With just over two weeks remaining in our 2019 Community Fund campaign, we’re pleased to introduce you to the three Big Island non-profits that will receive grants later this year. If you would like to join us in supporting our grantees, please contact your Clark Realty agent.
Mission: Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope.
Habitat for Humanity Hawaii Island is a non-profit organization helping families who earn 30% – 80% of the area median income to build decent, safe, affordable homes through a self-help homeownership opportunity program. As an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, they share the global vision of a world where everyone should have a simple, sustainable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent homes should be a matter of conscience and action for all. The service area of Habitat Hawaii island encompasses the entire Big Island.
To date Habitat for Humanity has successfully completed the following on the Big Island:
They funded these projects with 59% coming from Habitat/ReStore revenue and partners contributing 21% in grants revenue, 13% donations, 6% form Habitat Global Village Teams and 1% from special events.
On May 3, 2018, the Kilauea Volcano erupted right in the middle of the Leilani Estates subdivision. The eruption-related impacts and losses were enormous, including:
The goal now is to build 20 new affordable homes in 2019–2020. It will serve 10 families (50+ individuals) currently living in substandard or temporary housing that may be unhealthy, unsafe or overcrowded. The goal is to assist the families to build a new home and begin rebuilding their lives.
Mission: To provide education and outreach at the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA) for the responsible and sustainable use of renewable resources for energy, aquaculture, ocean technology, energy efficiency, food security, water and health.
Located on the west coast of the Big Island, Friends of NELHA (FON) is a nonprofit, charitable organization offering both virtual and physical tours showcasing the development of renewable energy resources and uses of cold deep seawater and warm surface seawater in innovative aquaculture and mariculture activities. Their mission is to provide education and outreach to the public at NELHA for the responsible and sustainable use of renewable resources for energy, aquaculture, and ocean technology.
NELHA (the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority) is home to the Hawaii Ocean Science & Technology Park (HOST) and serves as a business incubator, research facility, and economic development agency. It offers the opportunity for organizations using seawater, sunshine, and ingenuity to perform research, engage in conservation and educational activities, and produce sustainable commercial products.
FON offers daily tours on Ocean Conservation and Sustainable Aquaculture. The Ocean Conversation tour allows the public to visit four different sites at NELHA. One of these sites is West Hawaii Explorations Academy, a charter school at NELHA that is inspiring innovation through science inquiry and project-based education.
Another site visitors will see is the Hawaiian Monk seal rehabilitation center, Ke Kai Ola, where they will learn about these critically endangered animals and efforts in place to rehabilitate, protect and restore them. Following that one can visit the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion facility (OTEC) Ocean Science & Technology Park a new business incubator hosting a variety of green businesses and blue technologies such as a fish farm research facility, and a sampling of grilled abalone at a huge aquaculture farm.
The vision of Friends of NELHA strives to be the premier provider of education and outreach to coastal communities such as Kailua-Kona regarding the responsible use of renewable resources for energy, aquaculture, and related applications.
Mission: iPods For the Elderly was created to provide personally customized music on gently used iPods to Big Islanders diagnosed with memory loss.
Established in 2016 by Jen McGeehan, this program closely mirrors a national program developed through Music and Memory. Initially funded through the annual Hawaii Island Christian Women’s Gathering, it now falls under the umbrella of the North Kohala Community Resource Center a non-profit organization assisting worthy community non-profit groups that are either too small or new to have their own 501(c)3 status.
Many senior citizens with memory loss are isolated from their usual family, friends, familiar surroundings and even their favorite music. Music activates regions of the brain spared by memory loss diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Studies show that familiar music heard by memory loss patients helps facilitate attention, motivation, activity levels and socialization and leads to a significant reduction in anxiety and behavioral problems in long-term care facilities that have implemented music listening programs
The utilization of iPods customized with the music of their lives allows people with memory loss to remember who they are, who their family members are, what they did in work and hobbies, as well as communicate again…often after years of silence!
The group has provided 38 iPods on the Big Island this year through their existing fundraising efforts. The goal for the next 12 months is to provide a minimum of 25 fully-customized iPods to kupuna with memory loss in North Kohala as well as providing an additional 25 iPods for others suffering from memory loss throughout the Big Island. This would also include training on the use of the iPod to the respective caregivers, whether in a private family or part of a facility.
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, 2019 will be allocated to CRCF 2020.