Community voluteers: 65th Eng. supports Helemano Plantation

| February 10, 2012 | 0 Comments
Spc. Travis Killion, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, repaints a parking stall at the Helemano Plantation, Wahiawa. Killion was one of 12 Soldiers from the 65th Eng. Bn. to volunteer for the project, Jan. 28.

Spc. Travis Killion, 65th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, repaints a parking stall at the Helemano Plantation, Wahiawa. Killion was one of 12 Soldiers from the 65th Eng. Bn. to volunteer for the project, Jan. 28.

Story and Photo by 2nd Lt. Kyle Suchomski
65th Engineer Battalion,
130th Eng. Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

WAHIAWA —With federal and state funding at a near all-time low, area nonprofits welcomed the helping hands of an 8th Theater Sustainment Command unit.

Soldiers of the 65th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th TSC, coordinated a volunteer event to clean up and re-stripe the Helemano Plantation’s main parking lot, here, Jan. 29.

The Helemano Plantation is a local nonprofit that serves Oahu’s elderly and developmentally disabled populations.

The 65th Eng. Bn. has had an ongoing relationship with the Helemano Plantation. When available, the battalion’s volunteers provide manpower and resources for numerous projects.

“This is the latest project in our long-standing relationship with the Helemano Plantation and we’re glad we could help,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Koprowski, commander, 65th Eng. Bn. “The 65th Eng. Bn. has supported Helemano for nearly 30 years and our Soldiers always get a lot of satisfaction out of it.”

Spc. Mathew Quinones, an analyst from the battalion’s 70th Geospatial Company, said that he was “more than happy to help out wherever and whenever he could.”

For several of the Soldiers, this project was their first time volunteering on the island.

“I’ve never volunteered with the battalion,” said Pfc. Paul Wojciechowski, a fueler from the Forward Support Company. “I really had a good time working with the team and the Helemano Plantation.”

The 65th Eng. Bn. looks forward to coordinating future projects with the Plantation and will continue to reach out to similar organizations.

During the past several months, the unit’s Soldiers and families have volunteered at Mililani Middle School and Tripler Army Medical Center’s Fisher House. The unit has also worked with the Mililani Boy Scout program.

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