Pictured above are SWCC Board of Directors, Dan Motohiro and Denise Motohiro accepting a $10,000 Weinberg Grant from the Kalakaua Lions Club. The grant funds will be used to support facility repairs to the Center.
AUGUST 22, 2015 – Honolulu, HI – The Susannah Wesley Community Center received a $10,000 grant from the Kalakaua Lions Club. The grant is from their Weinberg Friends Program which is administered by The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and is made available to service clubs who in turn choose specific community organizations to be the beneficiaries.
“We chose the Susannah Wesley Community Center as this year’s recipient of the Weinberg Friends Program grant because of the Center’s strong commitment to provide important safety net services to at-risk individuals and families in the Kalihi-Palama community,” said Jason Yama, former President of the Kalakaua Lions Club.
In addition to the grant, approximately 25 members of the Kalakaua Lions Club will be at the Susannah Wesley Community Center on August 22, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to provide free vision screening to senior citizens, adults and children as part of the service project criteria of the Weinberg Friends Program. A free community health fair will be conducted in the adjacent building. The Kalakaua Lions expand their current vision screening to address the undetected or untreated vision problems of low-income senior citizens (and adults). The Hawaii Lions vision screening program has traditionally been offered to only elementary to middle school age children in select schools. The Lions will also be collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids.
“The funds will be used to assist the Center’s implementation of our recently completed three-year facilities improvement plan,” said Ronald Higashi, Executive Director of SWCC. One of the most critical needs of the Center is build a new entrance/exit door with panic hardware to keep the clients, youth program participants and staff safe during the later hours that our Kalihi Palama Juvenile Assessment Center remains open or during an emergency situation.