As part of its ongoing commitment to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves, Hawaii Water Service donated about $13,000 to local community organizations in 2020.
The contributions went to organizations that provide assistance for at-risk or underserved communities, healthcare, and animal welfare services and community care. The Waikoloa Dry Forest, Pukalani Community Association, Waikoloa Lions Club, United Cerebral Palsy of Hawaii, Hawaii Island Humane Society, Stage 4 (Helping Musicians), Food Basket Inc., Maui Food Bank, and Toys for Tots are among last year’s recipients.
Additionally, to help alleviate some of the financial strain for customers who lost their jobs or were otherwise hard hit financially by the coronavirus pandemic, the company forgave a portion of past-due water bill balances for some customers who fell behind because of the pandemic. The contributions and bill assistance are part of the utility’s philanthropic giving program and do not affect customers’ water bills.
“With so much financial hardship in our community last year, we wanted to focus our giving on organizations that could best support our customers and neighbors,” said Tony Carrasco, General Manager. “Hawaii Water Service is thoroughly committed to delivering quality, service, and value to our communities, and it is a privilege to be able to give back every year in this way.”