November 22, 2023

Organizing a Community Drive for Maui Wildfire Survivors: An ‘Ohana Guide

1. Start by Planning Together

  • Gather your ‘ohana for a brainstorming session. Discuss why helping wildfire survivors matters and how you can contribute as a team.
  • Assign roles and responsibilities. Let everyone play a part in organizing, promoting, and executing the drive.

2. Define Your Drive’s Purpose

  • Clearly outline the goals and the items needed for donation. Focus on essentials like non-perishable food items, clothing, toys, and household necessities.

3. Spread the Word

  • Utilize social media, community bulletin boards, and local newsletters to announce your drive. Craft a clear message detailing the purpose, collection points, and required items.
  • Encourage your family members to share the drive’s information with their friends, colleagues, and social networks.

4. Set Up Collection Points

  • Identify strategic locations within your community where people can easily drop off donations. Ensure these spots are easily accessible and well-publicized.
  • Create visually appealing donation boxes or areas at these locations to attract attention and encourage contributions.

5. Host a Donation Drive Event

  • Plan an event to kick off or conclude the donation drive. Organize a gathering where families can bring their donations and enjoy refreshments, music, and activities.
  • Consider incorporating a gratitude corner for people to write notes of encouragement to wildfire survivors.

6. Engage the Youth and Schools

  • Collaborate with local schools and youth organizations to involve children and teens in the drive. Organize donation competitions or projects to encourage participation.

7. Seek Community Support

  • Reach out to local businesses, religious organizations, and community groups for support. Ask if they can host donation boxes or contribute resources to the drive.

8. Volunteer Together

  • Dedicate a day for your ‘ohana to volunteer at donation collection points or sorting centers. Show your children the value of giving back through hands-on involvement.

9. Deliver Donations with Care

  • Coordinate with recognized relief organizations or shelters to ensure your donations reach the wildfire survivors efficiently and effectively. A great place to start is the website for a list of Drop-Off Donation Centers.
  • Consider organizing a family trip to deliver the donations and witness the impact of your collective efforts.

If you are out-of-state or any donations coming outside of Maui please use the below address:

To receive out-of-state or off-island donations. Please complete the County’s official “Maui Wildfire Relief Shipment Donation Form,” Fill out the donation form here to let us know what you are sending.

  • Maui Relief Storage
    Facility Attn: Malia Masoe
    200 Keawe Street
    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

If you are on Maui:

If you are on Maui, you can drop off donations at the old Safeway located at170 E Kamehameha Avenue in Kahului, open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or you can visit our site for all Drop off locations.

  • Monday, 9am-3pm
  • Tuesday, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, CLOSED
  • Thursday, 12:30pm-5pm
  • Friday, 9am-3pm
  • Saturday, 8:30am-1:30pm
  • Sunday, CLOSED

By organizing a community drive with your ‘ohana, you're not just providing essential items – you're fostering a sense of unity and empathy within your community. Every effort, no matter how small, contributes to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those affected by the wildfires. Mahalo!