Thanks to a $49,500 grant from the Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council, the Hawaii State Chapter of the American Red Cross will be able to provide 90 underprivileged and/or economically challenged individuals in Hawaii with a partial stipend for the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program. The program offers individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide quality health care as a certified nurse assistant (CNA).
Coralie Matayoshi, Chief Executive Officer of the Hawaii State Chapter, said, “Through Walmart’s generosity, underprivileged individuals in Hawaii have a chance to learn a skill through our Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program that not only will lead to employment opportunities, but also will provide the students with a life-long skill set to care for family, friends and neighbors as they grow older and need assistance. We’ve found that individuals with caregiving skills are more likely to respond when emergencies or other situations occur that need medical knowledge or assistance. And, they will be prepared to save the lives of others through their work in hospitals, nursing homes and private home environments.”
“On behalf of the Walmart Foundation’s Hawaii State Giving Council and our more than 4,000 associates in Hawaii, congratulations to the graduates of the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Program and best wishes for your careers in the health industry,” said Kini Santana, Store Manager for the Mililani Walmart. “We are honored to help provide scholarships and support programs like these in the communities we serve in the islands.”
For more information, contact the Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training Office at (808) 739-8142.