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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 Christmas - Lanai

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PUBLIC NOTICE-

REQUEST FOR SEALED BIDS TO DISPOSE OF COMPANY PROPERTY (BUSES)

DECEMBER 1, 2016

INVITATION TO BIDDERS
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., (MEO) is requesting for sealed bids for the disposal of company asset’s (buses) will be received up to 2:00 p.m., Hawaii Standard Time on: December 15, 2016

Bids will be received and time stamped by our Wailuku Office located at 99 Mahalani Avenue, Wailuku, Hawaii 96793. Bids shall be labeled “MEO Bus Disposal”. Bids will be opened on December, 16, 2016 and the names of the awardees will be contacted via their contact information.

Viewing and inspection will be as follows on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, between 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. HST at the MEO Transportation Department base yard located at 3957 Hansen Road, Puunene, Hawaii (entrance across from Puunene Post Office). Contact Harry Johnson at 808 870-1633 for more information.

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Alicia Hernandez-Rodas!​

For Immediate Release:

Wailuku, HI November 29, 2016

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc is pleased to announce its ability to provide its clients with "night before" and "on the way" calls to notify them about their scheduled ride. This service is available to Paratransit and MEO Human Services riders. To sign up for these reminder calls or for more information contact MEO Transportation at 877-7651.

PUBLIC NOTICE-

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., a non-profit agency, is requesting proposals from qualified bus vendors to furnish twenty-five (25) passenger ADA accessible gas bus.

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For Immediate Release:

Consider giving The Ultimate Gift during this holiday season-

BLOOD DRIVE

Please consider donating blood during the Blood Bank of Hawaii's annual drive at the Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. offices at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku on December 21 from 9:45am to 4:45pm,  December 22, 7:00am to 1:45pm, and December 23, 7:30am to 2:00pm.

For more information contact BBH at 1-800-372-9966 or visit BBH.org.
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We hope to see you there.

Maui Non Profit Directors Association

Please join us at the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association’s Annual Breakfast Meeting & Board of Directors Installation on
*Thursday, December 8, 2016* from *8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.*
@
MEO Family Center
99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku

Free to members & $10.00 for nonmembers
RSVP online at the www.mauinonprofit.org
For more information email mauinonprofit@gmail.com

Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the *Maui Foodbank*

Installing Officer: The Honorable Mayor Alan Arakawa

Incoming Officers:
 - President, Debbie Cabebe, Chief Operating Officer MEO
 - Vice President Bevanne Bowers, Executive Director Maui Mediation Services
 - Secretary, Richard Carr, Deputy Director Habitat for Humanity
 - Treasurer Sherri Dodson, Executive Director Habitat for Humanity
 - Immediate Past President Paul Tonnessen, Executive Director Friends of the Children's Justice Center

At Large Members:
 - Cesar Gaxiola, Executive Director JW Cameron Center
 - Lax Abraham, Executive Director Maui United Way
 - Caroline Kilhour, Executive Director Hui No' eau Visual Arts Center

*8:00 Breakfast and Networking
*8:30 Membership meeting
*9:00 Board Installation

*Breakfast provided by Soup to Nuts*

The MEO Public Transportation Rider Education Forum online - click here

For Immediate Release:

The Paratransit Advisory Council is currently seeking new members for 2017.

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a member please contact debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org, or call her at 249-2990 extension 342 before December 31, 2016.

The next Paratrasit Advisory Council meeting will be held on *Tuesday, January 17, 2017* from *1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.*  at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street.

All interested riders and community members are welcome to attend.
An election of officers and members will be held at that time.

Lahaina Honolua Seniors Fun Day

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Photo From Mayor's Proclamation This Morning​

For Immediate Release:

*RE: Paratransit Advisory Council Meeting*

The Paratransit Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on *Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.* at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku.

All interested riders and community members are welcome to attend.
 
If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to offer input, please email your suggestions to debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org, or call her at 249-2990 extension 342.

