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Posted on December 20, 2019

Makana Pono: Employee Giving Program

Angel Faumui
Administrative Assistant

Organization: Cup of Water Outreach Church of the Nazarene
From L to R: Angel Faumui, Baby Theo, Lealoa and Eugene Lee Piliati

“Since I've learned about Islands’ giving program, I always wished that I'd get to show up to someone's job with a check that would change lives.” 

This month, Angel Faumui is doing just that. As December’s Makana Pono recipient, she has chosen to direct her donation to the church she’s attended since she was a teen — the Cup of Water Outreach Church of the Nazarene in Ewa Beach.

The Cup of Water Outreach is near and dear to Angel’s heart. At less than 50 members, it isn’t the largest congregation, but that has not deterred the church from fulfilling its mission to help others in need. Angel has been a big part of that. Since middle school, she has served the church in various ways: as a youth leader, praise and worship singer, board member and treasurer. 

Helping people comes naturally to Angel, and as the administrative assistant for Islands Hospice’s town office, it is an integral part of her job. “I am the first face you see when you walk in and the last when you walk out,” she said. She speaks with patients, families, pharmacies, insurance companies, doctors’ offices and mortuaries. She assists the supply department, payroll and benefits, and many other areas. “I have to do my best to support both the office and medical field staff, so they can better serve our patients and families.”

Her $5,000 donation will help the church help those in need in its community. “If you're struggling with personal issues, the Pastor intercedes for you and counsels you through your trials. If you need food and money, the board members of The Cup of Water Outreach will do their best in assisting you are making sure your needs are met,” said Angel. “The church has gone out of its way for the less fortunate through feeding, toy giving, prayer meetings, counseling sessions, and all this is done out of pocket.”

Giving back has always been a part of Angel’s life. She used to be involved with Toys for Tots and Helping Hands, and she also helped make breakfast and provide meals for homeless individuals. Since she works two jobs, she doesn’t have as much time to get involved as much as she would like, but she still regularly attends the Cup of Water Outreach. 

With her Makana Pono donation, Angel is grateful to give back to the church that she says has given so much to her over the years. “Everything I've seen growing up in this church and seeing the impact was enough for me to decide that this is where I'd like to sow what I've reaped. I'm not perfect, but I can honestly say that I wouldn't be the person I am if it wasn't for the teachings of this church.”