Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
* The Walmart Foundation's Hawaii State Giving Council has provided a $25,000 grant to the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross, enabling it to provide 19 unemployed individuals in Hawaii with scholarships for the Red Cross Nurse Aide Training Program.
The program offers individuals the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality health care as a certified nurse aide.
Walmart Store Manager Debbie Shima (left) and American Red Cross Hawaii State Chapter Chief Executive Officer Coralie Matayoshi display a check from Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council.
"Walmart's grant is creating a win-win for our communities," said Jim Tollefson, president and chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. "Not only are they helping the unemployed get retrained for new jobs, but also they are helping our communities thrive by adding much-needed skilled health care professionals to our workforce."
For more information, visit www.hawaiiredcross.org or call (808) 739-8123.
* The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center received a $25,000 grant from the First Hawaiian Bank Foundation to support the construction of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center educational facility.
The Nisei Veterans Memorial Center is a living tribute to the Japanese-American nisei veterans of World War II. The center operates an intergenerational facility for a preschool and adult care center. The new educational center will provide a venue for community events, lectures and displays.
The First Hawaiian Bank Foundation is the bank's charitable arm. In 2011, the foundation and bank contributed more than $2.5 million to more than 400 nonprofit organizations in Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.
* ARC of Maui County recently received a $10,094 grant from Hawaii Community Foundation.
ARC of Maui County serves individuals with developmental disabilities by providing residential, vocational, adult day program and other home- and community-based program services.
This award has enabled the nonprofit to build a client exchange library, which provides clients access to a variety of educational and recreational items, DVDs, books, video games, Mp3 players and more. In addition, these funds support the organization's Vocational Program and Helping Hands Work Activity Center.
For more information, visit www.arcofmaui.org.