Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
PACE Supply and Dorvin D. Leis Co. Inc., donated 128 new MTI Designer Collection tubs to Habitat for Humanity Maui in May.
Habitat Maui has built or renovated 89 homes on the island since 1997 and has another 23 in the works. The affiliate also operates ReStore, where donated items are sold to the public to raise funding. The donation of tubs supported Habitat Maui through the ReStore and raised money to build new homes.
Max Tornai, director of development and community relations for Habitat for Humanity Maui, thanked the donors for their support.
“The Habitat for Humanity Maui affiliate is currently constructing a 16-unit condominium in Wailuku, which will fulfill the dream of homeownership for 16 very well-deserving local partner families who have struggled finding long-term affordable housing. The donation of these beautiful acrylic soaking tubs from PACE Supply and Dorvin D. Leis Co. will support construction efforts and help make these dreams a reality.”
The Will Smith Foundation sponsored 8-year-old Maddie Vierra at Maui Surfer Girls weeklong summer girls surf camp this month at Olowalu.
Each year since Will’s death in 2007, the foundation has provided scholarships to Maui girls to join other local girls and visiting girls alike in a weeklong adventure, including visits to local attractions, arts and crafts, learning to surf, and most importantly, building self-esteem and friendships.
Visit www.willsmithfoundation.org for more information on scholarship opportunities for local keiki.
Central Pacific Bank has donated $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help residents on the Big Island and Maui who were affected by Hurricane Iselle.
The funds will help American Red Cross continue its efforts to provide food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance to those in need, according to a news release.
“We hope that the affected families will continue to get the basic necessities and some comfort during this difficult time,” said John Dean, chairman and chief executive officer of Central Pacific Bank.
Charlie Jencks, owner’s representative for Piilani Promenade, presented a donation of $1,500 on behalf of Piilani Promenade (a proposed light-industrial, retail and apartment project) to the Kihei Youth Center on July 21.
Accepting the donation was Lehuanani Huddleston-Hafoka, executive director of the KYC.
In presenting the donation, Jencks said, “The Kihei Youth Center has for 31 years compassionately served the children and youth of South Maui with the support of both public funding and private donations and we are honored to be a part of that ohana.”
Accepting the donation, Huddleston-Hafoka said, “We are extremely grateful for the donation,” and she indicated that the donation would be directed to help with the youth center’s general education homework program and to assist students in obtaining needed school supplies.
Ka Meheu Ohu O Ka Honu received support from Young Brothers’ community support program with the free shipment of goods from Kahului to Kawaihae, Hawaii, and back for the nonprofit organization’s Kali’i project. The youth-mentoring project takes at-risk individuals on an annual pilgrimage to Pu’ukohola Heiau at Kawaihae.
“To receive support from Young Brothers has been a blessing,” said head trainer and project manager Kyle Nakanelua.
Young Brothers transported goods and supplies needed to take care of 35 youths and 20 adult mentors over the four-day project.
The three-year Kali’i project received a grant from the Administration for Native Americans to take young Hawaiian men through a traditional rite of passage into manhood.
Whole Foods Market donated $3,722 to Na Hoaloha following its Community Day Giving Back for Good program on June 26. The amount represents 5 percent of the store’s sales that day, according to a news release. The grant was matched by a donation from Robert Douglas, the release states, for a total of $7,444.
Na Hoaloha provides home and community support services to Maui homebound kupuna and people with disabilities. It is expanding its service to include Lanai and Molokai. Na Hoaloha volunteers offer door-to-door senior escort service, respite care, telephone reassurance and friendly visits.
To sign up as a volunteer or make a donation, visit www.nahoaloha.org or stop by the office at 61 N. Church St., Wailuku. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays to Fridays. The phone number is 249-2545.