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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.

Youth Services annual Summer Registration Dinner-see attached flyer

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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.

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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.

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.retiring director Craig Swift congratulates BDC graduate in the final 
graduation before he retires.
.LtoR - Loan Fund Manager John Flom, retiring director Craig Swift
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At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers and consultants from Bank of Hawaii, First Hawaiian Bank and the Small Business Development Center and received suggestions on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory dinner.

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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Alcohol Awareness Month here...click the pics to enlarge

Youth testifying at Kihei Budget Hearing...click here

BDC Core 4 Graduation - Lanai

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The National TAKE-BACK Initiative (NTBI) right here - click pic to enlarge...

The Senior Services and Scoop click here...

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."

Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Molokai PAT I Driver, Robert
"Bob" Thomas

Girls Day..Sushi Making!! 3/3/2016

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Congratulations to our Employee of the Month Doreen Kepano!

Mahalo to our MEO Molokai Volunteers

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

The Paratransit Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on *Tuesday, March 15, 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.

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

MEO Business Development Center

(Wailuku, HI February 25, 2016) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated nineteen (19) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on February 23, 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 commercial 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 dinner.

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In photo MEO BDC Director Craig Swift and Kokopele business owner Jotham Hall

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, March 2nd from noon to 1pm, and on Thursday, March 3rd, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center The six-week series begins on Tuesday, March 8th, and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through April 19th. 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.

CONTACT:
Craig Swift / 243-4317

Funding from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development helps to make the Core Four Business Planning Classes possible.

MEO youth learning hula February 16, 2016

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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.

*IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

Project Graduation 2016 funding is available to all Maui County public and private high schools.

MEO has announced $41,000.00 in Maui County funding has been made available for Project Graduation programs for 2016 high school graduating classes in an effort to promote alcohol and drug free graduation celebrations.

An informational meeting will be held at the MEO Family Center at 99 Mahalnai Street in Wailuku at 2:00 p.m. on Monday January 25, 2016.

High schools intending to apply for this funding are encouraged to attend this informational meeting. Applications will be distributed at the meeting, or by downloading from the links below in Word or PDF format.

Microsoft Word (file 1, file 2, file 3)            PDF (file 1, file 2, file 3)

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Press Release- Ke Kahua Farm Community Survey

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) is considering applying for funds to re-establish its Ke Kahua Farm project at the intersection of Kahekili Highway and Waiheu Beach Road in Waihee. MEO invites the public to provide input and hopes to involve the community with developing and maintaining the organic farm.

To complete the survey online go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PKHHJ9L

For a paper survey or additional information, contact Debbie Cabebe at 808-249-2990.
The survey deadline is January 22, 2016.
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*IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

The Paratransit Advisory Council will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 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.

We currently are looking for new members to serve on this committee in 2016. Some of our member’s terms are expiring. If you are interested in serving, or if you are unable to attend this meeting but would like to offer input, please email your suggestions to *Debbie Cabebe*  debbie.cabebe@meoinc.org, or call her at 249-2990 extension 342.

Current members are: Rev. Andrew Valentine- Chair, June Toma-Rose- Vice-Chair, June Davis- Secretary/Recorder, Vivian Lindsey, Elizabeth Medeiros, Joseph Frye, Elena Soloria, Beverly Saxon, Sheldon Rabanes, Kevin Souza, Elsie Santos, Victor Lesa and Rev. John Copeland.
  

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

MEO Business Development Center December Graduation

(Wailuku, HI December 16, 2015) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated nineteen (19) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on December 15, 2015. The County of Maui’s Managing Director, Keith Regan, and the County’s Office of Economic Development’s Director, Teena Rasmussen, attended the luncheon and gave encouraging advice to the graduates.

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At the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs received one-on-one guidance from eight (8) commercial bankers representing First Hawaiian Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank, Hawaii National Bank and American Savings Bank. Also, Wayne Wong with the Small Business Development Center helped to review the students’ business plans and provided suggestions and guidance in launching a successful business. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory lunch.

Keith Regan - County of Maui Managing Director

Kevin Yosida - VP Central Pacific Bank and MEO BDC Committee Chairman
Teena Rasmussen - County of Maui's Office of Ecomonic Development Director
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David Daly - MEO Loan Fund Manager
Bard Peterson, Vice President, First Hawaiian Bank & MEO BDC Committee member
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class student

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, January 6th from noon to 1pm, and on Thursday, January 7th, from 6pm to 7pm at MEO’s Family Center The six-week series begins on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 and continues from 6pm to 9pm two days a week through February 23rd. 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:
Craig Swift / 243-4317
MEO Business Development Center

Youth Service Poster Fair

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These kids worked hard on their posters, may the best ones win! Kalama School 6th Grader and her family participate in a game learned in class on alternatives to drinking alcohol.  The game teaches youth and families that alcohol is not needed to have a fun time. Ashley Rendon-Castardo and other youth leaders facilitate the poster fair evening.

