Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
On Aug. 11, local nonprofit Aloha House received a $7,116.06 donation from Ohana Fuels as part of Hawaii Petroleum’s “Fuel up. Do good.” community giving program. Aloha House was chosen to receive a portion of all top-tier gasoline purchases made at any of the eight Ohana Fuels locations on Maui between April 1 and June 30. Ohana Fuels also provided space and materials for two car washes at its Wakea Avenue Minit Stop gas station during the three-month period, which raised an additional $398.
Aloha House helps more than 6,000 people each year through its substance abuse and mental health treatment programs.
“We are tremendously grateful to Ohana Fuels for choosing Aloha House as one of its recipient organizations,” said Aloha House Chief Executive Officer Jud Cunningham. “Funds raised will help ensure that underserved individuals and families can access our services in order to accomplish their recovery, vocational and personal goals. We strive to remove barriers to treatment, and this donation will help us cover the costs of providing care to individuals who otherwise would not be able to get help due to lack of financial resources.”
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St. Anthony Middle School 8th-grader Maria King led a three-day money drive that garnered $1,141 for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
King placed jars at each of the middle school’s homerooms and encouraged students in grades 6 through 8 to donate cash and coins that will go toward recovery efforts from the storm.
Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the southern coast of Texas on Aug. 25. The Category 4 hurricane killed at least 70 people and produced epic flooding and property damage.
“I’m proud of my classmates at St. Anthony for responding so quickly by giving their dollars and coins to help other people,” King said. “It means a lot to me that we can reach out to people in need.”
Sixth-graders in Ernie Mendoza’s homeroom won a pizza party by bringing in $368, the most donations by any single class. Proceeds from the three-day money drive will be donated to Catholic Charities in Texas.
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The Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation Inc. and Kahului Lions Club contributed $10,000 to The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii — Maui Office in recognition of community service performed at New Leaf Ranch, a Maui nonprofit organization that works with mental health and crisis intervention for individuals suffering alcohol, drug and substance abuse.
The grant funds will be used by The National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii — Maui Office to support programs and services for low-income individuals on Lanai, Molokai and Hana.
This $10,000 donation is part of the Weinberg Friends Program that recognized a number of Maui Lions Club members along with some staff members of the National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii that assisted in readying the New Leaf Ranch campus for transitional housing.
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The 100 Men Who Care — Maui Chapter Founder Keith Regan announced that Maui Hui Malama was selected to be the recipient of the group’s contributions during the group’s meeting on Aug. 14.
Following its meeting, 100 Men Who Care members Paul Tonnessen and Regan presented checks totaling $2,700 to Maui Hui Malama Executive Director Pualani Enos. An additional $1,100 was received since the meeting of the 14th and has been delivered to Maui Hui Malama, bringing the total contribution to $3,800.
“It’s an honor to support such an outstanding organization such as Maui Hui Malama,” said Regan. “Our members recognize the incredible work that Ms. Enos and her staff do, day in and day out, to support the youth of our community in achieving an education and overcoming the many challenges facing our young men and women.”
The 100 Men Who Care — Maui Chapter was formed more than two years ago and has donated over $34,000 to local Maui nonprofits since its inception. The organization holds a 90-minute meeting four times per year and, through an interactive process, selects one Maui nonprofit to receive member contributions per meeting.
For more information about the 100 Men Who Care — Maui Chapter, visit its Facebook page or www.100menwhocaremaui.com.
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The Maui Humane Society has received a $15,000 grant from Banfield Foundation for medical equipment to be used in its recently expanded Veterinary and Spay/Neuter Clinic.
“We’re very grateful for this generous support from the Banfield Foundation,” said MHS CEO Jerleen Bryant, “and this equipment will certainly allow us to provide even better care for the animals that we help.”
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The Hawaii Chapter of the American Resort Development Association recently donated $2,500 and 500 tote bags to Maui Children & Youth Day. The annual free family event will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Kenolio Recreational Center in Kihei. It will feature interactive educational and fun activities for children and parents, along with family-style entertainment and food booths that benefit South Maui youth activities and clubs.
ARDA-Hawaii represents the vacation ownership and resort development industries in Hawaii and several of its members are located on Maui. “As an organization, we’re committed to giving back to the communities in which we live, work and play,” said Mitchell A. Imanaka, ARDA-Hawaii chairman and managing principal of Imanaka Asato LLLC. “We’re especially supportive of opportunities to better the lives of our keiki and youth by sponsoring causes like Maui Children and Youth Day.”