Helping Hand

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This week on Helping Hand we’re privileged to welcome back the Hawai‘i Association of the Blind, state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. Their 50th anniversary HAB 2017 Annual State Convention is Saturday March 4th at the Ala Moana Hotel in Honolulu.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re excited to have the Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii returning to ATC. Among many services and resources, the nonprofit links the disabled with adaptive technology, offers programs geared to educate individuals with disabilities, friends and family members and professionals, and HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Barbara Fischlowitz-Leong, ATRC President and CEO.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Aloha Independent Living Hawaii, dedicated to helping those with disabilities in the Aloha State get the independent living services they need. The majority of board members and staff are persons with disabilities. They offer critical assistance and have many volunteer opportunities. They are eager to hear from any disabled people with concerns about living independently.

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This week on Helping Hand we are welcoming back Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu to discuss their current invitation to children from across the state to submit artwork to its “Under the Sea” Art Contest for the design of the new EOS imaging system there. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Angela Keen, Public Relations at Shriners Hospitals for Children Honolulu.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Hawai‘i Foodbank, who have a sobering mission: they work to provide about 125 local agencies with food, feeding a staggering one in five people of the Aloha State’s population. A quarter million people are in need of help. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gerald Shintaku, Foodbank President, about the crisis of hunger in Hawai‘i and the many opportunities to lend a helping hand.

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This week on Helping Hand, with stories relating to homelessness and the housing crisis in the Aloha State making news, we’re digging into the topic of the housing crisis and welcoming back EAH Housing, a nonprofit corporation that develops and manages low-income housing, playing a leadership role in housing advocacy efforts. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with EAH Housing Vice President Hawai‘i Kevin Carney.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii and the services they offer, as well as the upcoming Sharon’s Ride, Run, Walk January 29, their art therapy camp for kids and adults and their ‘Ohana Outings.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a return visit from Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, who welcomes people to build simple, decent, affordable houses for those who lack adequate shelter.  We learn more as HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jim Murphy.   

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Hawai‘i, a returning guest organization with a very high quality returning guest. Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i has partnered with guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community to pair children with carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Aloha United Way, and some easy methods of supporting their efforts to help those in need across the Aloha State this holiday season. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Emily Mendez-Bryant, Vice President, Fundraising and Major Gifts, of Aloha United Way.

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This week on Helping Hand, we have an opportunity for giving back that is statewide: we're going down the holiday wish list for the Salvation Army, and their most critical items to help those in need across the Aloha State. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader of The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands.

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This week on Helping Hand we have returning guests the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui, a nonprofit concerned with the social welfare of children and families on the Valley Isle who have suffered abuse and severe neglect. It’s a privilege to welcome back Director Paul Tonnesen for a conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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During the week Prince William is in Vietnam on behalf of endangered animals threatened by consumers there, we continue our Helping Hand series about the rhino extinction crisis of poaching, rooted by rhino horn consumption primarily in Vietnam and China. Traffic is an NGO partnership between the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Homeward Bound 5k 2016, a Thanksgiving morning 5k experience in Honolulu to benefit IHS, the Institute for Human Services, a local homeless services provider. The Aloha State has the worst homeless crisis in the nation.

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This week on Helping Hand we have a returning guest: Special Olympics Hawaii is back to discuss their programs for those with intellectual disabilities and their loved ones, and how we can support them, ahead of their sold out Over the Edge fundraiser tomorrow. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Tracey Bender, Special Olympics Hawaii Director of Development.

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This week on Helping Hand we hear about a special event at HPR’s Atherton Performing Arts Studio on December 22nd: the Helping Hand for the Homeless benefit concert with Jake Shimabukuro, supporting the Honolulu-area homeless services provider coalition Partners in Care.

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Helping Hand welcomes back Best Buddies Hawaii, who help create opportunities for friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for those with intellectual disabilities, ahead of their 5th Annual Friendship Jam, Wednesday October 12 at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about returning guest organization NAMI Hawai‘i, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Hawai‘i, ahead of the Walk for Mental Health October 8th in Honolulu. Kumi McDonald, Executive Director, speaks with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand we feature the unique clubhouses program ahead of a October 6 fundraiser at the Honolulu Country Club for the Waipahu location.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back the National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii ahead of their state convention October 1-2 at the Elks Lodge in Honolulu. The state convention, recent national convention, their efforts to assist those in need, and ways to support their organization are among the topics as National Federation of the Blind of Hawaii’s Virgil Stinnett, Katie Stinnett and Melissa Scroggins join HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about ALS -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease -- and ALS Research. Ahead of the upcoming Hawai‘i Walk to Defeat ALS September 17, and during this month they’re seeking support, HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence welcomes back Fred Fisher, President and CEO, the ALS Association Golden West Chapter.

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On Helping Hand today we’re learning about how James Williamson of Iggy Pop & The Stooges fame, alongside artist Lisa Kekaula of the Bellrays, have new music that is a 100% benefit for homeless children in Hawai‘i, with benefactor Project Hawaii.

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This week Helping Hand welcomes back Hawaii Fido Service Dogs, a non-profit devoted to assisting the disabled with service dogs.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the local non-profit Alea Bridge and the all-volunteer organization’s efforts to assist the homeless in the Aloha State, ranked as the single worst homeless crisis anywhere in the United States, per capita. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Alea Bridge spokesperson Phil Acosta about their mission and upcoming July 30th fundraiser.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about returning guest Helping Hands Hawaii and the program called Ready to Learn, aimed at assisting the extraordinary number of less-fortunate children across the Aloha State get school supplies. Through July 22nd, a donation of $10 will fill a backpack with basic school supplies. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Helping Hands Hawaii CEO and President our guest Jan Harada.

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This week on Helping Hand join HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence as he speaks with Hospice Maui CEO Grey LaGoy, discussing the topic of end of life care, and how this non-profit offers services and support relating to it. The conversation also covers details on the struggle to provide care for those suffering comprehensive or severe disabilities.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re welcoming back Aloha Harvest. The non-profit organization has a unique way of both tackling food waste and supporting those in need of food, plsu there is an event this evening that benefits them. Executive Director Ku'ulei Williams speaks with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about the Aloha Medical Mission, who assist those in need in the islands with their free dental clinic, and go out into the Asia Pacific with expanded medical services to assist those in crisis. Executive Director Toni Muranaka speaks with HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence.

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This week on Helping Hand we have Care-A-Van Drop-In Clinic from Waikīkī Health returning, discussing their efforts on behalf of the homelessness. Their mission is especially relevant as the Aloha State grapples with the most extreme homelessness crisis in the nation per capita, which has increasingly found its way into international news reports.

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