Standing with Maui
It’s been devastating watching the destruction in Maui in one of the deadliest wildfires in our country’s history. The catastrophe has created tragic situations for those who have lost loved ones, for those who have lost homes and livelihoods, and for wildlife and the environment. As the search and rescue continues, our thoughts are with the people of Maui and their friends and families.
At times like these, we have to make tough decisions about the role ShelterBox can play. ShelterBox aid is not the right fit for the families affected in Maui right now, and there are other organizations, including state and federal agencies, that are better positioned to respond to the immediate displacement needs.
However, ShelterBox USA is determined to stand with those affected and is working with our Rotary partners on the ground. As Rotary is our official partner in disaster relief, local Rotarians are vital to enabling the recovery of communities in times of emergency. Additionally, Rotary District 5000, which covers Maui, is on the frontlines of the crisis and supporting the affected communities.
ShelterBox USA is supporting the relief efforts of Rotary District 5000 and will be making a $50,000 donation to the Hawaii Rotary District 5000’s Maui Fire Relief Fund. The Hawaii Rotary District Foundation is a registered 501c3 (FEIN# 99-0339185). The Maui Fire Relief Fund aims to provide immediate assistance and long-term recovery support to the people of Maui, as they navigate the path to rebuilding their lives and communities. The Rotary District 5000 Foundation has established a committee that will work to identify the most critical needs and allocate the charitable resources effectively.
ShelterBox is continuing to closely monitor the situation in Maui. If you are interested in supporting recovery efforts, please visit Rotary District 5000’s website via this link to the Rotary District 5000 Maui Relief Fund donation page. The QR code link to the page is included below.
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