Grants will benefit women, children

Women’s Fund of Hawai’i has awarded grants totaling $32,500 to seven nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs that empower women and girls in Hawaii, according to a news release.

“Women’s Fund Hawai’i looks for innovative programs that may not easily obtain other grant funding. There are some unique and extremely effective programs that are addressing pressing issues for women, and our grants provide the opportunities for new solutions,” said Beth Whitehead, chair of the board for Women’s Fund of Hawai’i.

“We are particularly pleased this year to grow our grant program and award seven grants, thanks to the generosity of so many people who understand that women and girls need our special support,” noted Laura M. Lott, WFH grants chair for 2013.

Including the 2013 grants, WFH has awarded $376,636 since 2005.

The 2013 Maui County grant recipients are:

* Malama Na Makua A Keiki – $5,000 for Baby SAFE, a holistic substance abuse treatment to increase the number of women who give birth to babies who test negative for alcohol or substance abuse.

* Ka Hale Pomaikai’i – $5,000 to establish a special children’s group so children with mothers in substance abuse treatment will participate with others.