By Island Palm Communities, U.S. Army Garrison-HawaiiFebruary 17, 2012
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- Empowering residents to build community within their own neighborhoods is the vision guiding a new foundation established by Island Palm Communities, or IPC, here.
The Army Hawaii Housing Foundation, or AHHF, through its Na Koa Kokua Program, will provide support to IPC residents who have a desire to create and carry out community-based projects.
The founding of the organization is unprecedented. The foundation is the first of its kind created by a privatized military housing project.
AHHF is a not-for-profit organization that will facilitate community involvement and participation toward a common goal, project or activity.
"The partnership is not just about building new homes; it's about building community," said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. "The foundation is an example of how the partnership is actively addressing quality of life issues by empowering our families to make lasting, meaningful changes that can impact all families living in their community."
"The foundation seeks to promote collaboration among residents, USAG-HI agencies, and businesses and community organizations in Hawaii that share similar goals with our military families," said retired Army Gen. David Bramlett, president and director, AHHF.
"We encourage our residents to work together to identify needs in their community and take the lead in facilitating positive change," Bramlett added.
Bramlett said that partnering with other organizations can help maximize available funding and increase participation by and the impact on IPC families.
The new Army Hawaii Housing Foundation provides grant support to community-driven projects and programs. IPC residents are encouraged to collaborate with neighbors, USAG-HI agencies, and businesses and community organizations to spearhead initiatives that will benefit their community.
Two grant categories are available: minor grants that total less than $5,000 and major grants of more than $5,000.
Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the year. Visit www.IslandPalmCommunities.com/go/foundation.