Mediation Center Receives Challenge Grant from Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund

Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center has been awarded a $25,000 challenge grant from the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF).

Kuikahi Mediation Center

“We are so grateful to the Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund and HCF for this opportunity. The Fund will match contributions 2 to 1, up to $25,000.  That means we need to raise $12,500 in order to receive the full match,” said Executive Director Julie Mitchell.

She added, “Every $1 donated will be matched by $2 from the Fund, totaling $3 of support.”

Ku’ikahi Mediation Center is the sole non-profit mediation center serving East Hawai‘i and one of only five in the state.  The agency helps individuals, families, organizations, businesses, schools, and others to find creative solutions to challenging situations.  Mediation resolutions tend to be long lasting and help to improve relationships, promote understanding, and ultimately strengthen the community.

“Our mediation services are provided on a sliding scale fee schedule, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.  Over 50% of our clients have annual household incomes of under $20,000,” stated Mitchell.  “In this difficult economy of high unemployment, debt defaults, and home foreclosures, our community mediation services are often the only option for those with low or no incomes to resolve conflicts and move on with their lives.”

All funds raised will be earmarked to support community mediation services and promote peaceful solutions in East Hawai‘i.  Since Ku‘ikahi is a 501(c)(3), donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

To make a contribution, contact Executive Director Julie Mitchell at (808) 935-7844 x 116 or julie@hawaiimediation.org.  Donations may also be mailed to Ku‘ikahi Mediation Center, 101 Aupuni Street, Suite PH 1014- B-2, Hilo, HI 96720.

 

 

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