Rotarians help Boys & Girls Clubs, Mobile Munchies program

LIHUE — Inclement weather forced a change of plans Saturday, but the results were the same at the Boys & Girls Club, Lihue Clubhouse.

Plans called for The Rotary Club of Kauai, including at least two dozen adult volunteers, to clean the area fronting the B&G Lihue Clubhouse under the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation program.

For performing a community service project, the Rotary Club of Kauai earns a $10,000 grant for a nonprofit that meets Weinberg Foundation requirements.

The scope of work called for demolition of the planter boxes and replanting the existing plants into the ground, as well as repainting picnic tables and entry railings.

“Looks like it’s going to rain in the morning,” said Rotarian Tyler Chihara, project coordinator. “We’re going to Plan B which involves painting, but on the inside. We’ve got the paint and supplies.”

Tina Albao, Boys & Girls Kauai director of operations, joined the Rotarians with a group of her staff, juggling the cleanup as well as preparing for its True Colors Leaders in Training suicide prevention awareness event taking place Sunday morning.

“We’re going crazy,” Albao said. “There’s so much work that needs to be done. We need more room to take care of all the things our members do.”

Chihara said the Mobile Munchies Community Outreach program of Lihue Lutheran Church is the worthy recipient of the Weinberg Foundation grant.

The Mobile Munchies program provides meals to economically challenged kupuna and children through distribution points including Nana’s House in Waimea, the Boys & Girls Club Waimea and Kapaa clubhouses, the Lihue Town Court after school program, Child and Family Service in Kapaa and Lihue, Koloa Camp, and God’s Grinds.

“Mobile Munchies has been putting together about 20,000 meals each year for more than 10 years,” Chihara said. “They need this funding to continue their efforts at providing healthy meals for the less fortunate on the island.”


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