Project Vision Hawaii (PVH) will increase its emergency and disaster relief program efforts through a $25,000 donation from Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program.
The grant from Walmart Foundation will be used to stock all three Project Vision mobile screening units with emergency preparedness supplies such as automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and wound care items to help residents affected by natural disasters.
“Walmart’s gift will strengthen Project Vision’s ability to serve Hawaii’s most vulnerable and underserved populations in the event of a natural disaster,” said Annie Valentine, executive director of PVH. “The supplies we’ve purchased are critical in ensuring those severely affected and unable to get help, receive the resources and support they need to recover.”
Project Vision operates three mobile screening units – one to serve Oahu, Molokai and Lanai, another on Hawaii Island, and a third shared between Maui and Kauai – in an effort to increase access to health care. The nonprofit provides free vision and health screenings to the state’s underserved communities with the goal of detecting and addressing eye diseases early on.
“We believe in giving back to the communities we serve,” said Steven Reed, Hawaii market manager for Walmart. “On behalf of more than 4,000 Hawaii associates, it’s our privilege to collaborate with Project Vision and support this important community outreach program for those in need.”
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program supports organizations that create opportunities so people can live better, awarding grants that have a long-lasting, positive impact on communities across the U.S.