Rotarians Make Good ‘Friends’
The Child and Family Service headquarters received a generous makeover from local Rotarians, helped by a $ 10,000 grant from the Weinberg Friends program.
Mililani Sunrise, WahiawaWaialua and five clubs from West Oahu teamed up Nov. 28 for a workday to renovate the Ewa facility. Together the 42 Rotarians and volunteers painted 180 feet of benches, and constructed three planters and two picnic benches with umbrellas. The project met the criteria of the Weinberg Foundation, which then gives the participating clubs a $10,000 “Friends” grant to bestow on a charity of their choice. CFS got both a solid work day and the money, courtesy of the Rotarians.
“We surveyed the community and from the survey we decided to use the grant to help Child and Family Service,” explained Bernie Ching, president of the West Pearl Harbor Rotary club.“It cost us about $2,000 to do the project, and that comes from our club and the other Rotary clubs involved.”
The Ewa Beach center, which was completed in 1998, houses the administrative offices of CFS and several programs. As Hawaii’s oldest and largest private nonprofit human services provider (1899), it offers prevention, intervention and treatment for abused children and spouses, at-risk teenagers, children with autism, the elderly, children in foster homes and more.