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It's Time To Be PHOCUSED


PHOCUSED (Protecting Hawaii's Ohana, Children, Under-Served, Elderly and Disabled) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to strengthening health and human services service policies and programs for the most vulnerable in Hawaii.

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Hawaii Needs a Raise!


A key priority for PHOCUSED and its community partners is to increase Hawaii's minimum wage. The 'Hawaii Needs a Raise Coalition!' includes participation from Faith Action for Community Equity (FACE), Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, Pride at Work Hawaii, Unite Here! Local 5, Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, Progressive Democrats, the Honolulu Council, and ILWU Hawaii. On November 19th, the Coalition held a sign waving to raise awareness about the need to increase Hawaii's minimum wage from $7.25 / hour to $9.50 / hour.

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Volunteer Opportunities


PHOCUSED cannot do our work alone. Volunteers and student interns provide critical support for our day-to-day operations.

Volunteer and intern opportunities not only benefit PHOCUSED, but also provide volunteers and students with on-the-ground work experience, an opportunity to further develop writing and critical thinking skills, and a deeper understanding of issues impacting vulnerable populations in Hawaii. PHOCUSED is currently accepting interns and practicum students from the following fields of study: Social Work, Public Administration, Political Science, and English.

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