I don’t have the heart to discuss weekend events even assuming there will be any. These wildfires have been ultimately destructive especially in Lahaina. It’s truly heartbreaking. So much history lost. A lot of people are asking what they can do.
I wanted to share some resources if you need help or looking to donate or volunteer. Please be careful giving to fundraisers. Unfortunately, people do take advantage of these situations with fake fundraisers. The following are all places to give where you can ensure it’s coming back to the community.
Hawaii Life Matching First $50K
Proud to share that Hawaii Life Charitable Fund together with the Hawaii Community Foundation is collecting donations to support the tragic losses in Lahaina. Hawaii Life is matching the first $50,000 in donations. I am personally giving to this one so that I can double my impact.
Read more at the Maui Strong blog.
American Red Cross
Red Cross is setting up shelters in Maui. You can find a shelter by visiting redcross.org/shelter or downloading the Red Cross Emergency app for real-time alerts, open Red Cross shelter locations and expert advice on wildfires. The app includes an “I’m Safe” feature that help people check on loved ones. Search “American Red Cross” in app stores or go to redcross.org/apps. You can also call 1-866-438-4636.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is mass feeding thousands affected by the fires at the Red Cross Shelters. They are looking for large food donations by restaurants, catering companies, etc. The best way to help is making monetary donations.
Donations may be made online at Hawaii.SalvationArmy.org. You can also find listings of current volunteer opportunities there.
Maui Food Bank
Maui Food Bank is dedicating its website to the wildfire relief effort. Find information on how you can help. Donation Requests and distribution centers are listed.
FEMA has not yet authorized use of federal funds for wildfire disaster on Maui as of Wednesday afternoon. You can check DisasterAssistance.gov and enter the zipcode to see in real time if it has been declared. They will not approve applications even over the phone until disaster is declared.
Once disaster is declared, you can apply online here. You can also call 1-800-621-3362 to apply by phone.
Local Government Agencies
Check in with Local Government Agencies for disaster relief and the latest news.
Hawaii Emergency Management Agency delivers the latest news releases from the office of the governor.
Active Community Kept List on Google Docs
Community Members, Central Maui WWW has prepared a google docs spreadsheet with latest coordination efforts. They are updating this regularly. It is a great resource. This also lists all the drop off and distribution centers for supplies and donation.