(BIVN) – A $114,480 donation will help keep Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park open with limited services during the record-long, partial shutdown of the federal government.
The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park – a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization operating under a cooperating agreement with the National Park Service – says it has been given an anonymous donation of $76,320, as well as $38,160 from the County of Hawai’i, to keep the park open with limited services.
The combined donation funds approximately 9 days of service, the non-profit says. The Friends of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park executive director Elizabeth Fien stated in a media release that they “are very grateful to Mayor Harry Kim for his support”.
Fien also stated her gratitude for the anonymous donation, and said “it is wonderful to know that so many care for our public lands”.
Friends of HVNP joined the Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association to lend a hand as the federal funding laps furloughed National Park Service employees in December. In January, park officials announced they would tap Federal Land and Recreation Enhancement funds to immediately bring back park maintenance crews to clean restrooms and remove trash.