The Rotary Club of Honolulu (RCOH) presented a $10,000 grant from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation’s Weinberg Friends program to Helping Hands Hawaii (HHH) on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Ballroom.
The grant will support our Ready to Learn (R2L) Program, which provides free basic school supplies to low-income and homeless students year round. It enables us to support approximately 1,000 additional students.
The Weinberg Friends program provides an organization, like the RCOH, with the opportunity to receive a grant after completing a community service project that benefits the poor and needy. Upon completion of this volunteer effort, the service organization may nominate another service provider to receive the grant.
On Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, 40 RCOH members, along with family and friends, performed a community service project at the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii’s Spaulding Clubhouse. Members assisted the organization by doing intensive landscaping, property cleanup and planting new shade trees.
Of the more than 187,000 public school students in grades K-12, approximately 45 percent are from households that qualify for the free or reduced lunch program. This means more than 75,000 students come from households that struggle with poverty.
“When you are living in a household that struggles to provide food, shelter and clothing, school supplies often are not possible,” said Jan Harada, HHH President & CEO. “Educational success is a continuum of many things and school supplies are one part of that interconnected continuum to help them obtain a good education.”