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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, May 9, 2002


Advertiser Staff

The James T. Pettus Foundation recently awarded Goodwill Industries of Hawaii a $7,000 contribution toward its Emergency Job Training and Placement Assistance program. Short-term skills training is being provided for people previously employed in the tourism industry who need assistance to move into a career with a shortage of workers, such as A+ certification, certified nursing assistant or human services.

Locally last year, Goodwill served more than 2,200 people and reported $10.2 million in revenue. During this period, with Goodwill's assistance, 700 people were placed in jobs.

The Hawaii Consortium for the Arts recently received a $30,000 grant from the Robert Emens Black Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation. The grant will help the fledgling organization garner support in the community for arts advocacy and education and programs to disseminate information related to the arts.

The Hawaii Consortium of the Arts was established in 1997 through a grassroots effort when many felt that the arts needed a collective voice to ensure a healthy environment for them during the economic downturn. The consortium maintains a presence at the Legislature, tracking bills pertaining to arts and culture and advocating continued resources for them.

• The Verizon Foundation has awarded $8,000 to the Mission Houses Museum in support of the updating and expansion of its Web site. An expanded site will allow the museum to communicate with a wider audience and to keep information accessible to the public. Web pages will include visitor information, education programs, a calendar of events, a virtual tour of the Mission Houses, information on how to support the museum and volunteer opportunities.

• The Salvation Army recently received four grants to help support four of its community-based programs.

The Sophie Russell Testamentary Trust gave $30,000 to support the Salvation Army's Kona Community Clinic to help respond to people who lost jobs because of the downturn in tourism after the Sept. 11 terrrorist attacks in New York City and Washington.

The Kitaro Watanabe Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation granted $10,000 to the Salvation Army's Persons-Need-Program, which assists children 17 and under who have serious medical conditions or special educational needs.

The Oscar L. and Ernestine H. Armstrong Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation awarded $1,500 to assist the Salvation Army in developing and implementing the Community Skateboard program in Waimea on the Big Island. The program seeks to provide Waimea's children a safe, drug-free and supervised environment as an alternative to the dangerous use of public and business premises for skateboarding.

Seagull Schools has been awarded a grant of $50,000 from First Hawaiian Foundation, the charitable arm of First Hawaiian Bank, for its 2002 fund drive.

"Funds from this grant will be used to construct much-needed facilities for expanding our intergenerational facility at Kapolei," said Seagull Schools director Chuck Larson.

At Kapolei, Seagull schools operates an intergenerational center for 25 seniors and disabled adults that is combined with an early-education center that serves 240 preschool children.