Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
* Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council Inc. is the winner of Nature's Path Organic Foods' fourth annual Gardens for Good Grant. The program helps support organic community gardens in areas that need them the most. The $15,000 cash grant will help Tri-Isle Resource Conservation & Development Council to work with the Hali'imaile Community Garden to build and sustain an agricultural community around food self-sufficiency through educational outreach and garden space.
* Kraft Foods in Hawaii and Times Supermarkets recently presented Maui high schools with their share of $250,000 in adidas uniforms and equipment earned through the 13th annual Shop and Score program. Lahainalua High School was a top-points earning school, finishing in 7th place statewide and earning more than $12,500 in uniforms and equipment. Other participating high schools on Maui included Maui High School, Baldwin High School, Saint Anthony Junior Senior High School and Maui Preparatory Academy. In total, the Maui schools earned more than $24,000 in free uniforms and equipment.
Chris Borden, Times Supermarket (from left); Scott Soldwisch, Lahainaluna High School; Nerio Romero, Times Supermarket; Byron Chong, Love’s Bakery; and Gerald Shintaku, Kraft Foods in Hawaii, gathered for the Shop and Score check presentation for Maui high schools.
* Skyline Eco-Adventures raised $3,000 and worked to restore nearly 1 acre of native forest during its third annual "Zip for the Trees" community event and fundraiser.
In celebration of Arbor Day on Nov. 2, Skyline employees worked with community members and organizations at its Haleakala tour location to remove invasive plants and then plant 115 trees in a large-scale effort to restore the native forest land.
More than 60 volunteers, including participants from Hui Malama Learning Center, the Boy Scouts and Hawaiian Canoe Club Kamali'i Program, joined the efforts. Volunteers from these groups received a certificate for a complimentary zipline tour, and all guests were treated to live music, prizes and giveaways.
The $3,000 in proceeds from nearly 100 special discounted zipline tours were donated to six Hawaii organizations: East Maui Watershed Partnership, Maui Cultural Lands, The Nature Conservancy, Hui Malama Learning Center, Hawaiian Canoe Club Kamali'i Program, and Hawaiian Islands Land Trust.
For more on Skyline's ongoing community efforts, visit zipline.com/company/community.
* Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. has donated $15,000 to the Maui Food Bank to help purchase energy-efficient equipment. Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co. management presented the check. Freezer and refrigerator storage will increase the fresh fruits and vegetables the food bank provides. A&B's donations to the food bank since 1988 now exceed $180,000.