Every year Clark Realty selects a group of Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations as grant recipients of our Clark Realty Corporation Community Fund (CRCCF.) Created in 2005 as a component fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation, your contributions to CRCCF help support local programs that promote the arts, healthy lifestyles, environmental awareness, and lifelong learning.
This past May, six organizations across the island were selected from the many nominees we received from Clark agents. In these posts we’re introducing you to this year’s grantees, describing their various programs and the inspiring ways they are aiding others throughout our island community.
As we approach the midpoint of our annual Community Fund Drive, we invite our friends, family, clients, and fellow community members to participate with us in supporting these worthwhile groups. Each of the organizations selected as a CRCCF grantee are programs with a proven track record of providing substantial positive benefit in their respective fields. As you get to know our 2015 grantees, we hope you’ll consider joining with us to support these inspiring Hawaii Island programs by contributing to CRCCF 2015.
This week’s post features the fourth of our six grantees:
Clark Realty Community Fund: Supporting Hospice of Hilo
Hospice of Hilo has been serving the east and south portions of Hawaii Island, encompassing Laupahoehoe to South Point, since 1983. A member in good standing with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the United Way, as well as Medicare certified, Hospice of Hilo’s medical and administrative staff is dedicated to providing care for those facing life-limiting illness, death, or grief.
Offering palliative and holistic care, Hospice of Hilo helps patients and their families with a variety of support so they can focus on spending time together. Services are provided in a patient’s home or at the Hospice of Hilo’s Community Center.
Hospice of Hilo provides a variety of services, including nursing care, inpatient hospice care, physician’s coordination, spiritual counseling, medical supplies and equipment, assistance with daily activities such as bathing, chore service, as well as grief and bereavement support. These services are typically covered by health insurance and Hospice of Hilo charges a sliding-scale fee based on financial status for those not covered by health insurance plans.
Every year Hospice of Hilo holds a Celebration of Life Luminary Ceremony at Wailoa State Park in Hilo in which participants can design a luminary in memory of a loved one and launch the lanterns at sunset on the river. They also sponsor a “Light Up A Life” event during the holidays in which participants can hang a Christmas ornament on Trees of Remembrance at Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo.
In addition, Hospice of Hilo offers grief support services for adults and youth. A weekly drop-in grief support group is held every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon at the Hospice of Hilo Community Center and a survivors of suicide drop-in grief support group is held every second Tuesday of the month from 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the same location.
The organization’s youth group programs include the annual Camp Maluhia, typically a weekend-long program in which children ages 5 to 17 and their families can address grief issues while enjoying a fun and memorable camp experience.