Pooling together to strengthen our communities: that’s what credit unions have always done. Here are a few ways we’ve demonstrated it throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Helping keiki get back to learning
On Saturday, July 18 we participated in Kauai’s largest school supplies giveaway at Kukui Grove Center. As a sponsor of the Back to School Bash, we gave away 250 books, games and prizes.
Donating to non-profit organizations
19 Hawaii credit unions and credit union-related organizations came together to contribute $30,000 to Hawaii Community Foundation's Hawaii Resilience Fund. The Fund provides resources to nonprofits and healthcare providers to address the impacts of COVID-19 statewide.
In May 2020, HawaiiUSA associates Mel Chiba and Taylor Shigemoto presented a $5,000 donation to Kauai United Way’s COVID-19 Emergency Fund.
Year-round, HawaiiUSA partners with non-profits to reach those in need. The HawaiiUSA Foundation has donated $50,000 to help those in our communities who are hardest hit by COVID. Non-profit recipients included Foodbanks on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island, Malama Meals, Show Aloha Challenge, Kauai United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Hilo, Salvation Army Kauluwela Corp, and Feed My Sheep on Maui.
Volunteering at Grab and Go meal service
HawaiiUSA team members (L-R) Bryan Yucoco, Malia Cabbab, and Josh Phanthavong volunteered at Grab and Go meal service.
HawaiiUSA employees volunteered 500 hours through April, May, and June, 2020 at Hawaii Department of Education’s Grab and Go meal service. They served 58,600 breakfast and lunch meals to kids and teens in Pearl City and Waipahu.
Random acts of thanks
Little things can go a long way. To support HawaiiUSA’s Select Employee Groups (SEGs) and thank our valued members for their patience and understanding, we’ve surprised some of our branches with goodies purchased from SEGs.
On Monday April 27, Waipahu Branch members were treated to Ono Island Snacks Shrimp Chips from our SEG partner Ryan Miyamoto. On Friday May 1, Kahala Branch members were surprised with donuts from Purvè Donut Stop and SEG partners Nick Cornford and Brion Zablan.
Where will the random acts of thanks show up next? Who knows … they’re random!