Like many clubs and community groups, Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine, a hula club in Honolulu, holds fundraisers throughout the year to support its members’ activities. The hālau wanted a way to raise funds for its outfits and supplement its rent, while also making a positive impact on Hawaiʻi’s limited land resources, and supporting its community.
Kumu Hula (hula teacher) Hiwa Vaughan learned about the Fundraising Clothing Drive opportunity through United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaiʻi’s Reuse & Diversion Program. Through Fundraising Clothing Drives, she learned that her hālau could raise money for its needs, keep cloth and household items out of Oʻahu’s landfills, and contribute to United Cerebral Palsy’s programs to support people with cerebral palsy and other similar service needs.
Hālau Hula Ka Lehua Tuahine now holds a Fundrasing Clothing Drive twice a year and has a ton of fun while making a difference. In July 2020, the group collected 18,671 pounds of clothing! That’s 18,671 pounds of cloth that will not find its way to local landfills. And even better, they raised more than $3,700 toward their project!
“Holding a Fundraising Clothing Drive is great. It’s a fundraiser that doesn’t require people to buy anything. They just have to clean out their hale (homes) and do their part to aloha ʻāina (love the land),” said Vaughan. Because of COVID-19, the group followed social distancing guidelines and wore masks for everyone’s protection, but still was able to hold a successful fundraiser.
Any group, organization, or business can host a Fundraising Clothing Drive, including:
- Condo/Homeowner Associations
- School groups and teams
- Sports teams or organizations
- Places of worship
- Youth-serving organizations