Violet and Vivian Fund

About the Program

The goal of the Violet and Vivian Fund (V&V Fund) is to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families who have experienced or are at high risk for child abuse and neglect. The V&V Fund works with approved agencies, individual guardian ad litems and organizations that refer eligible applicants to obtain financial support when there are no other resources.

The V&V Fund was established in December 2016 by Patti Lyons, a social worker and our first President & CEO, who spent her long career working to prevent and treat child abuse and domestic violence in Hawai‘i and the Philippines. Patti named the Fund to honor two great influences in her life: her grandmother, Violet, and mother, Vivian.

The V&V Fund advisors, who review all incoming requests, include Patti, Nicole Brodie, Katie Watanabe-Bennett, Kellen Kashiwa and Tim Lyons; overall administrative support is provided by Consuelo Foundation.

“At that time, I was just getting out of substance abuse treatment and transitioning into the real world as a single mother… I was scared, worried and maybe even doubted that I could become successful. I couldn’t afford my childcare then and it was really STRESSFUL. I knew that if I didn’t have childcare everything else in my life would’ve been affected. The one thing that kept me strong was trusting in God. I believe your help was a blessing—an answered prayer.”

— V&V Fund Recipient

“It’s difficult to be a single first-time mother…Gifts like these allow me to be a better mother to my 9-month-old daughter by providing me a means to buy her what she needs. Thank you so much!”

— V&V Fund Recipient

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