Hawaii Electric Light Company, Hawaiian Electric and Maui Electric collectively contributed $25,000 to the Hawaii Island United Way. In addition, contributions from employees of the three utilities will be matched by the Hawaiian Electric Industries Charitable Foundation, up to a total of $10,000.
All funds will be used to support Hawaii Island residents impacted by Tropical Storm Iselle.
“Since the storm swept across our island, we’ve all seen how our community has come together to face the challenges,” HELCO President Jay Ignacio said in a written statement. “As our company ohana remains focused on restoring power to all of our customers, we’re thankful that Hawaii Island United Way is also directly providing relief to those most impacted by the storm.”
“We are so grateful for the support of the Hawaiian Electric Companies to provide for the victims of Tropical Storm Iselle,” said Jeanine Atebara, president and chief professional officer of Hawaii Island United Way. “We have a network of 40 nonprofit health and human service partner agencies which gives us the connections and contacts to link providers to those who need it most.”
In addition to financial contributions, Hawaii Island United Way also is accepting food donations, which can be taken to the Food Basket in Hilo at 40 Holomua St. or Kona (turn left after Higashihara Park).
For more information or to make a financial contribution, visit www.hiunitedway.org.