Maui United Way raised $952K in last fiscal year

The Maui News

Maui United Way raised $952,000 in the 2016-17 fiscal year, up $40,000 from last year, the agency announced at last month’s annual meeting and recognition luncheon.

The money from 350 businesses and 5,160 individual pledges will go to 35 health and human service programs in Maui County involving nonprofit agencies ranging from Women Helping Women to Special Olympics, the Maui United Way said in a news release.

Included in the total was $183,000 for the A Hui Hou Fund, which provides assistance to workers who lost their jobs when Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. shut down last year.

Maui United Way President Kari Luna Nunokawa told those gathered at the 48th annual meeting that the funds raised during the July 1, 2016, to June 30 fiscal year provided 62,319 nonprofit services, 3,000 school supplies and 2,100 toys for keiki in need during the holiday season.

“Thank you for entrusting your support in Maui United Way, so that we may continue to address Maui County’s most vital needs,” said Nunokawa at the King Kamehameha Golf Club on June 28.

Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui, who delivered the keynote address, said “nonprofits fill in the blanks when and where government cannot meet the needs of the community.”

Maui United Way partners with 35 agencies to raise funds, mobilize volunteers and advocate for positive change, the agency said. Its annual workplace campaign runs from Sept. 1 to April 30, though donations are accepted outside of those dates.

The Matson Foundation kicked off the 2017-2018 campaign by donating $10,000, the news release said.

Maui County companies and individuals were honored for their assistance last fiscal year:

• Corporate Contributor of the Year, Alexander & Baldwin Inc.

• Campaign of the Year, Maui Electric Co.

• Foundation of the Year, Bendon Family Foundation.

• Bank of the Year, First Hawaiian Bank.

• Hotel of the Year, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club.

• Partner Agency of the Year, Maui Family Support Services.

• Campaign Excellence Award, Hawaiian Cement.

• Spirit of Caring Award, Matson.

• Volunteer of the Year Award, Stephen Kealoha.

Incoming officers were recognized: Scott Blaine, Goodfellow Bros., board chairman; Ben Medeiros, American Savings Bank, vice chairman; Dean Duque, First Hawaiian Bank, treasurer; and Mark Welling, Enterprise Holdings, secretary.

For more information, go to the website or call 244-8787.