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H.E.L.P

Hawaii Emergency Laulima Partnership

Sponsored by the County of Maui and in Partnership with MEO

What is Help? Financial assistance for Maui County residents to pay for essential needs due to a layoff, reduction in hours, or loss of income related to COVID-19. La aplicación está disponible en español.

CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR H.E.L.P



Click Here for the Senior Fair Survey

Click here to watch the Senior Fair Facebook Video Stream


 Click here for information or to apply for the MEO BDC Agriculture Micro Grants Program


Cliff Ceasar MEO's New Chief Human Resource Officer


Click here for MEO Agriculture Micro Grant Program facebook video




Press Release-For immediate release
October 16, 2020

MNPD 2020 Leadership Awards Recipients

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards via Zoom, installing the association's 2020-2021 officers and recognizing its supporters. Judge Richard Bissen installed the newly elected officers, President- Cassandra Abdul, Vice President Nick Winfrey, Treasurer Sherri Dodson, Secretary Richard Carr, Immediate Past President Bevanne Bowers, and at-large members Debbie Cabebe, Marshall Norman, and Reverend Florentino Cordova.

The Maui County Fire and Safety and Police Departments received the Community Business Award, recognizing them for protecting life and property during the 2019 Wildfires. Due to their swift action and continued diligence many businesses and nonprofits were spared loss. Maui Economic Opportunity nominated the two departments stating, "Their response spared MEO potential damages and loss totaling approximately $6.9 million, impacting the more than 75 staff and 7,000 clients who relay on MEO Transportation."

Judge Adrianne Heely was recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year. Nominated by The Friends of the Children's Justice Center of Maui for the numerous hours she spends ensuring that children, parents, and those suffering from addiction are treated with compassion, empathy, and dignity. She offers alternative consequences for behavior and supports participation in empowerment programs, keeping families together. She also gives of her time, talent and treasury to various nonprofits.

Bevanne Bowers, Executive Director of Maui Mediation Services received the distinguished O'o Award as Maui County's Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director. She was nominated by MSM board member JD Wyatt stating, " Bevanne is a true leader in every sense. She motivates an inspires board, staff, mediators, agency partners, and legislators, and focuses on agency impact and sustainability. She has expanded and elevated the agency's services that are vital to the health of the community."

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association has been serving Maui County for more than 30 years. Collectively through the work of 63 members, the organization represents the shared experience and expertise of thousands of hours of community service and leadership. For more information visit www.mauinonprofit.org


Press Release- For immediate release
October 13 2020

MEO's receives a Certificate of Accreditation from the Better Business Bureau

Maui Economic Opportunity has obtained a Certificate of Accreditation from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), meeting all BBB Accreditation Standards and supporting the principals of BBB which include ethical business practices, honesty, integrity, reliability and trust.

To learn more about MEO and its programs, visit MEO's website at www.meoinc.org


Fall Break MEO TEEN FINANCIAL LITERACY WORKSHOP🍂 Call 808-243-4347 or DM for more information 🙋‍♀️

Teens will learn BUDGETING, BANKING BASICS, CREDIT and so much more!💵


Congratulations to Cliff Ceasar, MEO's August 2020 Employee of the Month!





Press Release- For immediate release

Maui Nonprofit Directors Association Leadership Awards and Annual Meeting

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association will hold its Leadership Awards and Annual meeting virtually on Zooml streamed on Facebook and broadcast on AKAKU channel 54 on Thursday, October 15, 2020 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Please join us for remarks from our elected officials and candidates, installation of officers and recognition of honorees.

Honorees:
Humanitarian-
Pastor Sarah Beckman- Big Brother Big Sisters of Maui
Ned Davis- MEO Head Start
James Geiger, Esq- Maui Family Support Services
Judge Adrianne Heely- Friends of the Children's Justice Center
Harlan Hughes- Maui Mediation Services
Ashley Kanillio- MEO Youth Services
Edwina Wilson-Snyder- MEO Community Services
Wayne Wong- MEO Business Development Center

Community Business
Aloha International Employment- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Maui
Maui Fire and Safety, and Maui Police Department- Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui County's Outstanding Nonprofit Executive Director of the Year
Bevanne Bowers, Maui Mediation Services
Sanoe Ka'aihue- Women Helping Women

2020-2021 MNPD Board Members
President - Cassandral Abdul- Na Hale O Maui
Vice President- Nick Windfrey- Maui United Way
Treasurer- Sherri Dodson- Habitat for Humanity
Secretary- Richard Carr- Hawaii Animal Rescue
Intimidate past president - Bevanne Bowers- Maui Mediation Services
At Large Members-
Debbie Cabebe, MEO
Rev Tino Cordova- Iao United Church of Christ
Marshall Norman- Job Corps Maui

RSVP no later than Thursday October 8, 2020 to mauinonprofit@gmail.com
For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 243-4300.