*Advisory members are: Rev. Andrew Valentine- Chair, Victor Lesa- Vice-Chair, Ellen Lundquist- Secretary, Vivian Lindsey, Sheldon Rabanes, Kevin Souza, Elsie Santos, Elena Solaria, Rev. John Copeland, Ronald Kwon, Thomas Figueira, and Oliver Caberto.*

For Immediate Release:

Please join us at the Maui Nonprofit Directors Association’s November meeting

Thursday, November 10, 2016

*8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.*
@
MEO Family Center
99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku

*Free to members*
If you are interested in becoming a member visit our website: www.mauinonprofit.org
For more information email mauinonprofit@gmail.com

*FOSTERING WORKPLACE CIVILITY*

*A Mediator’s Tips for Managing HR Issues*
  
  
Diane Petropulos will apply insights from her mediation and facilitation experience to discuss common workplace challenges such as Feedback Conversations, Employee Accountability and Destructive Personal Conflicts. Diane’s tips are practical suggestions that you can take back to your office and use right away in your daily interactions.
   
Diane Petropulos, MA, has offered mediation, facilitation and training services throughout Hawaii since 2001. She is a former lecturer at the master’s level in the Human Resource Management Program at UH Manoa, and has mediated hundreds of cases in Circuit, District and Small Claims Courts for Maui Mediation Services.
 
Refreshments and Networking at 8:30 a.m., presentation begins at 8:45a.m.
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Senior Fair Photos..click pic below..

Senior Fair photos-outside..click pic below..

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Waco Muse!


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. .

MEO BDC Core Four Business Planning Course graduates, staff and community partners.

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Enlace Hispano program

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Photos from the 20th Annual Maui Disability Alliance Legislative Forum

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Mahalo to the Lahaina Honolua Seniors for performing for the Rocky Mountain HI board members during their semi-annual meeting yesterday at MEO. This is the first meeting ever held in Hawaii. CEO Lyn McNeff is on the board. Members consist of National Farmworker Jobs Program grantees from the Rocky Mountain states and Hawaii.

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For immediate release:

Wailuku, Maui- The Maui Nonprofit Directors' Association is proud to announce its Legislative Pau Hana award recipients.

More than 75 people gathered at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center on Thursday evening to meet with current legislators and candidates running for office and to honor outstanding businesses, volunteers and leaders in the nonprofit community.

Business of the Year nominees include Coconut Condos, Haleakala Ranch and Hawaii Petroleum who walked away with the award. HR Manager Josette Montalvo accepted the award on behalf of the company.

This year's Humanitarian award nominees are Keoki Freeland, Diane Petropulos, Rick Rutiz and Mike Trotto. Ruitz was this year's recipient.

The category of Outstanding Executive Director of the Year went to Maui Humane Society's Jerleen Bryant

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Other executive director nominees are Sherri Dodsen- Habitat for Humanity Maui, Caroline Killhour- Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center and Chantal Ratte- Kalima O Maui, Ltd. Special awards were presented to retiring Hale Makua CEO Tony Kreig for 35 Years of Service and retiring Council member and former MEO Executive Director Gladys C. Baisa for a Lifetime of Service.

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Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Flo Andiron!​

MEO Senior Services & 4th Qtr Scoop are found here....

AmeriCorps program needs your help

It has a internship position that has recently become available.  We are in the final quarter of our program year and would like to place a member with the DLNR- Natural Area Reserves (NARS) on Maui, within the next two weeks.

The position would require a 300 hr commitment to be completed by November 12th.  Members (interns) would receive a bi-weekly living allowance totaling to $2,550.  Members will also receive an educational award to be used for college expenses of $1,212.44 upon the completion of the 300 hours.

If you know anyone who may be a good fit, please have them contact me asap to schedule an immediate interview with the host agency.

The requirements for the position are:
* must be 17 or older
* must have a GED or equivalent or be in the process of obtaining a GED/equivalent
* must be willing to work outdoors
* must undergo a criminal background clearance

Call Cassi Yamashita at 808-249-2990 ext. 315
email: cassi.yamashita@meoinc.org

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Ashley Caris!

