Grants

Shown at a $1,403,000 check presentation from the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation Inc. are (from left) Willie Kennison, Hale Mahaolu board of directors vice president; Gailene Wong, Weinberg Foundation grant director; and Roy Katsuda, Hale Mahaolu executive director. -- Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation photo

Shown at a $1,403,000 check presentation from the Harry & Jeannette Weinberg Foundation Inc. are (from left) Willie Kennison, Hale Mahaolu board of directors vice president; Gailene Wong, Weinberg Foundation grant director; and Roy Katsuda, Hale Mahaolu executive director. -- Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation photo

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:

The Central Pacific Bank Foundation donated $20,000 to the Hale Mahaolu Housing Counseling/Homebuyers Education program.

The program is the only HUD-approved Comprehensive Housing Counseling Agency providing Housing Counseling services to the residents of Maui County who are seeking information on various housing-related issues.

“We are so grateful for the support and generosity of the Central Pacific Bank Foundation,” said Hale Mahaolu Housing Counseling Director Marlynn Tanji. “More and more lenders are requiring potential homebuyers to complete this program. This grant will be used to provide the necessary trainers and supplies.”

Topics for individual counseling sessions and/or group classes range from providing basic financial literacy information such as how to open and use a checking account, setting up a personalized financial budget, understanding the loan process when applying for a mortgage as a first-time homebuyer, to helping homeowners avoid loan scams and saving their home from foreclosure.

Housing counselors meet with individual clients either face to face, in a group setting or through classes, depending upon the type of counseling services needed.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded four local organizations a combined $190,000 in community benefit grant funding. One of the organizations is on Maui and a second organization has a Maui branch.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui was awarded $40,000 for the after-school program Triple Play and More, which promotes physical fitness and activities, nutrition education and healthy habits. The program includes the innovative Walking Classroom, where students listen to educational podcasts while walking around outside. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui will deliver the program to six clubhouses on Maui, reaching more than 1,500 youth from 20 schools.

Mental Health America of Hawaii received $60,000 for its Youth Suicide Prevention Program, a comprehensive, evidence-based program that focuses on preventing youth suicide and bullying. The suicide prevention program engages students of all ages from elementary to high school and provides support to families, benefiting more than 5,000 youths on Maui and Oahu per school year.

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Coldwell Banker Island Properties donated $5,000 to nonprofit Maui Youth & Family Services through its Community Investment Program. MYFS empowers youths and families challenged with behavioral issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community. Programs include adolescent outpatient and school-based substance abuse treatment, emergency shelter, therapeutic foster care, outreach and advocacy, support for homeless and former foster youth, prevention programs and one-on-one mentoring.

“We are tremendously grateful for this generous donation,” said MYFS CEO Jud Cunningham. “These funds will make a direct impact on the lives of some of Maui’s most vulnerable youths by giving them opportunities to succeed within a safe and supportive environment.”

The donation came after Coldwell Banker announced the launch of its $100,000 Community Investment Fund in July, which targets charities and organizations with strong mandates to improve experiences for Maui’s youths and young adults. For more information about Maui Youth & Family Services, visit MYFS.ORG.

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The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc. donated $1,403,000 for the construction of the Hale Mahaolu Ewalu Senior Center, which will be called “The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Upcountry Maui Senior Center.”

Weinberg Foundation Grant Director Gailene Wong visited Hale Mahaolu to present the initial donation of $700,000.

“We are so grateful to the Weinberg Foundation for their generosity and continued support,” said Hale Mahaolu Executive Director Roy Katsuda. “Their commitment to our community — and seniors — is unwavering.

“The Weinberg Foundation was instrumental in providing funding towards the construction of the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Senior Center at our Ehiku facility in Kihei. Their continued support of our newest project currently under construction, Hale Mahaolu Ewalu Phase I, in the Kulamalu Town Center will benefit seniors throughout Upcountry.”

The center will include a reading area, kitchenette and a large gathering area. It will also have resident laundry facilities, a beauty salon, administrative offices, a maintenance shop, conference room and a “stubbed out” commercial kitchen.

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