To perpetuate its efforts toward improving the lives of Hawaiian children through education, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs recently awarded Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui a grant of $375,600 for two years. The funds will be used to support the club’s homework assistance program “Power Hour,” serving an anticipated 300 youths in the next year. This program will address OHA’s Strategic Priority of Ho’ana ‘auao (education), with the goal to improve academic achievement in the short term, and ultimately high school graduation rates, leading to better economic self-sufficiency and a higher quality of life for Hawaiians in the community.

“We are pleased to be receiving this funding, and look forward to continuing our relationship with OHA that will serve our members by improving their academic achievement and, ultimately, their quality of life,” said Kelly Pearson, chief executive officer of BGCM.

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Matson Terminals Operations Manager Kam Chun and Kahului Terminals Customer Service Representative Donald Dudoit presented a check for $9,500 to Maui United Way’s 2014-15 campaign, adding corporate support to nearly $2,000 in contributions made by its Maui employees earlier this year.

Chun said, “Matson is both humbled and happy to sponsor Maui United Way’s enduring mission of sustaining a legacy that touches the broader challenges of Maui’s social responsibility.” MUW President & Chief Professional Officer Laksmi Abraham said, “Maui United Way is grateful for the caring support of Matson’s employees and corporation as it allows us to provide much needed support to those in need here on Maui.”

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The environmental nonprofit organization Malama Maui Nui has been fundraising through various channels to implement a technology upgrade for its office.

Malama Maui Nui has received $4,317.24 through a 5 percent Community Support Day at Whole Foods Market in Kahului, and a $1,500 grant through a Kokua Giving Program from Alexander & Baldwin. A Benefit Night and silent auction at Flatbread Co. in Paia raised an additional $1,548.50.

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The 100 Men Who Care Maui, a giving circle where members nominate local organizations for possible funding, announced that the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui was the recipient of funding at its July 7 meeting held at Tante’s Island Cuisine in Kahului. At the meeting, a total of $4,400 was received by men who joined the group. Since that meeting, an additional 19 checks of $100 were received from other men who joined the group, thereby totaling $6,300 in donations from the group.

“Mahalo and congratulations to those who’ve committed to being a part of the group and made their generous $100 donation to total an impressive $6,000 to a worthy organization such as the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center,” said Keith Regan, the 100 Men Who Care Maui group’s founder.

“The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui provides much needed assistance to the children of abuse and neglect in Maui County. Last year alone, the agency was able to assist over 850 children with direct needs to begin the healing process from the trauma of their abuse. Also last year during the holidays, the agency brightened the lives of over 1,700 abused children with gifts,” said Paul Tonnessen, executive director of the agency.

For more information, contact Regan at 280-9284 or 100menwhocaremaui@gmail.com.