KAPOLEI, Hawaii — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii hosted a community workday at Makakilo Elementary School today, bringing together volunteer employees and school staff to work on campus projects. The community workday is part of an ongoing initiative by Kaiser Permanente to support healthy learning environments by restoring school campuses and is the fifth campus project completed this year.
Volunteers completed general maintenance in the school parking lot, including restriping parking stall lines. Kaiser Permanente provided monetary support and lunch for volunteers.
“Kaiser Permanente has a long history of volunteerism in our communities and is grateful for the opportunity to partner with schools across Oahu to support campus restoration and safety,” said David Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Giving back is a part of who we are, and we’re looking forward to working with even more schools to build healthier communities through service projects and health education.”
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has partnered with Hawaii 3R’s, an organization founded by the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye, to identify and complete impactful projects at schools across the state. Hawaii 3R’s provided a grant for $4,000 for the campus projects.
“Restoring and creating new spaces for learning and playing fills our school community with energy and teaches our students about the value of community service,” said Todd Fujimori, principal of Makakilo Elementary School. “Thank you to Kaiser Permanente and 3R’s for giving us the opportunity to beautify our campus, which has a wonderful impact on our students and staff.”
About Hawaii 3R’s
In 2001, the late U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye began a new initiative called Hawaii 3R’s (Repair, Remodel and Restore Hawaii’s public schools) whose mission is to bring outside financial and human resources together to tackle the approximately $640 million repair and maintenance backlog in Hawaii’s public schools. Hawaii 3R’s works with state agencies, trade unions, businesses, military, community leaders, parents, teachers and students to match public and private funds with volunteers’ “sweat equity” to reduce the backlog.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.