Ro­tar­i­ans Make Good ‘Friends’

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Front Page - By MELISSA MONIZ

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.

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