by Kristine Ternate, News Writing
|These people are homeless or disadvantaged.
They have no place to go at night. You see them sleeping in parks,
in doorways, on the beaches, under the freeways.|
Some of them work and have regular jobs, but most don’t
have anything. They may lack skills, or may be physically unable
to work. Some of them are trying and have just not been able
to succeed. Whatever the reason, they need help.
Our community offers shelters, missions, aid programs, food banks,
and public and private services to its homeless and its needy.
Some of these are funded with public money, but most of them
operate on donations of goods and services. No matter the funding
sources, many could not exist without volunteers.
That’s us. Or at least it could be, and maybe should be.
Not only can we help the homeless by volunteering, for example,
at River of Life Mission—just a few blocks down Pa‘uahi
Street from our campus—we can also help preserve the environment
by volunteering with the Sierra Club or the Hawai‘i Nature
Center. Or we can help other community organizations—the
Friends of the Library, for example, who hold annual book sales
at most of the island library branches and use the proceeds to
buy computers and other equipment for the library.
Starting this summer, the students in Journalism 3300, the News
Writing classes, will report stories on HPU students who are
helping out and on community organizations that can use our help—either
as volunteers or as providers of donations of books or money
What benefits the community generally benefits all who live in
the community. There are many different ways to acknowledge our
connections to those with whom we live and the environments in
which we live, and these stories will present some ideas about
how we can give back.
John Windrow, HPU’s new full-time journalism instructor,
is excited about the project.
We’re hoping writing and reporting these stories will give
students good practical experience, and, at the same time, offer
a way to help the community.”