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Grants

Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center was awarded a $15,000 grant by the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation. These grant funds will be used to continue providing arts-rich learning opportunities to Maui County preschool students, their chaperones and teachers through the Hui’s Preschool Arts Program, a free program made possible by funds from the Castle Foundation.

It brings preschool students, their chaperones and teachers to the Hui to participate in interactive art lessons taught by Hui teaching artists.

For more information about the Hui’s Preschool Arts Program, or to schedule a preschool’s field trip, contact Katie Peterson at 572-6560, ext. 33, or email katiep@huinoeau.com.

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Maui Family Support Services Inc. is the recipient of Ohana Fuels “Fuel Up, Do Good” program for the second quarter of 2015. A portion of fuel sales at all Maui Ohana Fuels locations in the amount of $8,214.38 was donated to MFSS. Ohana Fuels also provided materials for three car washes that were held in April, May and June. Proceeds of the car washes also benefitted

MFSS.

MFSS has served Maui County children and families for over 34 years, providing a variety of services to strengthen families. “We are honored to be selected in this wonderful program of Ohana Fuels. Their donation will help our agency in supplementing much-needed funding for the services we provide in Maui County,” said Edeluisa Baguio-Larena, CEO of MFSS.

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Kaiser Permanente recently selected four nonprofits to receive more than $140,000 in community benefit grants. Three of the grants benefit Maui County.

“We are proud to support these organizations, which align with our safety net initiative of bringing care to underserved and vulnerable communities in Hawaii,” said Mary Ann Barnes, president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Through screening programs, health education and the expansion of community health services, we are working together to improve the lives of Hawaii residents.”

The following programs have been selected to receive funding:

* Hawaii Primary Care Association received $60,000 to implement the second phase of its Primary Care Integration Initiative, supporting primary care and behavioral health integration for children and youth in community health centers. In partnership with the Hawaii Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, HPCA will work with federally qualified health centers to implement best practice training for behavioral health screenings, develop wellness strategies in line with school health models, and work with community health centers and family guidance centers to establish a coordinated referral system.

* Project Vision was awarded $40,000 to expand its statewide Better Vision for Keiki program, which includes vision, hearing and body mass index screening, to Kauai and Maui schools. Project Vision is working with the departments of education and health to identify high-risk preschool and elementary schools, at which more than 1,000 screenings will be conducted.

* University of Hawaii Maui College was awarded $15,120 to implement Keiki Dental Kits and Oral Health Outreach programs, focusing on improving the dental health of children on Maui. UH-Maui College’s Dental Assisting Program will continue its work distributing baby dental packets to the families of every newborn at Maui Memorial Medical Center and making dental packet information available at pediatric offices, clinics and community health centers. This ongoing initiative was recognized by Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa with official proclamations in 2013 and again this year.