Donations to Maui United Way and Maui Food Bank help community organizations meet unprecedented challenges.
Our relationships on Maui give us the opportunity to make a difference for a community hit hard by pandemic-related economic losses in 2020.
In May, the Sentry Insurance Foundation donated $200,000 to Maui United Way to help the community with coronavirus relief support. We chose Maui United Way because the organization helps funding get to programs that can make the biggest impact at the local level.
The relief came at an opportune time, according to Michael Victorino, mayor of Maui, noting at the time that residents had filed more than 33,500 unemployment claims in Maui County since the COVID-19 emergency shutdown. “Our people are hurting, and Sentry’s financial assistance will help us get through this crisis and emerge stronger than ever.”
Understanding local conditions can focus relief efforts. As Pete McPartland, our chairman of the board, president, and CEO, says, “We also understand help is needed at the heart of our communities. By partnering with local organizations—from United Way to other community groups—we hope to lift up our communities and work together to overcome the challenges we face.”
The donation helped with food security, health, and rental assistance on the island. “We’re grateful for Sentry’s continued support as we face this extraordinary hardship,” said Nicholas Winfrey, president and CPO, Maui United Way. “Your donation provided a safety net for those we serve.”
On January 5, 2021, we announced an additional $250,000 donation to Maui Food Bank. These funds will help support both the local economy and local families as Maui Food Bank purchases food from Maui County businesses for distribution to residents in need.