The East Hawai‘i Fund Advisory Committee, made up of local volunteers, awarded $17,000 from the East Hawai‘i Fund and the Fred Yokoyama Fund. These two funds aim to benefit the people and communities of East Hawai‘i, from Waipi‘o to Waiohinu.
With the help of KTA Superstores, the estate of Frederick Yokoyama and a group of local citizens, the East Hawai‘i Fund was established to provide a stronger link between charitable donors and the specific needs of East Hawai‘i. This regional fund will continue to grow through contributions, bequests and planned gifts from donors who want to respond to current and emerging community needs. The Fred Yokoyama Fund was created in 2010 to give back to the community where Mr. Yokoyama made his home and owned several successful businesses. Both the East Hawai‘i Fund and the Fred Yokoyama Fund are component funds of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation, a statewide, publicly supported grantmaking foundation.
Organizations receiving grants from these two funds included:
- Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai’i received $3,000 to support two school-based programs in addition to community-based matches of Bigs (mentor) and Littles (child) in East Hawai’i.
- Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawai‘i received $2,000 to provide enhancement support (tutoring, summer school and intersession program fees, Winners Camp, sport fees and equipment) for children who have been abused or neglected.
- Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i received $2,000 for their after school program to be offered in Honoka‘a.
- Hilo United Methodist Church received $2,000 for the Peanut Butter Ministry which serves dinner twice weekly to men, women and children in Hilo.
- PATCH (People Attentive to Children) received $3,000 to provide training and technical support to early childhood care providers in East Hawai‘i.
- Special Olympics Hawai‘i received $3,000 for their Young Athlete Program for preschool children ages 2-5 as an introduction for new families to the resources and support available within Special Olympics.
- The Arc of Hilo received $2,000 for their new Teens in Transition employment program aimed at assisting East Hawai‘i teens with special needs to develop necessary job skills and retain employment.
About Hawai`i Community Foundation
With 96 years of community service, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. The Foundation is a steward of more than 600 funds, including more than 170 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2011, more than $44 million in grants and contracts were distributed statewide. The Foundation also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.