Mentoring program gets boost


Hawaii Arts & Crafts has donated $2,300 to help the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island community and school mentoring programs for children facing adversity.

According to Matthew Bantilan and Marlene Vashishta, the executive directors of Hawaii Arts & Crafts, “We believe in the core values of kindness, generosity and compassion. Through giving back to the community for a worthy cause, we can make an impact in the lives of an individual person.

“We are impressed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island’s effectiveness and would like to see them expand and grow on the Big Island. It is truly an investment in our community and an investment in the lives of future generation.”

The mission of Hawaii Arts & Crafts is to promote Hawaii’s diverse arts, crafts, food, culture and heritage through educational pursuits, and assisting the poor and underprivileged. The organization chose Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii along with two other local nonprofits to participate in the 20th Annual Hawaii Arts, Crafts & Food Festival April 4-6 and to fundraise at the event through the sale of Krispy Kreme donuts, Krispy Kreme coffee, T-shirts and charitable contributions.

“We opened programs on Hawaii Island exactly one year ago and are now serving both Hilo Union and Keaau Elementary School with after-school mentoring programs as well as a handful of community-based matches,” said Gordon Takaki, chairman of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hawaii Island Advisory Committee. “It is incredible to see how much our services are needed by the community, and we are so thankful to Hawaii Arts & Crafts for partnering with us for much needed fundraising in order to expand our programs to serve more youth.”

 

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