Ko Olina Charities, a 501 (c) (3) organization, was created to expand community participation and outreach to West Oʻahu residents. Supported by donations from resort operators and residents, public donations and grants from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the organization has developed and subsidized community outreach programs, provided educational opportunities for the youth of immediate and surrounding communities, assisted with on-the-job training opportunities, sponsored West Oʻahu community events and worked to protect the environment.
“Charity is the program’s official capacity, but we feel it is more our kuleana to give thanks to the community and to help spearhead positive changes for those who need it.”
– Jeff Stone, Ko Olina Master Developer
Ko Olina Charities’ annual Thanksgiving Outreach serves 4,000 holiday meals to homeless and low-income families throughout the region. Other organizations and community events that receive support include: Hale Kipa, Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women & Children, Waiʻanae High School’s award-winning Searider Productions and Robotics programs, Nānākuli High & Intermediate Performing Arts Center, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaiʻi, ‘Olelo Youth Xchange video competition, Leeward Community College Culinary Arts Program, NFL Youth Education Town (YET) and the Ko Olina Training Fund, among others.
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