The Maui County Senior Planning and Coordinating Council celebrate the holidays at their annual holiday luncheon

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Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month Mae Koyanagi!

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MEO Youth Services participates in sign waving activity during Homeless Prevention Awareness Week.

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Mahalo to the County of Maui, Department of Fire and Pubic Safety for providing fire extinguisher training for our staff today.

42nd Annual Maui County Senior Fair!

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Mahalo to the County of Maui, Department of Housing and Human Concerns for funding the 42nd Annual Maui County Senior Fair and to the Office on Aging for partnering with MEO to produce the fair. More than 1,700 individuals participated in today's event. We are very thankful for our vendors, elected officials and those running for office for purchasing a booth and coming out to support our Kupuna. We are also grateful for our staff and volunteers. Without their support, this would not be possible.

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Press Release

The Maui Non-Profit Directors is pleased to announce the nominees and recipients of its annual awards that were presented at the Maui Non-Profit Director's Annual Legislative Pau Hana held at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center on Thursday, October 29.

HUMANITARIAN

Volunteers are recognized for giving of their time and financial support, as well as recruiting and motivating others to support various Maui non-profits.

This year’s nominees were Daniel “Dan” Smith, Habitat for Humanity Maui Restore, nominated by Poly Robets;
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John W. Hoxie Jr, Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center-nominated by the staff of the Hui;
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and Priscilla Veilleux, Maui Mediation Services, nominated by the staff of Mediation Services.

This year’s recipient is Mr. John W. Hoxie, Jr. of the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center. Mr. Hoxie has been a board member on numerous boards, but also is active volunteer. He truly believes in the importance of community and giving back. Mr. Hoxie has served on boards such as Maui Memorial Medical Center Foundation, Maui Country Club, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center and the Maui Board of Water Supply. He is also a Super Donor of the Blood Bank of Hawaii.

His leadership in 2005 was instrumental in purchasing the 25-acre estate, helping to raise $5.5 million by meeting with countless donors and securing $500,000 from the State to save the historic estate.

Mahalo to John Hoxie, Jr.

COMMUNITY BUSINESS AWARD

Businesses are recognized for their financial support, the impact of that support, in-kind contributions and their commitment to encouraging and motivating others in their organization to support Maui non-profits. This year’s nominees are Chambers and Chambers Wine Merchants, nominated by Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center, and Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, (HC&S), nominated by Alice Lee of Go Maui.

We all know a little something about this year’s recipient HC&S, but few know everything they do. With a long standing commitment to the people of our island, this company donates time, talent and treasure! The company donates, but so do individual employees. Board participation, work days, grants, teams, you name it and they have done it all.

Each and every employee has a desire to support their community. When a company leads the way in donating generally it's employees follow suit. HC&S has donated almost $500,000 to non-profits on Maui. They help children kupuna, sports, education and so much more.

Their new Community Initiative was started in 2014 to support grass root community efforts and great ideas, both large and small.

We are proud to present the Maui Nonprofit Business of the Year for 2015 to Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Company.

MAUI COUNTY'S OUTSTANDING NON-PROFIT DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

This annual award is presented to a non-profit director who has shown outstanding leadership, vision and improved programs and services. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of independent judges. This year's judges were, Grant Chun, Alexander and Baldwin, Bard Peterson, First Hawaiian Bank and Jordan Hart, Chis Hart and Partners.

Non-profit director nominees were Laks Abraham, Maui United Way, nominated by board members;

John Anderson, Na Hale O Maui, nominated by board president, Dawn DeRego;
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Candice Carter, Na Hoaloha, nominated by board and staff members;
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Alexis Dascoulias, Maui On stage, nominated by Judy Halp;
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Caroline Kilborne, Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center, nominated by the Hui Board of Directors;
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and Stacy Moniz, Women Helping Women, nominated by Danielle Bergan.

This year's recipient is Laks Abraham of Maui Untied Way. In the nomination application and her letters of support, Ms. Abraham is noted for her leadership skills and dedication to the mission of the organization.
Most notably, Ms. Abraham approached her board members about facilitating a task force of partner agencies and volunteers to help renovate the Women Helping Women Shelter. One letter stated, "It was Laks inspiration and leadership that rallied partners and volunteers to form a task force and commit to this enormous task."

Current Maui Non-profit President, Paul Tonnessen said, "As a former Maui Non-profit Director Board President , Ms. Abraham is a fine example for others."

The Maui Non-Profit Directors Association represents more than 55 Maui non-profits and provides a recognized forum for non-profit organizations to exchange personal and professional support and to cultivate resources to benefit themselves, their organizations and the community of Maui.

