J. Walter Cameron Center Reports $ 1.4 Million CIP Backlog Amid Pandemic Delays
The J. Walter Cameron Center in Wailuku, Maui, has served the Maui community for nearly 48 years, but like most nonprofits, the organization reports that it has been affected by the impact. economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The virus has caused us to delay critical repairs, leaving us with a backlog of nearly $ 1.4 million in capital improvement projects – projects necessary for the health and safety of those who come to the center.” said Tom Blackburn-Rodriguez, director of fund development for the Center.
“Over the next few weeks and months, we will be reaching out to our federal and state lawmakers, council members, the mayor, and foundation funding sources to tackle the CIP backlog,” Blackburn-Rodriguez said in a statement. . Open a microphone studio session at Akak Ak Maui Community Media.
“It has been a difficult 16 months for everyone, including the nonprofits that struggle to provide the help so many of us need with food, rent, electricity and mortgage assistance. Let’s not forget that nonprofits are the human infrastructure that makes Maui the caring community we can all be proud of, ”said Blackburn-Rodriguez.
“Listen to requests for help. Almost everyone on Maui knows someone who has been helped at the Cameron Center by our resident agencies or some other non-profit organization, ”he said. “Your support ensures their survival.
Since opening in 1973, the Cameron Center has grown to include a site made up of 18 resident agencies with over 100 programs, serving an estimated pre-pandemic clientele of 30,000 low and moderate income Maui community members.
One of the many organizations that provide services at the Center is Maui Mediation Services or MMS. The non-profit association was founded in 1982 to provide “efficient and inexpensive public resolution support”. The organization conducts mediations using professionally trained volunteers who help people resolve conflicts in the hope of achieving a “win-win” for both parties.
According to Blackburn-Rodriguez, on average, Maui Mediation processes more than 500 cases per year. This is just one of the many examples of outreach services provided by residents’ organizations.
Other resident agencies include: Maui Community Mental Health Center, Alu Like Inc., Maui United Way, Maui Pops Orchestra, Aging & Disability Resource Center Hawaiʻi, Hui No Ke Ola Pono, MEO Kahi Kamaliʻi, Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi, Nā Keiki O Emalia, American Red Cross, Ka Lima O Maui, Pacific Cancer Foundation, and Maui Family Support Services Inc.
More information about the J. Walter Cameron Center is available online at jwcameroncenter.org.