United Way launches 2017 campaign

POIPU — Shannon Maxwell of Enterprise Rent-A-Cr said her firm is a huge supporter of Kauai United Way Thursday during the luncheon launching the 2017 Kauai United Way Campaign at the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa.

“For me, I’m extremely passionate about Kauai United Way, and the work it does in the community,” said Maxwell, one of the campaign co-chairs. “This is personal. Ten years ago, my nephew was diagnosed with autism and without the help of one of the KUW participating agencies, he would not have gotten help.”

The campaign goal is $650,000, said Peter Wiederoder, Maxwell’s co-chair, before an audience of more than 150 people representing contributors and KUW participating agencies.

“This is the same goal as last year,” Wiederoder said. “You folks in this room represent people who donated 80 percent of the Kauai United Way budget. You represent the heart of Kauai United Way donations.”

KUW is the island’s umbrella charitable organization where one contribution helps make a big impact by assisting 26 partner agencies. Donations remain on Kauai.

“Some of these organizations are less known,” said Scott Giarman, KUW executive director. “But they are not less important. They help save lives. It is important for people to care for the community because, as I learned, no one comes up and just gives money.”

KUW board president Ron Wiley said he admires the people for their compassion, dedication to helping the needy on Kauai, and feeling good.

“How are you feeling?” he said. “If you’re not feeling so good, there are many wise people who have said to do something good for someone else to feel better. I hope things will be better for all of you.”

To donate: kauaiunitedway.org

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