2020-2021 AmeriCorps*State Competitive Funded Programs

Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps
Matthew Bauer
Chief Operating Officer
677 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1200
Honolulu, HI  96813
Phone: 808-735-1221 ext. 1007
Website: www.kupuhawaii.org
Service Area: Environmental Stewardship and Economic Opportunity
Kupu’s mission is to empower AmeriCorps participants to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity with self and others. Ultimately, Kupu participants in the Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps and the Conservation Leadership Development Program engages teens and young adults in service while teaching them about responsibility, community, and citizenship. At the same time, the work of Kupu participants provides their community with much-needed aid. Kupu participants also become community leaders by recruiting and leading volunteers. Kupu aims to develop strong citizens that will serve the community through the program and beyond.

Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i
Project Kaulike
Angela Lovitt
Deputy Director
924 Bethel StreetHonolulu, HI  96813
Phone:  808-527-8003
Fax:  808-527-8088
Email:  angela.lovitt@legalaidhawaii.org
Website: www.legalaidhawaii.org
Service Area:  Public Safety (Legal Services)
The Legal Aid Society of Hawaii’s AmeriCorps program began in 1997 and continues today as Project Kaulike (“Justice” and/or “Equality”). Project Kaulike is designed to address the need among Hawaii’s low and moderate-income families and low-income veterans and their families for knowledge of and meaningful access to the civil justice system. Members provide critical self-help assistance, clinical education and “brief” legal services in the areas of family, housing, consumer & public benefits law under the supervision of licensed attorneys. This is achieved through the hard work of members and volunteers who focus on the following primary areas: (1) client services (2) outreach and education; (3) development of self-help materials; and (4) volunteer recruitment and supervision.
Desired qualifications for Members: Legal Aid Society seeks advocates who are willing to be trained, who have an interest in the law, are willing to work in collaboration with staff and who have experience in working with the low-income population or individuals in crisis.

2019-2020 AmeriCorps*State Formula Funded Programs

Hawaiian Community Assets
AmeriCorps State Program
Lahela Williams
Program Director
2149 Lauwiliwili Street, Suite 200
Kapolei, HI 96707
Phone: 808-628-6368
Email: lahela@hawaiicommunity.net
Service Area: Economic Opportunity
Hawaiian Community Assets, Inc. (HCA) is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency with a mission to build the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency, with a particular focus on the native Hawaiian community. HCA provides housing and financial group workshops and individualized counseling across the state of Hawaii through our offices located in Hilo and Kona on Hawaiʻi Island, Honolulu and Kapolei on Oahu and Anahola on Kauai. HCA’s certified staff work with individuals and families to assess their financial situation, set goals and develop action plans around budgeting, saving, building/repairing credit, housing affordability, preparing for homeownership and saving their homes from foreclosure or lease cancellation. HCA compliments our programs and services with match savings products, individual development accounts, and micro-loans.
Position Availability: 4 Full-time Community Service Assistant (Mon-Fri 8a-5p, some nights and weekends) & 8 Quarter-time Financial Trainer (Schedule varies, flexibility required, mostly nights and weekends) positions are available in Honolulu, Hilo, and Anahola.
Training: All AmeriCorps State Members undergo a minimum of 24 hours of training within the first 30 days of service and an additional 16 hours throughout the course of their service. Training opportunities vary based on the placement site.
Duties Include: Conduct outreach activities, facilitate 4-hour financial education workshops, assist in 4-8 hour homebuyer education workshops, conduct workshop evaluation and data analysis activities and provide client case management services to individuals and families accessing HCA services.
Desired qualifications for Members: 18 years or older, strong written and oral communication skills, eager to learn and comfortable with public speaking are required. Valid drivers license and access to an insured vehicle are recommended. Inter-island travel for HCA related tasks may become available, the ability to rent a vehicle is required to travel. Knowledge of traditional native Hawaiian culture and practices is preferred.

Kaile Luga & Momi Wheeler
P.O. Box 141
Hakalau, HI 96710
Email: admissions@huliauapaa.org
Service Area:  Capacity Building
Huliauapa’a’s AmeriCorps program aims to increase the capacity of ‘āina-stewarding organizations and agencies (‘āina meaning land).  The Huliauapaʻa AmeriCorps programs run statewide and primarily focus on increasing organizations’ capacity through increased volunteer engagement and retention, as well as increasing the organizations outreach capabilities. We believe that supporting these focus areas will help ‘āina-stewarding organizations and agencies to steward both their cultural and natural resources.

