Supporting Those Impacted in Hawaii
Dear faculty, staff, and students,
Since writing to you last week, our primary focus has remained on connecting with members of the Marist community who live on Maui and supporting any needs they may have. We know that recovery efforts are still underway, and while the full magnitude of human and physical loss is unknown, this is already confirmed to be the deadliest fire in the U.S. in more than a century.
Many of you have expressed a desire to support those impacted by this tragedy, especially given Marist’s deep and long-standing relationship – one that now dates over a quarter-century – with Hawaiians and their communities.
Below are a few nonprofit organizations to consider if you’re interested in providing support. This list is based upon feedback we have received from a few of our students living on the Hawaiian Islands, as well as official resources published through local news and government organizations:
- Maui Strong Fund, operated by the Hawaii Community Foundation, has been set up to direct 100% of funds to communities impacted by the wildfires.
- Maui Food Bank is accepting monetary donations, as well as certain foods, toiletries, and household items.
- Maui United Way promises to provide immediate financial assistance through grants to nonprofits at the forefront of relief efforts and to households that have been affected.
It’s been heartening to see the outpouring of support from our Marist family and a reminder of the caring, special community we all belong to. Thank you.