Kaua’i children’s projects get important funding

Child & Family Service Kaua’i leaders will receive $120,000 over three years, officials with the Kauai Rural Health Association will receive $120,000 over three years (the maximum grant amounts available), and attorneys in the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Kaua’i office will receive $92,425 over three years.

The awards were announced in a press release from the Hawai’i Community Foundation.

Members of the advisory board of the Hawai’i Children’s Trust Fund (HCTF), a public-private grant-making partnership between the state Department of Health and the Hawai’i Community Foundation, announced that over $1 million will be awarded to nine non-profit organizations statewide, including the Kaua’i projects.

Attorneys in the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii Lihu’e office are the lead for a statewide project, and the project is starting on Kaua’i.

“The protection of our children is a fundamental societal value,” said HCTF Advisory Board Chair Loretta Fuddy.

“The HCTF is pleased to provide additional resources that will allow communities throughout our state to explore creative ways to support families in their efforts to provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.”

These new grant awards complement three-year commitments made in 2004 to seven other agencies statewide: Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Good Beginnings Alliance, The Institute for Human Services, Inc., Maui Economic Opportunity, Mediation Center of Molokai, Parents and Children Together, and Sisters Offering Support.

HCTF was created in 1993 by members of the state Legislature to prevent child abuse and neglect in the state.

The fund’s advisory board includes Fuddy, Family Health Division chief, state Department of Health; state Rep. Dennis Arakaki; state Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland; Michael A. Tongg, Tongg & Tongg; Alan T. Yamamoto, director of community relations, Hawaiian Electric Industries; and Patrick K.S.L. Yim, former Circuit Court and Family Court judge.

Established in 1916, the Hawai’i Community Foundation is a statewide, charitable-services and grant-making institutions endowed with contributions from many donors.

HCF officials also serve as resources on philanthropy, and community issues and trends.

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