TAH Special Announcement: “Fill a Plate, Transform a Life” Giving Campaign a Huge Success

MAHALO! “Fill a Plate, Transform a Life” Giving Campaign a Huge Success

Our plates and hearts are so full! Thanks to your generous gifts, we’ve exceeded our goal to raise $10,000 as part of our “Fill a Plate, Transform a Life” campaign. With the matching $10,000 gift, that means over $20,000 will be going toward our food services vocational training and apprenticeship program for those facing barriers to employment.

We cannot thank you enough for your support, especially during this difficult year. You’ve given us so much to hope for, and we look forward to continuing to serve our community in the upcoming year.

Given the overwhelming success of the campaign, it’s with deepest gratitude that we acknowledge our mystery matching gift donor: Mr. Harold Ayabe. Thank you, Mr. Ayabe, for your generosity and support of Touch A Heart!

If you contributed to our campaign and/or donated our Kupuna & Family Meals this year, you’ll be receiving a donation letter/receipt in January 2021.


Finally, we’d like to share some information about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act giving incentives. All taxpayers should be informed that even if they take the ordinary standard deduction, if they give to charity, as part of the CARES Act giving incentives, everyone can take up to $300 as a special tax deduction in addition to the standard deduction. Those who itemize deductions can take up to 100% of their adjusted gross income as a deduction, and thus end up with no tax to pay. For more information, please read the article on the IRS website and/or consult with your accountant/tax professional.

Watch our HI Now segment to learn more about how we’re transforming lives, one heart at a time:

If you’d like to make a donation to Touch A Heart, you may:

  • Drop off cash/checks during our Kupuna & Family Meal pickups
  • Mail checks to: 98-820 Moanalua Rd. Unit 15-1, PMB #224, Aiea, HI 96701
  • Visit our fundraising page

Touch A Heart Featured on HI Now

On Monday, November 23rd, Touch A Heart’s Robin Kumabe, Executive Director, and Colin Kumabe, Director of Operations & Training, spoke on HI Now about our work, goals, and achievements for the Hawaiian community:

“Getting a job today is already difficult. Add barriers like incarceration or substance abuse, and the task becomes even greater. Touch A Heart is an organization that opens its doors for individuals who face these challenges to work, and in turn, is able to serve the community.

Touch A Heart is a nonprofit organization that has been operating since 2004 that started out by offering informal social services mentorship and tutoring as well as meals to houseless individuals and families…”

Read the full story

Hogan Entrepreneurs Program and American Savings Bank Award


In the last week of April, Touch A Heart won first place for the 2018 Nonprofit Business Plan Competition from the Hogan Entrepreneurs Program and American Savings Bank! This is a huge milestone in our work that has brought us coverage in numerous articles and will boost our future projects. Thank you for all your love and support through our journey!

Baker’s Heart Cookies Featured at Odori-ko for Valentine’s Day

A non-profit that works together with Hawaii’s homeless partnered with a relatively new restaurant Saturday to present specially made cookies that will be part of a Valentine’s Day celebration.

“We’re really excited to be partnering together with Odori-ko today for Valentine’s Day,” said Touch A Heart board president Robin Kumabe. “We’re actually putting together these nice favors that we’re going to be giving to the guests, the couples that come tomorrow for Valentine’s Day.”

Touch A Heart is working with the Salvation Army’s program for women that trains them in food service.