Press Release- For immediate release

Free Medication Reconciliation

Times Pharmacy will be holding FREE one-on-one medication reconciliation sessions at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani Center in Wailuku on Monday, September 28,2020 from 8am to 4pm. The goal is to help individuals reduce medication discrepancies and potential adverse drug events.

This program is funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation and is administered by MEO.

*Reservations are required. Walk-in appointments will not be accepted.*

Individuals must bring all prescription and over-the-counter medication, vitamins and supplements with them to the scheduled appointment.

For appointment times and reservations, contact Kai Oliver at 249-2990 or email her at kai.oliver@meoinc.org.


Here is the link to the Roundtable on AKAKU's Facebook. You can watch it by clicking here.


MEO Youth Services are hosting the Gate Keppers CONNECT training next week. It is open to all middle school and high school students.

Please email ys@meoinc.org to register.


Press Release for Immediate Release

47th Annual Maui County Senior Fair

Contact: Debbie Cabebe
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO)
Chief Executive Officer
(808) 249-2990, ext. 300
Debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

*47th* Annual Maui County Senior Fair – Friday, October 23- via Zoom, **live-streamed** on Facebook, and broadcast on AKAKU channel 54 *

This year’s annual Senior Fair event will look a bit different from years past. Due to COVID restrictions and  in the interest of protecting the health and safety of all, this year’s celebration will be held virtually on Friday, October 23, 2020 at 10:00am via Zoom, live-streamed on Facebook, and broadcast on AKAKU channel 54.

We invite legislators and political candidates, for-profit business, and nonprofits to participate. The cost for candidates and for-profit businesses is $25.00 for a six-second commercial; there is no-cost for nonprofits to participate. All commercials must be prerecorded and submitted in MP4 format no later than Friday, October 16, 2020.

This event is produced by Maui Economic Opportunity, and is funded by the Maui County Office on Aging.

We hope that you can join us for information, entertainment and fellowship. For more information contact Debbie Cabebe at debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org or call 249-2990, ext. 300.



The 48th Annual Kupuna Aloha Celebration was streamed live on FaceBook. You can watch it by clicking here!




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Press Release - For Immediate Release
August 24, 2020

The Maui Directors Association is seeking nominations for its Community Business and Humanitarian of the Year awards

*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

*Humanitarian Award*

Nominate an outstanding individual who freely gives of time talent and treasure

  • Time, effort and financial commitment spent on philanthropic activities
  • Evidence of success in stewardship, recruiting, and motivating others

*Nominees for both awards must be affiliated with members of the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association. *

*Nominees and award recipients will be announced at the MNPD Annual Meeting and Leaderships Awards on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom. *

Nomination forms are due no later than *Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:00 noon*.
Applications are available online at www.mauinonprofit.org.
Completed applications can be emailed to mauinonprofit@gmail.com.

The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is made up of 60 Maui County nonprofit organizations.

For more information contact Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: 
Lianne Peros-Busch / 243-4347

MEO BDC Teen Financial Literacy Workshop

MEO’s Business Development Center will be holding its next Teen Financial Literacy Workshop starting August 18 at 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm. All classes will be held online via the Zoom Platform.

MEO BDC’s Teen Financial Literacy Workshop will teach teens about budgeting and savings goals, basic banking, how to apply and interview for a job, and credit.

The four-week series begins on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm and will be held on Tuesday and Thursday through August 27, 2020. There is no cost for this workshop.

Those who would like to register their teen can contact Lianne at MEO Business Development Center at (808) 243-4347 or lianne.perosbusch@meoinc.org

Funding from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development helps make the Teen Financial Literacy Workshop possible.


Maui Disability Alliance hosts its 24th Annual Legislative Forum Virtually

The Maui Disability Alliance (MDA) represents agencies, organizations and individuals who value the contributions people with disabilities make to the Maui community.

For the past 24 years, the Maui Disability Alliance (MDA) has hosted an annual legislative forum. This year, due to COVID-19, MDA is hosting two Virtual Legislative Forums. Candidates and Voters can participate from the comfort of their own home. The first forum will be held on September 30, 2020 from 5pm to 6:30pm for individuals running for Maui County Council seats. The second forum will be held on October 7, 2020 from 5pm to 6:30pm for individuals running for State and Federal seats.

