Welcome to the collective hub for Help Maui Rise, the spreadsheet you may have seen circulating that houses the stories of families who have lost their homes and livelihoods in the Maui Wildfires. What started out as a simple Google sheet to share within our inner circles has evolved into a growing resource of over a thousand affected loved ones, all vetted by our team and reviewed by GoFundMe directly.
In Hawai'i, community is everything, and when the fires began on August 8th, we knew we needed to take action. As three community members, our only wish is to provide aid to the displaced 'ohana of Lāhainā & Kula as quickly and directly as possible. The Maui fires took nearly 3,000 homes and businesses. 114 people have been confirmed dead and nearly two weeks later, 850 people are still unaccounted for. Families were given no warning and sometimes only seconds to escape, many of them with only the clothes on their backs.
Maui needs us now more than ever. The money you donate will help the displaced families of Lāhainā & Kula to get back on their feet and rise from the ashes. Whether you are from Hawai'i, have visited our island home, or are just learning about this from the news, we humbly ask for your kāko'o (support).
We've created this fundraiser in partnership with GoFundMe.org to provide a single "take action" button. This fund is meant to support all the families who have shared their stories with us and to provide aid for the many people feeling helpless at this moment.
Mahalo nui loa,
Kenna, Sam & Gabby
WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING
All donations will go directly to the families who are listed on Help Maui Rise. We have vetted each and every individual listing and GoFundMe.org will take care of distributing the funds to each fundraiser evenly and on a regular basis.
As new fundraisers are added to the list, we will equally divvy up the funds raised on a weekly or monthly basis (depending on the support we receive here).
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Donate. Anything helps, and your donation is tax-deductible.
2. Share. If you're unable to donate, you can still help in a major way by sharing this link, the doc itself, and reposting our Instagram stories and posts from @helpmauirise.
This is only the beginning. We need to keep up the momentum of support for our community as long as possible. As the news coverage begins to fade, amplifying the voices of these families will fall back onto the shoulders of our community, on island and overseas.
HOW CAN I GET MY 'OHANA ON THE LIST?
Many community members have submitted names on behalf of their friends or family, so you may already be on our list. Please do a quick search [Apple: Command + F] or [PC: Ctrl + F] to see if your 'ohana has already been submitted.
If you don't see your name on the list, please fill out this form or send a direct message on Instagram to @helpmauirise.
Note: You will only be able to receive a grant from this fundraiser after your GoFundMe link has been reviewed, verified, added to Help Maui Rise, and after you have set up transfers within your GoFundMe account.
MORE ABOUT GOFUNDME.ORG
GoFundMe.org is a 501(c)(3) public charity (EIN 81-2279757). Its mission is to provide fast and effective relief to victims of disaster, and to fund education and other charitable initiatives. Since 2017, GoFundMe.org has raised over $150 million, for distribution to nonprofit organizations serving the same mission, and to individuals who are part of the charitable class. It strives to eliminate the paradox of choice for donors by providing a centralized place to give, knowing that those dollars are disbursed to the right organizations and people. GoFundMe.org operated at a 96% efficient rate, meaning that $.96 on every dollar given, goes straight to delivering help, not our admin costs. Donations to this fund are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law. Money will be given at the discretion of GoFundMe.org as the need arises.
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