As a responsible corporate citizen, Kokua Support Services Corp. (Kokua) actively champions a number of local and national organizations whose missions reflect the core values and interests of our employees and corporate culture. Our charities are intertwined with the work we do and the lives we live—we donate time and money to worthy military and special operations causes because we support them daily in our professional lives. We give to special operations in particular because of the mission critical services we provide in that arena. Their families are an extension of our own families, and we are personally invested in their wellbeing and success.
Donations to health and animal welfare causes are more personal but no less important. Kokua takes pride in helping improve the lives of people suffering from diabetes as well as being a voice for animals who cannot speak for themselves. Both of these areas have special meaning for Kokua’s owners who know the challenges of diabetes firsthand, and who also care deeply for animals as enthusiastic pet owners. (Or, maybe more accurately, as the humans who belong to their pet!)
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization that ensures full financial assistance for a post-secondary degree from an accredited two- or four-year college, university, technical, or trade school. The foundation offers family and educational counseling, including in-home tutoring, to the surviving children of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in the line of duty. It also provides immediate financial assistance to severely wounded and hospitalized special operations personnel.
The DAV Charitable Service Trust is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization whose mission is simple. “We are dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.” The trust makes grants to programs that support homeless or at-risk veterans with priority given to long-term service projects that provide direct assistance to sick and injured veterans and their families.
The American Diabetes Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charitable organization leading the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes. The organization funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivers services to hundreds of communities, provides objective and credible information, and gives voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes. They are dedicated to putting a stop to diabetes for good.
Who hasn’t seen the Toys for Tots train during the holidays and smiled? The goal of this very visible organization is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. During October, November and December each year, the program collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them in the community in which the toy collection campaign is conducted. More than 97% of donations goes to their mission.
For nearly 150 years, the ASPCA has worked tirelessly to put an end to animal abuse and neglect. The organization is a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare. The organization’s key issues are helping to end animal homelessness through rescue, protection and placement and to end animal cruelty, with special attention to dog fighting, puppy mills, hoarding, factory farming, and horse slaughter.
The Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA is a private, independent, non-profit open-door shelter that goes beyond the normal operations of a “no-kill” shelter facility. They accept all animals brought to them, regardless of age, breed or size, and have rehomed 100% of the healthy dogs and cats in their care since 2003. They also accept the community’s sick, injured, abused, unwanted, stray, neglected and older animals—their Hope Program enables them to help and rehome approximately 200 animals every month. They also rehabilitate wildlife and offer a reduced-cost spay/neuter program for low and fixed-income residents. PHS/SPCA is one of the few shelters in Virginia accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association.