Zonta Service Project Presents $10K to Neighborhood Place of Puna

The Zonta Club of Hilo organized a Halloween party—“Halloween Madness”—for more than 125 individuals at the Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) on October 24.

Zonta Club of Hilo president, Tonya Ozone, presents $10,000 Weinbeg Foundation grant award to Paul Norman of Neighborhood Place of Puna.  Photo by Jenna Roussy

Zonta Club of Hilo president, Tonya Ozone, presents $10,000 Weinbeg Foundation grant award to Paul Norman of Neighborhood Place of Puna. Photo by Jenna Roussy

“Halloween Madness” was done as part of The Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation’s Weinberg Friends Program, which gave the Zonta Club’s chosen non-profit $10,000 upon completion of a sweat equity project. The Halloween-themed event was the Zonta Club of Hilo’s 2015 project.

Hilo Zontians kicked off the event with direct work activities including installing curtain rods and curtains to help cut glare in NPP’s multipurpose room, and creating 20 holiday readiness cleaning buckets as well as 200+ personal hygiene kits for families in need.

Following the work session, 25 client families with four to six children ranging in age from months to 12-years-old, were invited to make healthy snacks including a vegetable witch’s broom and Oreo cookie spider; visit the craft station and create monster magnets, decorate trick-or-treat bags or fold origami; and select an outfit from the costume closet. Target Hilo donated $400 worth of Halloween costumes to help fill the closet.

“It was the Zonta Club of Hilo’s absolute pleasure to support the good work Neighborhood Place of Puna does to empower area families with knowledge and resources,” said Julie Tulang, organizer for event. “Hilo Zontians and volunteers found it very rewarding to be able to interact with the families in the spook-tacular spirit of Halloween.”

After the morning’s work and Halloween activity sessions, Zonta Club of Hilo president, Tonya Ozone, presented a $10,000 grant award to NPP Executive Director, Paul Norman, to support Neighborhood Place of Puna’s “Kamalama Parenting Project,” a parenting curriculum to help area families raise healthy children in a safe, stable home environment.

Queens and princesses from Lehua Hawaii Productions (LHP) were on-hand to volunteer at “Halloween Madness.” Prior to the event, LHP in partnership with Zonta Hilo, hosted a costume and personal care items drive to secure donations.

For the last 17 years, the Zonta Club of Hilo has taken part in The Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation’s Weinberg Friends Program.

Neighborhood Place of Puna Receives $5,811.19 From Ohana Fuels

Ohana Fuels, a TOP TIER brand of Hawaii Petroleum Inc., recently donated $5,811.19 to Neighborhood Place of Puna.

Neighborhood Place of Puna

Ohana Fuels’ generous donation will help Neighborhood Place of Puna provide free weekly home visits to some of the 150 families we serve each year. Neighborhood Place of Puna will work directly with these families, in their homes, to connect them to essential services and resources. We will also teach and model the skills necessary to raise safe and healthy children, simple things like: basic hygiene, money management, effective communication, developmentally appropriate parenting, and the importance of a structured family life, said Paul Normann, Executive Director of Neighborhood Place of Puna.

Ohana Fuels is proud to support Neighborhood Place of Puna, and we know that our donation will be used wisely. Ohana Fuels and Hawaii Petroleum are committed to supporting the communities we serve, and the goal of our Ohana Fuels giving program is to partner with organization that provide services to those in need. We are honored to be able to do this, said Kimo Haynes, President of Hawaii Petroleum Inc.

Ohana Fuels’, a TOP TIER™ brand of Hawaii Petroleum Inc., first priority is “family” and everyone who lives in the neighborhoods they serve. Ohana Fuels is proud to support the organizations and missions important to island families.

Free Sports Equipment for East Hawaii Children Sponsored by Neighborhood Place of Puna

Neighborhood Place of Puna is now distributing new and gently used youth sports equipment to East Hawaii children and youth who want to play sports but cannot afford to buy the necessary equipment.

Neighborhood Place of Puna believes that every child deserves the right to play team sports. Our Sports Rescue program takes donations of gently used unwanted or outgrown sports equipment and gives it to East Hawaii children and youth who need help getting the equipment necessary to play sports.

