Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has awarded a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit Giving Back organization in Paia to help fund its Move with Balance program for individuals impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.
The Move with Balance program pairs senior, healthy volunteers with elders who are living with Alzheimer’s.
“On behalf of the board of directors and myself, we are thrilled to receive award funding from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America,” said Karen Peterson, executive director of Giving Back. “Alzheimer’s is in the news now more than ever — new research, new drugs, new preventative measures, new cures. We are proud to be part of working to eradicate this deadly disease.”
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On June 15, Island Honda of Maui donated more than $1,000 worth of self-care, footwear, creative writing, school- and infant-related items to the nonprofit umbrella of Aloha House, Maui Youth & Family Services and Malama Family Recovery Center as part of Honda’s 2018 Week of Service that took place throughout North America between June 8 and 17.
The items are being distributed among clients of the three organizations, which work together to provide behavioral health and other related services to more than 5,000 people in Maui County each year.
“This wide variety of items will help our clients who struggle to afford basic hygiene and school supplies, clients in addiction treatment who want to express themselves through writing but don’t have journals or pens, or want to participate in physical activity but don’t have shoes or socks, as well as mothers who have their young children with them in treatment,” said Frances Duberstein, tri-agency development coordinator. “We are extraordinarily grateful to the Island Honda of Maui team for their willingness to go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.”
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Project Vision Hawaii received a $5,000 grant from Alexander & Baldwin Inc. for free screening events for seniors in Wailuku.
The goal of the screenings is to increase access to health care among Maui seniors and identify and address vision and health diseases early on.
Project Vision will provide vision screenings, biometric screenings, chronic disease education, fall prevention and overall health assessments to seniors living on Maui.
Two screening events took place in June in partnership with the Wailuku Filipino Senior Club and Living Way Church. A third event took place July 19 with the Kahului Filipino Senior Club.
“We are grateful for support from Alexander & Baldwin that will help us provide much needed health and vision services to our kupuna,” said Annie Valentin, executive director of Project Vision.
Project Vision operates four mobile screening units across the islands — one to serve Oahu, Molokai and Lanai, and one each to serve Kauai, Maui and Hawaii island.