To celebrate 10 years of flying to the Islands, Alaska Airlines has given $100,000 to 10 nonprofits in Hawaii – $10,000 each.
“Hawaii has a special relationship with Alaska Airlines. During the Great Recession, the airline provided a U.S. West Coast connection and a much-needed boost to our economy,” said Hawaii Gov. David Ige. “Ten years later, it’s the number one carrier from that market, and its passengers contribute over $2 billion to the state’s economy each year. But the bond goes beyond the economic impact. Alaska Airlines is part of our ohana and our shared values. We look forward to a long and productive future together.”
The Alaska Airlines Foundation provided the $10,000 grants to the 10 organizations during a community reception Monday at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki. See the list of nonprofits below.
Alaska Airlines celebration in Waikiki
$10,000 to AccesSurf
AccesSurf empowers people with physical and cognitive disabilities through accessible water programs.
Video:Alaska Cares: AccesSurf
$10,000 to Aloha United Way
Aloha United Way creates a healthier community by supporting programs and services that give children opportunities to achieve their full potential.
$10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii
Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii creates life-changing friendships by matching kids or “littles” with mentors or “bigs” and guides kids, mentors, and parents on this life-changing journey.
$10,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii inspires young people toward a greater future by providing a safe place for kids, which includes professional mentorship, character development and life-enhancing skills.
$10,000 to Friends of Hawaii Robotics
Friends of Hawaii Robotics supports Hawaii’s nine robotics programs in elementary, middle and high schools statewide and creates opportunities for students to develop essential twenty-first century life skills, which prepare them to become Hawaii’s leaders of tomorrow.
$10,000 to Hawaii Youth Symphony
Hawaii Youth Symphony advances critical and positive links between music study, academic achievement, and social emotional development.
$10,000 to Islander Scholars
Islander Scholars honors public high school juniors who exemplify the values that make Hawaii unique, forming a cohort of young leaders who will help Hawaii thrive in the future.
$10,000 to Kapiolani Health Foundation
Kapiolani Health Foundation supports Hawaii’s only maternity, newborn and pediatric specialty medical center, providing exceptional medical care to women, children and families.
$10,000 to Kupu
Kupu provides hands-on training programs that educate and mentor youth to become stewards of Hawaii’s culture and environment, helping them develop a strong connection to the place in which they live.
Video:Alaska Cares: Kupu
$10,000 to Make-A-Wish Hawaii
Make-A-Wish Hawaii grants memorable wishes for Hawaii’s critically-ill children, helping them to imagine a future without illness and believe in what’s possible.
Video: Alaska’s Decade of Aloha
Over the past decade, Alaska Airlines has provided nearly $2.7 million in cash and in-kind support to more than 180 Hawaii organizations. Alaska Airlines flies the most nonstop flights from Hawaii to the most destinations on the West Coast, with 179 flights per week from four Hawaiian Islands.