Current Grantees (2018-2019)

American Red Cross Hawaii Chapter – Home Fire Campaign – The organization’s mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Home Fire Campaign sends volunteers into the homes of the elderly, those with young children, low-income, disabled, and rural residing residents to install smoke detectors and change batteries in existing smoke detectors while educating residents in fire safely.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaiʻi – At-risk children and youth (“Littles”) are paired with professionally monitored adult mentors (“Bigs”) who are carefully screened and trained. The aims and outcomes of these interactions is for Littles to gain a greater sense of worth, achieve greater academic success and engage in less risky behavior. This grant supports the Holomua online mentoring program in East Hawaiʻi Island.

Hands in Helping Out (HIHO) – HIHO promotes and facilitates volunteerism on the island of Oʻahu by creating sustainable volunteerism through human connection.  HIHO assists individuals and groups to serve the community through volunteer opportunities that match their abilities, lifestyle and personal interests. HIHO eliminate barriers to service so that volunteers just connect to their service and why and who they’re working with. Not only do they provide support to the volunteers, HIHO offers a volunteer management course called HIHO Fellows that volunteer leaders can enroll in.

Hawaii Youth Services Network – Children and Youth Summit – HYSN is a coalition that brings more than 50 supporting organizations and agencies together. Jointly, they provide many programs and services that cater to Hawaiʻi’s youth and families. They are involved in many efforts including education, prevention of negative activities, treatment, and outreach. They also conduct workshops and training on youth-related issues. This grant will support activities surrounding the Children and Youth Summit.

Institute for Human Services – The Institute for Human Services (IHS) is Hawaiʻi’s oldest, largest and most comprehensive human services agency focused on ending and preventing homelessness in Hawaiʻi. Services include homeless outreach, daily meals, emergency shelters, case management, health services, employment support, housing finance programs, and family support. The Community Liaison program connects sheltered clients and those recently placed into housing with access to community resources, programs and activities to establish and redevelop a sense of home, purpose, personal well-being, and normalcy. This grant supports “Coming Home Retreats” that aim to give time and space to clients to reconnect with their sense of self and motivation to improve on a path forward in their lives.

Kōkua Kalihi Valley (KKV) Comprehensive Family Services – Hoʻoulu ʻĀina’s Mai Uka Kuʻu Waʻa  – KKV is a community health center with a mission to work toward healing, reconciliation, and the alleviation of suffering in the Kalihi community through building strong relationships that honor culture and foster health and harmony. A program of Hoʻoulu Aina (a land-base, place of learning, practicing of culture, community, and health by restoring the native forest, producing food, and accessing traditional sites, knowledge, plants, and healing), Mai Uka Kuʻu Waʻa provides Kalihi youth activities such as the carving of canoes, farming and food production, ocean safety, forestry, lāʻau lapaʻau (native medicine), art and moʻolelo (history through storytelling.)

Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services – Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE)  – KKV is a community health center with a mission to work toward healing, reconciliation, and the alleviation of suffering in the Kalihi community through building strong relationships that honor culture and foster health and harmony. A program of the Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE) uses bicycling to promote physical and emotional well-being by fostering healthy and sustainable relationships between youth leaders, the community and the land.

Mālama Learning Center – Islander Institute’s Islander Scholars Program  – MLC teaches and inspires communities to create sustainable and healthy living environments with emphasis on the Native Hawaiian principles of mālama (to care for/protect) and hoʻokuleana (to take responsibility). This grant will support the Islander Institute’s Islander Scholars Program which develops supportive relationships with like-minded high school-aged peers and provides guidance by mentors and cultural practitioners to strengthen values, skills, leadership ability and their sense of responsibility and purpose.

Parents And Children Together (PACT)– ALICE – Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty PACT aims to promote and support healthy individuals, families and communities by creating opportunities for them to identify and address their own strengths needs and concerns and successfully realize their potential. The ALICE-Disrupting the Cycle of Poverty aims to improve the job retention and economic stability of those moving out of poverty due to the economic climate in Hawaiʻi.

Project Dana –Aims to assist as many frail elderly in the State of Hawaiʻi through case management, services provided by volunteers, and by referring clients’ families to appropriate community agencies that can provide other assistance. This grant will support a caregiver support group called “Caring for the Caregiver.”

Re-Use Hawaii/HNL Tool Library – Re-use Hawaii’s salvages building material for reuse to conserve resources and energy, reduce waste, create jobs and transform waste into a resource. Honolulu Tool Library’s mission is to increase the resource wealth of local communities by providing a platform for sharing, skill development, and community building. The program believes a community is richer and more sustainable when resources are shared among members, and by sharing, it will strengthen the society, economy, and preserve the environment.

Susannah Wesley Community Center – The Center is a gathering place that offers a wide range of opportunities to strengthen individuals and families, in turn, strengthening the Kalihi community. This grant supports the Human Trafficking Victim Assistance Program Hawaii which provides intensive, victim-centered case management while collaborating with other trauma-informed services in the community.

The Alliance for Drama Education/T-Shirt Theatre –Through the practice of scripting and performing dramatic scenes, students and mentors create safe spaces to develop skills of focus, resiliency, effective communication, and team building based in the values of compassion, kindness, and respect for others and oneself. The KIPUKA (safe spaces) project is a teen suicide, bullying, and cyber-bullying prevention project. The aim of this grant will be to help further deepen relationships and expand services with schools and healthcare facilities where work has been done with success.

Youth Service Hawaii – Be the Change Program – YSH provides a unique opportunity to engage K-12 students and teachers statewide in service learning. It is designed to 1) promote service-learning; 2) provide opportunities for teachers and students to learn about the critical needs of their communities; 3) take action with others by developing solutions; 4) learn how to write grant proposals; 5) provide leadership development by mentoring students to serve on its Youth Philanthropy Board; 6) fund monetary support to implement plans of action and 7) help Hawaiʻi’s communities.

YWCA Oahu – Fernhurst – SEEDS Project – The organization’s mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. The SEEDS project provides training and opportunities for formerly incarcerated women to develop and sustain healthy lifestyle choices. A social enterprise of growing through selling a native Hawaiian tea is a training opportunity that also supports their programs.