MEO selected a BBB Torch finalist for Charity of the Year

September 1, 2021

Maui Economic Opportunity has been selected as a Charity of the Year finalist in the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for the Great West and Pacific region, which recognizes integrity and ethical business practices.

The Charity of the Year winner for the region will be announced Oct. 28. There are 19 finalists in the charity division with registered 501(c)(3) organizations – including Maui nonprofits MEO and Maui United Way.

“A Torch Award is the most prestigious honor BBB can present to exceptional organizations for their dedication to integrity and ethical business practices,” said the BBB in the Torch Award announcement released Wednesday.

“MEO is honored to be in the running for the Charity of the Year Torch Award,” said MEO CEO Debbie Cabebe. “MEO strictly follows financial best practices and is regularly audited by government funders as part of receiving funds. Integrity and transparency are cornerstones of the fiscal operation of MEO.”

For more information about MEO programs and assistance, call (808) 243-4306, email [email protected] or go to the website

About Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., is a nonprofit agency that’s part of the national Community Action Partnership network, whose goal is to help low income individuals and families and disenfranchised people help themselves and transform their lives. Chartered in 1965, MEO offers more than 40 programs that assist low income people, kupuna, youths, persons with disabilities, immigrants and other disenfranchised groups. MEO runs the Human Services transportation program and the Maui Bus paratransit system and Head Start preschools, as well as programs that offer kupuna socialization and information; rent, mortgage and utility assistance; Spanish interpretation and translation; entrepreneurial and financial basics; inmate reintegration into the community after release; and youth anti-drinking, -bullying and -suicide prevention. For more information about the entire array of programs, please visit

Naeomi Paa poses for a photo with mom, Jan, after receiving her certificate of completion of the Teen Financial Literacy Workshop on June 18 outside the MEO Wailuku offices. The Teen Financial Literacy Workshop, put on by MEO’s Business Development Center, is one of the more than 40 diverse programs offered by the nonprofit agency that spans rental/mortgage assistance to the Head Start preschool program for low income families.

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