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Making Ends Meet Helping people to gain or maintain independence.

Making Ends Meet is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an exemption date effective February 21, 2008. Our vision is to enhance quality of life by encouraging self sufficiency and independence. Our mission is to provide financial assistance to those individuals who are attempting to maintain independence or are attempting to become independent of government assistance.

Making Ends Meet was established to benefit individuals who have, for whatever reason, encountered a hardship that significantly impacted their ability to be financially independent. The idea of providing individuals with emergency assistance was inspired by the people who have endured years of hardship and trauma, yet they have maintained a sense of hope as evidenced by their ability to continue to strive towards their goals.

News & Reports

November 2020
MEM will participate in the Oahu Charity Walk on Saturday, November 14, 2020! Please checkout our Charity Walk fundraising page.
MEM at the 2019 Charity Walk
November 2016
In November, MEM also participated in a fundraiser with Victoria Ward’s Festival of Giving. We managed to raise just under $1000 from ticket sales, as 100% of the tickets sold are awarded to the nonprofit.
October 2016
MEM was selected as one of 3 local nonprofits to participate in the Home Street Bank “Vote Your Heart” social media campaign. As the second place winner, we were awarded a check in the amount of $5000.
Staff of Making Ends Meet holding the award check
May 2016
MEM participated in the Visitor Industry Charity Walk and was awarded a donation in the amount of $1065.
November 12, 2014
Charity Walk awards MEM with $1000.
May 17, 2014
MEM participated in the Hawaii Hotel Industry Annual Charity Walk.
December 2, 2013
Solicitation Letter raised $2765.
November 2013
Festival of Giving raised $1185.
December 12, 2012
Charity Walk awards MEM with $1,000.
May 19, 2012
MEM participated in the Hawaii Hotel Industry Annual Charity Walk.
November 2011
Festival of Giving raised over $2,000.
May 2010 - MEM selected as beneficiary
MEM selected as a beneficiary for the Finance Factors charity breakfast to be held on July 30, 2010.
April 2010 - 2009 Fundraising
MEM reaches 2009 financial goal of collecting approximately $10,000.
November 2009 - Festival of Giving
MEM participates in Ward Center's Festival of Giving. MEM receives 100% of proceeds collected (approximately $1,200) from our ticket sales.
Summer 2009 - First Grant!
MEM receives its first grant in the amount of $5,000 from the Harry and Jeannette Weindberg Foundation.
May 2009 - MEM hosts Gold Party
MEM hosts Gold Party with the Wedding Ring Shop who donated 20% of event proceeds to MEM for a total of $500.
February 2009 - First donation drive!
MEM launches our first donation drive bringing in approximately $2,000.
October 28, 2008 - Non-profit status is official
Making Ends Meet receives IRS approval of its 501(c)(3) status effective February 21, 2008.

Give a Gift

Making Ends Meet is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

We and our clients would be eternally grateful for all contributions, big or small.

If you are interested in making a contribution, please use the Donate button below. Your contribution is tax deductible.

If you prefer to make a donation via check, please send it payable to Making Ends Meet to PO Box 1845, Aiea, HI 96701. Your contribution is tax deductible. If donating by check, include an email or return address to receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Another way to give! When you shop on Amazon, choose Making Ends Meet through the AmazonSmile program and Amazon will donate a portion to our organization!

Also, if you are interested in becoming a volunteer or volunteering your professional services, please contact Sherrie Takushi-Isara at (808) 485-2505.


To be eligible to receive a grant from Making Ends Meet, individuals must demonstrate that they are either:

  • employed full time or enrolled full time in an institution of higher learning (i.e., college, university, trade school, graduate school, or internship);
  • employed at least part-time and enrolled at least part-time in an institution of higher learning (college, university, trade school, graduate school, or internship).

Applicants may only receive one grant award within any 6-month period.