Here’s a roundup of companies that contributed to the local community so far this year:
1 Ohana Foundation, the new charitable foundation arm of Corcoran Pacific, Elite Pacific Vacations and HCRE, reported its total community contributions as $109,377 in 2021. Employees and agents of The Elite Companies donated to the Hawaii Foodbank on Oahu and Kauai, the Maui Foodbank, Hawaii Island Food Basket, Waimea Community Meals, the Salvation Army Angel Tree, and The Hawaii Theater.
“We have just changed our foundation’s name to 1 Ohana Foundation, in recognition of the three companies that come together for the foundation and the knowledge that everyone in Hawaii is truly part of one ohana,” said Corcoran Pacific Properties’ Principal Broker and Foundation Board Member Chuck Garrett in a statement. “We remain committed to the communities we serve and strive for 100% participation from all of our company’s agents. Our top priority is to assist Hawaii’s families in need. Together, we will make a difference in communities across our state.”
Alexander & Baldwin contributed $25,000 to Maui United Way’s 2021-2022 campaign, continuing the company’s half-century-long tradition of supporting Maui County’s families. The funds will target local education, financial stability, and health through vital programs offered throughout the Maui county.
American Savings Bank (ASB) donated more than $1.5 million to the community in 2021, benefiting nearly 80 local nonprofit organizations. In addition to monetary support, ASB teammates contributed hands-on impact through more than 13,000 Seeds of Service volunteer hours with nearly 160 nonprofit organizations.
Thanks to the community’s support, Blood Bank of Hawaii was able to surpass its second annual “Give Blood. End Hunger” campaign goal! In total, Blood Bank of Hawaii provided 9,156 meals to Hawaii Foodbank and 437 meals to Hawaii Food Basket.
The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, through its Public Health Fund, presented a $50,000 grant to Mental Health America Hawaii to expand its Mental Health Resilience & Wellness Training Program in January.
The G70 Foundation has distributed more than $850,000 to community organizations statewide, $50,000 in 2021. The foundation has evolved through the homegrown efforts of staff at Honolulu design firm G70.
HeartMedia Honolulu’s #KokuaforTonga radio event raised $34,720.80 to benefit the Tonga Red Cross Society via monetary donations to the American Red Cross, Pacific Islands Region.
The initial on-air event was held on Feb. 4 and, due to the strong community response, iHeartMedia Honolulu and American Red Cross, Pacific Island Region kept the online donation sites and Hawaiian Financial Federal Credit Union donation account open until Feb. 13. #KokuaforTonga has been sponsored by Hawaiian Financial Federal Credit Union.
Matson contributed $375,000 in goods and services toward Tonga disaster relief. The company also launched an employee donation drive that matched donations from Matson employees with equal contributions to New Zealand Red Cross’ Pacific Tsunami Appeal fund.
Nareit Hawaii donated $30,000 to support Parents And Children Together and $10,000 in support of the FilCom CARES COVID vaccination program.
T S Restaurants donated $8,000 to Hawaii Foodbank in support of the organization’s mission to end hunger in Hawaii. The funds were raised through T S Restaurants’ eight Hawaii locations as part of a Thanksgiving promotion.
UNIQLO Hawaii employees visited Hanauma Bay to participate in a beach cleanup to collect microplastics and learn more about ocean conservation “to contribute to a better, more sustainable future.”
The company also donated 288 pounds of food and 100 eco-friendly tote bags in January to the Hawaii Foodbank. Through November 2022, UNIQLO will continue to support Hawaii Foodbank with its UTme! T-shirt printing service by donating 5% of the overall proceeds from UTme! sales to help fight hunger.
Ward Village donated $30,000 to Tonga relief efforts in February and helped sponsor the “Aloha 4 Tonga” fundraising show on March 4 through its support of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.
The local Executive Women International Honolulu Chapter volunteered at YWCA Oahu to help sort the donated clothing from the public for YWCA Oahu’s Dress for Success Honolulu program, which serves women seeking employment. Volunteers contribute nearly 2,000 hours of service annually.