AmeriCorps*VISTA Programs

Habitat for Humanity (Hawaii and Kauai)
Focus Area: Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 1
HFHI makes homeownership a reality for people living in substandard housing by selling volunteer-built homes to low income families, who help build the homes, with a no-interest, no-profit mortgage. As part of a national VISTA project, AmeriCorps VISTA members in Hawaii play a key role in assisting with the development of sustainable programs, engaging more volunteers, raising funds, supporting “green” initiatives, revitalizing neighborhoods emphasis on home rehabs, and coalescing community resources in the home building effort.

Contact: Isobel Donovan (West Hawaii)
Phone: 808-331-8010
Email: idonovan@alohabroadband.net

Contact: Bob McNamara (Kauai)
Phone: 808-335-0296
Email: bobmcnamara@kauaihabitat.org

Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) (City and County of Honolulu)
Focus Area: Healthy Futures and Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 2
The HACBED VISTA project includes two initiatives: 1. Ohana Based Youth Savings Initiative, and 2. Hawaii Nutritious Food Sustainability Network, a partnership with the Office of Social Ministry. In support of the Ohana Based Youth Savings Initiative, the VISTA member will assist with the creation of tools and resources to develop a continuum of incentivized savings products for low-income youth, which will serve as an entry point to the family and broader financial empowerment.  In support of the Hawaii Nutritious Food Sustainability Network, the VISTA member will create plans and tools to connect various for-profit, non-profit, and public sectors of the food system into a nutritious food sustainability network which provides low-income individuals greater access to healthy food.

Contact: Brent Kakesako
Phone: 808-550-2661
Email: bkakesako@hacbed.org

Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) (statewide)
Focus Area: Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 14
Through the Building Stability in Housing Project, VISTA members serving throughout Hawaii will work with community-based partners to establish a continuum of service in the realm of housing counseling with the goal of assisting Hawaii families to secure and sustain permanent housing. VISTA members develop tools and resources to support effective partnerships, outreach, and evaluation processes in order to more effectively serve a greater number of families in need.
Partner sites include: Waianae Community Outreach, HOPE Services (Hilo), Catholic Charities Maui, Catholic Charities Kauai, Hale Opio, and Sustainable Molokai.

Contact: Desiree Vea
Phone: 808-587-7886
Email: desiree@hawaiiancommunity.net

Holualoa Elementary School and Kohala High School (Hawaii County)
Focus Area: Education
Number of Members: 4
The purpose of the Holualoa Elementary and Kohala High School VISTA project is to institute community support structures and school-based systems to support increased literacy as well as college and career-readiness. VISTA members will develop and implement systems to more effectively involve and increase the number of community partners in the schools’ literacy and college/career readiness initiatives. VISTA members at Kohala High School will also help to develop and refine Senior Project components with an emphasis on building community mentors into the process.

Contact: Glenn Gray
Phone: 808-322-4800
Email: glenn_gray@notes.k12.hi.us

Honokaa High & Intermediate School and Kohala High School (Hawaii Department of Education) (Hawaii County)
Focus Area: Education
Number of Members: 2
The Honokaa High School VISTA project’s goal is to assist schools institute systems and tools to enhance and expand college and career-ready initiatives, most specifically Senior Projects. AmeriCorps VISTA members will help develop the capacity of the school to increase parent and community involvement in an effort to positively impact student achievement.

Contact: Angela Brandt
Phone: 808-775-8800
Email: angela_brandt@notes.k12.hi.us

Honolulu Community Action Program (City and County of Honolulu)
Focus Area: Education
Number of Members: 1
The purpose of this VISTA project is to strengthen the capacity of a number of the Honolulu Community Action Programs by identifying additional funding sources, and creating resources to better enable the organization to apply for additional funding opportunities. The project also helps build the capacity of the organization’s Ha Initiative: Creative Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) After-School Program, through the development and implementation of a Volunteer Support Program. The Volunteer Support Program will strengthen the program’s ability to engage Community Mentors (adult volunteers) and Junior Leaders (high school student volunteers) in order to increase academic performance and increase family engagement.

Contact: Tehani Diaz
Phone: 808-447-5437
Email: tehanid@hcapweb.org

Kealakehe High School (Hawaii County)
Focus Area: Education
Number of Members: 2
The Kealakehe High School VISTA project is focused on two main objectives: (1) expanding and improving college/career readiness for all students, and (2) increasing literacy, particularly amongst the English Language Learners. VISTA members will collaborate with school staff to create, refine, and strengthen systems in order to meet these objectives.

Contact: Tammy Furrer
Phone: 08-327-4300
Email: tammy_furrer@notes.k12.hi.us

Kupu
Focus Area:
Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 1
This AmeriCorps VISTA project will help build the capacity of the CommunityU program by developing systems and tools to expand and strengthen the program. CommunityU is designed for young adults looking to complete a GED/CBASE while gaining real world job experience in the nonprofit and public sector. The VISTA member will help identify funding and opportunities to use technology and social networking in order to enhance this program.

Contact: Matthew Bauer
Phone: 808-735-1221
Email: matthew.bauer@kupuhawaii.org

Leeward District ELL Program (City and County of Honolulu)
Focus Area: Education and Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 1
This AmeriCorps VISTA project focuses on developing the capacity of the Waipahu Safe Haven Computer Access Center and other initiatives supported through the Leeward District ELL Program to better enable students to educational outcomes, and assist adults in accessing resources to find and sustain employment.

Contact: Greg Uchishiba
Phone: 808-675-0443
Email: greg_uchishiba@notes.k12.hi.us

Malama Kauai (Kauai)
Focus Area: Healthy Futures
Number of Members: 3
AmeriCorps VISTA members will help build the capacity of the Kauai School Garden Network, connecting schools and the community to increase knowledge for self-sufficiency, local food production and access, and economic opportunity for Kauai residents.

Contact: Megan Fox
Phone: 808-828-0685 x12
Email: megan@malamakauai.org

State of Hawaii, Executive Office on Aging (statewide)
Focus Area: Healthy Futures and Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 5
This VISTA project focuses on developing capacity within the Aging Network to better support older adults and caregivers of older adults in their ability to achieve and maintain financial independence. The project is an intermediary project with sites throughout the Aging Network.

Contact: Heather Chun
Phone: 808-586-7264
Email: heather.chun@doh.hawaii.gov

Susannah Wesley Community Center (City and County of Honolulu)
Focus Area: Education and Economic Opportunity
Number of Members: 1
The purpose of this VISTA project is to create and pilot a mentoring program for young adults to help students attain self-sufficiency and provide them with the skills and opportunities to help them move out of poverty.

Contact: Carol Imanaka
Phone: 808-440-5812
Email: cimanaka@susannahwesley.org

Waiakea High School (Hawaii County)
Focus Area: Education
Number of Members: 1
The purpose of this VISTA project is to support and expand the capacity of the Summer Bridge Enrichment program at six (6) high schools in the Hawaii Smaller Learning Communities Consortium (Waiakea High School, James Campbell High School, Roosevelt High School, Kaimuki High School, Kauai High School, and Waipahu High School). One VISTA member, based at Waiakea High School, will develop tools and resources to enable the six schools to implement and sustain successful Summer Bridge programs.

Contact: Louann Kimura
Phone: 808-974-4888
Email: louann_kimura@notes.k12.hi.us