HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is donating $ 10,000 to the Hawaii Health and Harm Reduction Center in recognition of the outstanding volunteer efforts of Nick Aiello, a QUEST Integration social worker at Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Medical Office. Aiello is the fifth of six employees being recognized for volunteer service as part of Kaiser Permanente’s 60th anniversary giving campaign. He is awarded with the opportunity to donate $ 10,000 to a nonprofit of his choice.
Aiello, a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community, has volunteered at HHHRC (also known as the Life Foundation) for 13 years. Since 2006, he has served as team leader for the organization’s annual AIDS Walk, leading fundraising efforts, promoting participation, and increasing awareness of AIDS prevention and education. He served as a board member from 2010-2016, where he was instrumental in grant writing and program development efforts that led to the launch of the Kuaana Project, which addresses the social and medical needs of transgender individuals. Aiello also coordinated a partnership with Kaiser Permanente’s QUEST Integration department to improve access to services and support for members who are part of the LGBTQ population.
“As a Kaiser Permanente social worker and HHHRC volunteer, Nick has shown a tremendous amount of dedication to serving and improving the lives of Hawaii’s vulnerable populations,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re pleased to support HHHRC’s efforts to promote health and wellness for Hawaii’s LGBTQ community through advocacy, prevention, and health education.”
Kaiser Permanente has a long history of giving back to Hawaii’s communities and supporting local nonprofits, schools and government initiatives through grants, sponsorships and volunteerism. From 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii contributed $ 3.4 million in grant funding to community organizations, government agencies and partners to promote health statewide. Every year, the organization brings together thousands of employees and their family members to participate in volunteer projects, including environmental restoration for Kaiser Permanente’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, campus beautification at Hawaii schools, and health screenings at the Special Olympics and other community events.
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