For our island community, 2018 has been a year filled with events that will live long in our collective memory. As news outlets post their “top stories of 2018” retrospectives, we are reminded that the people of Hawaii are resilient, resourceful and generous. In that spirit, we want to take a moment at the end of this year to recognize our 2018 Community Fund grantees and to say “mahalo” to all who made the grants possible.
This year, our Community Fund committee selected the following four local groups to receive grants. We thank the leadership, staff and volunteers working with each of these organizations for their commitment to improving the quality of life for Big Islanders.
Mission: To end hunger in Hawaii County.
The Food Basket is Hawaii Island’s sole food bank, delivering direct and indirect programs to alleviate food insecurity and hunger for the island’s most vulnerable residents. Direct service programs include Keiki Backpacks; Kupuna Pantry; `Ohana Community Drops and Pantry and Soup Kitchen programs. Through a network of partner agencies, over 13,700 unduplicated individuals per month are served. Every $10 donation is the equivalent of 5 meals for those struggling with hunger right here at home. Money donated to The Food Basket allows them to purchase bulk food, keep freezers running and trucks on the road. In addition, money helps to support programs facilitated by The Food Basket, like our keiki and kupuna programs and fresh fruit and veggie SNAP incentive programs.
Learn more at hawaiifoodbasket.org
Mission: To inspire and enable Hawaii Island youth to be productive and responsible citizens, through quality programs in a safe and caring environment.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Big Island offers after-school activities, including homework assistance, and encourages healthy lifestyles through physical activity and healthy snacks. Programs are offered in Hilo, Kea’au, Pahoa, Pahala, Ocean View and Kealakehe.
Learn more bgcbi.org.
The Kona Hospital Foundation is dedicated to improving Kona Community Hospital for the entire community. We fund medical technology, expanded services and enhanced facilities that would otherwise be unavailable.
Since its inception, the Kona Hospital Foundation has donated over five million dollars towards numerous projects that have improved the hospital. Major endeavors include the Radiation Oncology Center, Imaging Center, Nuclear Medicine Suite, and Outpatient Chemotherapy Building.
In 2011, Kona Community Hospital attained level III trauma center designation. As a Level III trauma center, KCH provides resources for emergency resuscitation, stabilization, emergency surgery and intensive care of trauma patients.
Learn more at khfhawaii.org
The mission of the Paniolo Preservation Society is to preserve and promote the heritage of the Hawaiian cowboy through the Paniolo Cultural Center at Pukalani Stables.
The Paniolo Preservation Society celebrates the Hawaiian ranching industry and the accomplishments of the generations of paniolo that made that industry possible. The focus is statewide and represents all cowboys from all of the Hawaiian islands. PPS is committed to increasing public awareness of the historical, present-day and future significance of Hawaii’s ranching industry and the honored traditions of its paniolo.
Learn more at paniolopreservation.org
The CRCF committee will begin accepting nominations for CRCF 2019 after the new year. To join us in supporting Big Island non-profits, donate online here or, if you prefer to send a contribution by mail, visit clarkhawaii.com/crcf. You can also pass along a contribution through your favorite Clark Realty agent.
Contributions received after November 1, 2018 will be allocated to CRCF 2019.