The forum is held to educate voters about the political platform of individuals seeking election to these very important positions. Candidates will be given an opportunity to tell a little about about themselves and to answers questions submitted by the Maui County voters.

Individuals interested submitting a question or questions must email roxann.kehus@doh.hawaii.gov no later than Monday, September 7, 2020. Questions submitted will be asked by a moderator during the virtual event.

Individuals running for office at the County, State, or Federal Level who wish to participate must RSVP to roxann.kehus@doh.hawaii.gov no later than Monday, September 7, 2020.

A link to join the events will be published by September 7, 2020.

For more information contact Roxann at 808-984-8218.


Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:  Gay Sibonga
(MEO) Chief Operating Officer
(808) 249-2990, ext. 342
gay.sibonga@meoinc.org

2020 Kupuna Aloha Celebration – August 28, 2020- via Zoom

This year’s Annual Kupuna Aloha Celebration will look a bit different from years past.  Due to COVID restrictions and in the interest of protecting the health and safety of our kupuna, this year’s celebration will be held virtually on Friday, August 28th at 10:00am via Zoom.  This event is hosted by the Maui County Senior Planning and Coordinating Council and supported by Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO).

The annual event celebrates our Kupuna; thanking them for their contribution to the community.  Roy Katsuda, former Executive Director of Hale Mahaolu and Senator J. Kalani English will be recognized as the Kupuna Advocates of the Year.  Virtual games (and real prizes which will be mailed) and entertainment will also be part of the celebration.

To sign up for the event, please email Jennifer.mcgurn@meoinc.org or call MEO at 249-2990 to provide your name and email address.


Congratulations to Vilma Dela Cruz, MEO's June 2020 Employee of the Month!


The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association is seeking nominations for its annual leadership awards

*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

*Humanitarian Award*

Nominate an outstanding individual who freely 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 for ED of the Year must be members of the association.
Nominations for Humanitarian the Community Business Awards must be affiliated with members of the Association.*

*Nominees and winners will be announced at the MNPD Annual Meeting and Leaderships Awards on Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.*

Nomination forms are due no later than *Friday, September 4, 2020 at 12:00 noon*. Applications are available online at www.mauinonprofit.org.
Completed applications can be mailed to, Maui Nonprofit Directors Association, P.O. Box 1186 Puunene, HI 96784 or emailed to mauinonprofit@gmail.com.
For more information contact Debbie Cabebe at 808-249-2990.

*Debbie Cabebe*, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, NCRT, Chief Executive Officer
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
99 Mahalani St, Wailuku HI 96793
http://www.meoinc.org
*T: *808-243-4300 *M: *808-870-1906 *E: *debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org


Congratulations to Evelyne Dereas, MEO's May 2020 Employee of the Month!


Congratulations to Dee Wilson, MEO's April 2020 Employee of the Month!


MEO Core Four Business Planning On-Line Series

CONTACT:
David Daly

Director MEO Business Development Center
808 243-4318
david.daly@meoinc.org

MEO’s Business Development Center will be holding its next series of Core Four Business Planning Classes starting June 30, at 5pm – 7pm. All classes will be held online via the Zoom Platform.

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 to start, operate and grow your business.  It is perfect for those thinking of starting a business or those who just starting and need further direction.

The six-week series begins on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will be held two nights a week through August 18, 2020. The course cost is $45.00.  Financial assistance is available.

Those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course can call David, at Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Business Development Center at (808) 243-4318.
 
Registration is required for the six-week series and can be done by going online to www.meoinc.org  Business Development Center, downloading the enrolment forms and emailing to micro@meoinc.org. Enrollment forms can also be picked up any weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MEO’s Family Center.

Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.


BDC’s Teen Financial Literacy Workshop

CONTACT:
Lianne Peros-Busch

Business Development Specialist
808 243-4347
lianne.perosbusch@meoinc.org

MEO (Maui Economic Opportunity) Business Development Center
(Wailuku, HI June 15, 2020) MEO’s Business Development Center will be holding its next Teen Financial Literacy Workshop starting July 1, at 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. All classes will be held online via the Zoom Platform.

MEO BDC’s Teen Financial Literacy Workshop will teach teens about budgeting and savings goals, basic banking, how to apply and interview for a job, and credit.
The four-week series begins on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm and will be held on Wednesdays through July 22, 2020. There is no cost for this workshop.
Those who would like to register their teen can contact Lianne at MEO Business Development Center at (808) 243-4347 or lianne.perosbusch@meoinc.org

Funding from the County of Maui Office of Economic Development helps make the Teen Financial Literacy Workshop possible.


