School Tools 2013

On Sunday, June 30, 2013, Hawaiian Tel Federal Credit Union employee’s joined KITV’s staff and volunteers to collect  “School Tools” at Sam’s Club in Pearl Highlands for Hawaii’s keiki’s. Our staff arrived with a van full of donations that our members generously donated to our 7 branches. This year our members and staff came through with bags, boxes, and armload of supplies.

“School Tool” donations were being taken at both town and Pearl City Sam’s Club locations. Together, both locations collected seven pallets of school supplies and over $7,000.00 in monetary donations.   The generous donations received from our generous friends and neighbors in Hawaii, will provide 1,755 low income children with school supply kits for this upcoming 2013 – 2014 year!

Our mascots, Yoko and Kalea, also made a special appearance to greet club members and their families!  Balloons and candy were given to the donors to thank them for their generosity.  Both Yoko and Kalea enjoyed taking pictures with the keiki and receiving warm hugs.

Again, we would like to thank everyone who donated, because “you” have made a difference in the lives of Hawaii’s keiki!

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Prevent Elderly Fraud

This great article by Sheryl Nance-Nash via answers important questions concerning those with elderly parents.

How to Protect Your Parents From Financial Fraud

Older Americans lost nearly $3 billion due to financial exploitation last year, so their children need to watch for telltale signs of scams

By Sheryl Nance-Nash | August 30, 2012

More than four in five experts say that financial abuse of the elderly is getting worse, according to a new survey of securities regulators, financial planners, law enforcement officials and others by the Investor Protection Trust, an investor education nonprofit. The federal government hopes to combat the problem with a new Elder Justice Coordinating Council announced by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at a June 14 White House symposium on elder abuse. “We’ve never had a coordinated federal response to elder abuse,” she said.

The frauds can happen in many ways: A shady contractor shows up at your dad’s home and applies high-pressure tactics to sell an unneeded, overpriced water purification system. Or a caregiver gets $50 to pick up groceries for your mom and keeps the $15 change. And the cumulative impact is enormous: Last year, older Americans lost nearly $3 billion because of financial exploitation, and the number of victims continues to rise.

Karen Roberto, Ph.D, director of both the Center for Gerontology and the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, talked with Next Avenue about the growing problem of elder financial abuse and how you can protect your parents from becoming targets.

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Aloha United Way Fundraiser

August 16th was our inter-office Garage Sale for Aloha United Way.  The coordinator of the event, Lori, has been planning our Aloha United Way Campaigns for the last 15 years!  She is so enthusiastic about this cause and her enthusiasm is absolutely contagious.  For a couple of months prior, she collected gently used items from the employees of HiTel FCU and set them up for sale for everyone.  The sale was a great success, we raised over $900 for the cause!

Check out some of these photos from the sale!

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Kapiolani Radiothon

This week we participated in the Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids with KSSK!  The radiothon raised money to benefit the Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children.

The miracle network, composed of 170 hospitals nationwide, seeks to help as many children as possible by keeping funds in the community to help local children.  100% of the money raised in Hawaii stays in Hawaii to help children regardless of their ability to pay.

Because of this great cause, 11 volunteers from our staff met up at 7:00 A.M., boarded a shuttle bus, and made our way to the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.  We arrived at the complex and headed to the radiothon headquarters in the  hospital’s cafeteria.  After a quick overview of how the radiothon works we went out to man the “phone bank”.  We answered calls and dialed-out to raise as much money as we could!  During power-hour, Panda Restaurants pledged to match the funds we collected within that hour, and the calls came more frequently.  Feeling like we were making a difference was so satisfying, everyone left with a giant smile on their faces.

The radiothon raised over $168,000 in two days.  We’d like to thank everyone who called in and donated to this awesome cause.

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