Coast Guard Personnel to Volunteer at Istitute for Human Services

HONOLULU — U.S. Coast Guard personnel from a unit in Honolulu are to volunteer June 11 at the Institute for Human Services-Hawaii’s shelters as a way of giving back to the community.

The experience also offers Coast Guardsmen an opportunity to educate the public about their service’s missions. Twelve volunteers from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu are planning to prepare and serve meals to families at the men’s and women’s shelters in Honolulu.

Coast Guard personnel frequently volunteer to support various causes throughout the Hawaiian Islands. In April, 20 U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Sector Honolulu, Integrated Support Command, Honolulu, and the cutter Galveston Island — all Oahu-based units — helped Habitat for Humanity build a home for a family on the Waianae coast of Oahu.

“As people, we need to help one another because you never know when you’ll need a helping hand yourself,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Katherine Westman, a pollution investigator with the Coast Guard in Honolulu. “The Coast Guard is an organization whose foundation is rooted in humanitarian service, so it is not surprising then that the same men and women who strive to protect our coasts and save lives on our seas are donating time to help prepare and serve meals at the Institute for Human Services.”

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