EVERYONE DESERVES A PLACE TO CALL HOME.
Please join Interfaith Communities in Action (ICIA) and Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island as they join forces at a home build for a family in need in Puna!
Who is Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island?
Habitat is a faith-based housing ministry on Hawaii Island, committed to make homeownership a reality for families in need on Hawaii Island. Since 2002, it has built homes for over 60 families!
How can your organization help?
There are two shifts daily, 8:00 AM - noon, and 11:45 AM - 4:00 PM. Both shifts will lunch together at noon, and both will have orientation time before beginning work. There is space for twelve volunteers per shift.
Congregations are also needed to provide the lunch on each day and to host refreshments for each shift - light snacks and soft drinks (water is a favorite!).
Download the Interfaith Build Flyer for more information about schedules.
Interfaith Communities in Action (ICIA) will be holding a FUNdraising walk Saturday morning, August 6, 7:30 am at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium (323 Manono St, Hilo) to support our signature fund "Hale ka Po`e Keiki" (Homes for Children).
This fund was established in January 2022 to support local non-profit organizations helping our East Hawaii community end family homelessness. The 2022 recipient of the ICIA "Hale ka Po`e Keiki" fund is Habitat for Humanity Hawai`i Island.
Registration Form: See below for online form or ask for a paper copy from your church office.
Register online through EventBrite
Adults (18+): $25,
Ages 6-17: $10
Ages 5 and under: Free
Walkers are encouraged to seek out donors for their registration fee; and additional donations, such as by pledging to do a silly dance and/or wear a silly costume during the walk. Prizes will be awarded for the top three walkers who have collected the most donations. Decorated baby strollers and wheelchairs are welcome as walkers.
Registration Deadline: The regular deadline for walkers to register is Friday, July 22, 2022. This ensures the walker receives a goody bag.
Late registration will be accepted until Sat. August 6 (the day of the walk). Goody bag not guaranteed.
Route: The perimeter of the Civic Auditorium and the parking area between the Civic and Wong Stadium. Participants will have an hour to walk multiple laps around the route, with fun music and group dance-alongs to participate in along the route. Check-in for the walk is at 7 am on the day of the walk.
Walkers are welcome to bring along “cheerleaders” to support them at points along the route!
At the conclusion of the walk at 8:30 am, the Civic Auditorium will be open for free live entertainment and food available for purchase. The entertainment program includes Taishoji Taiko, Te Rangatahi, Java Jive, and Puna Taiko. The event finishes at 11:30 am.
Sponsors: We are still accepting sponsorships for the walk. Businesses, churches, nonprofits, and/or generous individuals are all welcome to donate to help offset the costs of the event. Sponsors donating over $500 will be able to display publicity materials at the event and receive acknowledgment during the live entertainment.
ICIA's annual evening of music, joy, and fellowship will be held at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 26, at First United Protestant Church UCC. The choirs are eagerly rehearsing to share this night of spirited song with you!
Please remember as well to bring a non-perishable item to contribute to the Food Basket.
Tuesday, November 26, 7:00 PM
First United Protestant Church UCC
1350 Waianuenue Ave., Hilo, HI 96720
Click here to download the flyer!
How does Linda Spencer from Catholic Charities and Hilo United Methodist Church shepherd individuals through the immigration process? How did Karen Ginoza from Harris United Methodist Church shepherding her faith community to make the bold commitment to become a sanctuary congregation? Come join us for an evening of learning and inspiration.
To Be A Sanctuary (Interfaith Communities in Action August General Meeting)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 7:00 - 8:00p.m.
Hilo United Methodist Church
374 Waianuenue Ave, Hilo, HI 96720
Refreshments will follow the presentation and discussion. If you have updates you want to share please post on our new Facebook page or email us.
Russel Ruderman, Sate Senator from Puna, Roy Takemoto, Executive Assistant to the Mayor, and Pat Hurney, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Hawaiʻi Island, will be joining us at our next meeting:
7PM Tuesday July 24th 2018
Church of the Holy Cross
440 W Lanikaula St. Hilo Hawaiʻi
We'll discuss options for long term-housing solutions in the midst of the ongoing Kīlaeua eruption, their pros and cons, and how faith communities can help make them happen.
All are welcome!
Faithful Voices Responding to Family Separation & Faithful Actions Responding to the Eruption 2018/06/26
Faithful Voices & Faithful Action: Tour of Tiny Homes Project for Eruption Evacuees and ICIA Monthly Meeting
Date: Tuesday June 26th 2018
Time: 6:15 p.m. for tour of Tiny Homes
Time: 7:00 p.m. for ICIA Monthly Meeting
Place: Sacred Heart Church Pahoa
15-3003 Pahoa Village Rd.
