Airmen join Hickam Communities in community cleanup

Volunteers from several Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam units joined Hickam Communities’ staff for a community cleanup effort in the Onizuka Village neighborhood last month. (Photo by Hickam Communities)

03/27/15

By Hickam Communities

Donning gloves and carrying bundles of trash bags, nearly two dozen volunteers from the 690th Cyberspace Operations Squadron, 37th Intelligence Squadron and 647th Security Forces Squadron /S3D K-9 joined Hickam Communities’ staff to help clean up Onizuka Village last month.

The community project at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was the first to be undertaken by the “Airmen Care” initiative, a new program established earlier this year between Hickam Communities and JBPHH units that encourages volunteerism among service members.

Plastic bottles, aluminum cans, old newspapers and candy wrappers are some of the items that can be found at Hickam Communities’ parks, playgrounds and tot lots.

“It’s important for all of us to take care of the communities we live in,” said Senior Airman Mallory King, who helped create Airmen Care and is an active volunteer with several other non-profits on Oahu. “It’s (volunteering) something I enjoy and plan to continue on a regular basis,” she added.

“Many of our residents would like to give back and make a difference in their community, so we’re very thankful to have someone like SrAirman King to help create opportunities for them,” aid Stephen Quinn, director of property management at Hickam Communities.

“Through the Airmen Care initiative, we plan to focus on other common areas in our community footprint each quarter, and we look forward to more residents joining service members and our staff.”

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