FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Actus Community Fund awards more than $30,000 in grants to community programs
HONOLULU, HAWAII, May 9, 2011 – More than $30,000 in grants were awarded by the Actus Community Fund (ACF) this year, to benefit community programs and a capital improvement projects. The projects directly support Service Members in Hawaii and students at Hale Kula Elementary School on Schofield Barracks and Mokulele Elementary School on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). The ACF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on supporting the Military men and women who live in our homes and neighborhoods and the communities where Lend Lease employees work and live. Its vision is to encourage the bond between people and their communities to build a better tomorrow.
“We’ve been very fortunate to receive a significant amount of funding for programs that will directly benefit Service Members and school children in our local community,” said Dick Hawes, executive manager for Lend Lease in Hawaii who oversees the Island Palm Communities and Hickam Communities projects. “Our team talked to Army and Air Force leadership, schools and community organizations to find out where there were gaps, and we discovered much of the need was in educating families about sustainability and being good stewards of the environment they live and work in.”
ACF provided a seed grant in the amount of $10,000 to construct an outdoor classroom at Hale Kula Elementary School and $5,000 to install air conditioning units in classrooms at Mokulele Elementary School. The outdoor classroom will feature above ground gardens, rainwater harvesting system and curricula to compliment it, and serve as a foundation for long-term education focused on sustainable environments reaching a large number of military and non-military students that attend the school. Seed money for the capital improvement project at Mokulele helped generate an additional $35,000 in additional cash and in-kind donations from local contractors. The project was completed over the recent spring break, surprising students with a cool, relaxing environment conducive to learning.
“We’re extremely grateful for the additional support these important educational programs are receiving from local businesses and organizations,” said Hawes. “Their contributions combined with money from the Actus Community Fund help make a greater impact on the children and families in our community.”
Grants from the Actus Community Fund will also support Arbor Day activities that involve schools and military leadership at Schofield and JBPHH to help bases achieve and maintain their Tree City USA designation, an Earth Day Festival, a community gardens project, Native Hawaiian cultural classes, and the Friends of Hickam, an organization that provides activities for Airmen and their families.
About The Actus Community Fund
The Actus Community Fund is a nonprofit organization that focuses its efforts on supporting the Military men and women who live in our homes and neighborhoods and the communities where Actus Lend Lease employees work and live.
We support growth and development by funding projects that address community challenges in the areas of housing, education, health, economic development, and environmental sustainability and create or support programming that improves the quality of life for Military families who sacrifice so much for us. For more information on supporting our efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ann Choo Wharton