Pahoa Hawaii 96778
Meeting Topics: Faithful Voices Responding to Family Separation
& Faithful Actions Responding to the Eruption
Please join us for a time of learning and fellowship on Tuesday June 26th, 2018. Many thanks to Sacred Heart Church Pahoa for agreeing to be our host!
At 6:15 p.m., Sacred Heart Church Pahoa has invited us to view the Tiny Homes Project under construction on their property. These structures are for intermediate term housing for families and individuals displaced by the eruption.
At 7:00 p.m., we will hold our general meeting. In the first half of the general meeting, we will reflect on how our faith traditions call us to respond to policies of family separation. The second half will be updates and discussion on the eruption and how faith communities are responding.
Just a quick reminder that the ICIA monthly meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) May 22nd at 7PM at Neighborhood Place of Puna, 16-105 Opukahaia St., Keaau, HI, 96749.
- check-in with one another
- get some updates on what ICIA has been doing since our last meeting
- learn from Paul Normann about the impact of Lava and Legislation on Hawaii’s Homeless Families
- discuss how faith communities are responding and can respond to the eruption
- enjoy each other’s fellowship
Our next Interfaith Communities in Action meeting will be Tuesday, April 24th at 7pm. We will be meeting at the Honpa Hongwanji Hilo Betsuin, 398 Kilauea Ave., Hilo. (Located next to the Kilauea Starbucks.)
Denby Toci, MA, Child and Family Services Program director, will speak on the topic of Preventing Violence in the Home. Denby is a strong advocate in our community and we are fortunate to have the opportunity to hear her mana'o on this important topic.
We will also continue to discuss the state of homelessness and our efforts to end family homelessness in the County.
All are welcome to attend.
Re: Bill 110
April 16, 2018
Mayor Harry Kim
Members of the Hawai’i County Council
We greet you as representatives of faith communities living, working, and worshiping in East Hawai’i: Christians, Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Baha’I, Unitarian Universalists. Members of our faith communities teach in our schools, staff the counters of our shops, build our homes, and grow our food. We are deeply concerned for the welfare of our neighbors, and so we unite through Interfaith Communities in Action.
We are deeply concerned at the reduction in funding for homeless families and individuals contained in the current budget proposal before the Council.
In the budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016-17, the County allocated $276,375.00 to programs that provide shelter and sustenance to homeless people. In the last budget, FY 2017-18, the funding dropped by 61% to $106,125. In the proposal before you for FY 2018-19, the funding declines to $65,437.50. That is less than one quarter of what it had been two years ago.
Less than one quarter – and we are told that addressing the needs of the homeless is a priority for this administration. The numbers say otherwise.
Friends, these funding levels represent real suffering. There will be cuts in services. There will be fewer available beds. There will be more people camping in the woods or sheltering from the rain in doorways.
The proposals of Mayor Caldwell in Honolulu, relying on police to move people from one place to another, serve only to perpetuate the problem and deepen the suffering. People homeless because of an illness or loss of a job will face the additional burden of prosecution and a criminal record. They will have fewer opportunities for employment.
And because people homeless as children tend to be homeless when they have children as well, it will perpetuate a cycle of suffering.
The Buddha declared compassion to be the chief virtue of human life. The ancient Hebrew Scriptures required provision for the poor. Jesus, who lived as homeless during his ministry, called love for neighbor a commandment second only to love for God.
On this island of Hawai’i, in this land of aloha, we urge you to restore funding for agencies serving the homeless, and to increase it so that we have some opportunity to interrupt the cycle and find safe shelter for all our island’s residents as soon as may be.
We offer our prayers for you and your families, and that you may find the wisdom you need to choose well as you serve.
The ICIA Steering Committee
(View the pdf of the letter submitted to the County Council by clicking the link below.)
Our next Interfaith Communities in Action meeting will be Tuesday, March 27th at 7pm. We will be meeting at the Ponahawai Church of the Latter-Day Saints, 522 Ponahawai St., Hilo.
Rick Troth will make a presentation on Quaker peace making. The presentation will be followed by a discussion. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) are one of the traditional Peace Churches in the United States and have a strong commitment to non-violence..
In addition to our discussion of Peace and Peace Making we will also get updates on the ICIA's ongoing work to address family homelessness in our community.
All are welcome to attend.
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