Women’s Fund of Hawaii (WFH) awards Fall 2016 grantees

WFH has awarded grants totalling $49,640 to ten nonprofit organizations that provide innovative, grassroots programs that empower women and girls in Hawai`i.  In 2016, WFH awarded nearly $100,000 in grants. Contact: Leela Bilmes Goldstein, Executive Director, 439-6388.

The Fall 2016 grant recipients are:

  • Aloha Medical Mission – $5,000 – for their Welcome Smile Program; to provide restorative dental work for abused or incarcerated women in transition, as part of a greater effort to help them rebuild their lives and secure gainful employment.
  • Domestic Violence Action Center – $5,000 – to provide emergency rent and utilities assistance for survivors of domestic violence and their children to escape unsafe conditions in their current homes.
  • Family Programs Hawai`i – $5,000 – for PEAK, the Peer Engagement and Knowledge program on Hawai`i island to hold a Leadership Weekend for young women aged 14-18 years.
  • Hawai`i Literacy, Inc. – $5,000 – to fund the training of female peer tutors, aged 11-16 years, to support their Peer Tutoring program that serves low-income youth on the Waianae Coast.
  • Ho`ola Na Pua – $5,000 – for their Starfish Mentoring Program & Family Support Group serving 11-21 year-old at-risk females or victims of child sex trafficking and their families; to begin services on the Big Island of Hawai`i.
  • Malama Na Makua a Keiki – $4,640 – in support of their Maternal-Fetal and Parenting Program, which targets pregnant women who need drug or alcohol treatment on Maui and also provides strategies and support for parents of children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
  • Na Pu`uwai Native Hawaiian Health Care System – $5,000 – for the Ke Ola Hou o Lana`i to provide approximately 144 Lana`i women referred for mammography and diagnostic services with transportation by ferry to Maui and ground transportation to their appointments once there.
  • Sex Abuse Treatment Center – $5,000 – in support of Trauma Informed Yoga for Victims of Sexual Violence, a yoga curriculum for women and transwomen.
  • US Vets – Barber’s Point – $5,000 – General operating support for ADVANCE Hawai`i Women Homeless Veterans. Funding will support safe housing and comprehensive wraparound services for homeless female veterans.
  • WorkNet, Inc. – $5,000 – for The ReEntry Assistance Program (REAP), a special project to assist female prisoners for their transition to the community, with priority given to those whose terms are ended, who are homeless, who may have mental health diagnoses, and/or have substance abuse histories.