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 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!
For immediate release:
Environmental Stewardship Position-Maui Economic Opportunity AmeriCorps
Now accepting applications for 300 hour summer internships with Maui Invasive Species Committee (MISC). Program members will participate in hands-on work to assist in the restoration and protection of Maui's natural resources.
Bi-weekly living stipend and education grant upon completion of total service hours
Opportunity to be mentored and work with conservation field experts
Develop skills in leadership, team building and decision-making
Must be 17+ years of age, diploma/GED or equivalent and have transportation to MISC base-yard on Piiholo Road, above Makawao. Must enjoy hiking and being outdoors! Some evening work required.
For more information please contact:
Amandine Maury, Program Coordinator
99 Mahalani St.
Wailuku, HI 96793
Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc invites interested paratransit riders and community members to attend the next Paratransit Advisory meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 from 1:30pm to 3pm at the MEO Family Center located at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.
If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to offer input, please email your suggestions to email@example.com, or call her at 249-2990 extension 342.
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)
MEO Business Development Center Graduation
(Wailuku, HI June 15, 2016) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated
sixteen (16) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on June
14, 2016. The County of Maui’s Managing Director, Keith Regan, attended the
event and gave encouraging advice to the graduates.
At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs received one-on-one
guidance from Local Maui business bankers and MEO Loan Fund managers. 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.
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 evening. One hour introductory
classes will be held at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui
Mall) on Wednesday, June 29th from noon to 1pm, and on Thursday, June 30th,
from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center The six-week series begins on
Tuesday, July 5th, and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through
August 11th. 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.
CONTACT: David Daly/ 243-4318
MEO Youth Services Teen Expo 2016
Teen Expo June 4, 2016. "Calling all Superheroes!" MEO Youth Services reminds the youth that we can all be superheroes, and pledge not to drink alcohol or provide alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age. Follow us on instagram: meo_youthservices to see what we do next!
MEO Youth Services Summer Registration and Awareness Dinner
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Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Molokai Driver Dino Calairo!
Aloha Everyone please share the following with all seniors, family and friends.
Mahalo to all of our donors and those who came out to walk at the Charity Walk.
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For immediate release:
Maui Economic Opportunity Inc. (MEO) administers Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program during the month of June.
MEO will be accepting applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Wednesday, June 1 through Thursday, June 30, 2016. Applications will be accepted Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Hours of operation vary by location.
LIHEAP is a United States federal social services program that was first established in 1981 and funded annually through Congressional appropriations. LIHEAP assistance is available in Hawaii only during the month of June. The program is designed to assist low income households with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy. Maui County residents may be eligible for one of two programs: (1) Energy Credit – gas or electric bill payment assistance; or Energy Crisis Intervention –financial assistance of up to $350 to households whose electricity has been disconnected within seven (7) days of application or will soon be shut off. For complete information, please visit www.meoinc.org or pick up a brochure at MEO’s Community Services office at 99 Mahalani Street, Wailuku. The brochure is also available at MEO’s Hana (248-8282), Lanai (565-6665) and Molokai (553-3216) offices.
For immediate release:
MEO welcomes its new MEO Business Development Center (BDC) Director David Daly. David Daly has over 25 years of experience working with small businesses on Maui. This experience includes business ownership, financing, education and economic development. David’s background includes residential lending and being a FINRA licensed Financial Advisor
David was hired in March of 2009 as an MEO BDC Loan Fund Manager. His duties included teaching the Core Four Business Planning classes, underwriting and managing microloan loans, and providing support and technical assistance to entrepreneurs on the islands of Maui and Lana'i. During his time with the program he traveled to Lana’i weekly to conduct Core Four Business Planning classes and provide support and technical assistance to the island's small business entrepreneurs.
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
MEO Business Development Center Core Four Graduation
MEO Business Development Center
(Wailuku, HI April 20, 2016) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated twenty two (22) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on April 19, 2016. Mayor Alan Arakawa participated in the graduation and encouraged the students to never give up on their dreams while mentoring them on the realities of owning your own business. The students also heard words of congratulations and advice from Maui County Council Member Stacy Crivello, who was in attendance.
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 classes *will be held during the day*, from 9 am to noon starting May 3rd. One hour introductory classes will be held at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, April 27th from noon to 1 pm, and on Thursday April 28th from 9 am to 10 am at MEO’s Family Center. The six-week series 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.
Feed my Sheep
MEO Youth Substance Abuse Prevention and Underage Drinking Prevention Programs volunteer their time with "Feed my Sheep". Youth assisted with various tasks such as dividing and packaging donated items for distribution island wide for individuals needing help. Youth learn humility and take pride in their efforts.
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BDC Core 4 Graduation - Lanai
March was a busy month for Youth Services
Maui High School students worked hard at Ke Kahua Farm on March 10th, 2016. They also learned valuable team building, cultural ethnobotny, Mindfulness excercises, and even got to try farm fresh produce. After that they got to here presentations from Juvenile Parole Officer, Kawehiwehi Plundyke on choices, from Juvenile Police Officer and Drug Recognition Officer, Rusty Iokia on consequences and from Michelle Tolentino, Co-Founder of Made in Hope on sex trafficing in Hawaii at Kepaniwai Park.
Spring break activities include, Island Art Party where the youth got to enjoy expressing their individuality and unity through art. Kick Butts day with the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaii, Beach Cleanups and Camp Wainapanapa.
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A Hui Hou Agnes!
We gathered today to celebrate the retirement of long time MEO employee Agnes Groff. She dedicated more than 34 years of her life living and fulfilling MEO's mission of helping people in need. Agnes has touched so many lives over her career and she will be missed by her clients and co-workers. One co-worker said it best, "She is truly the heart of community action." Another said, "We're really, really going to miss her cooking."
Girls Day..Sushi Making!! 3/3/2016
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Mahalo to our MEO Molokai Volunteers
*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
February 12, 2016
*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.
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.