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Giving programs support Maui libraries

By Staff | Mar 19, 2015

PUUNENE – Two easy-to-use giving programs have been added to the Maui Friends of the Library website (MFOL.org) that will help fund extra programs, books and materials for Maui County public libraries.

The first is Amazon Smile operated by the Amazon Foundation for charitable giving. This program costs the shopper nothing but makes possible a donation of 0.5 percent of the cost of purchases from Amazon to automatically flow to the Maui Friends of the Library (MFOL).

All you do when you want to shop on Amazon’s website is first go to MFOL.org. At the bottom of the first page is an Amazon Smile icon. When you tap this icon, it takes you onto the Amazon site, and purchases you make will prompt Amazon to make a donation to MFOL.

The second program is through eBay. Called eBay Giving Works, accessing this icon on the MFOL.org website allows the eBay users to designate a percentage of the proceeds from the items they are selling to help Maui County libraries. The seller selects the percent of the donation.

“These are two new ways of helping our libraries help our communities,” said Ed Heller, MFOL vice president and webmaster. “We hope people will think of us and go through our MFOL site whenever they shop Amazon or sell on eBay.”

MFOL is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that operates three used bookstores on Maui. Funds it raises through book sales and other fundraising are used to provide materials, equipment, books and programs for all libraries in Maui County.

MFOL, working with the Rotary Club of Lahaina, was responsible for the renovation of the Lahaina Public Library.