WAIPAHU, Hawaii, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees from Veterans United Home Loans of Hawaii surprised five local charities with $10,000 each. The donations were part of Veterans United Foundation's national Week of Giving campaign in which more than $1 million will be given to charities across the country between now and the end of the year. Hawaii is the 12th stop of the Week of Giving campaign and is near the halfway point, in which $600,000 has been given away.
"Bringing the Week of Giving to Hawaii has been an awesome experience for our branch," said Tony Dias, executive director of business relations and education of Veterans United Hawaii. "These organizations give so much to our community and we feel incredibly blessed to be in a position to be able to give back to them."
The recipients included: Special Olympics Hawaii, Easter Seals Hawaii, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and U.S. Vets – Barber's Point.
"We at Easter Seals Hawaii were thrilled when a busload of Veterans United of Hawaii managers, employees and supporters arrived at Easter Seals with a $10,000 check," said Ron Brandvold, president and CEO of Easter Seals Hawaii. "Their continued support, both financially and with participation in our events, is so very much appreciated. We are honored to be recognized by your staff at Veterans United. This community collaboration truly reflects the 'aloha spirit' here in Hawaii and makes this the ideal place to live, work and play."
The Week of Giving Campaign kicked off on May 8 in San Antonio. Each week during the campaign, $50,000 is given by employees from a different Veterans United location to five local charities of their choice. The campaign will wrap up in December in Clarksville, Tennessee.
More than 90 percent of employees of Veterans United donate at least one percent of their paychecks to the foundation, the philanthropic division of the company. Since the start of 2016, the foundation has given nearly $10 million to charitable causes. In addition to giving money to charitable organizations, the foundation also provides financial assistance to Veterans and their families.
Earlier this year, Veterans United was recognized as No. 3 on the 50 Best Workplaces for Giving Back list by Great Place to Work® and Fortune. Veterans United Foundation donated more than $6.6 million to charities and organizations in 2016 alone.
About Veterans United Foundation
Veterans United Foundation is supported entirely by the employees of Veterans United Home Loans. The foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of Veterans and military families nationwide, by supporting nonprofit organizations that strengthen local communities and honor the sacrifices of those who served our country. It also provides individual donations to current and former military members in need. More than $30 million has been raised since its founding in 2011. Learn more at EnhanceLives.com
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