The outpouring of support in the wake of deadly wildfires on Maui has been nearly universal, with many people seeking opportunities to either make donations or volunteer.
State and local officials are recommending cash donations to reputable nonprofit organizations active in Hawaii.
Here are some opportunities:
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency: Donations and volunteer support information at ready.hawaii.gov or 808-733-4300.
Maui United Way: The Fire Disaster Relief Fund is providing financial assistance through grants to nonprofits at the forefront of relief efforts, as well as directly to households that have been deeply affected. Those who would like to donate may do so at mauiunitedway.org/disasterrelief.
Hawaii Community Foundation Maui Strong Fund: Anyone wanting to make donations to help communities and families recover on Maui can do so through Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund at hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong.
Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation: The Hawaii chapter is collecting donations to secure debit cards that will be issued directly to wildfire survivors. Donate through donate.tzuchi.us/cause/mauirelief/, call 808-737-8885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tzu Chi is a nonprofit international community service organization based in Taiwan, with local headquarters in Kaimuki.
American Red Cross of Hawaii: Money and volunteers needed; visit redcross.org/hawaii