Bonnie McCloskey's community priorities include leadership development,
developmentally disabled citizens, preserving the environment, education,
music and the arts.
McCloskey and Company Giving
McCloskey and Company’s community priorities include leadership development, assisting developmentally disabled citizens, preserving the environment, education, and music and the arts. We have also established a fund for employee-related community needs and an employee matching gift program.
McCloskey and Company is pleased to support the following organizations:
McCloskey and Company contributed to and volunteered for the below Kaua`i and Hawai`i non-profit organizations in 2004. It is our pleasure to contribute to these worthy causes, and we wish them all the best in 2005!
A New Home for Kevin:
For the first time, Tom and Bonnie McCloskey meet Kevin Yasuda, the recipient of a new home they recently purchased for him. Standing by are Ellen Ching, Executive Director of The Arc of Kaua`i (The Arc) and Jamie Chong, Executive Administrative Assistant at The Arc. Read the full story below.
LIHU`E, Hawai`i, Nov. 4, 2003 - Only a few months ago, it looked like up to 13 adults with developmental disabilities, all residents of The Arc in Hawai`i, would be displaced from their group housing on Kaua`i because of insufficient funding. Today, things are looking much brighter.
Ellen Ching, Executive Director of The Arc of Kaua`i (The Arc) explains, "We were placed in the unfortunate position of having to relocate 13 residents that had always been housed and cared for through The Arc in Hawai`i on O`ahu. With the mounting deficits, they had no other option but to request our assistance since these individuals are Kaua`i residents."
Coincidentally, just weeks after The Arc had been notified of the housing predicament, Tom McCloskey, Chairman of McCloskey and Company, contacted them wanting to know if there was any way he and his wife, Bonnie, could get involved with The Arc. Tom had previously served as the President of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Palm Beach County (Florida), and wanted to continue serving in this arena on Kaua`i. "We were shocked, but pleasantly so of course," says Ching. "People who care about and volunteer for The Arc are passionate for the organization and our issues so it's no surprise that Tom wanted to continue being involved with The Arc. But the timing of his call was so perfect."
The Arc's consultant and volunteer, John Isobe, began studying the fiscal, regulatory and administrative impacts of relocating the 13 individuals. His research determined that several residents could face less than ideal living situations, perhaps even relocation to neighbor islands, away from their familiar surroundings and Kaua`i families.
"At that point, it became clear that we needed help and we had to just ask for it. So we met with Tom and now, with the generous support of the McCloskey family, and the help of Kymry Perez, Tom's Executive Assistant, one very lucky young man, Kevin Yasuda, has a brand new, centrally located residence."
are so pleased to be able to help The Arc and provide a home for Kevin.
McCloskey and Company's mission is to develop projects and businesses responsibly, steward the land, and leave a positive, lasting legacy, based on Kauai's community needs and resource gaps. McCloskey and Company encompasses several entities owned by Tom and Bonnie McCloskey and their family, including the Kealia Kai development and Northshore Nursery on Kaua`i, Hawai`i, and Cornerstone Holdings based in Aspen, Colorado. Through the McCloskey Family Charitable Foundation, McCloskey and Company funds a variety of projects that are aligned with the company mission and which address specific community concerns.
To date, three individuals are still in need of housing. If you are interested in learning more about this situation or lending a helping hand, please contact Ellen Ching at The Arc of Kaua`i at 245-4132.
The Arc of Kaua`i serves over 200 children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families on Kaua`i. The Arc is committed to securing, for all people with developmental disabilities, the opportunity to realize their goals and to choose where and how they learn, live, work and play. The Arc of Kauai is a member of the Kauai United Way.
Your Aloha for Kaua`i" was the theme for this year's Kaua`i United
Way fundraiser, and McCloskey and Company employees did just that. McCloskey
and Company achieved 100% participation, which means every single employee
made a donation totaling $589. Combined with a matching donation from
McCloskey and Company, the total amount collected for the Kaua`i United
Way was $1,178. The Kaua`i United Way supports 23 local non-profit agencies
on Kaua`i and every dollar raised stays on Kaua`i. Mahalo to Kymry Perez
for leading this effort and to all who gave generously.