February 21, 2018

Hirono Highlights Importance of Federal Funding in Visits to Waikiki Health Center, AmeriCorps Programs

HONOLULU– Senator Mazie K. Hirono today met with staff and volunteers from the Waikiki Health Center and nonprofit organizations who participate in the AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs to discuss how critical federal funding is to continue providing services to communities across Hawaii.  


“Hawaii’s Community Health Centers and programs that receive support through AmeriCorps fill vital needs in our community,” said Senator Hirono. “Hearing from AmeriCorps and Senior Corps volunteers, and Waikiki Health Center clients underscored how important continued federal support is for these programs.”


Senator Hirono is a strong advocate for funding for Community Health Centers and the Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs.


“Her heart is with the people, and we love every opportunity to share time with her,” said Sheila Beckham, Chief Executive Officer of Waikiki Health.


“In Hawaii, we are proud that more than 2,300 people of all ages and background have committed themselves to national service programs like AmeriCorps and Senior Corps,” said Derrick Ariyoshi, Hawaii State Program Director for the Corporation for National & Community Service. “The DNA and footprint of their service can be found in the many efforts to address Hawaii’s most pressing community issues such as housing, kupuna services, food security, education, and healthcare accessibility. In this, we appreciate and value the support of Senator Hirono to find innovative community solutions utilizing the talents and passions of our citizens.