MEO "Do What is Right" Gala postponed to Saturday March 6, 2021

MEO's 60s themed "Do What is Right" Gala scheduled for Saturday June 20, 2020 honoring Mayor Michael Victorino has been postponed to Saturday, March 6, 2021 at the King Kamehameha at 5:30pm. 2020 Gala sponsors and ticket holders will be accommodated in 2021.

For more information email Jennifer McGurn at jennifer.mcgurn@meoinc.org or call 249-2990.

To make a donation, visit MEO's website at www.meoinc.org and click on donate.

**Debbie Cabebe**, *SHRM-SCP, SPHR, NCRT, Chief Executive Officer*
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
99 Mahalani St, Wailuku HI 96793
*T: *808-243-4300 *M: *808-870-1906 *E: *debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org


ZOOM INTO SUMMER With MEO YOUTH SERVICES

Click here for the Zoom Into Summer Online Application


Please join us in congratulating Rosemarie Nitta, Teacher Aide at UHMC. She recently completed her Child Development Associate Credential training!

Rose joined our MEO Head Start team in August of 2019 and immediately found that although she was passionate about working with young children, it would take more than just loving children to be successful in providing quality care and experiences. Rose shared that she wanted to be able to
really connect and work effectively with children, which led to her decision to pursue obtaining her CDA credentials.

She is now ready for the next step which will be to create her portfolio. We are blessed to have Rose as part of our team, and the children and families in our program are extremely fortunate to have a teacher who wants more for them!
Keep up the great work


Video from Lanai Community to Essential Workers 

Maui Non Profit Directors Association

Grab and go foods for Head Start families

Lanai Surplus Food Delivery Team - click for pictures

Molokai staff assists with surplus food distribution - click for pictures

Hana COVID19 testing - click for pictures

Mayor Michael Victorino holds a press conference to discuss Maui County's response efforts to fight the spread of coronavirus - click for video

NEW - Face Masks with old Uniforms! As Mayor stated, "Better than nothing"

Mahalo to our staff and volunteers for sewing masks for our essential workers


Congratulations Miss Alex!
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Please join us in celebrating our very own Assistant Director of Early Childhood Services, Alexandria Domingo, for reaching an important milestone of completing her B.A Degree from UH West O'ahu!

Better known as "Miss Alex", Alex started her career with MEO Head Start in October 2004. She obtained her Associates Degree from Maui Community College in 2007. In 2014 she was promoted to the Early Childhood Services Assistant Director position with a dedication to impact positive change for staff, children, and families.

Alex's affect on the children, families and staff is highly impressive. She has an admirable ability to teach young children and work with families which is truly evident when you talk to anyone who has engaged with her as a teacher or mentor.

Along with being dedicated to her love of teaching young children and working with families, Alex is committed to her family including husband, Eddie, and her two sons. She is actively involved in community leadership roles related to early childhood education. For Alex, the possibilities are endless. For today, we celebrate her and this amazing accomplishment!!

We are thankful for all you do Alex, and are extremely grateful and fortunate to have you as part of our MEO Early Childhood Services ohana!
CONGRATULATIONS


Congratulations Ms. Grace!

Please join us in congratulating our Ms.Grace Colcol, Lead Teacher in Kihei, on her accomplishment of completing her B.A Degree from UH West O’ahu!!!

Ms. Grace worked hard to obtain her degree while balancing family, school assignments and projects, and working as a first year Lead Teacher! Now that is quite an accomplishment!!!

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19, UH was not able to have their usual commencement. However, we wanted to honor Gracie and share this wonderful milestone in her career! Gracie started as a Teacher Aide, became Assistant Teacher, and is now a Lead Teacher!!! Her keiki and families adore her and have many wonderful things to say about the work she does!

We are extremely proud of you Ms.Grace, and blessed to have you as part of our Head Start ‘ohana
❤️❤️❤️CONGRATULATIONS❤️❤️❤️


Congratulations to Azlynn McCoey, MEO's February 2020 Employee of the Month!


APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN AUGUST 2020. Click here for more information.


** UPDATE **

For Client and Staff Health and Safety MEO Office will be closed to all in person traffic except by appointment

Effective Wednesday, March 25 at midnight, MEO will be closed to all in-person traffic to our facilities.  However, staff will be available by phone, email or in-person by appointment ONLY.

Please stay home and email info@meoinc.org to discuss your individual needs and we will contact you.

If you do not have the ability to email us, to minimize your hold time, please contact the department you need assistance from directly and only contact the Administration office if you are not sure who to contact.  We will do our best to respond before the end of business on the day that you call.

  • Administration Office- 249-2990
  • Community Services- 249-2970
  • Enlace Hispano- 249-2993
  • Early Childhood Services- 249-2988
  • Business Development Center- 249-2990
  • B.E.S.T. Reintegration- 249-2970
  • Youth Services- 249-2990
  • Transportation- 877-7651
  • Hana- 248-8282
  • Lana’i- 808- 565-6665
  • Moloka'i- 808-553-3216

MEO continues to Help People. Change Lives

March 22, 2020 marks 55 years since MEO was established and was designated as Maui County’s antipoverty agency.

We had planned many community and employee activities and events to celebrate this milestone. However, in response to the current national crisis, we are postponing these activities and events until later in the year and are focusing on keeping our staff safe, while meeting the needs of the people we serve.

Effective, Monday, March 23 all staff (except for Kahi Kamali’i Toddler Center and Head Start teaching staff) will work a three-day staggered workweek to minimize the risk of exposure and support social distancing. All MEO offices will remain open during normal business hours to allow us to quickly respond to urgent needs, such as essential transportation to and from dialysis and necessary medical appointments, and shopping for food and medicine, toddler care for essential workers, and has limited funds for emergency assistance to pay for rent and for essential food.

Kahi Kamali’Ii is open during regular hours of operation Monday through Thursday to serve working families and will close at noon on Fridays to allow for deep cleaning. All Head Start remains closed in conjunction with the DOE.

To keep everyone safe, as much as possible, we discourage in-person visits to our facilities. Please stay home and email info@meoinc.org to discuss your individual needs and we will contact you. We are also contacting all current clients to determine need and provide assistance when possible.

If you do not have the ability to email us, to minimize your hold time, please contact the department you need assistance from directly and only contact the Administration office if you are not sure who to contact. We will do our best to respond before the end of business on the day that you call.

Administration Office- 249-2990

Community Services- 249-2970

Enlace Hispano- 249-2993

Early Childhood Services- 249-2988

Business Development Center- 249-2990

B.E.S.T. Reintegration- 249-2970

Youth Services- 249-2990

Transportation- 877-7651

Hana- 248-8282

Lana’i- 808-565-6665

Moloka'i- 808-553-3216

For more information, contact Debbie Cabebe at debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org or call at 243-4300, or Gay Sibonga at gay.sibonga@meoinc.org or call 243-4342.


Aloha MEO Ohana,

We realize that everyone is experiencing challenges in various ways due to our current health crisis. Our MEO Head Start centers are closed this week for Spring Break and again next week to follow the Department of Education schedule. Future closing is uncertain and we are making plans to support Head Start families in creative ways. Food insecurity is one area of need identified and this food drive is intended to provide some relief for those needing assistance.

If you have food items that you can share from the list below, please deliver to the MEO Head Start office between the hours of 8 am - 3 pm - Monday thru Friday (we will be closed on Thurs, March 26 for Prince Kuhio Day).
Please leave food items in boxes or packages outside the MEO Head Start office to maintain social distancing in keeping you and your loved ones safe and healthy.

Any donation is helpful and sincerely appreciated! Here's a list of non-perishable items that you can select from:

  1. canned beans
  2. peanut butter, or other nut butters
  3. boxes or packaged crackers
  4. instant rolled oats
  5. canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup
  6. canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium
  7. canned soups
  8. canned tuna
  9. canned chicken
  10. brown or white rice
  11. nuts
  12. shelf stable milk (example: soy milk)
  13. pasta
  14. pasta sauce
  15. microwave popcorn
  16. canned stews
  17. applesauce
  18. whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals
  19. olive or canola oil
  20. canned tomatoes
  21. dried fruits
  22. chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock
  23. Spam - low sodium options

Wishing you and your ohana continued health, safety and wellness! With sincere gratitude and appreciation for your dedicated services that impact kupuna, families, youth and children, Debbi and the Early Childhood Services department staff  ❤ ❤


MEO Annual Gala Postponed

MEO is dedicated to the personal safety of the community, partners, and staff. As a precautionary measure concerning COVID-19, the MEO Annual Gala has been postponed, with the new date and time to be announced.

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19

Access is closely monitoring the Coronavirus COVID-19 public health crisis and is engaging in proactive steps to ensure that we protect our riders, contractors and employees. Riders are reminded to:

  1. refrain from unnecessary travel if you are sick,
  2. cover your coughs and sneezes, and
  3. wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Congratulations to Bishop Pahia, MEO's January 2020 Employee of the Month!



Press Release for Immediate Release

Press Contact:  Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
(808) 249-2990, ext. 300
debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org

MEO’s Driver of the Year Named

MEO awarded its 2019 Driver of the Year Award to Marvin DeCastro.  This award is sponsored and presented annually by Atlas Insurance.  Marvin exemplifies MEO’s core values and lives our motto every day – “Helping People, Changing Lives”.

Mr. DeCastro has been with the company since 2007 and also received the “Cash for No Crash” award, which is given to drivers who are not involved in any accidents during the calendar year.  Mr. DeCastro has never had an accident in the 12 years since working for Maui Economic Opporunity.

Congratuations Marvin!


MEO Welcomes Megan Malia Mathias to our Transportation Department


Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program 2020

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MEO Welcomes Renee M. Moyer to our Fiscal Department

MEO Welcomes Veronica Jachowski to our Community Services Department

MEO Welcomes Kelly Byrne to our ECS / Head Start Department


MEO 2019 Awards Ceremony

MEO 2019 Volunteer of the Year, Ned Davis

MEO 2019 Benefactors of the Year, Maui County Fire and Public Safety & Maui County Police Department


Helping People, Changing Lives!

CEO Debbie Cabebe is on Capitol Hill this week meeting with Hawai’i State legislators.

Appreciated meeting today with Debbie Cabebe and her team from Maui Economic Opportunity, on their statewide administration of the National Farmworker Jobs Program, plus our vital Head Start and Community Services Block Grants.


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Senior Scoop 2020 1st Qtr - Click Here!

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Molokai Bus Blessing of P162

Molokai receives a new ADA accessible bus

Mahalo to the Maui County Mayor, Maui Dept of Transportation and the Maui County Council for the new wheelchair accessible bus for Molokai. This bus was blessed yesterday and will be used to service the expanded rural shuttle that transports residents to and from the East and West ends of the island into Kaunakakai Town.

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During the last fiscal year, MEO provided nearly 24,000 trips on the island of Molokai.

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ECS - Staff Development & Annual Party

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MEO is now on AmazonSmile!

When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. If you wish to support MEO in this way, simply go to https://smile.amazon.com, search for "Maui Economic Opportunity" or "MEO" under "Or pick your own charitable organization", and select MEO as your charitable organization to support.


The Maui Non Profit Directors Association (MNPDA) held its Annual Meeting and Leadership Awards Ceremony at the MACC - click

The final award of the night was for the Executive Director of the Year.  The two nominees were:  Debbie Cabebe from Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. and Susan White from The Paia Youth Council.  Debbie Cabebe was the winner of the well deserved award for Executive Director of the Year.


Senior Services Red Card Application - click here


MEO Receives Hawaii Community Foundation Flex Grant

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is pleased to announce it has received a $20,000 Hawaii Community Foundation FLEX grant acknowledging that the organization has exemplified the best practices of high performance. The FLEX grant program is a partnership of many funds thanks to generous donors and their fund advisors.

CEO Debbie Cabebe said, "MEO is grateful to be a recipient of the FLEX grant and appreciates the Hawaii Community foundation and its donors. We are fortunate to have received $10,000 from the *Jean I. Fennimore Fund* and $10,000 from the *Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Fund*. Grants like these are rare and are like gold as they can be used to help cover administrative costs that are short funded by other grants".

In the last fiscal year MEO administered nearly 40 grants serving more than 18,800 individuals and touching more than 56,000 lives.

For information about MEO contract Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990 or email debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org


MEO is dedicated to "Helping people, and changing lives."


MEO is Helping People. Changing Lives thanks to a rental assistance grant from the County of Maui Department Housing and Human Concerns.

A 60 year old woman with mental challenges came to the MEO Molokai office for assistance. She was homeless for the past three years, sleeping on friend's couches, in her car, or camping on people's yards. Her only source of income is Social Security and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Working with the Molokai staff she was able to set up a budget that would allow her to pay for an electric and gas deposit and her first months rent. MEO's rental assistance program provided the needed funds to pay for the rental deposit. This allowed her to move into Public Housing. She will continue to meet with her case manager to help her maintain her budget and remain in her new rental She feels safe for the first time in many years and is very grateful to the County and MEO for the assistance. .

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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.

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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...

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