For Immediate Release:

September 5, 2016

The Paratransit Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalani Street from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. All interested riders and community members are welcome to attend.

If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to offer input, please email your suggestions to debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org, or call her at 249-2990 extension 342.

Advisory members are: Rev. Andrew Valentine- Chair, Victor Lesa- Vice-Chair, Ellen Lundquist- Secretary, Vivian Lindsey, Sheldon Rabanes, Kevin Souza, Elsie Santos, Elena Solaria, Rev. John Copeland, Ronald Kwon, Thomas Figueira, and Oliver Caberto.

Press Release

The Maui Nonprofit Directors' Association invites all incumbents and candidates running for political office to participate in its MHPD Legislative Pau Hana Event from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center on Thursday, September 29. Each incumbent and candidate will be given three minutes to address the group.

Interested incumbents and candidates must RSVP and pay online no later than Monday, September 19.

Highlights of the night includes remarks from incumbents and candidates, and recognition of the Association's Community Business Award, Humanitarian Award and Outstanding Nonprofit Director of the Year. The public is invited.

Cost: $30.00 per person which includes light pupu
Free to MNPD members

No payment will be accepted at the door.

Please RSVP and make payment online at www.mauinonprofit.org no later than Monday. September 19.

For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 870-1906.

For Immediate Release:

Maui Nonprofit Directors announces it Pau Hana Legislative and Awards event

The Maui Nonprofit Director’s Association is accepting nominations for the following 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 and winners will be announced at the MNPD’s Annual Legislative Pau Hana on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.
 
Nomination forms are due no later than Thursday, September 1, 2016.
Applications are available online at www.mauinonprofit.org. Completed applications can be mailed to, Maui Nonprofit Director’s Association, P.O. Box 1186 Puunene, HI 96784 or emailed to mauinonprofit@gmail.com.
 
For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 808-870-1906.

MEO Business Development Center Graduation

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Congratulations to the August Core Four Graduation Class

For Immediate Release:

MEO is seeking the public's assistance with recovering a stolen generator. Thieves rammed through the fencing, entered onto its Ke Kahua Farm and stole a large trailer mounted, Airman PowerPro 65 Generator value at $40,000.00. The model number is SDG64. It is believed that the theft occurred sometime over this past weekend. The generator was used to operate the properties water well. This is one of a series of thefts that has occurred at the Waiehu, Maui property since April of 2012.

In June of 2006 Stanford Carr, president of Hawaii Land and Farming Company, Inc. donated 11 acres of land in Waiehu, just north of Wailuku Town at the intersection of Kahekili Highway and Waiehu Beach Road for the purpose of developing and operating a farm and agricultural training center, as part of MEO's Being Empowered and Safe Together (BEST) Reintegration Program.

MEO secured funding from various sources to include the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) to clear the land and conduct skill building for current and previously incarcerated individuals and surrounding community members through hands on learning in the areas of irrigation, taro farming, cultivation, rock wall building and landscaping using traditional and modern technology.

Staff supervised the participants and hosted many schools, and civic and community groups at the site. When the ANA funding ended, the program operated with OHA funds. When the OHA funding ended, volunteers helped maintain the property. The Ke Kahua property is currently maintained with funding from the State of Hawaii. The state funding ends in March of 2017. MEO is actively pursuing alternate sources of funding and/or seeking private partnerships to operate programs at the site.

If you have any information regarding this or any of the previous thefts, please call the Maui Police department at 244-6400. For more information contact, Chief Operating Officer, Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990.

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Kupuna Aloha Luncheon

Mahalo to Zilpah Kaimiola, Gerry Lum, Lyn McNeff, Debbie Cabebe, Harry Johnson, all of the MEO transportation staff and to the P&CC officers for making this year's Kupuna Aloha Luncheon a success. Please check out more photos on MEO's facebook page and be sure to "like" us.

