Hawaiian Electric, HEI donate $150,032 to United Way chapters

May. 21, 2020
Hawaiian Electric and Hawaiian Electric Industries (NSYE: HE) Charitable Foundation donated $150,032 to United Way chapters statewide to provide financial relief to those at risk of losing their home or utility services through Aloha United Way’s Covid-19 Rent & Utility Assistance Program.

The HEI Charitable Foundation contributed $75,000 and led Hawaiian Electric and HEI employees to launch a month-long online giving campaign in April. Employees on Oahu, Maui, Hawaii, Lanai and Molokai raised $37,516 — which was matched by the HEI Charitable Foundation to total a six figure contribution.

“The initial donation from our charitable foundation generated awareness about the community need and inspired our employees to get involved to raise additional funds,” said Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “Giving back is part of Hawaiian Electric’s culture, and our employees are passionate about helping those most vulnerable in our communities. As a company we embrace this philosophy and are proud to have matched our employees’ giving.”

According to Norm Baker, Aloha United Way interim president and CEO, the $150,032 donation will keep approximately 1,500 households from being evicted.

"Community support is critical to meet the growing need," Baker said. "We hope the actions of HEI and Hawaiian Electric inspire other companies to help our community in these challenging and uncertain times.”

Due to the public health concerns surrounding the coronavirus, a virtual check presentation with representatives from Hawaiian Electric, HEI, Aloha United Way, Maui United Way and Hawaii Island United Way was held over Webx.

By   – Reporter, Pacific Business News
May 21, 2020, 7:23pm EDT