If your child wants to play sports and needs help finding equipment, please call Neighborhood Place of Puna at 965-5550, to find out if we have the sports equipment that you need.

Free Sports Equipment

Neighborhood place of Puna is also still accepting donations of new and gently used sports equipment. Donations can be dropped off at our Pahoa office, 15-3039 Pahoa Village Rd, during business hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday. Or call 965-5550 to arrange to drop off donations in Hilo.

This program is made possible through a grant from Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help families raise healthy safe keiki by providing families with the tools and supports they need to be successful.

Neighborhood Place of Puna Holding Another Car Wash

The Neighborhood Place of Puna will be holding a car wash on Saturday, August 24th at the Ohana Fuels location at  Puainako (Minit Stop), from 9 am – noon.

Puainako Minit Stop

Neighborhood Place of Puna’s goal is to ensure that families have access to the resources and skills they need to raise safe and healthy children.

All donations received will go to help East Hawaii families.

Additionally, a portion of every sale of Ohana Fuels gas, between July and September 30th, will be donated to Neighborhood Place of Puna.

Mahalo to Ohana Fuels for their support of healthy and safe East Hawaii families.

 

Neighborhood Place of Puna Car Wash to Help East Hawaii Families

The Neighborhood Place of Puna will be holding a car wash this Saturday, August 10th at the Ohana Fuels location at  Puainako (Minit Stop), from 9 am – noon.

Puainako Minit Stop

Neighborhood Place of Puna’s goal is to ensure that families have access to the resources and skills they need to raise safe and healthy children.

All donations received will go to help East Hawaii families.  Additionally, a portion of every sale of Ohana Fuels gas, between July and September 30th, will be donated to Neighborhood Place of Puna.

Mahalo to Ohana Fuels for their support of healthy and safe East Hawaii families.

Family Events Planned for Tomorrow at Pohoiki and Mo’oheau Bandstand

“Jake”, assistant with Neighborhood Place of Puna, announces two family events on Saturday, June 15, 2013.

"Jake"

“Jake”

Neighborhood Place of Puna will participate in both events.

Summer Kick-Off

  • Where: Pohoiki
  • When: 10am to 3pm

Details: Free food, entertainment, water slide, bounce castle, resource booths, Hawaiian crafts, Makahiki games. NPP will have free Father’s Day cards to decorate and take home.

Day of Mercy

  • Where: Mo’oheau Bandstand
  • When: 10am to 1pm

Details: Free food and activities. NPP will have free Father’s Day cards to decorate & take home and Blinko game. Free school supplies will be given, while supplies last.

Sincerely,

Jake

Neighborhood Place of Puna Sports Rescue Program’s Next Collection Day

The Neighborhood Place of Puna’s Sports Rescue program will be having its next collection day on June 22nd at the 9th Annual Ready to Learn School Supply Drive at Maku’u Market. The collection booth will be taking donations from 8:30am- 11:30 am.

Sports Rescue 2

Families are encouraged to bring any gently used (or new) sports equipment of any kind while picking up FREE school supplies for their keiki.

A complete list of acceptable equipment can be found at neighborhoodplace.org/sports or you can call 808-965-5550.

Contact:  Stacey Breining, Sports Rescue Program Coordinator, Program Outreach Specialist, 808-965-5550, sportsrescue@neighborhoodplace.org

Neighborhood Place of Puna: Sports Rescue Program

Calling for Donations of new and gently used youth sports equipment.

Neighborhood Place of Puna is seeking donations of new and gently used youth sports equipment for our Sports Rescue Program.

Sports Rescue

Neighborhood Place of Puna’s Sports Rescue program takes donated sports equipment like footballs, cleats, protective gear, and makes it available to East Hawaii children and youth who cannot afford to buy the equipment necessary to play sports.

Neighborhood Place of Puna believes that every child deserves the right to play team sports. The Sports Rescue program is one way that we as a community can share what we have to make sure that every child has a chance to play team sports.

