On May 15, 2014 Maui Youth & Family Services (MYFS) received a $750 donation from the Montessori School of Maui’s Philanthropy Student Committee.
Earlier this year Committee members, representing students from the lower elementary, upper elementary and middle school classes, learned about different Maui nonprofits, presented the information to their classmates and then facilitated a school-wide vote. MYFS, as well as the Hawaii Animal Rescue Foundation (HARF), were chosen to receive funds raised through a school-wide walk-a-thon and a fundraising night at Flatbread Pizza.
MYFS empowers youth and families challenged with behavioral health issues to become responsible, self-fulfilled and contributing members of the community through programs such as outpatient and school-based substance abuse treatment, emergency shelters, therapeutic foster care and outreach and advocacy for at-risk and homeless teens. Representatives from MYFS and HARF accepted the donations during an all-school assembly at the school’s Makawao campus and had a chance to thank the young people for their hard work and share a bit more about their organizations.
Students also worked with the Rotary Club of Kihei Sunrise to collect money for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts and solicited donations for the Cynthia Winans-Burns Scholarship Fund, which was established to honor the memory of the former head of school. In total, the students raised an astounding $3,150. This was the sixth year that the Montessori School of Maui has hosted a Philanthropy Student Committee.
“We are extremely honored to be one of the beneficiary organizations this year,” said MYFS Chief Executive Officer Jud Cunningham. “We are touched that our mission and work resonated so strongly with these students. Their generous donation will make a big difference in our ability to provide youth in the community with opportunities to succeed within a safe and supportive environment.”