With the devastating losses from the Maui wildfires mounting, people across the country are organizing to and seeking out how to best lend a hand.
As of Monday, the wildfires have left 96 dead — with the toll expected to rise as searches continue — along with thousands displaced and seeking shelter and an estimated total cost of nearly $6 billion, according to Hawaii Gov. Josh Green.
“If possible, state and local officials recommend donations of cash to reputable nonprofit organizations active in Hawai‘i, which will allow the nonprofits to buy and provide exactly the goods and services required to meet the needs of survivors,” the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency said in a release.
Here are organizations providing direct assistance and accepting donations:
The Hawaii Community Foundation – Maui Strong Fund; www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/maui-strong; donate online or contact Donor Services at (808) 566-5560 or email@example.com
The organization stated 100% of donations will be distributed to “support evolving needs, including shelter, food, financial assistance, and other services as identified by our partners doing critical work on Maui.”
American Red Cross of Hawaii; https://www.redcross.org/local/hawaii; donate online, contact 1-800-HELP-NOW for information, or mail donations to American Red Cross, PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037
The organization has provided over 3,600 overnight shelter stays in emergency shelters since the disaster. Efforts will continue to provide “shelter, food, and comfort, as well as moving more relief supplies to Maui from the mainland and distributing food and relief supplies as soon things are in place to make this possible,” the Red Cross stated in a release.
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement – Kāko‘o Maui Fundraiser; www.hawaiiancouncil.org/maui; donate online or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
Every dollar donated up to $1.5 million will be matched, the organization’s website states, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Maui organizations to support relief efforts.
Maui United Way – Maui Fire Disaster Relief; https://mauiunitedway.org/disasterrelief; donate online or contact at 808.244.8787 or email@example.com
The fund is providing “immediate financial assistance through grants to nonprofits at the forefront of relief efforts, as well as directly to households that have been deeply affected,” the organization stated.
The Salvation Army Hawaii and Pacific Islands Division; https://hawaii.salvationarmy.org; donate online or contact at 1-800-728-7825
The Salvation Army’s Kahului Corps is feeding thousands at Maui County/American Red Cross shelters across the island in response to various wildfire evacuations, the organization stated, along with “shelter, emotional and spiritual care and other critical services.”
State officials are encouraging organizations or entities looking to help out relief efforts to contact Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency coordinator John Vierra at 808-733-4300, ext. 548, or email MauiStrongAssist@hawaii.gov.