Womens Fund of Hawaii Awards 7 Grants totaling $32,500 to non-profits empowering women and children


Valerie Moore, Pineapple Tweed, 754-3049 (m)
Piia M. Aarma, Pineapple Tweed, 221-2102 (m)

(Honolulu, Dec. 30, 2013)— Women’s Fund of Hawai’i (WFH) announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $32,500 to seven nonprofit organizations that provide innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawaii.

“Women’s Fund Hawai’i looks for innovative programs that may not easily obtain other grant funding. There are some unique and extremely effective programs that are addressing pressing issues for women, and our grants provide the opportunities for new
solutions,” said Beth Whitehead, chair of the board for Women’s Fund of Hawai’i.

“We are particularly pleased this year to grow our grant program and award seven grants, thanks to the generosity of so many people who understand that women and girls need our special support,” noted Laura Lott, WFH grants chair for 2013. To date,
including this grant cycle, WFH has awarded $376,636.

The 2013 Hawai’i grant recipients are:

  • United Self Help – $5,000 to train 15 female peer mental health mentors.
  • TJ Mahoney: Ka Hale Hoala Hou No Na – $5,000 for a women’s work furlough program that helps women transition from prison into the community.
  • Family Programs Hawaii – $5,000 to expand the Hawaii Street Smart for Youth Program for increased services in east Honolulu.
  • Malama Na Makua A Keiki – $5,000 for Baby SAFE, a holistic substance abuse treatment to increase the number of women who give birth to babies who test negative for alcohol or substance abuse.
  • Ka Hale Pomaikai’i – $5,000 – to establish a special children’s group so children with mothers in substance abuse treatment will participate with others.
  • Girls on the Run of Hawaii – $2,500 – to increase number of girls participating at six sites for a 24-lesson curriculum teaching life skills through group processing, games, workouts and community service projects.
  • Ahahui Malama I Ka Lokahi – $5,000 – to support female work crews with news skills and connection to the aina through wetland restoration and maintenance at Kawainui Marsh.

About Women’s Fund of Hawai’i

Women’s Fund of Hawaii focuses on making lasting social change through empowering women and girls in Hawaii. Through grants to innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls, WFH addresses issues such as financial security, safety, self-esteem, adolescent pregnancy, physical and mental health, substance abuse, prostitution, incarceration, immigration status, sexual
orientation, inadequate childcare and sports inequalities. To learn more, go to
www.womensfundhawaii.org, Facebook www.facebook.com/WFHawaii
and on Twitter @WFHawaii.