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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Keiki Cupboard is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing essentials to Maui's school children. We believe that no child attending school should lack the basic needs for successful integration into their academic environment.

Results: In three years we have opened 10 complete Cupboards in Maui schools.

Target demographics: low income schoolchildren from 5-18 years old on the island of Maui.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 850

Geographic areas served: Maui Hawaii

Programs: We are a sister program with the Maui Food Bank and an approved food distribution site!

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The administration and counselors as well as the faculty and staff that work directly with students at Waihe'e Elementary School feel very BLESSED that Keiki Cupboard has chosen to be a part of our Warrior 'Ohana. Since Keiki Cupboard reached out to our school two years ago and began stocking our cupboard, we have HAPPIER, healthier students, families and teachers on campus. We can say that ALL students on campus have the supplies that they need, our students are ALL wearing footwear DAILY and have the basic necessities needed to feel good about his/herself. Because Keiki Cupboard has provided for families in time of need, we now have these families giving back to help others. WE are very APPRECIATIVE and THANKFUL for ALL Keiki Cupboard provides our Waihe'e Keiki! Because of Keiki Cupboard, it definitely helps us to focus on our vision: In the spirit of 'Ohana, we strive for excellence! Mahalo Keiki Cupboard for being such a vital part of our Waihe'e School 'Ohana!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

On behalf of the first graders at Waihe`e School, we would like to thank Keiki Cupboard for all that you do. Your assistance to the schools are invaluable.
Your organization has helped make our needier little ones feel special and ensure a positive start to their school year by providing them with many of their basic school supplies.
We look forward to your continued support in the years to come.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Kindergarten Kumu at Waihe'e Elementary, I am appreciative of the program Keiki Cupboard. This program has supplied my students, as well as others, with school supplies that they were missing so that they could be successful in the classroom. It also helped me as a teacher not have to worry about purchasing the missing supplies so that my student(s) would not feel left out. What an amazing program to be apart of. I am thankful that it is at our school.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a teacher here on Maui, the Keiki Cupboard is a welcomed and valuable resource to our students' success in education. The Keiki Cupboard has been able to provide the essential items for young children to ensure their academic success. Due to the ever changing and difficult economy that we live in, our students are not always equipped with the right tools to aide in their learning. Often times, their parents have to decline purchasing school supplies just so that they can provide for their families. Keiki Cupboard makes it possible for each kid to feel confident and not worry about the stressors of life, but rather focus on gaining the knowledge and power to grow in their learning. *Mahalo*

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Iao School is extremely grateful to Keiki Cupboard. It has helped less fortunate students have the necessary supplies for their classes as well as provided some with clothing and shoes. Seeing the look on many of our student's faces when they recieve their supplies brings me, as a counselor, great joy. I can't thank Keiki Cupboard enough!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

KC is an AMAZING organization!! I can't tell you how fortunate we are to have them helping our students to get the much needed supplies that some of our families can't afford. Thank you KC for all that you do for our community!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

My years as a school counselor, frustrated with children not having what they needed, sparked the idea that led to developing Keiki Cupboard. I love being a part of channeling resources straight into the schools and into the hands and backpacks of those who most need help.
It's been awesome, and Keiki Cupboard is doing it--all volunteer, 100% donations go straight to the children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a 6th grade special education teacher who has sent several of my students to the counselors to get supplies from Keiki Cupboard. Some of my students have experienced life circumstances that would stop many adults from persisting and yet they keep coming to school and keep trying to overcome the academic, economical, and social issues that make learning so difficult for them. I have often spent my own money trying to make sure my students have the supplies they need for school. Keiki Cupboard has been there to provide when I just can't cover for all of them. I appreciate the extra support for my students and my students appreciate the fact that there are people who care enough to help them have what they need to participate and be successful in school. I have had students pick up shoes, locks for lockers, backpacks, binders, notebooks, etc. It is convenient to have on campus. I hope the program will continue becasue with the economic downturn lately, we have students who sure need the assistance. THANK YOU KEIKI CUPBOARD!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a counselor, I find the KC an important, very much appreciated, and timely resource. Mahalo nui loa!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

keiki cupboard is an awesome organization that helps the children at our school get the tools they need to be successful in school! we love keiki cupboard! mahalo nui loa!

