On the night of Tuesday, August 8th, wildfires swept through west Maui destroying 2,700 structures and killing more than 100 people with hundreds still unaccounted for. Much of Lahaina, where about 13,000 people live, has been destroyed, displacing hundreds of families.
To support the ongoing disaster recovery efforts, the Schultz Family Foundation announced $60,000 in philanthropic grants to the following organizations:
· Maui Food Bank has been providing food banking services for residents of Maui since 1994. In response to the recent disaster, Maui Food Bank and its volunteers are working diligently on the ground collecting and distributing food donations to those affected by the fires. You can also support their work in Hawai'i here.
· Lāhui Foundation serves the communities of Hawai'i, prioritizing the preservation of the culture and land. Lāhui Foundation is currently working in the community providing basic needs and supports people directly affected by the fires. You can also support their work in Lahaina here.
· Hawai'i Community Foundation is running the Maui Strong Fund, providing financial resources that can be deployed quickly to nonprofit organizations with a focus on rapid response and recovery from the devastating fires. Funding is supporting evolving needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance, and other services identified by their partners doing the critical work on Maui. You can also support their work in Hawai'i here.
· Maui Humane Society protects and saves the lives of Maui’s animals, accepting all in need, educating the community, and inspiring respect and compassion towards all animals. Since the fires began, Maui Humane Society has rallied the community to rescue, treat, and reconnect pets with their owners. You can also support their work in Hawai'i here.
· World Central Kitchen is on the ground in Hawai'i providing meals to first responders and people impacted by the wildfires. Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen has built a disaster response infrastructure that enables it to respond quickly to crises worldwide. You can also support their work in Hawai'i here.