Victoria Smith of Wailuku is the Outreach Coordinator for the Outreach Committee of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. As the coordinator, Victoria’s primary responsibility will be to receive and process all requests for assistance from the Local Mission Fund of the church.
The fund provides support for individuals and families in need throughout Maui County. For more information, please call: (808) 281-7434.
Grants To Date—Over $41,000
As of July 16, 2014 the Outreach Committee has approved grants totaling $41,096.86 for individuals and families in need who are residents of Maui County. Through the work of Victoria Smith, Outreach Coordinator, an effort has been made to "partner" with other church and community groups in responding to those in need.
Housing remains the most critical need whether for families or for individuals who are eligble to participate in the Maui Drug Program through Aloha House and the Sober Living Program. Financial resources are drawn from the Local Mission Fund of the church, a fund that relies on the committee's fundraising activities and the monetary donations of members and friends.
The effectiveness of the outreach work is reflected in the thank-you letters received from grant recipients that appear on this page.
2014 Annual Luncheon Fundraiser
Howard Pearson, Treasurer for the Outreach Committee, reported that at least $10,149.00 was received for 2014 Ho'okūkū Kolepa/Golf Tournament and Silent Auction & Luncheon. (Pearson reported that $232 was received in donations for the luncheon fundraiser that preceded the 2014 Annual Meeting on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014.)
The golf tournament was held on Sunday, February 9, 2014 and the silent auction and luncheon was held on Sunday, February 16, 2014. A special mahalo to Cindy Edgerle, Coordinator for the golf tournament; Evelyn Brown and Pat Dawson, Coordinators for the silent auction; and Laura Moore, Coordinator for the luncheon.
Maui Food Bank Drive
$733 Dollars Raised
The Outreach Committee held its second month-long food drive for the year for the Maui Food Bank beginning on Sunday, November 3, 2013. Mahalo to all who donated food items. In addition a total of $733 in monetary donations was also received.
The Maui Food Bank provides hunger relief for anyone who might be in need. The food bank is the only non-profit agency in Maui County that collects, warehouses and distributes perishable and non-perishable food items. It is a vital link between food donors and local charities that provide emergency food assistance to those at risk of hunger.
Christmas Faire & Bake Sale
Raises $1,254.00 for Mission
Proceeds from the sale of items at the Christmas Crafts Faire & Bake Sale that was held on Sunday, December 1, 2013 totaled $1,254.00. As a fundraising activity of the church the gross amount is subject to the general excise tax. The net proceeds from the sale will be designated to the Local Mission Fund.
Mahalo to all who donated crafts and baked goods including:
The following letters were received from recipients of the Local Mission Fund of the church. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality all names have been withheld.
Mahalo nui loa
Daly City, CA ... May 6, 2014
At this time words cannot express our family’s sincere appreciation for your . . . grant. The last two years have been a huge financial strain on me, because my daughter and son-in-law tried to follow his previous employer’s policy of transferring to Los Angeles to facilitate his career growth with the company.
As you may know, while in Los Angeles, he became very ill and he and (his wife) both realized they had made a huge mistake leaving their beloved Maui and moving . . . for a promotion. It was also a poor fit for their three children.
The family returned to Maui, where many more challenges awaited them. They both recently got jobs.
Thank God, they are beginning to achieve a balance between their work and family lives they never thought would be possible! The family is now attending church regularly and their three children are all attending church. Best of all they have most weekends off to spend time with their children and will be able to continue to attend church.
We will be forever grateful for your generosity to our family. I am confident that your outreach program has benefited many other families in crisis more than you may know.
God bless you and your congregation always. Your gift reflects the true meaning of the spirit of aloha!
Lāhainā, Maui ... June 2014
Thank you so much to helping out with my rent. You touch my heart. I was crying for few day (sic) . . . Could not belive (sic) it. God bless all of you.
Wailuku, Maui ... June 23, 2014
I wrote a letter to your church asking for help with some money so that I can get a bed at a Sober Living Program and begin a new life - clean, sober and walking with God in the path of righteousness. I recently received $225.00 from your church and wanted to express my appreciation.
All of your contribution is going to a good cause by supporting my sobriety and helping me start a new life with God by my side. Thanks again and God bless.
In God's love
Wailuku, Maui ... June 9, 2014
May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you so much for all you have done for us.
We will always be grateful for all that you have done to help us. On behalf of (our) family, again thank you so much. God bless.
A Cup of Cold Water
Community Care Van
A Cup of Cold Water is an outreach ministry of the Episcopal Churches of Maui and friends. On January 15, 2014 the Outreach Committee of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church approved a grant of $1,000.00 in support of the outreach ministry that provides assistance to the homeless of Maui through a Community Care Van.
With Appreciation and Aloha
Please accept our warmest thanks for Keawalaʻi Congregational Church’s generous donation of $1,000.00 to A Cup of Cold Water. We welcome your support of our mission to bring comfort and hope to our homeless brothers and sisters on Maui. It gives all of us great joy to make this connection with everyone at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church.
Your gift was received on January 24, 2014. For purposes of Internal Revenue Services reporting, we state for the record that you received no financial assistance or material considerations in return for your in-kind gift to A Cup of Cold Water other than the spiritual benefit of giving service to the Lord and to the community. With much appreciation and aloha,
Mary Lou Mellinger, Secretary
A Cup of Cold Water Board
January 27, 2014
Donors Support the Local Mission Fund
A number of donors provided gifts designated for the Local Mission Fund. Gifts to the fund support the Outreach Ministry of Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. The Marti Kluth Music Studio with Kumu Marti Kluth presented its Holiday Recital on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Keawalaʻi Congregational Church. Among the 35 students were those who are ‘ohana to the church including Laʻakea Awai, Claire Eller, Isabelle Greig, Anna Perkins and Kate Perkins.
Said Kluth, “Many mahalo to Keawalaʻi Congregational Church for the use of their beautiful facilities. We are fortunate to perform here.” Those in attendance were invited to make donations in support of the work of the Outreach Committee of the church. A total of $516.00 was received.
Terry & Stu Bauman of Mission Hills, Kansas wrote on December 12, 2013: “We appreciate the efforts of the Outreach Council in locating and providing support for those on Maui who face struggles that are beyond their means. We believe your work makes a difference. Best wishes to for a joyous Christmas season and new year.” A gift of $5,000.00 was received.
Gifts totaling an additional $4,200.00 were received from James Palmateer, Kīhei; Penny & Suzanne Valentine-Faith of San Diego, California; and Martin Hoffman of Switzerland.