The COVID-19 crisis is having a direct impact on families with young children and organizations and agencies that support them. Teams and partners within the Early Childhood Action Strategy (ECAS) network have shifted priorities to focus on four areas during the next few months: 1) Family Violence Prevention, 2) Prenatal Access, 3) Child Care Support, and 4) Weekly Resource Updates. Teams have designed strategies and are raising funds to support these efforts.
Since May 2020, Ekklesia Capital has worked with over 120 local businesses across over 20 industries through the "Rebuild Your Business" and "Pivot Your Business" programs. Work included a partnership with Hawaiian Community Assets & Hawaiian Community Lending to provide technical assistance and grants to business owners statewide during the pandemic. Ekklesia Capital also co-developed the Business Pivot Grant Program (www.hawaiibizpivot.org) with the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii that provided technical assistance and $16.7 million in grants to 2,366 businesses with 22,261 employees negatively impacted by the pandemic. The Bank of Hawaiʻi Foundation and First Hawaiian Bank also sponsored programs created by Ekklesia Capital to support the small-to-mid sized business community. Managing Director David Oyadomari is now in the process of rolling out the mastermind group curriculum to businesses through American Savings Bank in 2021.