Hawai‘i Island families impacted by the volcano eruptions can seek assistance through a central relief effort, which is being coordinated by the County of Hawai‘i and numerous community organizations that include Child & Family Service (CFS).
To access available resources, Hawai‘i Island residents should complete a County Assessment Form and CFS Financial Needs Assessment Form at the Recovery Information and Assistance Center at Pahoa Community Center on Kauhale Road, Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 3 pm. The Center can also be reached by calling (808) 965-9771.
Resources are limited, and needs will be determined through the Recovery Information and Assistance Center, with various agencies working together to identify and allocate agency resources support available through the coordinated County and community system.
Priority for CFS assistance is being given to families who were evacuated from mandatory zones or whose homes were destroyed by the eruption.
Counseling services are also available for families having a hard time coping with the impacts of the lava eruptions or those worried about the effects of the events on their children by calling The Parent Line at 1-800-816-1222. CFS administers The Parent Line, a free statewide confidential telephone line funded by the Hawaii State Department of Health.
Funding to help relieve hardship as a result of mandatory or voluntary evacuation due to Kilauea volcanic activity is available to Child & Family Service by First Hawaiian Bank, the Pettus Foundation, and Kona Brewing Co.