On Thursday, May 21st, HiTel FCU employees participated in the Red Nose Day. It was a worldwide fundraising campaign for people to have fun and raise money for children and young people living in poverty. Red Nose Day is the main way in which Comic Relief raises money. Comic Relief is an operating British charity, which was founded in 1985 by the comedy script writer Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry. The United Kingdom held their first Red Nose Day on February 5, 1988. However, this was the very first year that the United States participated in the cause. Fifty percent of funds raised by the U.S. will remain in country and be shared among nonprofit organizations and the remaining funds will be distributed among other nonprofit organizations around the world (Africa, Asia and Latin America). For more information, please visit www.rednoseday.org and to view pictures of some of our staff follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @hitelfcu.
Hawaiian Tel FCU members and staff supported the Kaneohe Marine Corps annual “Toys for Tots” drive again this year. This program provides an opportunity for all local communities to come together during October through December. They collect gifts such as, stuffed animals, Barbie dolls, Lego board games and many other toys.
On Tuesday, December 23rd, we dropped off the credit union donations to the helpful elves (volunteers) that were collecting toys at the Ward Centers site. Last year, Toys for Tots, collected over 45,000 toys to help make the holidays brighter. We would like to thank everyone who generously donated! Your donations brought good spirit and cheer to Hawaii’s less fortunate Keiki during this holiday season!
Mahalo Nui Loa!
HiTel FCU is always active in the community, lending a helping hand to many different organizations. For the past decade, the credit union has put on a company bake sale in efforts to raise money for Aloha United Way.
This year there were many generous donors – fried rice omelet, brownies, strawberry cookies, maple bacon cupcakes and much more scrumptious goodies. Employees got their fill and it was a great success.
In addition, in the past few years, HiTel FCU added a company garage sale to their fundraising efforts. This year employees brought in a number of donations from ceramic pottery and baby toys to various make up products and home appliances. All proceeds from both events will go to AUW, and the credit union is donating over $10,500!
Hawaiian Tel FCU is actively supporting the Hawaii Foodbank’s “Fight Hunger Spark Change” Campaign from now until Sunday, October 5th. The Hawaii Foodbank is competing with 128 other food banks across the nation for the Walmart grant of $60,000 – if we are one of the top 50. Voting is easy:
- Visit www.walmart.com/fighthunger from your computer or mobile device
- Log on to Facebook
- Click on the VOTE button
- Share your vote and encourage others to vote for the Hawaii Foodbank, and #HFBfighthunger for an entry to win two general admission tickets to Great Chefs Fight Hunger on March 21, 2015.
If granted the lump sum – the Hawaii Foodbank will share $15,000 with two member agencies: lighthouse Outreach Assembly of God, Waipahu and Surfing the Nations, Wahiawa. Both agencies will receive a $7,500 credit to restock their shelves.
Lighthouse Outreach Assembly of God is led by Pastor Joe Hunkin Jr. is a community food distribution center and homeless shelter since October 2006. This shelter houses over 120 individuals who have the ability to receive social services for rental assistance, financial planning and medical aid.
Surfing the Nations/Feeding the Hungry is led by Pastors Tom and Cindy Bauer is a mission outreach servicing the needy in both Wahiawa and Kalihi since 1998.
The winning entry will be selected from all Facebook “Share your Vote” entries marked with the #HFBfighthunger between now and October 5th, 5:59am. The winner will receive two general admission tickets to Great Chefs Fight Hunger on March 21, 2015. You may vote and enter this contest once every 24 hours, so vote and enter every day!
On Friday, August 22, 2014, HiTel FCU volunteered at the annual Kapiolani Radiothon for Kids. Throughout the two-day event, there were other volunteer groups that helped with the live phone bank. Phones were ringing off the hook gathering generous donations from many callers, while GEICO Hawaii matched each of those donations during the “Power Hour.” 100% of all proceeds will stay in Hawaii and be used to purchase medical equipment, assist with neighbor island travel, and to fund education and research programs. Thank you again to everyone who donated a gift of a miracle to Hawaii’s children and their families.