As fellow technology enthusiasts, we would like to ask for your assistance.
Hawaiian Hope is a non profit organizations that specializes in technology. Our primary focus is in providing technology service to other non profit orgs, and in particular, those serving the homeless population. Part of what Hawaiian Hope does is: using donated computers we build computer labs in homeless shelters and provide computers to people to take with them once they find a place to live on their own.
AS all of us in the technology field are well aware of, many of the jobs now available can only be applied for by using the internet. As an example, Wal-Mart, Home Depot and many hotel chains no longer accept paper applications, and instead, require all job applicants to apply for jobs through their companies website.
Likewise, many school children are routinely assigned homework with the assumption they have a computer at "home" and internet access whenever they want. If you were not aware, Hawaii has over 700 children living in homeless shelters and according to the DOE's own records, Hawaii had over 2,400 children enrolled in schools that are known to be homeless.
Through the efforts of Hawaiian Hope and building our computer labs, we hope to have a positive impact into the lives of these children and their parents, to further their education and find better jobs. We respectfully ask that you join us in helping to address this critical need.
What are our needs ?
Hawaiian Hope regularly receives donations of computers and monitors and we greatly appreciate these items. We have discovered however that in the name of "security" many of the computers donated have had their hard drives and even RAM removed. This leaves us with an unusable piece of hardware that requires us to spend additional money to get to work. Even 10-20 Gig drives would be sufficient for our needs in most instances.
Likewise, while we receive computers, we have found that most people never part with their keyboards and mice as these are very personal items. In the last 50 computers we have received as donations, not one of them had a mouse with them and only 15 had keyboards. We need mice and keyboards.
On only 3 occasions have we received any type of networking equipment, and all 3 were 8 ports or less. The typical computer classroom that we assemble has at least 12 computers. Here is a photo of a classroom with 17 computers. We need hardware and cabling. A typical switch that we use is a "Linksys 24-PORT Gigabit Managed Switch."
Of course, we are still eagerly accepting regular computer donations. ALL donations may be made by contacting us and then dropping the donated items off at the Next Step shelter across from Restaurant Row.
Finally, we need volunteers. We need people willing to help in getting our many donated items working again or simply tuned up. We are also looking for volunteers to help in teaching classes, tutoring and in helping with other areas of the organization.
For more information or to offer your assistance, please contact me at : 808.352.8800 or Curtis // at // HawaiianHope // dot // org