Helping Hand

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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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Today we continue our ongoing series within Helping Hand about the rapidly escalating rhino extinction crisis, a poaching epidemic that has reclassified the rhinoceros as among the most vulnerable animals on earth. Brutal killings of two to three animals happen every day; without immediate intervention, wild rhinos are forecast to be wiped from the planet, almost entirely due to demand for rhino horn in just two countries: Vietnam and China.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about Lokelani 'Ohana, whose mission is to create socially therapeutic programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Listeners may recall when legendary entertainer Kris Kristofferson was on ATC, promoting a benefit concert he was doing for them.

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As the Aloha State continues to be the epicenter of homelessness in the United States, with the single worst homeless epidemic per capita anywhere in the country, Helping Hand welcomes back Family Promise of Hawaii, a program to help families with minor children escape homelessness. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Executive Director Mary Saunders.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re returning to the topic of domestic violence and abuse in the Aloha State. We’re learning about one of the non-profits on the front lines of the issue: the Domestic Violence Action Center. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with CEO Nanci Kreidman.

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This week on Helping Hand we’re learning about The Caregiver Foundation and the unique services they offer to the disabled, elderly and those caring for them. Saturday May 7th they have a fundraising event, A Lei of Care, at 3660 On The Rise on Wai‘alae Avenue in Honolulu 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Gary Powell, their founder and Executive Director.

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This week on Helping Hand it’s returning guest Women’s Fund of Hawai‘i. This non-profit tries to address several key issues affecting women in the Aloha State, and they have a benefit fundraising Tea & Champagne Event May 16th in Honolulu. HPR ATC Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Executive Director, Leela Bilmes Goldstein.

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