Donations will be accepted at our Pahoa office, 15-3039 Pahoa Village Rd, during business hours: 8:00am-4:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Other collection dates include:

  • Saturday, April 27th: 10 am – 1 pm- Sangha Hall in Hilo at the Celebrate Your Family Event
  • Saturday May 18th, 5pm- 10pm- Civic Auditorium at the Paradise Roller Girls Season Opener
  • Saturday June 22nd, 8am– Maku’u Market at the Annual Free School Supply Distribution

This program is made possible through a grant from Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help families raise healthy safe keiki by providing families with the tools and supports they need to be successful.

“Cherish the Child” Family Event

The whole family is invited to attend the 9th annual Celebrate Your Family on April 27, 10am to 1pm at Sangha Hall.

Puna Event

This is FREE event. There will be lots of fun games, activities, crafts, prizes, and food.

Don’t miss the opportunity for the Keiki to meet, Dr. Health E. Hound.

Get your Keiki’s eyes checked with FREE vision screening for children provided by the Akaka Falls Lion’s Club.

Keiki ID will also be available.  If you have questions about your child safety seat, Hilo Medical Center will help you makes sure you have the right seat for your keiki, and that the seat is installed properly.

The event is presented by the East Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect whose mission is to empower the community to keep children safe from child abuse and neglect.

Please join us for food, fun, and family activities and Celebrate Your Family on April 27th, 10am at the Sangha Hall in Hilo.

 

Women’s Support Group Workshop at the Neighborhood Place of Puna

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) is hosting a Women’s group facilitator workshop on March 14-15, 2013, from 8:30am to 4:30pm in the Conference rooms on the ground floor of the Hawaii State building in Hilo.

Through exercises and dialogue participants in this workshop will explore what they can do to bring women together, end horizontal hostility and create true social change.

Jill Abernathy

Jill Abernathy

The workshop will be facilitated by Jill Abernathy who has worked for 26 years with the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs as a women’s advocate, women’s group facilitator, and mentor. Jill is an international trainer, having trained professionals in the battered women’s movement using Duluth Model curricula.

The workshop is open to women who are interested in forming and facilitating women’s support groups in their community.

The workshop costs $25 which will help Neighborhood Place of Puna defray the cost of hosting the workshop.

Space is limited. The registration deadline is end of the work day on Thursday March 7th.

For more information and to register please call Stacey at 965-5550 or email: Stacey@neighborhoodplace.org.

Neighborhood Place of Puna (NPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to help families raise healthy safe keiki by providing families with the tools and supports they need to be successful.

Big Island Babes Jr. Roller Derby Debut at the Civic Saturday May 19th

The Big Island’s first junior roller derby league, The Big Island Babes, will be holding their first public bout at the Hilo Civic on Saturday, May 19th. “It’s A’ Bout Family”, the name of the event, is a benefit for The Neighborhood Place of Puna. The Babes will be donating their time to support The Neighborhood Place, a non-profit organization which benefits families and communities of Puna.

The bout will be held at the Afook-Chinen Hilo Civic Center on Saturday, May 19th. Doors will open at 10am and the first bout will begin at 11am. General admission tickets are $5 and children under 12 are $2. Tickets are available at The Neighborhood Place of Puna, or from your favorite Jr. Derby girl.

The Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby league was started in June 2011 by Paradise Roller Girls with approximately thirty girls, ages 7-17. Practice is held in Hilo at the Wainaku Gym, coached by a dedicated group of Paradise Roller Girls’ skaters and referees. “Playing roller derby is a very athletic sport that develops endurance, flexibility, core strength, positive attitudes and self confidence “says Big Island Babes President, Hallie Adolf. The Babes provide girls with a healthy and fun way to exercise and builds self-esteem. They provide a safe environment free of drugs, alcohol and tobacco; and enforce the use of all required safety equipment. Junior Derby also celebrates individuality, does not discriminate, and strives to provide a supportive environment at all times.

Big Island Babes Junior Roller Derby is open to all girls, ages 7-17. The Babe’s next 4-week rookie bootcamp will begin June 6. Visit paradiserollergirls.com for information and requirements.

Please join us at The Hilo Civic Center on May 19th to support these young athletes, and the Neighborhood Place of Puna. Information can be found at theneighborhoodplaceofpuna.org or at paradiserollergirls.com.