Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island recently received a special gift — a check from Ohana Fuels for $5,841 from its “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program. During their fourth quarter of 2013, a portion of the firm’s gasoline sales at Puainako and Leilani Street locations in Hilo, the Keaau station in Orchidland and the Laupahoehoe fuel station, were used to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island’s mentoring programs for at-risk children on Hawaii Island.
“The mission of our Giving Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations that improve overall quality of life. Ohana Fuels proudly sponsors programs that enhance the vitality of our neighborhoods, celebrate our community’s success, and support local charities”, said Kimo Haynes, president of Hawaii Petroleum Inc.
Thanks to Ohana Fuels’ invitation and contribution of car wash supplies, the Regional Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island also raised $1,712 in additional funds from three successful car washes at the Puainako location. Combined efforts from the car washes and Ohana Fuels generous check totaled $7,553.69 to support mentoring programs for at-risk youth.
“This generous contribution from Ohana Fuels allows us to expand mentoring programs toward West Hawaii, with services initially focused on Waimea,” said Gail Takaki, Hawaii Island director for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “We are so grateful that more communities can be served!”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island is nearly two years old, and has concentrated on the development of community-based and school-based mentoring programs in East Hawaii. Proceeds from the “Fuel Up. Do Good.”The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
“We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people by making meaningful, monitored matches between qualified volunteers (‘Bigs’) and children (‘Littles’), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the state,” said Ashley Nunes, statewide development coordinator.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii is a statewide organization that serves over 700 children as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kauai, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui.