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MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, the medically needy, the elderly and other low-income individuals. All MEO programs are tangible translations of the Promise of Community Action. There are always at least a few MEO programs in need of volunteers, cash donations or inkind gifts. You can help. MEO does what poverty demands, and you are welcome to join us in whatever way you can. Call us at 249-2990.
Congratulations to MEO's employee of the month Alex Domingo!
The two King Kekaulike High School sophomores first met Officer Iokia 2 years ago as 7th graders from Kalama Intermediate School. Both Ashley And Keonilei were among 4 Maui youth representatives in a Hawaii's Partnership Preventing Underage Drinking Youth Leadership Conference on Oahu in 2013. Two years later, youth continue to participate in the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program and maintain friendship/partnership with Officer Iokia as he continues to encourage and support the program. On September 2nd, Officer Iokia along with Officers Ned Kanekoa, and Jeremy Pallone-De La Torre as well as, Marc Chesick of Child & Family Services and a board member of Ka Hale a Ke Ola, presented at King Kekaulike High School as guest speakers for the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Click photo to see class pics...
*PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Maui Disability ALLIANCE 19th ANNUAL Legislative Forum
CREATING ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITIES
THROUGH ADVOCACY, EDUCATION AND EMPOWERMENT
TO BE HELD AT THE VELMA MCWAYNE COMMUNITY CENTER, WAILUKU
OCTOBER 28, 2015 4:30PM TO 7:00PM
Wailuku, HI —The public is invited to join the Maui Disability Alliance at our 19th Annual Legislative Forum, on October 28, 2015 from 4:30-7:00 pm at the Velma McWayne Community Center in Wailuku. Join us to discuss five important issues MENTAL HEALTH, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, HOUSING, AND TRANSPORTATION. Participate with Maui policymakers, individuals with disabilities, family members, service providers, and other advocates as we discuss these important topics. Listen to a panel discussion exploring solutions to our communities' needs. The Maui Disability Alliance is comprised of 36 public, private, government and non-profit agencies, the community at large and state-level organizations that are working to bring community and political awareness of issues impacting persons with disabilities and to effect positive change.
The event will start with refreshments and the opportunity to network with other disability advocates, followed by the moderated question and answer panel with each topic group panel. In addition, if you have questions or concerns you would like to share regarding the five topics, please forward an email to MDAmaui2014@gmail.com
The event is free and open to the public. If you need more information or require access accommodations, please call Rob Tarver at (808) 984-8218 or email MDAmaui2014@gmail.com by Friday, October 16, 2015. Requests for access accommodations received after the deadline may not assure that accommodation requests will be met.
This is MEO youth at the Mayor Proclamation of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week for Maui County. Setember 7-11, 2015
Press Release- For Immediate release
Effective Monday, September 14, 2015 a newly added service will be available to all Paratransit riders. Riders will receive automated "night before calls", allowing them to hear their reservations for the next day and offer the option to cancel if they choose to. Riders will also receive "on the way calls" five minutes before the vehicle's arrival.
The "night before calls" or "on the way calls" require that MEO have the rider's current home or cellular telephone number in the scheduling software system. "On the way calls" from any location other than the rider's home require that MEO have the rider's current cellular telephone number on file. Riders may choose to decline this service at no charge.
For further information call Harry Johnson or Sherrilynn Nishikuni at 808-877-7651.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)-Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is pleased to announce that legendary performers *Marlene Sai*, *Jimmy Borges and Brickwood Galuteria* who are part of the Honolulu based Kupuna Power organization will entertain at 10:00 a.m. at the 42nd Annual Maui County Senior Fair. These headliners along with local talent Puu Wai, Pearl Rose, Judy’s Gang’s Kaunoa Seniors and friends, and the Japanese Buyo Dancers promises to provide fun for the entire family.
MEO still has a few spaces available for vendors and community partners interested in participating in the annual event on *Saturday, October 31, 2015* at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The County of Maui Office on Aging is the sponsor of this event and MEO is the organizer.
Last year’s fair attracted over 2,500 individuals. If you wish to participate in this event email Community Services Director Gerry Lum at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 249-2970 to request an application. Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO later than Friday, September 18, 2015. For more information visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org.
Congratulations to MEO's employee of the month Po'ou'i Rano!
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
MEO Business Development Center August Graduation
(Wailuku, HI August 20, 2015) –Keith Regan, the Managing Director for the County of Maui attended MEO Business Development Program’s graduation of fifteen (15) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on August 18, 2015. Director Regan spoke briefly to the students and encouraged the entrepreneurs to strengthen the community while building their businesses.
Also, the graduating students were able to receive advice and guidance from local commercial lenders. The bankers reviewed the students’ business plans and provided suggestions and guidance in launching a successful business. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulations dinner.
MEO BDC’s Core Four Business Planning is a 36-hour course on how to write a business plan while providing the information you need to know in order to start, operate and grow your business.