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 ​For Immediate Release:

The Maui Nonprofit Director’s Association is accepting nominations for the following 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 and winners will be announced at the MNPD’s Annual Legislative Pau Hana on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao.

Nomination forms are due no later than Thursday, September 1, 2016. Applications are available online at www.mauinonprofit.org. Completed applications can be mailed to, Maui Nonprofit Director’s Association, P.O. Box 1186 Puunene, HI 96784 or emailed to mauinonprofit@gmail.com. For more information call Debbie Cabebe at 808-249-2990.

MEO Senior Services & 3rd Qtr Scoop found here...

MEO attended the Community Service Block Grant Governance Conference sponsored and hosted by the State of Hawaii, DLIR, Office of Community Services. (In photos, Hawaii Community Action Partnership directors with Governor Ige and Community Action Partnership and National Association for State Community Services Programs trainers.)

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Regina Lee...again well Done!
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MEO Youth Services Prepares for Camp

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) Installs new Board Of Directors


MEO installed its new board of directors at an installation held at the Kahili Restaurant this afternoon. The Keynote Speaker, was Councilmember, Budget and Finance Chair Riki Hokama. Councilmember Hokama stated that the board members have a fiduciary responsibility to see that the agency has adequate funding for its programs. He said, "Everyone of you represent a section of the community, it is your responsibility to reach out to that sector to educate them and seek support...Nonprofits can no longer rely solely on government funding... they must think outside of the box"

Dr. Lori Teragawachi installed the new officers, President, Kevin Yoshida, Vice President, Ned Davis, Treasures Cliff Alakai and Secretary Adele Rugg.

CEO Lyn McNeff offered a special mahalo to outgoing president Kai Pelayo. McNeff said, "MEO appreciates Kai's leadership during the past two years.
During his term he assisted with the completion of the transportation center, and bus wash and emergency generator funds were secured."

MEO is excited to welcome its new leaders.

(Photo- Cliff Alakai, Riki Hokama, Ned Davis, Adele Rugg, Kevin Yoshida, Lori Teragawachi, and CEO Lyn McNeff)

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

*MEO celebrates its volunteers and recognizes the Volunteer and Benefactors of the Year*

MEO celebrated its 30th Annual Volunteer Luncheon at the MEO Family Center in Wailuku this afternoon to say Mahalo to the dedicated volunteers who help the nonprofit with service delivery. Governor David Ige’s Maui Representative Leah Belmonte was the keynote speaker.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year nominees include MEO board member Ned Davis, Community Services senior Louise Corpuz, Youth Services Apalonia Thompson and MEO BDC Mike Kern. Mr. Kern was named the 2015 Volunteer of the Year. He was nominated by MEO BDC Director Craig Swift. In his nomination letter Mr. Swift shared a quote from Alec Dingle and David Staelin of MIT School of Business, “A fledging business is far more likely to succeed when an idea, a good business plan, and an entrepreneur are matched with mentors who have proven experience”. Director Swift further stated, “Mr. Kern has proven experience and has generously volunteered numerous hours to support the students over the past several years”.

The Benefactor of the Year was shared by two Maui businesses, Goodfellow Brothers Inc. and Maui Electric Company. MEO CEO Lyn McNeff stated, “Both companies were instrumental in completing Phase 1-A of the MEO transportation facility. Goodfellow was the contractor that worked closely with MEO to keep the project on time and within budget. They went above and beyond by painting and reroofing the trailers at their own expense”. She continued to say, “Maui Electric assisted with moving transmission lines and telephone poles to keep the project on track. They also went above and beyond their scope of work.” McNeff concluded with, “MEO is greatful to both benefactors who donated time and money to help move MEO transportation to its new home”.

MEO receives support from more than 330 volunteers on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Volunteers logging more than 4,200 volunteer hours. Volunteers help MEO achieve its mission of strengthening the community and helping people in need.

For information contact Debbie Cabebe 249-2990 or visit MEO’s website at www.meoinc.org or MEO on Facebook.

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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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