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 MoveOn.org 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.
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 fiels of study: Social Work, Public Administration, Political Science, and English.
Thanks to a workshop provided by the Hawaii People's Fund and the expertise and resources of Olelo, PHOCUSED was able to put together this public service announcement that gives a short description of who we are, what we do, and why our work is important. Please watch the video and pass it along to others!Tags: PSA
Our advocacy focus for the 2012 Legislative session is to restore funding to essential services.
On Tuesday, January 24th, PHOCUSED held its annual "Voice of the People" rally in support of restoring the cuts to essential services. With hundreds of people gathered together in solidarity around the Capitol Rotunda, we sent a powerful message to the legislators and their staff that people are ready to stand up and demand that the safety net of our Aloha State be restored and the most vulnerable people among us receive the services they need.
Hui Kūpa‘a means many hands working together. PHOCUSED is coordinating the Hui Kūpa‘a project which was designed to improve service delivery by focusing on better coordination and more efficient use of existing resources. Based on collaboration models that have been successful on the mainland, this project has formed six working groups of ten to twenty members each. All groups are co-led by one representative from the state and one from the private nonprofit sector with the groups’ membership even more diverse. The working groups will focus on topics that came from both the Governor’s New Day Plan and recommendations from the Directors of Human Services and Health.
At the PHOCUSED annual meeting, the Governor and his staff invited the Health and Human service sector to collaboratively work with the Administration before the next legislative session to inform the administration of the largest problems in specific subject matter areas. PHOCUSED facilitated meetings with various coalitions with the intent to provide recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature about priorities within their sector.
Through a grant from the Hawaii People’s Fund, PHOCUSED created a Trained Advocacy Group (TAG) Program as an opportunity to train and support consumers of health, human services, and housing programs to advocate at the legislature with their own voices. Transforming their fear and isolation through the process of becoming agents of social change; we train and empower a small group of consumers to become active legislative advocates at the Hawaii Legislature.