Sust‘āinable Molokai has been selected as the only finalist from Hawaii in the Tom’s of Maine “50 States for Good” program and now has a chance to win up to $50,000 in support of a community project that will engage student and community volunteers to plant 5,000 trees to heal our ‘aina (land) and recharge our single source aquifer.
Through a public vote on Facebook now through Oct. 9, local residents can help bring the funding to Molokai with the simple click of a mouse. Click here.
The “50 States for Good” program seeks to uncover local nonprofit groups that address urgent community needs and engage volunteers to get the work done. Sust‘āinable Molokai’s Malama Honua – Earth Stewards program connects with schools through the Molokai School Garden Network to teach students to propagate and plant trees that will help stop erosion, restoring nutrient-rich soil for farming and food production to create food security once more.
The program will also encourage more appropriate land management systems and helps conserve the land for future generations, as trees help to restore and recharge the water table. Planting trees can also serve as a resource either as food or as native hardwoods that help perpetuate the island’s cultural traditions.
Fred Richardson, Sust‘āinable Molokai’s school garden coordinator said, “We are excited and honored to have been chosen as a finalist for the 50 States of Good Program. Not only would these funds help move our youth and volunteer programs forward, the work funded will contribute deeply to helping restore balance and harmony to the ‘aina.”
Nonprofits from each state were selected by an independent panel of judges, featuring actor and environmentalist Ian Somerhalder, Laura Burge of the social action network Care2.com, philanthropic leader and Huffington Post columnist Lisa M. Dietlin, and Sam Davidson, president of Cool People Care.
The public vote will determine six winning organizations to share $150,000 in funding. The organization with the most public support will receive $50,000 in sponsorship funding, while five additional organizations will each receive $20,000.
“We are thrilled to shine a spotlight on our ‘50 States for Good’ finalists and their meaningful work,” said Susan Dewhirst, goodness programs manager at Tom’s of Maine. “We can’t wait to see the lasting impact of healthy, human and environmental goodness that will come from funding our winning organizations’ projects.”
Tom’s of Maine is a longtime supporter of community involvement programs including clean waterways and greater access to affordable dental care, among many other programs. In addition, since its inception, the company has donated 10 percent of its profits back to the community.
Sust‘ainable Molokai’s mission is to maintain the island of Molokai’s legacy of`’aina momona (abundant land) utilizing Native Hawaiian practices and modern technologies for a sustainable future. SM’s objectives include creating an environmentally, economically, and culturally sustainable and self-sufficient island. Votes can be cast directly at http://www.facebook.com/TomsofMaine through Oct. 9. The link to vote will also be available at sustainablemolokai.org. You can also sign up for reminder tweets!