LIHUE, KAUAI (May 6, 2020) — Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg’s Chan Zuckerberg Kaua‘i Community Fund of Hawai‘i Community Foundation has provided a grant to Catholic Charities Hawai‘i (CCH) to assist Kaua‘i residents suffering financially from the COVID-19 situation.
In response to the ongoing pandemic situation, the grant money will further CCH’s efforts to directly assist those financially impacted by the COVID-19 economic downturn.
“Many thanks to the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and to Dr. Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg for their generous gift that will aid so many during these challenging times,” said Catholic Charities Hawai‘i CEO and President Robert Van Tassell. “We continue to assist Kaua‘i residents affected by this sudden and devastating economic downturn, thanks to this donation and by so many others.”
CCH received a grant from the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Hawai‘i Resilience Fund in April to aid Kaua‘i residents and this added contribution will enhance our efforts with the extended stay-at-home order, Van Tassell said.
Kaua‘i residents seeking assistance can contact Catholic Charities Hawaii’s Līhu‘e office at (808) 241-4673 (HOPE) to see if they qualify. CCH staff will provide those inquiring with information on the application process and required documentation.
Those wishing to make a donation to Catholic Charities Hawai‘i can visit www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org/support/donate/ or call (808) 527-4820.
For more information about programs and services, please visit www.CatholicCharitiesHawaii.org.
About Catholic Charities Hawai‘i
Serving Hawai’i since 1947, Catholic Charities Hawai’i offers assistance to people in need, regardless of faith or culture. Long trusted in the community for their innovative and professional approach to human services, Catholic Charities Hawai’i touches the lives of tens of thousands of people each year through programs statewide. The agency is fully accredited through the Council on Accreditation. Catholic Charities Hawai‘i is a partner agency of Aloha United Way and a member of the nationwide Catholic Charities USA network. For more information visit www.catholiccharitieshawaii.org.
About The Chan Zuckerberg Kaua‘i Community Fund (CZKCF)
As residents of Kaua‘i, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg care deeply about Kaua`i and listened to community members to learn about the island’s biggest issues. As a result of these conversations, the CZKCF’s giving is directed to four priority areas: 1) essential quality of life issues, 2) education and youth, 3) health and wellness, in particular mental health, and 4) environmental, historical, and cultural preservation.
About Hawai‘i Community Foundation
With over 100 years of community service, the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) is the leading philanthropic institution in the state. HCF is a steward of more than 850 funds, including more than 250 scholarship funds, created by donors who desire to transform lives and improve communities. In 2017, HCF distributed more than $9.7 million in grants and contracts statewide, including more than $6 million in scholarships. HCF also serves as a resource on community issues and trends in the nonprofit sector.