Fund aids kids' speech therapy
Parents and Children Together received a $40,000 grant from the Hawai'i Community Foundation's Hawai'i Children's Trust Fund to help children with speech therapy needs.
A speech pathologist will be hired to work with speech-delayed children in the Early Head Start/Head Start program for low-income families.
PACT also received $15,000 from the Teresa F. Hughes Trust Estate to assist special-needs children in O'ahu Healthy Start programs, which are designed to support parents of newborns and toddlers who are facing life challenges.
Red Cross gets $18,000 boost
The Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross received $15,000 from Hawaiian Electric Co., Hawaii Electric Light Co. The grant will provide disaster recovery assistance to Hawai'i families.
It also received $3,000 from the Verizon Foundation to launch a campaign to provide preparedness information to the community and invite residents to become actively involved.
Gift encourages family reading
Read Aloud America has received two grants: $6,850 from the Mary D. and Walter F. Frear Eleemosynary Trust to expand organizational capacity, and $6,850 from the Mo' Bettah Together Program to implement a community-based Read Aloud Program at Wai'anae Elementary School in the fall.
The Read Aloud Program is designed to create lifelong readers. Families gather every other week to share the pleasure of reading. For more information, call 531-1985.
Waipahu agency awards grants
The Waipahu Community Foundation has awarded the following grants: $4,500 to Waipahu 21st Century Community Learning Centers at August Ahrens Elementary School; $4,203 to Gentry-Waipi'o, Crestview, Seaview Friends of Youth; $1,600 to Leeward YMCA; $2,256 to Waipahu Youth Baseball; $1,715 to Boy Scouts Troop 32 of Waipi'o-Gentry.
Annual awards were: $24,500 to Waipahu High School; $5,000 to Waipahu Jackrabbits football team; and $5,450 to Waipahu Cultural Garden Park.
Grant applications for OctoberiDecember are due Sept. 5. Call executive director Cal Kawamoto at 677-9455 or 306-2381.
Foundation aids Kalihi literacy
Hawaii Literacy has been awarded $16,500 by the Cooke Foundation for its English as a Second Language/Family Literacy program serving families in Kalihi public housing projects, where 32 percent of adults need literacy support.
The Chart House Restaurant recently presented Hawaii Literacy with $3,000, the proceeds from its 35th anniversary celebration.
Camp helps kids with cancer
The Childhood Leukemia Foundation has donated $500 and 67 camp bags with T-shirts, hats and key chains to the American Cancer Society for Camp Anuenue, a week-long summer camp on O'ahu for children from 7 to 17 years old who have cancer.
Friends of Hawaii Charities Inc. gave Camp Anuenue $10,000. The money also will go to Families Can*Sur *Vive, a three-day family retreat that provides interactive support and guidance.
Children diagnosed with cancer are invited to participate in the camp programs without charge. For more information, call 595-7500.
Kids' health program helped
A $4,922 grant to The Salvation Army's Kona Community Clinic will help provide required immunizations and physical examinations to approximately 200 schoolchildren in Kona and other West Hawai'i communities.
The grant comes from the Hawai'i Community Foundation's West Hawai'i Fund.
The clinic is known for its humanitarian services to disadvantaged families and individuals who have limited or no medical insurance.