Hawai’i First FCU Receives Grant Money to Deploy Emergency Funding

on "May 22, 2020 2:08 pm"

The credit union partners with Hawai’i Community Foundation to provide up to $1,000 in emergency funds to Hawai’i island households impacted by COVID-19.

The Hawai’i Resilience Fund was created by the Hawai’i Community Foundation in collaboration with local donors. Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union and its non-profit arm, Hawai’i First Community Ventures, were one of the community partners chosen in this round of COVID-19 relief grants. The grant allows Hawai’i island residents to apply for up to $1,000 per household to cover specific household expenses. The application became available online on Friday, May 22, 2020, via Hawai’i First FCU’s website, www.hawaiifirstfcu.com. Supporting documents will be requested during the application process. Previously awarded applicants of the Hawai’i Resilience Fund or Richard Smart Fund are not eligible to apply.

Additional information and the application will be available on the Hawai’i First website.

As Financial First Responders, Hawai’i First made operational adjustments early to ensure they could keep operating safely, especially during this time of financial uncertainty.

In April of this year, Hawai’i First also stepped up to assist and deploy $1,000 maximum emergency funds to Waimea (Kamuela) households in partnership with Hawai’i Community Foundation and the Richard Smart Fund. In one month, Hawai’i First processed applications and issued hundreds of checks. These funds helped assist Waimea residents with rent, mortgage, and utility payments.

“We are grateful for the strong community partnerships we’ve built over the years. When Hawai’i Community Foundation comes to us with opportunities to provide help, hope, and happiness, we never hesitate. We are thrilled to expand our efforts to the entire island of Hawai’i and assist more families in need during this difficult time.” Laura Aguirre, President/CEO of Hawai’i First.

For additional information on the programs and services offered at Hawai’i Federal Credit Union, visit www.hawaiifirstfcu.com.