We’re helping people, changing lives. You definitely can, too!
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.
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.
Paratransit Advisory Council Meeting
Attention all Paratransit Stakeholders
*RE: Paratransit Advisory Council Meeting *
The Paratransit Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on *Monday, May 5, 2014 *at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street from *1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.* All interested parties are welcome to attend.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to offer input,
please email your suggestions to
or call her at 249-2990 extension 342.
*Advisory members are: Andrew Valentine- Chair, June Toma-Rose- Vice-Chair, June Davis- Secretary/Recorder, Elizabeth Medeiros, Marv Paularena,Joseph Frye, Vivian Lindsey, Beverly Saxon, Alice Lennox, Sheldon Rabares,Patricia McGrath, Kevin Souza and Elsie Santos.
MEO Youth Services promote alternatives to using drugs and alcohol on the Paia Sugar Mill mural
MEO Youth Services Staff and Peer Leaders partnered with Hawaii Commercial & Sugar,Co (HC&S) Paia Mill to share a message of amazing alternatives from the use of drugs and alcohol.
This wall was selected because it was constantly vandalized and was plagued by weeds, shrubs beer bottles and trash. This historical landmark was being overlooked by the community. Program Specialist Cassi Yamashita said, "Our hopes were that if we used the youth to paint a mural of positive activities and a positive message than it would prevent future vandalism attempts and promote positive healthy activities while reminding the community about the history of Paia and of Maui. When requesting permission to paint the wall, HC&S said they were excited by this opportunity and offered to pay for all the supplies needed, but they needed permission from the county. After speaking with Jan Shishido, Deputy Director of the County Dept. of Housing and Human Concerns permission was granted and the project became a reality. The pictures of activities that were selected for the mural are cultural or island activities that most locals can relate to. Through this mural we hope to gain a stronger sense of local pride from the community." See pictures here
MEO Youth Services is funded through the County of Maui Dept of Housing and the State of Hawaii Dept of Health Alcohol & Abuse Division. For more information call Youth Services Director Rose Duey @249-2990.