. They have two sites in Hawaii, one on Maui and one on Hawaii Island.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s Leilani Farm Sanctuary. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes Founder and President Laurelee Blanchard.

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This week on Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Hawaii International Child, also known as Adoption Hawaii, committed to helping orphaned children find permanent families, and offering services including helping prospective parents and supporting those who are pregnant and considering the option of adoption.

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This week for Helping Hand, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Big Brothers, Big Sisters Hawaii President Dennis Brown, the original “Little Brother” in the Aloha State.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Goodwill Hawaii, an autonomous, dues-paying member of Goodwill Industries International. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Kelley Cho, Director of Public Relations and Communications, and Chief Operating Officer Katy Chen, of Goodwill Hawaii.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii. According to their website, they specialize in therapeutic riding instruction for special needs individuals, while providing instruction to individuals of any ability, and also offering a program with miniature horses that visit individuals who cannot come to their location due to physical or financial reasons.

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This week on Helping Hand, a huge privilege to welcome back an organization that has been helping those in need since 1865: The Salvation Army. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes a guest today who recently assisted with disaster recovery efforts in Texas, Lt. Micheal Stack of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands – Divisional Youth Secretary, Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator, and Men’s Ministry Secretary.

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This week Helping Hand has Honolulu Habitat for Humanity ahead of their Sustainable Saturday recycling and sale event. The nonprofit also helps build affordable houses with those who lack adequate shelter, have programs to fix existing structures and assist people with disabilities in accomplishing ADA home modifications. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with April Bullis, Manager of the Honolulu Habitat ReStore.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Claire Cutler, one of the hosts of the Homeward Bound Thanksgiving 5k  to end homelessness in Hawaii. It benefits area homeless service provider IHS, the Institute for Human Services. Hawaii is home to the worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States per capita. Open to individuals and families of runners, joggers and walkers, it happens in Honolulu Thanksgiving morning at 7 a.m.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back After-School All-Stars Hawaii, who provide after-school programs for at-risk children, while introducing them to the Project Unify concept from Special Olympics Hāwaii to foster respect, inclusion and friendship between general ed students and special ed students with intellectual disabilities.

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This week, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence welcomes the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii back to Helping Hand. November is Epilepsy Awareness Month, and their annual conference is tomorrow at Queen’s Conference Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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This week Helping Hand previews the 2017 Footsteps to Transition Fair, tomorrow, Saturday October 21 at Windward Community College, 8:30 a.m. to noon for middle and high school students with special needs and their loved ones from across Oahu to assist in critical details of making transitions to adult life.

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This week on Helping Hand, it’s distinguished returning guest Special Olympics Hawaii, offering participation in individual and team sports for intellectually disabled community members, and for people without intellectual disabilities in inspiring unified sports teams.

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On Helping Hand this week it’s Best Buddies Hawai‘i and details on three upcoming events with the organization that helps create friendships and inclusion between intellectually disabled and general education students. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Best Buddies Hawai‘i State Director Sarah Man.

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This week we’re continuing our recurring series within Helping Hand about one of the most vulnerable and victimized animals on Earth due to consumers in our Asia Pacific neighborhood: the rhinoceros. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence shares the approach of the innovative nonprofit, the Elephant Action League, and speaks with their Executive Director Andrea Crosta about their new report base

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This week Helping Hand proudly welcomes back the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii, advocating on behalf of the blind and those with vision challenges. Their annual state convention is September 30 & October 1 at 1901 Bachlot Street in Honolulu.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back NAMI Hawai‘i, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai‘i. This year’s Walk For Mental Health is coming up October 14th in Honolulu, and there are a lot of ways to support them, from walking with a team, to volunteering to donating supplies and prizes.

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This week we’re learning about Crisis Text Line, a free, nationwide 24/7 support for those in crisis. Users in Hawaii can text “Aloha” or “Start” to 741741 from anywhere in the US to text with a trained crisis counselor. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence learned about the service and goal to find more volunteers with Katie Copeskey, Volunteer Crisis Counselor and Recruiter with Crisis Text Line.

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