Kaiser Permanente gives three Hawaii organizations $100K each to combat racial hate

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Kaiser Permanente is donating $100,000 each to three Hawaii organizations to support their ongoing work to address hate crimes and related incidents within their communities.

Joint project: The funding is part of the “Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Initiative,” which the health care provider established this month with non-profit Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) in Washington, D.C., reported the Honolulu Star-Advertiser

  • The collaboration aims to distribute $3.6 million to 33 organizations from the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Kaiser and AAJC have identified three strategies to stop racist acts, provide interventions and promote healing in affected communities. 
  • The initiative prioritizes funding for “community education, mobilization, and coalition-building; direct services, mental health, and organizational sustainability; and advocacy and organizational leadership.”

Multi-pronged approach: In Hawaii, $300,000 will be equally distributed among a nonprofit supporting Micronesian and Pacific Island communities, an organization that fights against domestic violence and another group that empowers the community through education. 

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  • We Are Oceania (WAO) will use the funds to offer acculturation training for service providers to improve the way they work with the Micronesian community. It will also help the Youth Empowerment Services Center provide information on internships, financial literacy and college preparation.
  • Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) will fund community outreach and educational programs to increase awareness of violence against women and children in the COFA community.
  • Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL) will use the funding to conduct research on the local Micronesian/Marshallese communities and determine their main needs.

In addition to Hawaii, the “Stop Anti-Asian Hate and Violence Initiative” will extend support and disseminate funds to AAPI organizations in Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, Northwest, Washington and the Mid-Atlantic States. This month, Kaiser pledged $100,000 each to nine groups in Northern California, NextShark previously reported.

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