Hawaii Community Foundation assists Oahu nonprofits following flood damage
Two Oahu nonprofits at risk of halting their services after April’s heavy storm, received grant funding from the Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) to assist with flood damage.
“While the storm’s aftermath was paralyzing on Kauai, we want to remember that it affected many on Oahu, too. Buildings were damaged, a school shut down, and many of our kupuna were at risk of losing food pantry services. That’s why it was important to help these organizations get up and running again as soon as possible.” said Micah Kane, CEO and president of HCF.
One Oahu nonprofit to receive grant funding was Mohala Pua Waldorf School.
The entire first floor of their campus was filled with water, equipment in many classrooms was damaged and students finished their classes in the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church’s buildings.
“Unfortunately, insurance wouldn’t be able to cover the costs of everything we needed, including testing for mold, bacteria and asbestos.“The grant allowed us to start making repairs right away and to ensure that our campus will be safe for students to return in August," said Jocelyn Romero Demirbag, Administrative Director at Mohala Pua Waldorf School.
Angel Network Charities Inc. also received a grant that helped to reopen the pantry and allow them to distribute dry goods right away.
They expect to be able to distribute fresh vegetables, refrigerated meats and to resume their educational cooking programs in the near future.