Pay-Less Foundation donates $5,000 to non-profit organizations focused on mental health

From left (front row): Victor Camacho, Sanctuary Inc. Executive Director; Karen Carpenter, Victim Advocates Reaching Out Office Manager; Bernice McGill, Gametime Inc. Program Director; Marie Benito, Pay-Less Community Foundation President; from left (back row): Mike Benito, Pay-Less General Manager; Leinani Naholowa’a Catholic Social Services: Alee Shelter Program Manager; Kathy Calvo, Pay-Less President and Chief Executive Officer. (Photo courtesy of Pay-Less)

On October 10, World Mental Health Day, the Pay-Less Markets Community Foundation (PMCF) launched the “Go Green for Mental Health” charity campaign to further support non-profit organizations who are strong advocates for mental health intervention and recovery support.

Customers showed their overwhelming support of these organizations with over 42,000 reusable bags used in stores. In turn, PMCF donated $.10 per reusable bag usage.

“In congruence with a facet of our Pay-Less Markets Mission Statement to ‘Care for Our Community’, the ‘Go Green for Mental Health’ charity campaign accomplishes a dual goal. It promotes a sustainable island by encouraging reusable bags as well as supports the efforts of entities that help to lift up our island residents who are struggling,” says Kathy Calvo, Pay-Less Markets President.

The Pay-Less Markets Community Foundation and Pay-Less Go Green Program presented a check of $5,000 to the “Go Green for Mental Health” beneficiaries – Victim Advocates Reaching Out, Sanctuary Inc., Gametime Inc., and Catholic Social Services: Alee Shelter for Women and Children.

The beneficiaries shared that they saw an alarming amount of suicides occurring on our island. In August alone, someone died by suicide about every six days on Guam.

“During this period of uncertainty, it’s good to know that there are still organizations providing much-needed resources to vulnerable members of our society. We are proud to partner with them in the spirit of Inafa’maolek. Payless Markets and the Payless Community Foundation would like to thank our customers for their contributions in supporting several non-profit organizations in our community,” says Marie Benito, PMCF President.

(Pay-Less News Release)