April 23, 2021
The Daisy group of the youth organization Girl Scouts are kindergarten to first grade girls who learn leadership skills through service projects and learning activities. Recently, Daisy Troop 844 participated in a national community service project known as the Smile Drive. The girls decided that they wanted to help other children have a healthy smile so they donated the 135 dental hygiene items they collected to the keiki in our programs! Troop 844's example of service to other children like them truly makes us smile.
Do Hopeful Things
As things are opening back up and people feel more comfortable going out, Spring is the perfect representation of a fresh start after a rainy season. Last year was one of so much uncertainty, and felt like a heavy rain. Although, we aren’t quite in the clear, clouds are certainly parting and the rays of possibility are shining through. With possibility on the horizon, we hope to start up in-person volunteer opportunities as the summer months roll in. We can’t say with absolute certainty what the next phase looks like, but we’re leaning into this moment by doing hopeful things. Below is a glimpse of the programs we plan to launch. In the meantime fill out our Volunteer Application Form to stay updated on the latest training and volunteer opportunities. Keiki Activities will provide the keiki with supplemental learning programs to help them master reading fundamentals, improve social skills and encourage creativity through arts & crafts and other fun engagements. ‘Ohana Support Program consists of programs that support families with getting access to various resources while they are in our programs and as they go on to secure housing. These resources include access to food and meals, supplies/household goods and personal hygiene items. FPH Operations Assistance Program will be opportunities for the community to assist with events and programs by contributing ideas and feedback as well as specialized skills and knowledge to our operations and events.
Meet the Team An Interview with Reggie, Van Driver and Maintenance
The FPH team (staff, volunteers, and board members) is diverse. We value this diversity as one of the strongest factors in our collective success. Drawing upon our range of cultural backgrounds, skills, educational levels, beliefs, and experiences fosters empathy, creativity, and community. In our upcoming newsletters we will be featuring a variety of team members at FPH so you can get to know them a little better. This month, we get to know Reggie.
Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm a Navy Veteran, whose been with Family Promise since 2007. I am someone who keeps my word and if I'm wrong I tell the truth. If I'm right, I tell the truth. I tell it like it is. Honesty is the best policy. What brought you to Family Promise? Originally I didn't know anything about nonprofits, but I applied for a position and have been here ever since. My co-workers and the families keep me here, because if I didn't enjoy my job I wouldn't stay. Do you have any hidden talents or hobbies? I played basketball and football a lot when I was younger. I still love the game but I'm too old to play. What’s something you’re proud of? I'm proud to be giving back. I've been housing insecure before and know how tough it can be so I'm happy to be able to support families who are going through that. What’s something you find challenging about your work at Family Promise? I pride myself on being someone who always gets it done in the face of a challenge, but sometimes I push myself too hard. When you are not working, what's your favorite way to relax? I love to sleep and watch history and animal documentaries.