Board Member

Rating: 5

100% of donations go to stocking the cupboards. All the rest is volunteer. There are a few Angel donors who pay specifically for office supplies, and other minor expenses.

Keiki Cupboard is filling a real need in the schools, and the children directly receive their supplies without red tape. In many instances, the teacher themselves would provide supplies out of their own (shrinking) pocketbooks.

An organization of good will, and good cheer.

Linda L.

Board Member

Rating: 5


Keiki Cupboard has grown from an idea over lunch to a fully functional organization in just a few short years with cupboards in 10 schools! I have seen the process and dedication of the all volunteer board and wonderful volunteers that make this program work.

It is the generosity of those who are able, that can make a huge difference in those who are unable. Something as simple as a backpack, pencils and paper or a pair of shoes can make this difference in a child that has none.

Keiki Cupboard, with the help of teachers and counselors, can give these items to the child in need on the spot. No red tape. No forms to fill out. It's a win-win situation for all!

Please visit our website today and find out how you can make a difference in a child’s life ~ www.KeikiCupboard.com ~ Mahalo for your support!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every child should feel worthy, and one cannot when they don't have the hygeine, clothes or school supplies to spend a proper day at school. Keiki cupboard fills greatly needed support for the child to succeed.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As President and founding partner of Keiki Cupboard it is a continuous joy to hear the stories of how the supplies we provide touch the lives of the children who receive them. At Keiki Cupboard (an all volunteer organization) we believe that no child should lack the basic tools for integration into their academic environment and we are proud to be able to help make school a place where children's needs are met. We are so grateful for the donations that we receive that make this possible, and for the concerned and attentive staff at the schools that go above and beyond their job descriptions to see that the right supplies get into the hands of the children that need them!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

Keiki cupboard is an asset to our school, Iao Intermediate. Many children are able to get the supplies that they need but cannot get due to the economic crisis their parents are struggling to survive. It is confidentail, discreet, and the look on a student's face when they get what they need is priceless. The only part that is hard to keep up is the shoes. There never seem to be enough of the right sizes, and so many students have the need.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a middle school counselor on Maui, I have witnessed first-hand how the Keiki Cupboard has assisted students in need. After the tsunami hit in March 2011, a 6th grader was living on the beach and her family lost of their belongings to the storm. The very next day this student was identified and brought to the counseling department where we provided her all the needed supplies from the Keiki Cupboard.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keiki Cupboard is an extreme success with getting needy middle school students from Iao Intermediate the essential supplies that they need. I have the pleasure of putting a smile of the faces of many students by replacing their broken, worn out shoes with new ones. I have also been able to take care of thoses students that cannot afford school supplies. We are very grateful for the help that Keiki Cupboard gives us!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

At Iao School, the Keiki Cupboard is a wonderful addition. Many of our students are homeless, disadvantaged, etc. The Keiki Cupboard is a quick and confidential way to get school supplies, clothing and other necessities to our students. I am thankful to have this organization in our school.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a behavioral health specialist working in Maui public elementary schools, I've worked with at risk kids who have emotional needs and also sometimes very real needs for supplies. Through the keiki cupboard, I've helped kids get slippers, school supplies, and other items - if I see that they need something, I can get it for them instantly and easily so that they have what they need for their school day immediately. It's really helpful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Keiki Cupboard is a blessing to Iao School. it has helped us supply many students with nescessary items they need to be successful in school. We have evrything from shoes to penicls. The Keiki Cupboard staff is always willing to fill opur student need requests. It is the best I don't know how we ever managed with it in our school.