Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union raises nearly $49,000 for Hawaii’s most vulnerable

  • Courtesy photo From left, Ryan McGrady, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union vice president of operations; Tricia Buskirk, HCFCU president and CEO; Brandee Menino, HOPE Services Hawaii CEO; Kristy Akao, HCFCU marketing coordinator; and Jason Ayers, HCFCU vice president of lending are pictured during the presentation of a $26,000 check from HCFCU to HOPE Services.

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is proving there is nothing stronger than the power of community after raising $48,924 in donations during its annual Market Day events in October.

The funds raised will go to two dedicated nonprofit organizations making a significant impact in the community — HOPE Services Hawaii Inc. and the Children’s Miracle Network.


“Our Hawaii Island community is driven by the true spirit of that word — community,” said Tricia Buskirk, HCFCU president and CEO. “No matter how tough times may be, or the challenges we face, we come together to help one another in big and small ways. Coming together in times of need is fundamental to who we are and who we strive to be.”

HOPE Services — an outreach organization assisting the homeless and those displaced by personal or natural disasters — will receive $26,000 of the donations.

While the COVID-19 pandemic shifted the way in-person donations were collected, it did not diminish the generosity of participants. Local businesses donated 10% of a dedicated day of sales to HOPE Services while others offered pre-sales on special items. Credit union employees sold commemorative ribbons to raise additional money.

Since 2018, Market Day events have raised more than $82,000 for HOPE Services. This is the third and final year of the Triennial Social Responsibility Partnership between Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union and the nonprofit.

The dedication of the credit union’s immediate and extended ohana also resulted in a $22,924 donation to Children’s Miracle Network and Kapi‘olani Medical Center for Women and Children.

Credit union employees pledged nearly $20,000 during the annual giving drive and raised another $1,000 on “Miracle Jeans Day.” An additional $2,200 was matched by CO-OP Financial Services’ CO-OP Miracle Match program.

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is a nonprofit, federally insured financial institution owned by its 42,000 members. HCFCU has branches in Hilo, Honokaa, Kailua-Kona, Kaloko, Kealakekua and Kohala. Additionally, HCFCU has student credit unions in Kealakehe, Kohala and Konawaena High Schools.


The credit union prides itself on its support of numerous Hawaii Island nonprofit organizations and community events.

Membership in Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union is open to all Hawaii Island residents. For more information, visit www.hicommfcu.com.

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