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Hawaiian Electric Company - Lanakila Meals on Wheels Donation
Grant to Lanakila Meals on Wheels benefits seniors
Lanakila Pacific has been awarded a $10,000 grant from Hawaiian Electric and the HEI Charitable Foundation (HEICF) for its Meals on Wheels program which provides meals and support for Oʻahu's elderly through a free home delivery service.
"For many of Hawaiʻi's most vulnerable kupuna, our services make the difference in having access to nutritious meals and combating loneliness and isolation," said Lori Lau, Director of Meals on Wheels. "For many of our kupuna, this meal might be the only one they eat that day, and our staff or volunteer delivering the meal might be the only person they have contact with as well." Lau said the program served more than 2,500 individuals last year.
"Our seniors have done so much and made a lot of sacrifices for this generation," said
Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric president & CEO and HEICF president. "We are grateful for organizations like Lanakila Pacific and the Lanakila Meals on Wheels program that make it possible for our kupuna to age in place with dignity while avoiding the high cost of assisted living or nursing care."
Lanakila Meals on Wheels is the only island-wide home delivery service program, available Monday-Saturday (including holidays), for homebound individuals who are 60 years of age or older and unable to prepare their own meals due to cognitive or physical challenges.
About Hawaii Meals On Wheels (HMoW) 808-988.6747
Hawaii Meals on Wheels is dedicated to helping frail elders and individuals with disabilities preserve their independence at home by providing hot, nutritious meals and regular personal contact
Priority is given to seniors living in rural or isolated areas, from low-income households, living alone, and/or those individuals with more severe health conditions and disabilities. Spouses or caregivers of the homebound individual also may be eligible for the service.
Interested seniors, family members and neighbors can call 356-8519 to set up a referral. A home visit may be required to assess the individual's needs. To volunteer, make a donation, or learn more about Lanakila Meals on Wheels, visit lanakilapacific.org.
The donation to Lanakila Pacific will be added to Hawaiian Electric's growing list of "125 Acts of Aloha" for the community as the company commemorates its 125th anniversary. "Acts of Aloha" are charitable donations and service projects benefitting agencies and programs committed to building a more sustainable future for Hawaiʻi.
About Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO)
For more than 100 years, Hawaiian Electric Company has provided the energy that has fueled the islands' development from a Hawaiian kingdom to a modern state. Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (HECO), and its subsidiaries, Maui Electric Company, Ltd. (MECO), and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. (HELCO), serves 95% of the state's 1.2 million residents on the islands of O`ahu, Maui, Hawai`i Island, Lana`i and Moloka`i.
The energy we use is an essential but limited resource necessary to maintaining our quality of life. In a changing world, Hawaiian Electric has evolved to offer more than electricity.
Today, the company also provides energy solutions to help customers save money and use energy more efficiently. Hawaiian Electric also continues to pursue the use of more clean, renewable energy alternatives to help ensure a sustainable future for our islands.
Hawaiian Electric Company is dedicated to our community in which we live, work and serve. Rooted in Hawaii and one of the largest companies in the State, Hawaiian Electric takes the concept of malama pono -- to care for and serve -- to heart. The company and our employees have a long tradition of contributing with dollars, time and talent. Corporate citizenship is crucial to Hawaiian Electric's overall business plan because strong communities are essential to the success of the company, our employees and our customers.
Company and employee volunteerism is encouraged and every month, employees walk, run or provide manpower to dozens of non-profits throughout the State. Hawaiian Electric's corporate giving philosophy gives priority to projects that help families, promote education and protect the environment.
The company also sponsors robotics programs and events that promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, as well as the SunPower for Schools program bringing solar electric power to select schools, the Solar Sprint event where students design, build and race cars using solar power, and the Home Energy Challenge, a school-based competition encouraging elementary school students and their families to reduce energy use at home, among other programs.
For nearly a decade, Hawaiian Electric volunteers have provided manpower, bucket trucks and ladders to install Christmas lights at the Kaimuki Community Park and playground before the annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade in December.
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