The Hawai‘i Community Foundation has activated its Maui Strong Fund to support residents affected by the wildfires in Maui. At least 36 people have died in the blazes, which have caused widespread damage.
One hundred percent of the funds donated into the Maui Strong Fund will be distributed for community needs.
“The Hawai’i Community Foundation is collaborating with Maui County Mayor Bissen, state leaders, and nonprofit organizations to assess the evolving situation and the priorities needed to support Maui residents at this time,” says Micah Kāne, CEO and President of HCF. “The Maui Strong Fund will provide resources that can be deployed quickly, with a focus on relief and recovery for the devastating wildfires that are still taking place on Maui. A sincere mahalo to our donors who continue to support our community in the times we need it most. Our hearts go out to everyone on Maui right now.”
The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation has made a $5,000 grant to the Maui Strong Fund.
Funding will support evolving needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance and other services.
Wildfires have become more frequent and intense due to climate change.
When disaster strikes in North America, networks of local community foundations across the U.S. and Canada are often best-positioned to direct resources, often setting up disaster funds to aid victims of hurricanes, floods, wildfires or mass shootings. The Charitable Foundation is New Hampshire’s statewide community foundation.