Match grant offered to boost MUW Adopt-A-Cause donations

The Bendon Family Foundation has offered to match new donor contributions of up to $50,000 to the Maui United Way through April 30.

A new donor is someone who hasn’t made a contribution in five years or more.

The grant will target Maui United Way’s Adopt-A-Cause Project, which focuses on education, helping youth achieve their full potential; income, helping families become financially stable and independent; and health, improving people’s health. Contributions will benefit 36 Maui nonprofit organizations, a Maui United Way news release said.

“Giving to Maui United Way is the best way to support the needs of our community,” said the foundation’s Susan Bendon. “When you give to MUW, you can rest assured that your gift is going to the most vital programs in Maui County and that these programs will continue to be monitored to ensure donor dollars are being used efficiently and effectively to address community needs.”

Laksmi M. Abraham, president and chief professional officer of Maui United Way, said that the matching grant comes at an opportune time, given pending layoffs at Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. and the pervasive homeless situation in the county.

“The work of MUW and our partner agencies is vital to the health of our community and the Bendon matching grant will provide much needed funding and donor growth to sustain over 65,500 services provided annually to people in need,” she said.

Every year, Maui United Way partners with more than 350 businesses, corporations and foundations to raise close to a million dollars.

For more information or to make a contribution to the Adopt-A-Cause Project, visit www.mauiunitedway.org or call 244-8787. Contributions also may be mailed to Maui United Way, 270 Hookahi St., Suite 301, Wailuku 96793.