Credit Unions, Associations Rally To Support Hawaii Communities

In response to Hawaii’s devastating wildfires, credit unions and credit union associations came together to support those affected during this catastrophic time.

Wildfires that raged across Maui have killed at least 99 people, destroyed hundreds of buildings, and left thousands of people homeless.

HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union, based in Honolulu, created a Maui Fire Relief Fund that went toward food, housing and essential services for those in need. The credit union matched all donations up to $50,000, and exceeded their goal of $100,000 by raising $206,073 for the Maui Strong Fund. An additional $50,000 was also donated to the Hawaii Credit Union League toward relief and recovery of its fellow Maui credit unions. HawaiiUSA FCU’s Kihei branch was temporarily closed due to wildfire.

The National Credit Union Foundation has also been assisting the Hawaii Credit Union League and other credit unions to establish support. The NCUF’s CUAid fund helps credit unions and credit union people rebuild after natural disasters.

The Hawaii Credit Union League connected with its Valley Isle Chapter to coordinate donations in its Valley Isle branches in Kahului and Wailuku. They collected emergency relief items such as clothes, toiletries, bottled water and nonperishable food items.

The GoWest Foundation also committed $10,000 to CUAid. Over the past few years, credit unions across the GoWest region have rallied time and again to help people through the pandemic, wildfires, ice storms, flooding, and hurricanes. Donate to CUAid.

Posted in All Articles, Credit Union Response, Disaster Relief.