As of December 2017, HIWA received a generous donation from an anonymous donor of $2500 to begin a new fund called the “Dignity Fund”. The donor noted that this fund was to help injured workers in situations where a grant would help them actuate their goals; where the insurance carriers would not or could not provide assistance. The fund would accept requests for expenses incurred by survivors of work-related injuries when benefits do not cover quality of life items and services. The fund has begun distributing funds and will accept requests on an open basis from injured workers, their physicians, attorneys, therapists, vocational rehabilitation counselors or other support personnel. While fund recipients are encouraged to donate back into the fund if personal circumstances allow, it is not a condition for funding.
Friday, June 29, 2018
“Access to Justice for the Low-Income Employee (Workers’ Rights)”
The Hawai`i Access to Justice Conference, sponsored by the Hawaii Access to Justice Commission, will be an all-day event. Please attend to be part of an exciting, provocative discussion about seeking justice for the underserved, including opportunities for audience participation.
I had no idea that there was such a thing as “International Day of Happiness” a world-wide initiative of the United Nations where there is a sharing of their collective happiness. This was noted in Alice Inoue’s “Positively Young” article on 3/20/2018.
Over my years, happiness has been a focus for me. After my early years when I was found to have cancer and underwent the surgeries to prevent it from spreading any further, I knew if I survived, that God must have had a plan for me. So my search started there. I had to find a new job and finally found a job that used my degree and skills and pointed me in the vocational rehabilitation counseling services in workers compensation. That was 33 years ago. I can honestly say that I still love what I do.