Two donation PODS were opened on Thursday in Kihei and Pukalani to benefit Goodwill Hawaii and Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii.
The PODS are at the Kihei Recycling and Redemption Center on East Welakahao Road and at the Pukalani Longs Drugs parking lot.
The two nonprofit organizations recently formed a partnership to open the donation sites, according to a press release from Goodwill Hawaii, which will manage the operations of the donation centers.
“We believe in the mission and programs that Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii brings to the community and we felt it was important to come together to support each other for the betterment of Maui families, who are still dealing with the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic,” said Goodwill Hawaii President and CEO Katy Chen. “It is gratifying to know that the revenue generated from the sale of the donations collected will be right here in Maui to help the local population.”
Since the start of the pandemic, Goodwill has helped more than 2,000 people across the state obtain professional training and employment services to get back to work, according to the press release. Goodwill’s programs are supported by the sale of community donations at its thrift stores.
Ninety percent of the revenue generated at Goodwill’s thrift stores goes back to its programs that help more than 800 low-income families, people leaving prison, adults with disabilities, young people at risk and immigrants on Maui, the statement said.
“We are grateful to Goodwill Hawaii for this partnership and for helping us manage some of our donation centers, as it allows us to focus our efforts on our mentoring and development services for young people that we have been providing to the Maui community for 20 years.” said Dennis Brown, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii. “The pandemic has only increased the burden that many of our young people face and it is important that we continue to put their needs first.”