Molokai Volunteer Luncheon where Hala Pa-kala, our Driver of the Year, was honored - click to see gallery...
Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Year Kathy Louis and Louise Corpuz and to our Benefactors AXA Advisors
Mahalo to Willette Cordeiro and the Lokelani Hale Senior Club for their generous donation today in appreciation of MEO Transportation
Board officers- Adele, Ned, Peter and Arlene Gerbig standing in for Cliff Alakai
Celebration of Lyn McNeff's retirement from MEO after 23 amazing years of service - click to see gallery...
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)
Photo From Mayor's Proclamation This Morning
Photos from the 20th Annual Maui Disability Alliance Legislative Forum
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 direcotyr of the Year went to Maui Humane society's Jeflenn Bryant
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.
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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."
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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Girls Day..Sushi Making!! 3/3/2016
Mahalo to our MEO Molokai Volunteers
*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”.
Youth Service Poster Fair
MEO Youth Services participates in sign waving activity during Homeless Prevention Awareness Week.
New Board Officers
Congratulations to our newly elected board of director officers; President Kai Pelyao, Vice President Kevin Yoshida, Secretary Adele Rugg, and Treasurer Cliff Alakai. Mahalo for your service.
Congratulations to MEO's CEO Lyn McNeff for receiving the Women's Insights and Contributions Award sponsored by the Maui County Committee on the Status of Women.
MEO celebrates its with its Volunteers at the 29th Annual Volunteer Luncheon. Luncheons will be held on Molokai and Lanai later this month.
Congratulations to Volunteer of the Year, Maui Community Correctional Center and Benefactor of the Year Atlas Insurance.
Mahalo to Council Chair Mike White for addressing the group. We so appreciate our volunteers.
MEO RECEIVES GENEROUS DONATION FROM HAWAII PETROLEUM’S OHANA FUELS, “FUEL UP. DO GOOD.” COMMUNITY GIVING PROGRAM
WAILUKU, MAUI (Hawaii) – Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (MEO) received $8,385.30 from Hawaii Petroleum through its Ohana Fuels, “Fuel Up. Do Good.” community giving program. Hawaii Petroleum partners with non-profit organizations that serve the needs of the community by donating a portion of each purchase from every gallon of gasoline sold at an Ohana Fuels station in this community.
During an award presentation at MEO’s headquarters, CEO Lyn McNeff said, “We are grateful to Hawaii Petroleum for their support. They are wonderful community partners. This funding will allow us to assist clients who may otherwise be turned away. Grants are typically specific, dictating who qualifies and receives assistance. If the individual does not meet the funding source’s eligibility criteria, we can’t help. These funds will allow us to help the gap” group who are in serious need of assistance. ”
Kimo Haynes, President of Hawaii Petroleum said, “The mission of our Ohana Fuels Giving Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations that improve overall quality of life. Ohana Fuels proudly sponsors programs that enhance the vitality of our neighborhoods, celebrate community success, and expand the capacity of local charities to serve our community”.
Ohana Fuels is Hawaii Petroleum’s retail fuel brand that provides competitive priced, quality fuels at safe, clean and convenient locations including eight stations on the island of Maui, and four stations on the island of Hawaii. Certified as a TOP TIER™ fuel, Ohana Fuels meets the premier standard of gasoline for optimum performance and fuel efficiency. Hawaii Petroleum is committed to making a positive contribution to the communities in which our Ohana Fuels stations operate, and gives local residents a way to support the community with every tank of gas they purchase.
MEO is a non-profit Community Action Agency incorporated on March 22, 1965 under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Its mission is to strengthen the community while helping people in need, restore their hope, reach their potential and enrich their lives. Last year MEO served over 23,000 individuals and touched more than 71,000 lives.
Governor Neil Abacrombie installs MEO Board of Directors and celebrates his 76th birthday at the MEO Family Center.
MEO CEO helps raise funds for MDA