Rotary service project a ‘twofer’

KAPA‘A — Thirty-three members Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, two spouses and one son turned out for a community service project in conjunction with the Weinberg Friends program yesterday.

The group applied a fresh coats of paint at Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital, including the recreation room and outdoor eating area used by long-term care residents.

The community service project also allows the Rotarians an opportunity to familiarize itself with Mahelona Hospital, which will be the beneficiary of another upcoming project, according to Steve Whitney of the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay.

Next year the club plans on improving the outdoor area with a garden with walking path.

The Weinberg Friends program encourages service organizations such as Rotary to perform community projects by offering a $10,000 grant to an approved charity upon completion of the project, Whitney explained.

After the event at Samuel Mahelona, the Weinberg Friends offered $10,000 to the Kaua‘i Food Bank to help bolster its dwindling supplies of food. The food bank reported earlier this month that its inventory had hit an all-time low.

“Mahelona gets a fresh coat of paint, and the Kaua‘i Food Bank receives $10,000. That’s a pretty good deal,” Whitney said.

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