Hawai‘i Island United Way Awards $226,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profits


     Hawai‘i Island United Way Awards $226,000 in Grants to Local Non-Profits

Hilo, Hawaii, May 7, 2024 – For over five decades, Hawai‘i Island United Way (HIUW) has been steadfast in its commitment to bolstering foundational resources and fostering community transformation in key areas such as education, financial stability, and health.

The 2024-2026 Community Impact Grant, totaling $226,000, will be distributed among 32 programs operated by 25 partner organizations. These partner agencies, in collaboration with HIUW, are dedicated to effectuating positive change across the Big Island community, perpetuating a legacy of generosity and striving towards a stronger, healthier, and more sustainable community.

Karen Davis, President and Chief Professional Officer of Hawai‘i Island United Way, emphasizes, “Relationship development, authenticity, and community engagement are at the core of HIUW’s mission. The generosity of our donors directly fuels our grant programs, providing vital support to those in greatest need on Hawai‘i Island.”

Cindy Mederios, Chief Operating Officer for Kumukahi Health + Wellness in Hilo, praises the impact of the Community Impact Grant Program, stating, “The support received enables us to offer critical services that our community urgently requires.” (Program: La‘i Kumukahi Community Outreach)

Hawai’i Island United Way is a vital force in the community, dedicated to improving the lives of residents across the Big Island. Through strategic partnerships with local nonprofits, businesses, and individuals, HIUW works tirelessly to address the island’s most pressing issues, related to income, education, and health. By mobilizing resources and advocating for positive change, HIUW supports a wide range of programs and initiatives aimed at strengthening families, empowering individuals, and building a more resilient community. With a focus on collaboration, innovation, and impact, HIUW continues to make a tangible difference in the lives of countless individuals and families, fostering a brighter future for all.

About Hawai‘i Island United Way

Hawai‘i Island United Way is a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, established in 1967. Partnering with and funding local health and human service programs, HIUW serves disadvantaged and underserved individuals and families throughout Hawai‘i Island. For more information or to contribute to their mission, please contact (808) 935-6393, visit www.hiuw.org, or stop by their office at 688 Kino‘ole St., Suite 201, Hilo, HI 96720.


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