by Staff Writer
on Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 1:31pm.
The Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Charitable Fund has chosen Hawaii Literacy to receive $20,000 as its 2017 grant recipient.
Hawaii Literacy is the state’s leading nonprofit provider of free literacy and education services to Hawaii's families. In March, Sotheby’s affiliate presented the organization with a $20,000 check from Sotheby’s fund at Hawaii Community Foundation to continue the nonprofit’s valued work in the community.
“They liken their Bookmobile to an ice cream truck; when it visits neighborhoods kids can hear the engine from afar and start running after it to be able to borrow books to read,” said Georgianna Tamayose, President of Island Sotheby’s International Realty.
Since 1971, Hawaii Literacy has trained and organized volunteer tutors to help Hawaii's adults and children learn to read by providing one-on-one literacy tutoring as well as operating family libraries. Each year, over 3,000 people across Oahu, Kauai, and Hawaii Island get help from Hawaii Literacy to learn the basic skills needed to fill out a job application, read a book, help their kids with homework.
The nonprofit also run after-school programs on Oahu at Kuhio Park Towers and Mayor Wright Homes, as well as offering English language classes and a Bookmobile that serves low-income communities along the Waianae coast.
“The commitment of the HASIR Charitable Fund to making a meaningful difference in the lives of disadvantaged keiki and adults across our islands is both inspiring and empowering,” said Hawaii Literacy Board President Scott Simon.
Since 2014, the Hawaii Affiliates of Sotheby’s International Realty Charitable Fund at Hawaii Community Foundation has collected funding from its four Hawaii-based offices to give back to the community. The mission of the fund is to invest in Hawaii’s future by funding programs that protect Hawaii’s natural environment, nurture the education of future generations and preserve Hawaii’s unique cultural legacy. The fund is professionally managed and advised by the Hawaii Community Foundation.