As Volcano Continues to Destroy Homes and Displace Residents, Hawaii Community Foundation Sets Up Fund to Help

Thousands on Hawaii Island are without their homes and struggling as the Kilauea
Volcano continues to erupt and swallow entire communities. The
eruptions began on May 3 and have since claimed hundreds of structures
and engulfed countless acres of lands. With lava reaching the Pacific
Ocean and more than 20 active fissures, life for area residents of the
Puna District of Hawaii Island remains uncertain.

“As the volcano continues to erupt, the situation on Hawaii Island
continues to evolve day by day. Nonprofits are doing what they can to
help with immediate needs like food, housing assistance, supplies and
laundry,” said Micah Kane, CEO and president of HCF. “But this
crisis shows no signs of stopping, and a full recovery will take years.”

The Hawaii
Community Foundation (HCF), the leading philanthropic institution in
the state of Hawaii, has established the Hawaii
Island Volcano Recovery Fund together with Anderson-Beck
Fund, Jack’s Fund, the Deviants From the Norm Fund and the Darrin &
Darien Gee Family Fund to assist with recovery efforts in support of the
communities affected by the Kilauea Volcano eruption.

To ensure that every donation achieves its maximum impact, HCF is
waiving administrative fees for the Hawaii
Island Volcano Recovery Fund for the first ninety days. HCF’s team
based on Hawaii Island is actively working to evaluate where
philanthropic dollars can make the greatest impact by meeting with
government and community leaders and nonprofit organizations.

The fund will provide grants to local organizations who are bringing
relief to communities that have been impacted by the volcanic eruption
including assistance to residents who have been displaced from their
homes. This includes grants to provide case management, delivery of food
and supplies, laundromat vouchers and much more.

For individuals interested in assisting, donations to the Hawaii
Island Volcano Recovery Fund can be made online
at HawaiiCommunityFoundation.org/volcanorecovery
or by mail at Hawaii
Community Foundation, 827 Fort Street Mall, Honolulu, HI, 96813.

In addition, AT&T launched a text-to-donate campaign to help those
impacted by the Kilauea volcano eruption. U.S. customers of AT&T can
donate $10 to HCF via the text-to-donate campaign, by texting “VOLCANO”
to 50555. All of the proceeds will go directly to Hawaii Island
recovery efforts.

With over 100 years of community service, the Hawaii
Community Foundation (HCF) is the leading philanthropic institution
in the state. HCF is a steward of more than 850 funds, including more
than 250 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform
lives and improve communities. In 2017, HCF distributed more than $59
million in grants and contracts statewide, including more than $6
million in scholarships. HCF also serves as a resource on community
issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.

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