For more information contact Legislative Chair Debbie Cabebe at 249-2990.

Congratulations to MEO's Employee of the Month Robbie Robinson!
 

Maui Disability Alliance Legislative Forum

MEO staff and clients participated in the Maui Disability Alliance Legislative Forum last night at the Velma McWayne Community Center in Wailuku. Thank you to transportation panelist members Vivian Lindsey, Victor Lesa, Marc Takamori, and Council members Gladys Baisa and Stacy Crivello and to all who participated.

Trick or Treaters at MEO

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PRESS RELEASE

*For Immediate Release*

WAILUKU, MAUI – Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. is pleased to announce that a Family Engagement and Cultural Effectiveness Conference event will be held on Maui on October 28 - 30, 2015 at the Westin Maui in Lahaina. It is expected that 250 Head Start and Early Head Start professionals from the mainland US, to the Outer Pacific Islands and Hawaii will attend. This event is cosponsored by the Head Start Association of Hawaii and the Region IX Head Start Association.

Region IX includes four states: CA, NV, AZ and HI. The Hawaii Association is inclusive of six grantees that operate Head Start and Early Head Start programs, with support to the Outer Pacific Islands of Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, and Palau.

The Federal department of Health and Human Services administered by the Federal Office of Head Start provides funding to Maui County for Early Head Start and Preschool Head Start services.

Early Head Start services for children prenatal to age three is provided by Maui Family Support Services. The program is funded for $1,282,179 to serve 119 children and their families. Preschool Head Start services for children ages 3 – 5 is provided by Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) Head Start. MEO Head Start receives $2,078,579 to serve 278 children and their families.

Early Head Start and Head Start offers comprehensive services for families that meet eligibility guidelines established by the federal governance and program services area needs. Families that are homeless, that are TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) eligible, children that are in Foster care, and families collecting Social Security Insurance (SSI) are considered categorically eligible for services. Income eligibility is based on the federal poverty guidelines for the State of Hawaii.

Comprehensive services include health and developmental screenings, mental health consultation, case management for resource and referral, inclusion services in partnership with the Department of Education, early education services with individualized goal setting and planning, and Family Engagement.

This conference is designed to provide tools and strategies that support programs working with young children birth to five. The focus is to respectfully support families to reach their fullest potential as their child's first and most important teacher.

For more information, contact MEO Early Childhood Services Director Debbi Amaral at 249-2988 or email her at debbi.amaral@meoinc.org

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

MEO Business Development Center October Graduation

(Wailuku, HI October 21, 2015) – MEO’s Business Development Program graduated twenty (20) students from the Core Four Business Planning course on October 20, 2015. Council Members Gladys Baisa and Stacy Crivello along with Mayor Alan Arakawa’s representative, Anthony Arakaki, participated in the graduation. Each of them gave encouraging words to the students to keep their commitments and never give up on their dreams.

Council Member Stacy Crivello and American Savings Banker Chuck Dando
with two core four graduates
Graduate Loke Kepano with
MEO BDC director Craig Swift
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MEO BDC Committee Member Joseph Williams and his son Mike
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During the graduation, the soon-to-be entrepreneurs were also able to work with bankers from American Savings Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Central Pacific Bank and First Hawaiian Bank who gave advice on improving their business plans and what they can expect from commercial lenders. The graduating students received a Certificate of Achievement and a congratulatory dinner.

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 November 3rd. One hour introductory classes will be held on Tuesday, October 27th and Thursday, October 29th from 9am to 10am at MEO’s Family Center, and also at the Maui County Business Resource Center (Maui Mall) on Wednesday, October 28th from noon to 1pm. 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 and Central Pacific Bank Foundation help to make tuition assistance for students of the Core Four Business Planning classes possible.

CONTACT:

Craig Swift / 243-4317
MEO Business Development Center

*PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

Congratulations to MEO's employee of the month Alex Domingo!

Ashley Rendon-Castardo and Keonlei Nakila with Officer Rusty Iokia ​

The two King Kekaulike High School sophomores first met Officer Iokia 2 years ago as 7th graders from Kalama Intermediate School.  Both Ashley And Keonilei were among 4 Maui youth representatives in a Hawaii's Partnership Preventing Underage Drinking Youth Leadership Conference on Oahu in 2013.  Two years later, youth continue to participate in the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program and  maintain friendship/partnership with Officer Iokia as he continues to encourage and support the program.  On September 2nd, Officer Iokia along with Officers Ned Kanekoa, and Jeremy Pallone-De La Torre as well as, Marc Chesick of Child & Family Services and a board member of Ka Hale a Ke Ola, presented at King Kekaulike High School as guest speakers for the Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program. Click photo to see class pics...

This is MEO youth at the Mayor Proclamation of Suicide Prevention Awareness Week for Maui County.  Setember 7-11, 2015


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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