HFFCU Emergency Grant Funds Press Release

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For Immediate Release 

Hawai’i First FCU Receives Grant Money to Deploy Emergency Funding 

 Credit union partners with Hawai’i Community Foundation to provide up to $1,000 in emergency funds to Hawai’i island households impacted by COVID-19.


HILO, HAWAI’I – The Hawai’i Resilience Fund was created by the Hawai’i Community Foundation in collaboration with local donors. Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union and its non-profit arm, Hawai’i First Community Ventures, were one of the community partners chosen in this round of COVID-19 relief grants. The grant allows Hawai’i island residents to apply for up to $1,000 per household to cover specific household expenses. The application will be available online by Friday, May 22, 2020, via Hawai’i First FCU’s website, www.hawaiifirstfcu.com. Supporting documents will be requested during the application process. Previously awarded applicants of the Hawai’i Resilience Fund or Richard Smart Fund are not eligible to apply.

Additional information and the application will be available on the Hawai’i First website.

As Financial First Responders, Hawai’i First made operational adjustments early to ensure they could keep operating safely, especially during this time of financial uncertainty.

In April of this year, Hawai’i First also stepped up to assist and deploy $1,000 maximum emergency funds to Waimea (Kamuela) households in partnership with Hawai’i Community Foundation and the Richard Smart Fund. In one month, Hawai’i First processed applications and issued hundreds of checks. These funds helped assist Waimea residents with rent, mortgage, and utility payments.

“We are grateful for the strong community partnerships we’ve built over the years. When Hawai’i Community Foundation comes to us with opportunities to provide help, hope, and happiness, we never hesitate. We are thrilled to expand our efforts to the entire island of Hawai’i and assist more families in need during this difficult time.” Laura Aguirre, President/CEO of Hawai’i First.

For additional information on the programs and services offered at Hawai’i Federal Credit Union, visit www.hawaiifirstfcu.com.


Other Programs Available to Hawai’i Island Residents:


Emergency Grants

Hope Services Hawai’i

(808) 935-3050 www.hopeserviceshawaii.org


Neighborhood Place of Puna

(808) 965-5550



Hawai’i County Economic Opportunity Council

(808) 935-5219



Or call United Way at 211 for more information.


Emergency Loans

Hawaiian Community Assets

Hawai’i Community Lending

(808) 934-0801







About Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union

Hawai’i First Federal Credit Union (HFFCU) is a low-income designated Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), which was organized in 1956. Today, Hawai’i First continues to provide a wide array of no-cost financial services that encourage community revitalization and economic development in Hawai’i County. HFFCU proudly serves the Island of Hawai’i through its multiple branches and programs such as the Hawai’i First Community Resource Centers.


For more information about Hawai’i Community Foundation and the Hawai’i Resilience Fund visit https://www.hawaiicommunityfoundation.org/coronavirus

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