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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.
New 2017 Senior Scoop
Youth Services two night camp at the VFW Hall in Kihei - click to see pics...
Youth Services Programs enjoy a two night camp at the VFW Hall in Kihei. Leaders enjoyed a training on the first night where they learned new skills, practiced team building, effective communicating and planned the agenda for the the next two days of camp where they were joined by other youth participants and their leadership skills were put to practice. Activities include- Pizza making, creating baked goodies and positive affirmation treat bags to be passed out to the homeless, group activities, swimming, a talent show and so much more. Youth Services staff are so proud of all of the leaders for a very successful camp! click pics to enlarge..
Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Mark Hammer!
Mahalo to Willette Cordeiro and the Lokelani Hale Senior Club for their generous donation today in appreciation of MEO Transportation.
For Immediate Release:
The Maui County Senior Planning and Coordinating Council (P&CC) installed its 2017 officers today at the MEO Family Center during the organization's annual meeting and holiday luncheon. MEO CEO Lyn McNeff was the installing officer.
+ President- Annie Gilbert- Hanalani Club
+ Vice President- Nora Kawasaki- Lanai Area Council
+ Secretary- Patricia Crawford- Hale Mahaolu Elima
+ Treasurer- Vivian Lindsey- Maui Wheelers Ohana
+ Immediate Past President- May Fujiwara- Lahaina Honolua Seniors
+ Outgoing Treasurer Napua Turley was recognized for her service.
The P&CC represents more than 55 senior citizen clubs with over 1,000 members. Senior groups interested in joining the P&CC may contact MEO Planning and Coordinating Council Coordinator Zilpah Kaimiola at 808-249-2970.
Congratulations to the BDC December Core Four Graduation Class
MEO’s Business Development Program graduated fifteen (15) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on December 13, 2016. Attending the event was The County of Maui’s Director of Economic Development Teena Rasmussen. Teena gave encouraging advice and congratulations to the graduates.
At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs received one-on-one guidance from Local Maui business bankers and consultants. The students’ business plans were reviewed and were provided suggestions and guidance in launching a successful business. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory Lunch.
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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.
For those interested in learning more about the entrepreneurial training course you can call Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. at 249-2990. The next Core Four course will be held during the evenings. One hour introductory classes will be held at MEO’s Family Center Wailuku on Tuesday, January 3rd from 6pm to 7pm, and on Wednesday January 4th, from 12 noon to 1pm at The Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall). The six-week series begins on Tuesday, January 10th, and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through February 16th. 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 helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.
Na Kupuna Dinner Presented by the Maui Hotel and Lodging Association More than 500 Kupuna were treated to a holiday feast. Kupuna in attendance are those who are alone and do not have family members to share the holidays with. MEO CEO Lyn McNeff, Community Services Director Gerry Lum and MEO Senior Planning and Coordinating Council Coordinator Zilpah Kaimiola were on hand to assist and support our kupuna.
For Immediate Release:
Maui Nonprofit Directors Association
The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association gathered today its annual holiday breakfast and board installation at the MEO offices in Wailuku. Executive Assistant Mike Molina installed the officers on behalf of Mayor Alan Arakawa. Association members were asked to bring nonperishable food items to donate to the Food Bank.
2017 officers are Treasurer Sherri Dodson, CEO Habitat for Humanity, Secretary Richard Carr, Deputy Director Habitat for Humanity, Vice President Bevanne Bowers, Executive Director Maui Mediation Services, President Debbie Cabebe, Chief Operating Officer Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., and Immediate Past-President Paul Tonnessen, Executive Director Friends of the Children's Justice Center. Members at-large are Cesar Gaxiola, Executive Director J Walter Cameron Center, Caroline Killhour, Executive Director Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, and Laks Abraham, Executive Director Maui United Way.
The Maui Nonprofit Directors Association represents more than 55 nonprofit organizations. It's purpose is to provide a venue for nonprofit executives to network, find support and opportunities for professional development.
Members meet the second Thursday of every month at the MEO Family Center in Wailuku. Networking begins at 8:30am and the meeting begins at 9:00am. For more information visit the MNPD website @ www.mauinonprofit.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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MEO Christmas - Lanai
Some of the Christmas pictures we took at our MEO Seniors Christmas Party held on Friday evening at Hale Kupuna. We had over 90 seniors and guest that attended the event.
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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.
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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Consider giving The Ultimate Gift during this holiday season-
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
We hope to see you there.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Lahaina Honolua Seniors Fun Day
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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. .
Enlace Hispano program
Photos from the 20th Annual Maui Disability Alliance Legislative Forum
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.
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.
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.)
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."
(Photo- Cliff Alakai, Riki Hokama, Ned Davis, Adele Rugg, Kevin Yoshida, Lori Teragawachi, and CEO Lyn McNeff)
*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.
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.