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MEO Community Services provides a wide array of programs and services, including employment training and job placement, financial literacy, acculturation and education for Hispanic/Latino individuals and families, rental and energy assistance, weatherization for low-income households, senior club support and advocacy, partnerships with local farmers to provide seniors with access to fresh fruit and vegetables, reentry and reintegration services for returning citizens, education and advocacy for persons with disabilities, and more.

 

 

Are there government benefits that could help you — ones you are not yet accessing? Go on the Web to https://www.benefits.gov/ (link will open in a new window or tab) to check.

Until now, discovering what government benefits are available and which ones you can qualify for has been, at best, a hit-and-miss exercise. No one person possessed all the information about loans, grants, insurance, food programs, rental assistance and other possible government benefits.

MEO clients with case workers have a better chance than most of discovering needed assistance. This Web site will make life easier even for those case managers and clients. Also, starting on this U.S. government Web site, a few clicks will take you to Web pages about benefits available through the Hawai‘i government. Even if you think there are no benefits available to you, you owe it to your family to spend a few minutes on the site . . . just checking it out.

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*Senior Fair vendor applications available*Vendor applications for the 49th Annual Maui County Senior Fair on Saturday, Oct. 29, at the War Memorial Complex are being accepted by Maui Economic Opportunity.MEO is organizing the annual event in partnership with the Maui County Office on Aging. The Senior Fair, which runs from 8 a.m. to noon, drew 1,500 people to the last in-person gathering in 2019.The Senior Fair is an opportunity for businesses and other community organizations to share information important to kupuna, promote a product or service or sell food or other items. Some senior clubs use this event as a fundraiser.The cost of a vendor table is $100 for for-profit organizations and $25 for government agencies and nonprofits generating revenue. Tables are offered at no charge for current Maui Planning & Coordinating Council senior clubs and business, government and nonprofit organizations providing services without charge.The 8-foot long tables include a tablecloth, skirt and two chairs. Table assignments and preferred parking will be based on application and payment received on a first-received basis. The event committee reserves the right to deny late applications, duplicative products or services and due to available space.The deadline to submit applications is Monday, Sept. 19. Payments should be made to Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. Confirmation packets and parking passes will be mailed to vendors no later than Friday, Oct. 21.Applications may be downloaded at drive.google.com/file/d/1Ux_dMII0Pf31uhvy5Jxicjcr0KhdrbQI/view?usp=sharing or picked up at MEO at 99 Mahalani St., Wailuku. For more information, contact MEO COO Gay Sibonga or Executive Assistant Lee Imada at (808) 249-2990. ... See MoreSee Less
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In her The MEO Minute debut, Uilani Ah Chan discussed heat stress and pesticide safety training on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island as part of her work as a National Farmworker Jobs Program case manager. The segment on Akaku's The Maui Daily on July 20 appears at about the 9-minute mark. cloud.castus.tv/vod/akaku/video/62d8b7bfa0a447000828ebd7?page=HOMEChivo Ching-Johnson led into The Minute with a segment on Youth Services' Town Hall on Suicide Prevention on Wednesday, July 27, in Kaunakakai. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO NFJP conducts pesticide safety, heat stress protection trainings*About 80 farmworkers on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island were trained in pesticide and heat stress protection last week by Maui Economic Opportunity’s National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) trainers.The Worker Protection Standard, Heat Stress Prevention and Pesticide Safety trainings are required annually for all agricultural operations. MEO offers the training for no cost to farms across the state; the federally funded NFJP is the only program MEO offers statewide.MEO certified trainers Uilani Ah Chan, Suzette Bacarro, both NFJP case managers, and Cassi Yamashita, Community Services Director, conducted classes for 10 workers at Royal Kona Coffee Mill and 70 workers at Kauai Nursery and Landscape. At the end of each session, all workers received bandanas.In addition to Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island, NFJP supports farmworkers and farms on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Oahu.The trainings teach that water, rest and shade are essential to preventing heat problems. For workers handling pesticides, it is important that they wear a button-down shirt. Should a worker be contaminated by pesticides, removing the shirt by unbuttoning reduces the spread of the exposure.NFJP supports farmworkers, their families and farms that employ them. For workers, NFJP seeks to generate greater economic stability by connecting farmworkers to job training, better opportunities and supportive services for themselves and their families. For the farms, NFJP supports on-the-job training with subsidies and defrays the cost of required certifications, such as the Worker Protection Standard.For more information about the heat stress and pesticide prevention training, contact NFJP at (808) 344-5550 or email cs@meoinc.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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