Investing in the communities where we operate is an important pillar of our corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. We partner with organizations that work in our communities, with an emphasis on programs that help children and their families, adults get through adverse environments, the elderly and the arts.
In 2012, SpeediShuttle continued to further accelerate our ability to achieve our philanthropic mission by becoming a supporter of the Shriner's Hospital for Children, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii and the Maui Arts and Cultural Center to name the major entities that are supported with both cash donations and transportation services and continue to support all of these organizations today!
When Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC) opened the distinctive gates on its new performing arts complex in 1994, it was the culmination of a 30-year dream for the Maui community. This is a gathering place where the community can celebrate creativity in personal and shared experiences of the arts; It’s a world-class facility where popular and innovative performing artists can be enjoyed ... connecting our community to the world; It’s an educational resource, serving all ages from pre-school to adult, enhancing arts education in schools and professional development for teachers; It’s an exhibit space for visual artists from Hawai‘i, North America and beyond; It’s a multi-disciplinary complex offering dance studio, meeting room and function spaces for the community-at-large.
It all started in 1982, when a group of concerned citizens began work to open a Ronald McDonald House in Hawaii. The group was composed of parents of previously hospitalized children, medical personnel, business people, representatives of the Junior League of Honolulu, the March of Dimes, and the hospital Auxiliary of KMCWC. Based on their personal experiences and the testimony of nurses and social workers, there was an overwhelming need in Hawaii for an affordable, temporary “home-away-from-home” for the families of children hospitalized with serious life-threatening illnesses. Based on this need, the capital campaign for the project was hugely successful.
The idea of a home for families of hospitalized children originated in 1973 in Pennsylvania when Fred Hill, a member of the Philadelphia Eagles football team, learned that his young daughter, Kim, had Leukemia. Through his and his teams efforts, and working together with many members of the community and local McDonald’s Restaurants, funds were raised and a House was opened in Philadelphia. The tremendous value and success of this first House sparked interest throughout the entire country and abroad, and the McDonald’s Corporation continued to be a major sponsor, helping support both the construction of new Houses and their ongoing expenses. It is to recognize this contribution that these Houses have taken the name of Ronald McDonald for the positive, helpful and fun-loving feeling that he inspires in children.
Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu provides the highest quality care for a wide range of orthopaedic, neuromusculoskeletal and neurodevelopmental disorders and conditions. Our world-class doctors and staff members are committed to improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region and are experts in bone, joint, muscle, brain conditions and sports injuries.
The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that provides Hawaii’s children with the best orthopaedic care, neurodevelopmental care, fracture clinic, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, orthotics and prosthetics workshop and other ancillary services. Our hospital is colorful, kid-friendly and designed to place patients and families at ease with the aloha spirit. The hospital accepts insurance and provides care regardless of the families' ability to pay.