Brotherly love

NAWILIWILI — The Salvation Army will get a badly needed refrigerator for its Kokua Soup Kitchen.

And the Kauai Independent Food Bank will be able to maintain a third orchard to meet the demand for growing fresh fruit.

These are some of the uses that will come from $15,000 donated by the Young Brothers Community Advisory Board on Thursday in Nawiliwili.

“I’m glad the community advisory board headed by Wanda Kau-Shibata has selected this group of organizations for their work, which makes a difference in the community,” said Roy Catalani, Young Brothers vice president for strategic planning and government affairs, who flew in for the presentation.

The board chose the recipients from more than 1,000 applications.

Among the organizations, the Kauai Search and Rescue will utilize its funds to update the library and acquire more up-to-date U.S. Geological Survey maps.

Novelynn Hinazumi of Child & Family Service said its grant will be used to develop a health and wellness fair, where the goal is to get parents more engaged in a child’s development.

Other recipients included the Early Learning Center operated through the Kauai Economic Opportunity, which offers early children from ages 3- 5 years old round, full-day services.

The Kauai Hospice will be utilizing its resources for its bereavement program.

“This is a real privilege to serve on the community advisory board,” said Millie Wellington. “When you go through and screen the applications, it really makes one see and feel the heartbeat of the community.”

The CAB program for the counties of Kauai, Maui, and Hawaii was formed in 2001 as a more formal way of contributing to the community served by Young Brothers. Since its inception, Young Brothers has contributed nearly $900,000 to 920 nonprofit organizations throughout the state.


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