Zonta service project opens doors to help others

HANAPEPE — A service project at the Kauai Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore thrift store gave rise to opportunities to help in the community last Saturday.

More than two dozen volunteers cleaned and rearranged the busy Kauai Habitat for Humanity thrift store as part of the Zonta Club of Kauai Friends service project.

“We do the service project with at least 25 helpers under the Friends project, and as a result, a nonprofit organization, in this instance, the YWCA of Kauai, gets a $10,000 award from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation,” said MaBel Fujiuchi, project chair for the Zonta Club of Kauai.

Milani Pimental, director of development for the Kauai Habitat for Humanity, said work included setting up a Halloween display for the ReStore.

“The group is excited about coming back to the ReStore because they’ve heard about the positive changes taking place over the last year,” Pimental said.

Fujiuchi said in addition to the Zonta Club of Kauai members, the group was joined by Carroll Gerow, president-elect of the Zonta Club of Hanalei and a few members of that club.

“We have our own service project,” Gerow said.

On Oct. 19, the Zonta Club of Hanalei will be hosting a fashion show and tea at the Princeville Golf Club from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

During the event, which will benefit its scholarship program, Gerow said the latest styles and designs from local shops will be featured.

Tickets are $45.

Info: www.zontaclubofhanalei.com, or Gerow at 635-6513, or Robin Savage-Thompson, 639-9640.

Michelle Brooks, representing the YWCA of Kauai, said the funds from the Weinberg Foundation come at an appropriate time, October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The funds will be used in a program to care for victims of domestic violence.

Renae Hamilton, director of the YWCA of Kauai, said in an email that throughout the month of October, Allstate Foundation is sponsoring the National Purple Purse Campaign in conjunction with domestic violence awareness month.

The YWCA of Kauai is one of the beneficiaries of this campaign, Hamilton said.

The YWCA needs people to visit www.purplepurse.com and register the YWCA of Kauai’s assigned Purse Codes of 01090  to 01099, she said. People may go back to the registration page and register another of the Kauai codes up to 10 codes.

For each purse code entered, the YWCA of Kauai will receive $5, Hamilton said. Allstate will donate $10,000 to the YWCA of Kauai once 1,000 registered codes is reached.

• Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.

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