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Reservations required for summer day camp

Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui’s reservation-only summer day camp begins today and will continue thru July 29 at the Central, Haiku, Lahaina, and Makawao Clubhouses.

“This is going to be a very different summer at the Boys & Girls Clubs: drop-in hours have been discontinued, space will be limited, and many of our members will continue to join us virtually,” said Director of Operations Stephen Bennett. “We are doing our best to serve as many youth and families as possible during these ever-changing times and appreciate the patience, understanding and support of the community as we continue to adjust our programs to meet our members most pressing needs.”

Program hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a goal to provide on-site programming to small groups of existing members ages 9-11, children of essential workers, and those returning to work while following all of the new health and safety regulations due to COVID-19. Membership fees remain waived until June 30, 2021 to accommodate families who’ve been impacted financially.

“We are grateful for the support we’ve received from the County of Maui and our community partners,” said CEO Kelly Pearson. “We rely on this support to continue our mission of serving Maui’s youth and families, and remain accessible to those who need us most.”

For details, visit www.bgcmaui.org/reserve.

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State Farm announces $25,000 grant program

Paul MacDonald, agent for State Farm, announced that State Farm Neighborhood Assist is back for its ninth year. The program will award $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood improvement projects.

The submission phase starts July 15 and ends when 2,000 submissions are reached. Visit www.neighborhoodassist.com to download the submission guide. The State Farm Review Committee will narrow the field to the top 200 finalists using a scoring rubric.

Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days, from Sept. 23-Oct. 2, for their favorite causes from the list of finalists.

The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced Nov. 4, at www.neighborhoodassist.com.

“Grant programs that address community needs, like Neighborhood Assist, are more important than ever,” said MacDonald. “This initiative truly embodies the spirit of being a Good Neighbor.”

Last year, 163,000 people cast 4.4 million votes in support of their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities. Since the program began, State Farm has awarded $8 million in support of more than 300 causes.

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