Part­ner­ships Bring Needed Funds To Wind­ward’s Hale Ola

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Islander -

The Ro­tary Club of Wind­ward Oahu put a re­cent fo­cus on help­ing fam­i­lies, in part­ner­ship with Harry and Jeanette Wein­berg Foun­da­tion.

Last month the club pre­sented a $10,000 Wein­berg Friends grant to Hale Ola, the Wind­ward Spouse Abuse Shel­ter. Ro­tar­i­ans earned the grant ear­lier by paint­ing Kailua’s Fam­ily Prom­ise Cen­ter. When a group project such as this is com­pleted and meets the foun­da­tion’s stan­dards, it is awarded the grant to give to a non­profit of its choice.

Hale Ola was a nat­u­ral pick, ac­cord­ing the club pres­i­dent Mur­ray Visser. For more than 20 years, the shel­ter has been a safe haven and re­cov­ery space for women and chil­dren flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. But its bud­get gets eaten away by con­tin­u­ing needs big and small, such as roof re­pairs, fur­ni­ture and ap­pli­ance re­place­ment, and child­proof­ing a screen door.

“The shel­ter needs fund­ing so that it can con­tinue its op­er­a­tion,” said Visser. It’s that sim­ple.

Hale Ola ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Avis Kalama said the grant will help pay its elec­tric bill (about $1,000 per month) and in­sur­ance ex­penses.

The shel­ter needs fund­ing so that it can con­tinue its


Mur­ray Visser (right), pres­i­dent of Ro­tary Club of Wind­ward Oahu, pre­sented this $10,000 check to Wind­ward Spouse Abuse Shel­ter ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Avis Kalama. The club earned the Wein­berg Friends grant through com­mu­nity ser­vice in or­der to give it to a char­ity of its choice. Photo from Mur­ray Visser.

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