Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
Maui United Way disbursed $60,000 in Phase 2 Emergency Safety Net Grants as the need due to COVID-19 continued to escalate. In Phase 1, MUW was able to support 26 agencies and was able to get the funding to all nonprofits who applied to address emergency needs.
In Phase 2, MUW focused its funding to bridge the gaps in the areas of food security, child care, and personal protective equipment. The nonprofit community presented these areas of need through MUW’s Phase 1 Safety Net Fund reports and a Safety Net Survey that was sent to the nonprofit sector.
In Phase 2, MUW received 27 applications and was able to fund 13 of them with the funds available.
Nonprofit agencies that have received Phase 2 Safety Net funds: Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Inc., Child and Family Service, Common Ground Collective, Feed My Sheep, Grow Some Good, Hana Arts, Ka Hale Pomaika’i, Maui AIDS Foundation, Maui Family Support Services, Na Hoaloha-Maui Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, St. Theresa’s Church, and Women Helping Women.
The Phase 2 funds were awarded Sept. 4. The safety net funds will provide many families financial relief in this time of uncertainty and for nonprofits, the ability to continue providing the vital services to vulnerable people in need.
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Maui Realtors donated 2,500 face masks and 910 face shields to Maui High School, and 35 touchless soap dispensers, 148 AA batteries, and 27 soap refill containers to Waihe’e Elementary School.
Molokai Realtors donated 800 gloves, 650 face masks, 20 bottles of hand sanitizer, and 12 bottles of disinfectant spray to Kilohana Elementary School.
The donations was part of a statewide Hawaii Realtors Action Day effort in early October.
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The Administration for Native Americans has awarded Hana Health a $1,161,343 grant over three years for the project “Restoring Community Health.”
Project support is also provided by Honu’apo, a Native Hawaiian organization and long-time partner in Hana Health’s wellness programs.
The goal of the project is to reduce the number of Hana district Native Hawaiians with poorly managed diabetes and hypertension, or who are high risk overweight/obese through a transition to a more traditional diet.
Hana Health intends to expand its Hana Fresh farm operation to include the cultivation of traditional food crops — kalo, sweet potato, ulu and others — for distribution to Hana Health’s diabetic patients and those patients who are high risk overweight. Hana Health will also be looking to source product from local kalo farmers and fishermen.