Jessica Sobocinski
FoodCorps Hawaiʻi Program Manager
45-3490 Mamane St. Ste. B
Honokaʻa, HI 96727
Service Area:  Healthy Futures
FoodCorps AmeriCorps members currently serve nine schools on Hawaiʻi Island. Service members serve alongside educators and local leaders to support community-driven initiatives to connect kids to healthy food in schools, focusing on three areas of service: hands-on lessons (students grow, cook, and taste new foods, which builds their skills and changes food preferences); healthy school meals (the cafeteria experience steers students towards the healthiest options and gets them excited to try new healthy foods); and a school-wide culture of health (as a whole, the school community and environment—from hallways to classrooms to cafeteria to grounds—celebrates healthy food).

Hawaiʻi Rise Foundation
FarmCorps Hawaii
Shannon Ramirez
Program Director
11 Silva Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: 808-938-5004
Nohea Leleiwi
Program Coordinator
Service Area: Healthy Futures
The mission is to support the continuing development and operations of the Hawaiʻi Rise Foundation and to develop sustainable natural resource management systems and community-based food production and educational opportunities in partnership with local schools, housing, and farms.
FarmCorps Hawaiʻi members will serve and address general food insecurity on Hawaiʻi Island, assist in school gardens, housing and farms, develop infrastructure such a composting and vermiculture systems, and assist with increased availability and distribution of local nutritious produce.
Members serve for terms of 10-12 months and receive training, mentoring, and an educational award.  There are no stipends or housing for these positions.

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
AmeriCorps Environmental Program
Cliff Caesar
Program Coordinator
99 Mahalani Street
Wailuku, HI 96793
Phone: 808-243-4324
Fax: 808-249-2991
Website: meoinc.charityfinders.org/Youth Services
Service Area: Environmental Stewardship
MEO’s AmeriCorps Program is an award-winning AmeriCorps program that engages young adults in extensive natural resource management, park conservation projects, and disaster relief prevention. Managed by, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) since 1998. AmeriCorps provides members with opportunities for skill development and personal growth through a supportive, team-based environment. This program is integrated through Natural Resources and Hawaiian Culture.
Duties include: Hands-on experiences and fieldwork contributing to endangered native Hawaiian plant restoration, invasive species removal, trail, and remote fence building, fire breaks, feral animal control, and management, aquatic resource management and marine mammal response. AmeriCorps members protect and preserve Hawaii’s native culture and natural resources through active stewardship, research, and education working with the supervision of experienced staff. Members engage in projects in the most pristine places in Maui Nui, from mauka to makai (mountain to ocean).
Training: Members may receive training in CPR & first aid, basic helicopter, chain saw, wildland fire- fighting/prevention and marine mammal rescue. Members are also certified American Red Cross, disaster relief responders, who may be mobilized to assist in areas where a disaster has occurred.
Position Availability: Half time (6 months), quarter time (3-4 months) and minimum time (2-3 months) summer positions in Hawaii on the islands of Maui and Molokai.

Teach for America
Teach for America Hawai‘i
Chelsea Tokuno-Lynk
Program Director
500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 3-580
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 521-1371
Fax: (808) 538-3793
Email: chelsea.tokuno@teachforamerica.org
Website: www.teachforamerica.org/the-corps-experience/placement-regions/hawaii
Service Area: Education
Teach For America’s mission is to eliminate educational inequity by enlisting a diverse group of leaders who work to expand educational opportunities and provide all children with an excellent education. Teach For America recruits college graduates of all backgrounds to teach for two years in under-resourced schools and communities, trains and develops their leadership competencies, and fosters their impact as alumni of our program to affect educational inequity from many sectors. The Hawai‘i region currently supports 185 corps members teaching in 56 schools across O‘ahu and Hawai‘i Island. Approximately one third serve Hawai‘i Island across all three complexes and two-thirds teach on O‘ahu, including 70 who are in schools on the Leeward Coast. Nearly one-quarter of our corps members are Native Hawaiian and Kama‘āina and many of our teachers serve in the communities in which they were born and raised. We will reach just under 16,000 children this year – one-third of whom are of Native Hawaiian or Part Native Hawaiian ancestry and over 60% of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. We continue to partner with the Hawai‘i Department of Education to address staffing needs and to improve public education in Hawai‘i.

AmeriCorps National Direct Programs

Habitat for Humanity West Hawai‘i, in Kailua-Kona
Isobel Donovan
73-4161 Ulu Wini Place, Bay 1
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Phone: 808-331-8010
Email: dc@habitatwesthawaii.org
Website: http://www.habitatwesthawaii.org/

Kaua’i Habitat for Humanity, in Ele’ele
Stephen Spears
Physical Address:
1-3410 Kaumuali`i Highway
Hanapepe, Kaua`i
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 28 `Ele`ele
Kaua`i, Hawai`i 96705
Phone: 808-335-0296
Email: stephens@kauaihabitat.org
Website: http://kauaihabitat.org/