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VASH supporters turn to innovative fundraising sites


VASH supporters are revolutionizing charitable giving – turning their every day actions into ways to help visitors who encounter unfortunate situations while visiting Hawaii Island. How? By using and

Good Shop works with more than 3,000 top online retailers including Toys “R” Us, Target, BestBuy, Apple, Macy’s, 1-800-Flowers, PetSmart, and Expedia. The shopping experience and prices are the same as going to the retailer directly, but each time you shop at one of these stores via Good Shop, a percentage of what you spend goes back to your favorite charity or school.

And, equally as exciting, Good Shop offers more than 100,000 money saving coupons and free shipping offers. So, not only are you helping your cause, but you are also saving money while doing so.

Similarly, with every search conducted on Yahoo-powered Good Search, approximately one penny is donated to your favorite charity. It’s used exactly like any other search engine and the pennies add up quickly. Search engine advertisers and online shopping generate billions of dollars each year. Now, some of that money is going towards helping VASH.

“This is an important resource with a great deal of potential,”said VASH Executive Director Linda Allen.

With recent news of a funding cut from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, VASH is looking for new ways of raising money to offset the cut and ensure service availability.

VASH is just getting started with this program, and after a month with a handful of “testers,” was able to raise about $13 just through those pennies adding up. If a handful of people to do that with such little effort, imagine what our island could do for VASH.

“We have taken simple everyday actions, like searching and shopping, and turned them into ways people can do good with just the click of a mouse,” said Scott Garell, CEO of Good Search (and former president of “Around the holidays when everyone is thinking ‘how can I give back,’ Good Search provides an easy and meaningful way to fund causes most important to them.”

To support VASH Hawaii Island, go to Good Search and register, naming VASH Hawaii Island as your favorite charity. Then be sure to use this site for online searches, logging in to be sure credit is given. Registering allows you to see how much you are raising and how much has been raised overall for VASH.

That site will also link you to Good Shop where a percentage of your on-line purchases will be donated to VASH. There are also a variety of coupon offers that will help you save money.

For more information about using these sites or other ways you can support VASH Hawaii Island, contact Allen by email at or by calling 756-0392.

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