#TAKEPARTINITIATIVE CAMPAIGN

"WAHINE KOKUA" PROJECT

by Brother Adrian Aguinaldo

“In summer of 2020, I came up with the idea of starting a local organization in Hawai’i that focused on helping the growing homeless women population in my state. I along with my close friend Amanda created “Wahine Kokua” (translates to helping the women) an organization that centered around giving feminine hygiene products to different homeless shelters/organizations state wide. After getting the opportunity to be featured on our local news and college, we were able to raise about $11,000 dollars worth of pads, tampons, and sanitary wipes all thanks to the generous community, family and friends. 


I primarily was intrigued by this cause because of my mother who grew up impoverished in the Philippines. She experienced first hand the detrimental effects of period poverty and because of her, I am the man I am today. As a male, I think it’s important to recognize and take actions about the first hand problems that many women face in today’s society. I would’ve never expected this organization to get as much attention as it has gotten, but I really can't wait to see this organization grow and flourish in the future because this is just the beginning.”


For more information on the cause and how to donate you can visit our website at www.wahinekokua.com or shoot a DM to @adrianaguinaldo on instagram if you have any questions!!

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"CAMP KESEM" COUNSELOR

by Brother Antonio Anastasio

Last Spring, Brother Antonio Anastasio joined Camp Kesem as a camp counselor. Camp Kesem is a nationwide community dedicated to supporting children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. He was introduced to the organization by fellow brother Max Moore and volunteered along side brother Arren DeLos Santos. Antonio enjoyed the experience so much that he now serves on the camp’s coordinator board as the Teen Leadership Coordinator. With Antonio’s help, Camp Kesem’s San Francisco chapter helped raise over $9,000 in donations to put towards camp!


“I originally joined Camp Kesem because I resonated with having a family member suffer from cancer when I was younger. Once I joined, I knew that I made the right decision. The community is like no other and the work is incredibly rewarding. My biggest take away has been my admiration for each camper. They have all had to deal with serious adversity at such young ages, yet they still come to camp smiling and ready to participate. I aspire to one day be as strong as these kids. As part of the Take Part Initiative campaign, I would like to see San Francisco’s chapter continue to grow. I’ve loved everything about my experience thus far and I want to share that with new people!”


USFCA students can apply now to become camp councilors by contacting: usanfrancisco@campkesem.org 

 
 
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SUPPORTED CHARITIES

 
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LIVELIKELOU FOUNDATION

The LiveLikeLou Foundation is committed to making an impact on ALS research while it supports the children of families affected by ALS. Our impact is focused on facilitating learning amongst ALS researchers, supporting innovative research centers, and giving children of ALS families life-enhancing experiences and financial assistance as they pursue higher education dreams.

RETHINK MENTAL ILLNESS

We improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through our network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning. Our goal is to make sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.

HAZING PREVENTION

HazingPrevention.Org™ is a national organization dedicated to empowering people to prevent hazing, by providing education and resources, advocating on hazing prevention, and building partnerships with others. Major initiatives of the organization include National Hazing Prevention Week™, HazingPrevention.Org Institute and Academy™ and Prevent.Zone™ educational online courses that touch the lives of thousands of individuals, organizations, campuses and communities.