nstitute for Human Services Executive Director Connie Mitchell and ASB Executive Vice President of Finance and IHS Board Member Alvin Sakamoto.
nstitute for Human Services Executive Director Connie Mitchell and ASB Executive Vice President of Finance and IHS Board Member Alvin Sakamoto.

HONOLULU, HAWAII – American Savings Bank (ASB) today announced it has donated $20,000 to four local non-profit organizations.  Kako’o Oiwi, Hawaii 3R’s, Institute for Human Services and Feed The Hunger Foundation each received a grant of $5,000 to support programs in Hawaii.

“These organizations are truly making a difference in the building of people’s lives and communities in our islands.  It is with humility and aloha that we support these community organizations through our employee volunteerism efforts and via grant donations.  We remain steadfast towards our commitment in helping our kama`āina and communities grow and prosper”, said Kaulana Park, ASB Senior Vice President of Community and Business Development.

ASB’s grant to Kaneohe-based, Kako’o Oiwi will be used to replace tools and equipment recently stolen from the non-profit’s Heeia Wetlands site. Kako’o Oiwi’s mission is to restore the Heeia Wetlands to a sustainable agricultural landscape. Additionally, more than forty-five ASB employees, family members and friends recently volunteered at Kako’o Oiwi’s community work day assisting with lo`i restoration and expansion.

Hawaii 3R’s (Repair, Remodel, and Restore) which organizes outside financial and human resources to solve the repair and maintenance backlog affecting Hawaii’s public schools also received a grant. Over that last few years, ASB employees have volunteered with Hawaii 3R’s at Mililani Ike Elementary, Pauoa Elementary and Kaleiopuu Elementary to assist with needed repair and beautification projects.

The Institute for Human Services (IHS) received support from ASB for its mission to serve Hawaii’s homeless by providing them with basic human needs and transformative help in the form of health care, support services, adult education and special counseling.  In March, ASB employees also helped to cook, prepare and serve meals at IHS’ shelter in Iwilei.

ASB’s grant to Feed The Hunger Foundation will support the organization’s “Food for Thought” microfinance program which provides small loans to low-income borrowers to create or expand businesses that are helping to create self-sufficient food systems in Hawaii.

Serving Hawaii’s businesses and communities for more than 85 years, American Savings Bank provides a full range of financial products and services, including commercial banking, consumer banking, insurance, and investments.

Submitted by American Savings

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