Purple Purse helps United Way

LIHUE — The YWCA of Kauai presented a check for more than $2,000 to the Kauai United Way on Wednesday.

The funds were generated during the Purple Purse program which took place in October and focused on countering financial abuse.

“If a person has no resources, it’s hard for a victim to leave a domestic violence environment,” said Renae Hamilton, director of the YWCA of Kauai. “The Purple Purse, a part of a national campaign, was about financial literacy and was the first time we offered it.”

Scott Giarman, executive director of the KUW, said the contribution helps the 2015 annual campaign get closer to its goal of $700,000.

“The campaign needs to close soon so finances can be wrapped up in time to prepare the Kauai United Way annual report,” he said.

Medrano-Stine said the 2016 annual campaign will launch in September.

Kauai United Way is the island’s umbrella charitable organization, partnering with others to offer social service programs which save lives daily and help tens of thousands of Kauai people every year.

Money raised on Kauai stays on Kauai, Giarman said.


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