KONA-KOHALA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island: Nonprofit Professional Recognized by HANO


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Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Oct. 8.

The Board of Directors of Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island would like to congratulate its Chief Executive Officer, Chad MK Cabral, for an upcoming award he will receive from the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations (HANO).

Chad was named HANO’s 2018 Emerging Leader Awardee and will be honored at this year’s annual nonprofit association conference taking place on Oahu on October 5th.

Each year HANO considers nonprofit executive leadership candidates throughout the State of Hawaii and selects one individual that embodies exceptional qualities for aspiring nonprofit professionals. The Emerging Leader Award recognizes a standout community leader in the nonprofit industry that has exemplified organizational and professional excellence, community spirit, innovation, personal integrity, and has made an impressive impact in supporting communities.

HANO has graciously selected Chad to receive this year’s Statewide honor.

Mahalo to Keene Fujinaka and Bank of Hawaii for recognizing the successful work efforts of the organization and for nominating Chad.

In the short 2+ years Chad has been at BGCBI’s helm, the organization has been transformed.

Many Club members come from families that need BGCBI’s services most. Recognizing hunger as a major problem, BGCBI opened a commercial certified kitchen on Hilo Club grounds in May 2016 which has provided over 60,000 healthy meals and snacks to community youth.

Chad realized that West Hawaii youth are critically underserved and in September 2017 opened the first West Hawaii youth program in Kealakehe. This site is in close proximity to Hawaiian Homelands and several low-come housing projects and very quickly had more member applications than could be accommodated in the available space, necessitating a waiting list.

These immense achievements were accomplished while turning around a $500,000 budget deficit that preceded Chad. His profound aloha for Hawaii Island youth and communities is at the heart of Chad’s ability to connect with and forge strong partnerships with the passionate, community-minded public and private funders who have been instrumental in bringing about these much needed changes.

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island services approximately 1,000 youth each year, providing weekday afterschool activities for community youth ages 6 to 18 for just $10 a year. Current site locations include Hilo, Kea’au, Pahoa, Pahala, Ocean View and Kealakehe.

If you would like to support our efforts please visit www.bgcbi.org or contact BGCBI Admin Office at 808-961-5536.

Contact:

Gail Hamasu, Resource Development Director

(808) 961-5536

Original source can be found here.

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