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Yes, our focus is on providing exceptional financial services. But it's part of our credit union culture to find other ways to help our friends and neighbors. Here are some of our recent initiatives:
The Maui Farm
Our Board Director, employees and their families lend a hand at The Maui Farm painting the chicken coop, cleaning the hog homes, propagating plants and more to help the organization to fulfill its mission to provide farm-based, family-centered programs that teach essential life skills for self-sufficient living.
We helped feed Maui's hungry by volunteering at the Maui Food Bank and preparing over 2,000 bags of food and over 2,000 boxes of food for distribution to seniors and for the holidays on Maui, Molokai and Lanai. In 2020, we provided nearly 200 volunteer hours at the Maui Food Bank.
We're supporting Maui women in need of life-saving mammograms and biopsies by raising funds for the Maui Health Foundation's Kokua for a Cause campaign. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting Maui women. Thanks to the support of our employees and members, we raised $13,000+ over the past two years.
For four consecutive years, we've helped Maui County keiki go back to school with the tools they need to succeed by supporting The Salvation Army's Adopt a Backpack drive for school supply donations. In addition, we also participate in the Angel Tree program during the holidays to provide keiki and kūpuna in need with Christmas gifts.
Feed My Sheep
Happy to help Feed My Sheep with their mobile food distribution to prevent food insecurity on Maui. We distributed fresh produce, meat and non-perishable items to Kahului and Lahaina residents in need. They continue to need volunteers to help with distributions weekly.
Ka Lima O Maui
We support Ka Lima O Maui by donating newspaper for the organization's Medicaid waiver program participants to shred. These disabled individuals are empowered by earning a paycheck for shredding the paper, which is then sold to to local flower growers. The nonprofit uses the funds to help continue their work.
In 2021, we awarded 20 students throughout Maui County $1,000 scholarships each towards their college education. Since the inception of its scholarship program in 2002, Maui County FCU has awarded 257 scholarships totaling $257,000.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program
Since 2018, we've participated in the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs, providing free basic tax return preparation to over 250 qualified individuals. The VITA program offers free tax help to: People who generally make $56,000 or less; Persons with disabilities; and Limited English- speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns.