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MEO is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to helping low income individuals and families become stable and achieve economic security. MEO’s services are constantly changing to meet the needs of children and families, the disabled and medically needy, and the elderly and other low-income individuals. MEO works with more than twenty-five community partners to help people and change lives. All MEO programs are tangible translations of the Promise of Community Action. Call us at 249-2990.
For the tremendous amount of response to the July Teen Financial Literacy Workshop, we decided to do another for the month of August!
Congratulations to Jennifer McGurn of the Administration for being our May 2019 Employee of the Month!
Yesterday we were very lucky to have Senator Brian Schatz visit us at our Transportation Facility in Pu'unene. Senator Schatz and his team were very gracious and asked a lot of great questions! We know how busy the Senator's schedule is and were grateful he took the time to visit with our staff and tour the facility. Mahalo Senator!
Congratulations to our very own Nani Watanable who was awarded with the "Pursuit of Excellence Award" from the Quality Improvement Organizations for her tireless work for the disabled of Maui County! Nani is a shining star and we truly appreciate all she does for our clients!
2019 Annual Board Installation Luncheon
Yesterday we held our Annual Board Installation luncheon to install our board officers for the coming year. We were grateful to have Maui County Council Chair Kelly King perform the installation of officers, and we were so happy to see so many other supportive faces in the crowd! Mahalo to all who attended and continue to support MEO and our mission of helping people and saving lives!
Maui Independent Living Center's 1st Annual Disabilities Awareness Fair held at the Queen Kaahumanu Shopping Center.
Mayor Michael Victorino with Noelani Nani Watanabe the MILC Program Coordinator
Cassi Yamashita the Community Services Director, then Catalina Oramss & Maria Lores-Browne of the Enlace Hispano program
MEO Annual Report
MEO Welcomes our newest CDL Driver Wendell Parker
Congratulations Ms. Kristel!!!
Please join us in congratulating Ms.Kristel from our UHMC site, on her accomplishment of getting her Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education!
Ms. Kristel worked very hard at balancing family, work, and school, and tonight all that hard work paid off as she walked the line at UHMCs Commencement Ceremony!
We are extremely proud of you Ms.Kristel CONGRATULATIONS
Press Release for Immediate Release
Debbie Cabebe, SPHR
CEO, Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc.
Wailuku Maui, HI
(808) 249-2990, ext. 300
MEO Receives Two New Buses for Lānaʻi and Hāna
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (“MEO”) was granted two new buses last fiscal year, which were recently delivered to Lānaʻi and Hāna. Each bus was received by the community and blessed before their inaugural road trips. All of MEO’s clients who ride the buses were so thrilled to be the first to ride. Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO said, “Rural communities are in desperate need of reliable transportation. These buses help to fulfill that need.” Many thanks to the former Mayor and Maui County Council for granting the funds to replace these much needed buses.
Hāna Branch Manager Jonnie Oliveira with her passengers on their first trip on the new bus.
Hāna clients in front of new MEO bus.
Lānaʻi clients in front of their new bus.
New Lānaʻi bus
Congratulations to Joseph Texeira of the Transporation for being our March 2019 Employee of the Month!
Congratulations to Shantel Na'auao Keanini of the Early Childhood Services for being our February 2019 Employee of the Month!
Senior Services Red Card Application
"Women Who Mean Business"
What a beautiful evening at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikīkī Beach last night. CEO Debbie Cabebe was honored by Pacific Business News at their 21st Anniversary Gala as one of 31 "Women Who Mean Business" in the state of Hawaiʻi. Debbie was among great company with some very impressive women. Congratulations to all! We are very proud of you Debbie!
Press release-for immediate release
MEO honors Senator Roz Baker at its 2nd Annual Gala
More than 275 businesses, community members and legislators gathered at MEO's 2nd Annual Gala on Saturday night to honor Senator Roz Baker for her years of service, representing the people of Maui County.
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard stated in a written address, "For over twenty-five years Senator Roz Baker has devoted countless hours of advocating for issues that affect the quality of life for the residents of Hawai'i and has been a staunch supporter of MEO's mission and work."
MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe stated, " We are so grateful for Senator Baker and her thoughtful care and concern for the people we serve."
MEO is a nonprofit community action agency. Maui County's sole anti poverty organization serving nearly 18,000 individuals and families annually, thoughing more than 54.000 lives.
For more information about MEO and its programs contact COO Gay Sibonga at 249-2990 or email her at email@example.com.
Press Release- For immediate release
MEO Names its Driver of the Year
Jonnie Oliveros was announced as MEO’s Driver of the Year at MEO’s Annual Awards event on Thursday, 2/28/2019. This annual event recognizes valued team members for their years of service, as well as Driver’s who have been accident free. This year there were 36 drivers that were recognized for being accident free.
Ms. Oliveros is the Hana Branch Manager and has been a longtime MEO employee since August 2004. The criteria for obtaining this noteworthy award includes exemplifying the company motto of Helping People, Changing Lives, as well as reflecting MEO’s core values of Teamwork, Integrity, Personal Excellence, Empathy, Creativity, and Flexibility. Additional Driver criteria also includes driving for a minimum of 1100 hours in the calendar year, being accident free, and meeting attendance standards.
Ms. Oliveros was recognized for meeting and exceeding all of these qualities with kindness and compassion while putting in 100% to get the job done with a positive “can do” attitude and a smile. Atlas Insurance is the annual sponsor of this award.
For more information about MEO or its programs, contact Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEO Would like to extend a special Mahalo for all of our 2019 Gala sponsors!
Congratulations to Kathy Jimenez of the Community Services for being our January 2019 Employee of the Month!
Here are pictures of our first Ala Hou client to ride our Electric Vehicle to Dialysis.
*MEO 2018 Volunteer and Benefactor of the Year*
MEO held its 33nd Annual Volunteer Luncheon on February 14, 2019 at the MEO Family Center. This event is held every year on Valentine’s Day to honor and thank all of the many volunteers who assist MEO with helping people and changing lives. In 2018, MEO’s 601 volunteers performed over 4030 service hours, saving MEO approximately $77,400 in labor costs.
MEO recognized five nominees for 2018 Volunteer of the Year: Eddie Domingo nominated by Early Childhood Services, Leonardo Sequeira was nominated by Community Services, Gerry Smith was nominated by the MEO Business Development Center, Clifford Alakai was nominated by the Fiscal department and Mercer “Chubby” Vicens was nominated by administration.
Mercer “Chubby” Vicens was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year. He has given a great deal of his time, talent and shared his treasury for over 25 years. His leadership qualities and vast knowledge of business, construction, personnel, and finance made him an invaluable part of MEO’s Board and board committees.
Mayor Michael P. Victorino attended the event and proclaimed February 14, 2019 Mercer “Chubby” Vicens Day for his years of volunteer service to MEO and to Maui County.
MEO also recognized the 2018 Benefactor of the Year, given to businesses or organizations who contribute time and resources to assist MEO with their mission. Hawai’i Community Foundation was the awardee for 2018. MEO has been the recipient of Hawai’i Community Foundation grants dating back to 2006 with total support of more than $280,000. The Hawai’i Community Foundation enhances lives by supporting programs that meet specific objectives and help donors make informed and meaningful choices with regard to funding designation. They create partnerships by bringing funders together with nonprofits and community & government leaders to leverage social investment and create lasting change by making the most of donor’s gifts. They have been described as a Navigator, Connector, and Builder, an organization that helps identify where donors can make the greatest impact. Hawai’i Community Foundation funds have assisted MEO to support funding shortfalls and ensure MEO fulfills its mission of strengthening the community while helping people in need…
Inger Tully and Hannah Werth, Hawaii Community Foundation
MEO Volunteer Luncheon 2019
Lana'i Volunteer Luncheon 2019
Moloka'i Volunteer Luncheon 2019
Congratulations to our very own Debbie Cabebe, who is one of Pacific Business News' Women Who Mean Business honorees this year. She is in great company on this list and Maui is well represented.
MEO is now accepting applications from Maui County Pubic and Private High Schools for 2019 Project Graduation
Embracing Our Future
By Honoring Our Past -
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week Community Action Partnership remembers the life, legacy, and mission of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - one of the greatest visionaries in the history of our nation. Despite facing a society that was marred with the injustice of racism, bias, poverty, and othering, Dr. King remained resolute in his determination that a greater, more unified America was within our reach. He understood that while the road to achieving this vision would be difficult and costly, there is never a time better than the present to fight for opportunity and equity for *ALL*.
The political and social climate that Dr. King faced was not much unlike what we see across headlines today - a nation irreparably divided. Yet despite all evidence to the contrary, Dr. King made it his life's work to challenge ignorance with truth, combat separation with unity, and to oppose hate with love.The work of Dr. King and other Civil Rights leaders has a special relationship with the history of Community Action. For 55 years, we have continued this legacy in the hope of making America a better place to live for everyone. And while we will certainly face setbacks along the way, it is imperative that we as Community Action never lose the Spirit of Hope that helps people and changes lives in pursuit of this dream. As stated powerfully by Dr. King himself: "*We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.*"
Congratulations to Darell Calma of the Transportation Shop for being our October 2018 Employee of the Month!
Our Molokai Kaunakakai Head Start
Sharing pictures of this morning's visit from our Kaunoa Kupuna.
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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 email@example.com
Had lots of food, great entertainment, games and prizes for our staff and their families. Great to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time outside of regular work time.
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Molokai No Ka Heke Award
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 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.