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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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New website 😀🤙*MEO launches new, user-friendly website page*Maui Economic Opportunity went live Friday, Feb. 12, with a more user-friendly and attractive website.The site can be found at www.meoinc.org it may take a few days to update on web browsers.Noticeable upgrades to the site include a fresher look, easier navigation, consolidation of information on pages and quicker load times. The page also is mobile-device friendly.Visitors to the site will be able to access forms to sign up as an MEO volunteer and make a donation, as well as download application forms for the National Farmworker Jobs Program, Senior Community Service Employment Program and other programs and grants.The site will be updated regularly with important information for the community and happenings at the nonprofit agency, which annually serves 23,000 Maui County residents.The 56-year-old nonprofit agency offers programs countywide for business development; youths, including workforce preparation, substance abuse prevention and Head Start; senior club coordination; rental and energy assistance; and integration of formerly incarcerated individuals into the community.MEO also runs the Maui Bus ADA paratransit service through a contract with Maui County and operates human services transportation, providing rides for seniors, persons with disabilities, youths and residents in rural areas throughout Maui County.www.meoinc.org ... See MoreSee Less
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MEO Youth Services make, donate tie-dye face masksMaui Economic Opportunity’s youth program participants made nearly 250 tie-dye masks last month that are being donated to staff at Kula Hospital, Maui Independent Living Center residents and houseless people through the Salvation Army.A total of eight youths made 242 tie-dye masks during socially distanced after-school gatherings January 12 and 19, 2021, at MEO’s Wailuku office. About 100 masks will be donated to Kula Hospital for doctors, nurses and other staff on Tuesday, February 9, 2021. Other batches went to persons with disabilities at Maui Independent Living Center and the homeless community through the Salvation Army on Thursday, February 4, 2021.The tie-dye-mask idea grew out of the youths’ participation in the 47th Maui County Senior Fair, which was held virtually in October. They put together giveaway bags for seniors and one of the items was a plain white mask, said Jacob Hara, MEO youth services program coordinator.The youths thought they could spruce up those plain masks, which were donated to MEO, he said.The process involved soaking the masks in water, wrapping or bunching up the masks to create unique designs in the fabric, applying the dye, drying, washing to remove excess dye and drying again.The youths said they were happy to make the masks and to work with their friends.“I was able to spend time with my friends while doing a fun activity,” said Gianna Armbul-Okuda. “It feels good because I am able to help my community.”*“I *was so excited because I rarely get to do tie dye, and it's really fun,” added Laelia Correa. “I can have fun while making others happy at the same time."MEO Youth Services “is always trying to find new and creative ways to engage with and give back to all parts of the community,” Hara said. “We thought that it would be a good idea to share these masks with vulnerable populations, such as frontline workers and those who are less fortunate.”The program, which works with intermediate and high school youths on Maui, has “achieved a high degree of success through hands-on learning activities that encourage youths to become active participants in their community and that provide them with the skills to become productive citizens,” Hara said. “The nontraditional activities that occur outside the classroom provide youths with various ways of grasping larger issues they may face in their life,” he said. “These activities give them the skills to make the right decisions and empower them to control their own destinies.”MEO’s after-school programs have been curtailed due to the pandemic. Youths still are gathering, but pandemic rules have reduced the numbers of youths at events and limited the activities available, Hara said.MEO Youth Services provides a development program that focuses on delivering evidence-based prevention curriculum, life-skills education, leadership training, cultural awareness and service-learning activities.For more information about MEO Youth Services, call 243-4315. ... See MoreSee Less
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