Our mission is to provide exceptional, individualized, family-centered services to empower people with disabilities or special needs to achieve their goals and live independent, fulfilling lives.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers we hear at Easterseals Hawaii. If you have another question or would like to request more information about Easterseals, feel free to use our online form to contact us. Thanks for your interest!
What is Easterseals Hawaii?
For over 72 years Easterseals Hawaii has been the indispensable resource for people and families facing disability, offering a wide range of services and supports across the state. Now, as Hawaii families face a broad range of new issues, we are especially committed to making major, positive, life-changing differences in the lives of people and families facing today’s disabilities. The work we do every day is redefining disabilities for the 21st century and is making positive and profound differences in people’s lives every day.
What types of services does Easterseals Hawaii provide?
Easterseals offers hundreds of home and community based services and supports—categorized into five distinct support areas: Live, Learn, Work, Play and Act.
Are Easterseals Hawaii services limited to specific types of disabilities?
No. We serve a wide range of disabilities, both visible and invisible. We remove physical, cultural, and attitudinal obstacles so people with disabilities have every opportunity to live meaningful and productive lives, on their own terms. We exist to provide the best services and opportunities for people with disabilities in our community such as the following:
- Adult Day Health (ADH) &
- Support Services (Includes skilled nursing)
- Assistive Technology
- Autism Services
- Early Childhood Services
- Early Intervention (Part C IDEA)
- Employment Services
How many people receive Easterseals Hawaii services each year?
More than one million people benefit from Easterseals services across a network of 74 affiliates in communities nationwide. Additionally, Easterseals helps more than 100,000 physicians, therapists and other professionals learn ways to improve services for people with disabilities through professional education programs. Easterseals Hawaii serves over 2,300 participants every year. It is the largest provider of Early Intervention Service in the State.
How is Easterseals Hawaii supported financially?
Easterseals Hawaii is a Section 501(c)(3) organization that also receives funding from a variety of other sources, including private insurers, government agencies and fee-for-service. To ensure our services are accessible to as many people as possible, Easterseals relies on public contributions which help cover the difference between actual program costs and what our clients can afford.
What does my donation to Easterseals Hawaii support?
Nearly 86% of our funding is invested in programs and direct services statewide, 10% in fundraising efforts and the remaining 4% is used for administrative and management purposes.
How large is the Easterseals Hawaii organization?
Today and every day, Easterseals Hawaii services 4 Counties, and employs over 470 people.
Is Easterseals Hawaii a non-profit organization?
Yes. Easterseals is a non-profit provider of health and human services, incorporated under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Does Easterseals Hawaii have a religious affiliation?
No. Easterseals Hawaii is not affiliated with any religion and does not discriminate. At the core of the Easterseals Hawaii organization is a common passion for caring, shared by our staff, volunteers and by those who support our mission.
What are Easter “seals”?
Easter “seals” are stamp-like seals that were first created in 1934 to raise money for services benefiting children with disabilities. Then known as the National Society for Crippled Children, the organization was re-named “Easterseals” in 1967, reflecting the public’s awareness and acceptance of the campaign.
How can I volunteer?
Easterseals Hawaii’s continued success in providing services to people with disabilities would not be possible without volunteers! Your time, energy and heart will inspire and touch the lives of those we serve. Your personal commitment enhances the services we provide to our clients nationwide. Search for a volunteer opportunity in your area.