September 2, 2021, 3:28 p.m. HST
* Updated September 2 at 3:41 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity Maui is the latest Maui nonprofit to receive a “generous personal donation” from Amazon Founder and Executive Chairman Jeff Bezos.
“We are extremely grateful for Mr. Bezos’ support,” said Sherri Dodson, Executive Director of Habitat Maui. “We are in the process of expanding our home security repair and modification program for low income kupunas and / or homeowners with disabilities, so this donation could not have come at a better time. Sadly, so many of our low income seniors live in unsanitary conditions and just need a helping hand. This donation will help us build our capacities and allow us to continue our mission. Everyone deserves a safe and decent place to live.
Habitat Maui serves the low-income communities of Maui, Molokaʻi and Lānaʻi by building new housing and renovating houses in poor condition. Earlier this year, the organization celebrated the completion of 10 new single-family homes in the Kahoma residential development in Lahaina.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities with Habitat Maui, contact their office at 808-242-1140 or visit their website at www.habitat-maui.org
Habitat Maui was incorporated in 1996 and became an official subsidiary of Habitat for Humanity International in 1997. To date, Habitat has built 146 homes in Maui County, providing safe and affordable housing to over 500 people across the region. local community. Habitat Maui serves individuals and families earning between 25% and 80% of the Maui County median income.
Monetary donations of unspecified amounts were also offered by Jeff Bezos to the Mālama Family Recovery Center, the Hawai’i Land Trust, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center and The Maui Farm.