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Walmart reaches out to the unemployed

Thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council, the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross has been able to provide 19 unemployed individuals in Hawaii with scholarships for the Red Cross Nurse Aide Training Program.

The training program offers individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality health care as a certified nurse aide.

Coralie Chun Matayoshi, Hawaii Red Cross CEO, said, “Through Walmart’s generosity, unemployed individuals in Hawaii have a chance to learn a skill through our Red Cross Nurse Aide Training Program that not only will lead to employment opportunities but also will provide the students with a lifelong skill set to care for family, friends and neighbors as they grow older and need assistance.

“We’ve found that individuals with caregiving skills are more likely to respond when emergencies or other situations occur that need medical knowledge or assistance. And, they will be prepared to save the lives of others through their work in hospitals, nursing homes and private home environments,” Matayoshi said.

“Walmart’s grant is creating a win-win for our communities,” said Jim Tollefson, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii.

“Not only are they helping the unemployed get retrained for new jobs, but also they are helping our communities thrive by adding much-needed skilled health care professionals to our work force.”

For more information, visit or contact the headquarters office in Honolulu at (808) 739-8123, 8131 or 8146.

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