For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990. Also, there are three opportunities to attend an introductory class to better understand the course outline. One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, September 1st and Thursday, September 3rd, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, September 2nd from noon to 1pm. The six-week series begins on Tuesday, September 8th and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through October 20, 2015. All sessions will be held at MEO's Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.
Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done at the introductory classes or any weekday 8am to 4pm at MEO’s Family Center.
Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development and the CPB Foundation helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Course possible.
Craig Swift / 243-4317
Annual Maui County Senior Fair
WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii)-Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is seeking vendors and community partners interested in participating in the 42nd Annual Maui County Senior Fair, scheduled for *Saturday, October 31, 2015* at the War Memorial gymnasium in Wailuku from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The County of Maui Office on Aging is the sponsor of this event and MEO is the organizer. MEO supports 60 senior citizen groups throughout Maui County, representing more than 1,800 seniors.
Last year’s fair attracted over 2,500 individuals. If you wish to participate in this event email Community Services Director Gerry Lum at email@example.com or call him at 249-2970 to request an application. Completed applications and applicable payment must be submitted to MEO later than Friday, September 18, 2015.
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*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is accepting nominations for the following:
*Community Business Award*
Nominate an outstanding business that supports nonprofits
- · Evidence of financial support of philanthropic projects in Maui County
- · Impact of the gift
- · In-kind contributions to support a nonprofit
- · Evidence of encouraging and motivating its employees to take leadership roles and serve on boards and participate in community activities
Nominate an outstanding individual who free gives of time, talent and treasure
- · Time, effort and financial commitment spent on philanthropic activities
- · Evidence of success in stewardship, recruiting and motivating others
*Maui County’s Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director*
Nominate an outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director
- · Leadership
- · Vision
- · Improving programs and services
Nominees and winners will be honored at MNPD’s Annual Legislative Pau Hana on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
Nomination forms are due no later than Monday, September 28, 2015.
Applications are available online at www.*mauinonprofit*.org
Completed applications can be mailed to, Maui Non Profit Executive Directors Association P.O. Box 1186 Puunene, HI 96784 or emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 808-249-2990 or email her at: email@example.com
Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month, Mary Kaiwi!
Kupuna Aloha Luncheon
More than 600 Kupuna and friends celebrated at the Kupuna Aloha Luncheon on Saturday, July 25 at the Grand Wailea. This annual event is made possible through the support of the Maui County Planning and Coordinating Council and Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc as well as many prize donors, the Grand Wailea Resort and Spa and event volunteers.
Please follow the link below to view the Maui Public Transit Rider Education Forum. Share with your family and friends to inform them about transportation services available throughout Maui County. Mahalo to the Paratransit Advisory Council, the State Disability and Communication Access Board, the County of Maui Dept of Transportation and Office on Aging, Roberts Hawaii, MEO Transportation, and AKAKU Public Television for making this happen.
Congratulations to our newly elected board of director officers; President Kai Pelyao, Vice President Kevin Yoshida, Secretary Adele Rugg, and Treasurer Cliff Alakai. Mahalo for your service..
MEO Transportation has a new roof! *Mahalo to Goodfellow Bros. for your generous support*
MEO provides the tools to help people and change lives with programs offered through five departments:
The BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER assists small business entrepreneurs with business plan training, credit assessment, and micro-loans for startup and expansion.
COMMUNITY SERVICES provides a wide array of services including rental subsidy, employment training and job placement, Enlace Hispano (Hispanic Link), weatherization and energy assistance, senior club coordination, prisoner reintegration, Hawaiian agricultural workshops, BEST Reintegration, Ke Kahua farm and more.
EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES provides quality infant care and early childhood education, offering toddlers a Head Start toward a better education and a better life.
The TRANSPORTATION Department provides rides to the doctor, to work, to school, to adult day care, for necessary shopping, and for other needs with both standard and wheelchair lift-equipped vehicles.
The YOUTH SERVICES Department provides youth with assistance to succeed in school and life through fun-filled opportunities to learn life skills, prepare for the workforce, and serve the community. The prevention of underage drinking, substance abuse, tobacco use, teenage pregnancy, and teenage suicide is consistently blended with youth program activities.
MEO is dedicated to providing tools for living, for earning, for self-reliance, and for community involvement. All programs are designed with the underlying belief that instead of giving people a fish, it is better to teach them how to fish for themselves.
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO), chartered on March 22, 1965 is a private non-profit Community Action Agency. The current annual operating budget is $17 million dollars. MEO provides outreach and information, and administers human service programs to low-income persons, the youth, elderly, immigrants, ex-offenders, persons with disabilities and medical needs, and other disadvantaged individuals and families on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. The agency was organized as a Community Action Agency under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to strengthen and coordinate efforts to eliminate poverty by providing opportunities in education, employment and training, transportation and other areas to help people, help themselves.