Tzu Chi USA Announces Disaster Relief Mission in Response to Deadly Wildfires in Maui, Hawaii

Tzu Chi volunteers in Honolulu’s Chinatown launch a street fundraising campaign to support volunteer relief efforts.

Press Release

San Dimas, CA, August 16, 2023—Volunteers from the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation (also known as Tzu Chi USA) have mobilized in the face of deadly wildfires on the Hawaiian island of Maui, launching a nationwide Help Heal Maui disaster relief fundraiser to aid survivors. Thanks to an anonymous donor’s incredible generosity, Tzu Chi USA’s fundraising effort for Maui wildfire relief is now matching all contributions to Help Heal Maui up to $1 million until September 30, 2023, effectively doubling the love and support you give.

On August 13, 2023, Tzu Chi volunteers launched a street fundraiser in Honolulu’s Chinatown to call upon communities for support via its Help Heal Maui disaster relief fundraiser. On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, Tzu Chi volunteers from Hawaii traveled to Maui to learn about the current relief operations being carried out by the American Red Cross (ARC) and the Salvation Army, and have begun synchronizing efforts. 

 Tzu Chi USA’s emergency aid may be distributed as early as next week.

Tzu Chi volunteers are readying for disaster relief distributions that will deliver emergency cash aid directly into the hands of individuals and families whom this ongoing catastrophe has impacted. These funds can be used for essentials such as food, clothing, gas, prescription medications, diapers, lodging, and more. Aside from monetary support, Tzu Chi also provides much-needed spiritual and emotional comfort to survivors, ensuring they know they’re not alone. 

This heartbreaking tragedy has shattered lives and cherished homes, destroyed historic Lahaina Town landmarks, and left thousands without power. By joining forces with Tzu Chi, you can help offer urgent support to the people of Maui. 

Please help today: 

Donations are being accepted online 

After disaster, the road to recovery is long and arduous. We need everyone’s help to work together… Let’s broaden kindness from our community, and pray for a world free from disasters.

Contact Person:

Anik Ghose
[email protected]


The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation is a global non-profit humanitarian organization founded in 1966 by a Buddhist nun named Dharma Master Cheng Yen in Taiwan. Its missions of medicine, charity, education, and humanistic culture have brought relief to 128 countries and counting. In 1989, Tzu Chi USA was established and now has 65 offices across the US. The heart of Tzu Chi is embedded in its name: in Chinese, “tzu” means compassion and “chi,” relief.

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