Since December 2005, when the Clark Realty Community Fund was established, the beginning of the holiday season has taken on an even greater significance for the Clark Realty ohana. At this special time, we are able to look back over the year to see the outcome of the work of our Community Fund organizers, who lead the CRCCF fundraising efforts in their local offices. Once again this year, due to the generosity of over 130 of our Clark agents and staff, many of our clients, and participating community members who made contributions, the funds raised through the Clark Community Fund have surpassed our expectations. This is a heart-warming display of aloha and compassion in support of those on our island who are working to make the Big Island a better place to live, raise children and care for those in need.
This December, we are pleased to announce that CRCCF has had a record-breaking year, raising over $26,000, which will be used to fund grants to several Big Island non-profits that were nominated earlier this spring by our agents from around the island.
I would like to express my deep appreciation to the agents who worked to coordinate the fund drive in our six offices around the island and to those from the community who participated along with us. We wish you all a joyous holiday and a happy new year.
Teen Court is a diversion program to Family Court for first time juvenile offenders’ with misdemeanor charges. It is a voluntary alternative to the Family Court for first-time juvenile offenders’ ages 10-17 years old. It is a way for the offenders to learn from their mistake and maintain a clean criminal record. Youth who decide to have their case heard in Teen Court have admitted guilt to their crime and attended a court hearing to receive sentencing by a jury of their peers. Sentencing always includes community service and jury duty. The court is made up of a judge, attorneys, a clerk, a bailiff and a jury. Attorneys, clerks, bailiffs and sometimes even the judge positions are done by teens.
Squadron Mission: Committed to protect and serve our community, state, and Nation through Emergency Services, the Cadet Program, and Aerospace Education. National Mission: To serve America by developing our nation’s youth, accomplishing local, state and national missions, and educating our citizens to ensure air and space supremacy. Since at least the 1950s, the Kona Composite Squadron has been a place for cadets, ages 12 to 20, to learn leadership, character development, technical skills, physical fitness, aviation and space education through a 16-step program, which they do at their own pace. They can compete for academic scholarships to further their studies in fields such as engineering, science, aircraft mechanics, aerospace medicine, meteorology, radio communications, computer programming and more. They also have opportunity to attend leadership encampments, career academies and international exchanges during the summer.
Greg Cameron was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. His fight became an inspiration to his family, friends, and many others… He never gave in to the disease, and he never gave up. Instead, he pursued the most aggressive treatments available to prolong his life, and made the most of every day. He worked, surfed, and maintained his high-intensity physical fitness regimen until his death on May 9, 2012. The Greg Cameron Firemen’s Fund was established in 2012 by Greg, his family and his friends in the Hawaii Fire Department. Its mission is to provide financial support to Hawaii Fire Department employees and their families when they face injury or prolonged illness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Since 1963, Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii has partnered with guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community to pair children (“Littles”) with carefully screened and trained volunteer mentors (“Bigs”). A unique service of BBBS is that each one of these mentoring relationships is monitored and professionally supported by a case manager focused on creating a healthy bond between the individuals.
Bay Clinic’s mission is to provide high quality, patient-centered, comprehensive health care that is accessible, affordable, coordinated, culturally competent, and community directed for all. The Bay Clinic, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) network of ten locations serving East and South Hawai’i Island families since 1983. We provide quality, affordable, and community directed health care to thousands of Big Island residents regardless of insurance status. We offer comprehensive primary medical care, behavioral health care, and dental care to our community.
The Mission of Family Support Hawaii is to support families and communities in providing love and care for our children. As are all mission statements, this one is carefully chosen. It embodies two key elements: support for families and support for communities. The first guides us in the direct work of supporting families, which we do through our counseling, home visiting, school based and parent education and support programs. The second is to assist communities to develop the capacity to provide a supportive environment for families. These are our community development activities, economic development projects, collaboration building and advocacy work for a better quality of life for families here in Hawai’i.