Pearlridge Center Lends A Helping Hand During COVID-19 Pandemic
From preparing meals for those in need, to providing easier access to fresh produce, to lending a section of the parking lot to the nearby hospital – the Pearlridge Center team in Aiea, Hawaii, has quickly activated several initiatives over the past few weeks to help out their local community during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Meals for the Homeless: Pearlridge Center’s Local Management team launched a grassroots effort to help feed those in need at a time when many organizations who care for the homeless were shut down due to a lack of funding. The Pearlridge team prepared and donated more than 350 individual sack lunches packed with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fresh fruits and bottled water to The Institute for Human Services (IHS) for distribution. Pearlridge will continue to prepare and package meals on a weekly basis for the IHS to distribute to the homeless community. The center is also looking into purchasing additional food supplies to help replenish IHS’ food pantry.
- Farm-to-Car Market: Pearlridge Center partners with Aloha Farm Lovers to regularly organize and operate the Pearlridge Farmers Market. During the pandemic, the format was reconfigured so guests could safely drive through and pick up their pre-ordered produce. The farm-to-car FarmLovers Express market launched on April 18 and will continue its curbside pickup offering every Saturday morning. The center is also partnering with a non-profit organization called, “Help is on The Way,” to deliver produce from the market directly to kūpuna (elderly) homes.
- Pali Momi Respiratory Clinic: At the very beginning of the pandemic, Pali Momi Medical Center, a tenant at Pearlridge Center, reached out to the management team asking about the possibility of using their parking lot as a site for their respiratory clinic, for community members experiencing what might be COVID-19 symptoms. The Pearlridge Center team quickly agreed and swiftly prepared their parking lot for the hospital’s testing equipment and medical staff. The two teams worked together to plan out the best and safest traffic pattern for patients and the testing site has been running efficiently since April 11.
During the pandemic, Washington Prime Group’s town centers have been creatively offering solutions and lending a helping hand to all different kinds of organizations – Pearlridge Center is the perfect example. No ask is too big and no task is too small for our Goodwill Ambassadors who strive to support our communities, especially in times of need.