Alexander & Baldwin Announces COVID-19 Charitable Giving Grants
HONOLULU (July 29, 2020) – In March of this year, Alexander & Baldwin (A&B), the state’s largest owner, operator and manager of grocery anchored retail shopping centers, designated twenty percent – approximately $200,000 – of its 2020 annual Kokua Giving budget for non-profits on the frontline of COVID-19 relief. A&B today announced it has completed its first tranche of giving, with over $125,000 allocated to organizations serving a spectrum of COVID-induced needs--emergency meals for our families and kupuna; homelessness prevention through rent/mortgage/utility payment assistance; laptops and tutoring to support remote learning for disadvantaged keiki; and support for our local farmers, impacted by the closure of restaurants and tourism.
“Our employees are our eyes and ears on the ground, helping us to understand the most urgent needs in our communities. Our Kokua Giving team has also been working closely with our nonprofit partners statewide to understand not only the immediate but the long-term needs created by the impacts of COVID-19,” said Meredith Ching, A&B executive vice president, external affairs. “These first grants are a result of those conversations. Support was provided on all of the islands, to all age groups, from our keiki to kupuna, for food, housing and education. Our goal is to provide stability to those most affected by the impacts of this pandemic in our key communities, working with trusted non-profits that A&B has partnered with over our many years of providing community support.”
A complete list of the receiving agencies is provided at the end of this press release.
An A&B emergency grant will support Helping Hands Hawaii’s (HHH) Household Stabilization and Homelessness Prevention program, providing financial assistance for rent, mortgage and utilities to enable families to secure or maintain housing and re-establish stability.
“It’s been a difficult three months for our community, and we’ve responded to an overwhelming number of families in need during this COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Each family has a unique situation, but many share similar
concerns about paying rent, mortgage and utilities,” said Susan Furuta, President & CEO, Helping Hands Hawaii. “Alexander & Baldwin has always been committed to the community, and we are deeply grateful for their twenty-year partnership. The generosity of their support strengthens and empowers struggling households and helps them get back on their feet.”
Kupu, one of the non-profit recipients of A&B’s COVID-19 designated grants, will extend their emergency meals program in Windward Oahu. The organization has prepared and served 800 meals in the region daily since March 23.
“Kupu continues to be thankful for our partnership with Alexander & Baldwin, and their generous financial support of our food distribution program will greatly help feed families in Windward O‘ahu as we all come together in the spirit of aloha to get through these challenging times. A&B donated to the construction of the Ho‘okupu Center which is now the Kupu Culinary Program's base that creates meals for our community during the pandemic, " said John Leong, Chief Executive Officer, Kupu. “A&B has been instrumental in supporting Kupu with our endeavors to engage Hawai‘i's youth and promote conservation, sustainability and environmental education and services, and was one of the lead sponsors of our Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day event restoring Hamakua Marsh State Wildlife Sanctuary at the beginning of this year.” The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Hamakua Marsh kicked-off A&Bs 150th anniversary celebration which includes additional programs for giving back to its communities across the state.
A&B is also providing in-kind support, such as making its neighborhood centers available for COVID-related food distribution and the Blood Bank of Hawaii’s bloodmobiles.
The remainder of the COVID-19 designated funds will be distributed later this year to address an expected increase in pandemic-related needs, anticipated by the non-profit community. A&B will continue collaborating with its communities and community partners to identify the greatest areas of need. The company will also maintain support to sustain its long-time community non-profit partners providing important programs and services to Hawaii’s residents, and who are facing challenges of survival by the wide-spread economic impacts of COVID.
Ching concluded, “We invite you to take a look at our latest Review of Giving, outlining A&B’s giving and volunteerism in the past year. While 2020 giving is taking a different course due to the unanticipated impacts of COVID-19, we remain committed to the community non-profits who work year after year, in good times and bad, to make Hawaii a better place for all.”
About Alexander & Baldwin, Inc.
Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. (A&B) is Hawai'i's premier commercial real estate company and the largest owner of grocery-anchored, neighborhood shopping centers in the state. A&B owns, operates and manages approximately 3.9 million square feet of commercial space in Hawai'i, including 22 retail centers, ten industrial assets and four office properties, as well as 154 acres of ground leases. These core assets comprise nearly 72% of A&B's total assets. A&B's non-core assets include renewable energy generation facilities, 27,000 acres of agricultural and conservation land and a vertically integrated paving business. A&B is achieving its strategic objective of becoming a Hawai'i-focused commercial real estate company by expanding and strengthening its Hawai'i CRE portfolio and monetizing non-core assets. Over its 150-year history, A&B has evolved with the state's economy and played a leadership role in the development of the agricultural, transportation, tourism, construction, residential and commercial real estate industries. Learn more about A&B at www.alexanderbaldwin.com.
ALEXANDER & BALDWIN ANNOUNCES COVID-19
CHARITABLE GIVING GRANTS
Comprehensive List of Recipient Non-profits
Kauai United Way: COVID-19 Emergency Fund
Castle High School: Class of 2020 graduation video broadcast
Farm Bureau: Farm-to-Car program
Helping Hands Hawaii: Household Stabilization and Homelessness Prevention program
Ko’olau Aina Momona: Kupuna meals in Windward Oahu
KUPU: Emergency meals in Windward Oahu
Lunalilo Home: Kupuna hot meal delivery program
Palama Settlement: Electronic devices, educational software and tutoring for disadvantaged youth
Maui United Way: COVID-19 Emergency Safety Net Fund
Hale Mahaolu: Rental assistance and financial counseling
Hale Makua: COVID-19 visitor screening facility
Kaunoa Senior Services: Kupuna meal delivery program
Maui Economic Opportunity: Administration of COVID-19-related financial assistance programs
Friendly Island United Way: Support for emergency meals and other priority programs
Hawaii Island United Way – Hawaii Island Recovery Fund