Foundations and entities who contributed recently to Maui County community nonprofits and others are as follows:
For the second year in a row, the March of Dimes Hawaii Chapter has awarded a grant to the nonprofit Malama Family Recovery Center to support the BabySAFE (Substance Abuse Free Environment) Program, which is aimed at underserved maternal and child health needs in Maui County. The program, which is entirely funded through grants and donations, is designed to reduce infant mortality and morbidity among high-risk substance-using women by intervening earlier in the pregnancy or before the pregnancy, increasing access to early prenatal care, and preparing and referring women for substance abuse treatment.
This grant is one of many that the March of Dimes awards in pursuit of its mission to prevent birth defects and infant mortality.
BabySAFE client Breeze Carvalho is shown with her baby girl, Jamecca, who just turned 7 months old.
Charlie Jencks, the owner’s representative for Piilani Promenade, presents a check for $1,000 on behalf of the Sarofim Realty Advisors Inc. Piilani Promenade light industrial, retail and apartment project for the Kihei Youth Center. Accepting the donation is Lehuanani Huddleston-Hafoka, executive director of the Kihei Youth Center.
"As a result of the March of Dimes' ongoing support, we will be able to continue providing individual and group education to women about the effects of substance abuse on the fetus and about how to increase the chance of a healthy pregnancy, as well as providing case management and referral services to those who need or are considering entering treatment," said Lisa Ponichtera, clinical director for Malama Family Recovery Center. "We are so grateful to the volunteers who support the March of Dimes by participating in events like March for Babies and by donating in other ways, because they make this grant possible."
Charlie Jencks, the owner's representative for Piilani Promenade, presented a donation of $1,000 on behalf of the Sarofim Realty Advisors Inc. Piilani Promenade light industrial, retail and apartment project to the Kihei Youth Center on Feb. 18. Accepting the donation was Lehuanani Huddleston-Hafoka, executive director of the youth center.
Huddleston-Hafoka thanked Sarofim Realty for its donation and remarked that the Kihei Youth Center has been serving the youth of South Maui for 31 years because of the support it has enjoyed from the community.
The presentation concluded with a meal of pizza and hot dogs with the center's participants.