HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION ESTABLISHS VOLCANO RECOVERY FUND

The Hawaii Community Foundation, together with Anderson-Beck Fund, Jack’s Fund and the Darrin & Darien Gee Family Fund, established the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund to aid Big Island residents impacted by the recent Kilauea volcano eruption.

So far, 36 structures, mostly homes, have been destroyed by flowing lava and more than 1,700 residents have been evacuated out of the impacted areas.

“The greatest strength of our island communities is our innate desire to care for one another, and it’s even more evident during a time of crisis,” said Micah Kane, CEO and president at HCF. “We are humbled and grateful to partner with such generous donors who have stepped up to first support the people of Kauai, and now our neighbors on Hawaii Island. We will continue to work with our team, nonprofits, and community leaders on Hawaii Island to assess needs and determine where these funds can best be utilized.”

HCF said that it will waive administrative fees for the fund for the first 90 days, as it did for the Kauai Relief and Recovery Fund.

“We want to support the organizations and agencies on our island that are working together to help families and individuals recover from this devastating experience,” Diane Chadwick, HCF director of community philanthropy on the Big Island, said in a statement.

HCF said the fund will provide grants to local organizations bringing relief to communities impacted by the volcano eruption including assistance to residents who have been displaced from their homes.

Donations to the fund can be made online at HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org/volcanorecovery or by mail at Hawaii Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813.