Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
Saltchuk, a family-owned company, and the parent company of Aloha Air Cargo, Hawaii/Maui Petroleum, Ohana Fuels, Minit Stop, Young Brothers, and Foss Hawaii has granted $15,000 to Hospice Maui toward building its first residential Hospice Home as well as a new Hospice Care Coordination Center, a $3.5 million project that is expected to break ground in 2014. This grant was complemented by an additional donation of $6,871.42, proceeds from Ohana Fuels' "Fuel Up. Do Good" campaign. During the first quarter of 2014, every time residents of Maui fueled up at Ohana Fuels, a portion of the gasoline sales were automatically designated to Hospice Maui.
"The owners and management of Saltchuk are committed to supporting the communities in which we do business," stated Saltchuk Regional Giving Committee member Kimo Haynes, president of Maui and Hawaii Petroleum. "The Saltchuk Hawaii Companies chose to support this project because we believe in Hospice Maui's mission and feel that their Facilities Expansion project will have a positive impact on the health of the entire island community of Maui."
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui received a $2,500 grant from The Walmart Foundation and Maui Wal-Mart Store No. 3290 to support two local afterschool mentoring programs at Kahului Elementary School and the Mentor Center.
"We couldn't be more appreciative of the generous gift from our friends at Wal-Mart," said JD Wyatt, director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui. "Wal-Mart's generosity will help ensure we maintain our high level of program quality and service to the children of Maui in need. We look forward to expanding our partnership with Walmart in the future for the benefit of our keiki."
A check for $4,240.75 was recently presented to Best Buddies Hawaii State Director Michael McCormick and Program Manager Angele Wideman by Whole Foods Assistant Store Manager Christine Georgedes. Best Buddies plans to use this money to help support its school programs on Maui, according to an announcement. These programs help create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.