Grants

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

The Hawaii Life Charitable Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Hawaii Community Fund, made a $1,000 grant to Na Hale O Maui, an affordable community housing land trust.

The fund makes grants to programs that work to preserve Hawaii’s beauty and culture by supporting its people, according to a news release. Hawaii Life Agents choose a theme for the year, which for 2017 is “A Hale for All.”

Cassandra Abdul, executive director of Na Hale O Maui, accepted the grant of $1,000 from Kristina Renee Shugars, a real estate broker with Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers.

The grant will assist NHOM with the education, rehabilitation and/or matching grants for its Central Maui properties. For more information regarding NHOM, go to www.nahaleomaui.org.

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The Master Pools Guild, which Huber Pools in Kihei is a member of, allocated $10,000 of its recent donation to the Step Into Swim Campaign to support local learn-to-swim programs. Huber Pools, in turn, presented a gift of $700 to the Maui Family YMCA in support of its Learn to Swim program. The National Swimming Pool Foundation covers all administrative costs of the program begun in 2012.

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui received a $50,000 grant from Lowe’s to replace the roof on Building B, the former Central Clubhouse building in Kahului. It is located on Kanaloa Avenue in Keopuolani Regional Park, adjacent to the current BGCM Central Clubhouse facility.

The Lowe’s grant is part of “Renovation Across the Nation,” a program now in its second year that provides one Boys & Girls Club in each of the 50 states with a grant and volunteer support from Lowe’s to complete much-needed improvements and renovations. BGCM was selected for the State of Hawaii.

Building B was constructed in 1986 and was replaced as the main Central Clubhouse when a larger facility was built in 2006. Building B is currently being used for office space. The roof replacement will be complete by January 2018 through the Lowe’s funding.

The roof project is the first step in the total renovation for the building, which is a separate project expected to be finished in early 2019. Once renovated, the facility will be used for multiple purposes in support of BGCM’s programming and as a one-stop resource center, a collaboration of many of Maui’s youth-serving agencies and groups to provide a support system for families of Maui County.

BGCM is working with the management and staff at the Lowe’s store on Hookele Street in Kahului for the roofing project.

“We are very excited that Lowe’s has selected Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui to receive this grant,” said CEO Kelly Pearson. “Over the years, Lowe’s has been a great partner to us and to our kids, who directly benefit from their generosity and support.”

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Iao United Church of Christ in Wailuku was the recipient in October of a $6,000 Fred Baldwin Memorial Foundation grant for its Lillian Maeda Afterschool Tutoring Program.

The program serves elementary and middle school students in Wailuku and is run by the church’s volunteer tutors. Schoolchildren from Wailuku Elementary and Iao Intermediate come to Kanda Hall on the church campus on Monday and Wednesday afternoons after school to engage in tutoring and other learning activities. The program is named after a beloved kupuna of the church, Lillian Maeda, who passed away last year.

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The Arbonne Charitable Foundation recently donated more than $10,000 worth of health and wellness products to the nonprofit umbrella that includes Aloha House, Maui Youth & Family Services and Malama Family Recovery Center. The three agencies provide behavioral health and other related services to more than 6,000 individuals and families each year in Maui County.

“We are deeply grateful to Arbonne for their extraordinarily generous donation,” said tri-agency Development Coordinator Frances Duberstein. “The majority of our clients are low income, and a number of them are homeless, so they struggle to afford even some of the most personal care supplies. This gift will directly benefit individuals experiencing mental health emergencies or seeking treatment for substance abuse, as well as youth in therapeutic foster care and other outreach programs.”

Maui resident and Arbonne International Executive National Vice President Autumn Shields spearheaded efforts to get the items donated and distributed among the three agencies. In October, Shields chaired Maui Youth & Family Services’ “Gift of You” event for Maui teens sponsored by Arbonne Charitable Foundation that also included product giveaways.

“We donated these products to help vulnerable individuals in our community feel better about themselves and because we want them to know that there are people who care about them and their well-being,” said Shields.

For more information about the tri-agency, visit mbhr.org. For more information about Arbonne’s philanthropic activities, visit arbonnefoundation.org.

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Maui Electric Co. recently presented two Molokai community organizations with monetary donations to support the island’s youths. The funds are donated from Maui Electric’s Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation.

Moloka’i Child Abuse Prevention Pathways received a $5,000 donation to support prevention education for students both at primary and secondary levels to help them develop the skills to recognize and respond to sexually abusive behavior and get help if victimized. MCAPP will use the funds for age-appropriate survey tools to evaluate the effectiveness of their program.

MECO also presented the Department of Education — Moloka’i Complex with a $2,100 donation to support its 2018 Moloka’i Elementary Science Olympiad. The olympiad is a series of events designed for students in grades 3-6 that focus on improving their knowledge base through hands-on activities that encourage problem-solving, critical thinking, self-regulated learning and teamwork. The Moloka’i Complex will be using the funds to cover registration fees and to purchase materials for six of the 20 events planned next year.

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