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Here at HCEOC we are starting the year off with gratitude for the blessings and lessons we bring with us into 2023. In 2022 we expanded our programs, outreach, and service on Hawai‘i Island, and — thanks to the work of our board and staff and the support of our community — we look forward to continuing this season of growth in the new year.

As our community faces rising costs of living, lack of affordable housing, and the economic toll of the pandemic, HCEOC's mission is clearer than ever. Our programs alleviate effects of poverty across multiple sectors: transportation, housing and energy, food service, and community care. From weatherizing homes, to delivering meals, to transporting residents, to providing care for kupuna, HCEOC is committed to helping residents mitigate economic challenges and gain self-sufficiency.

Your kōkua fuels this commitment in a number of ways, many of them very simple. Completing our Community Needs Assessment, engaging on Instagram or Facebook, donating, or buying on Amazon Smile are small ways you can support our work this year — and we do have much work ahead of us. But we do not do it alone; only together do we make the most meaningful change. Every one of us in our own way has an important role in shaping our community.

With that said, whatever your role may be, your support and presence are meaningful to us here at HCEOC. So let me wish you once again a happy New Year. 
Mahalo and aloha from all of us to you.

Community Needs Survey

HCEOC needs your help assessing issues affecting Hawai‘i Island. What are the most urgent needs you see in our community? Share your thoughts with us in this brief online survey. Mahalo!
Home Weatherization Assistance
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is now accepting applications for 2023!

Weatherization is the process of making improvements to your home that increase energy efficiency. The Weatherization Assistance Program provides personal consultations to assess your home’s energy output and come up with strategies to make it more energy efficient. Over time, this can help save money on utility costs and enhance the safety and health of your home.

Visit our website to learn more and apply.

Ka Ho'okele: The Navigator

In partnership with the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency, our Transportation program has joined the effort to expand Hawai‘i Island's public transportation network. 

Ka Ho‘okele, “The Navigator”, is a new service providing access from rural areas to Hele-On routes throughout Hawai‘i Island. Ka Ho‘okele operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, except on County-observed holidays. Visit the official website to learn more.

Van Fleet Makeover

New year, new vans! We are excited to debut our new fleet of Transportation vehicles featuring art by Dietrich Varez, wrap service by INA Custom Signs, and design by Aaron Miyasato of 4Digital, Inc., with Carrie Fernandez and Maggie Ayau of HCEOC. We are glad we get to represent ourselves more visibly as we transport residents around the island. Give us a wave if you see us on the road!
Mālama Kupuna 

Same program, different name! Mālama Kupuna offers caregiving services for low-income senior and elderly residents living at home. Our case managers connect clients to resources such as food, transportation, health, adult day programs, and recreation. If this is of interest to you or someone you know, contact the Hawaii County Office of Aging at (808) 961-8626.
Food Services

In 2022, HCEOC's Food Services department served a whopping 127,604 meals! Over half of these were for Meals on Wheels, a service of the Hawaiʻi County Nutrition Program, which delivers nutritious lunches to older individuals who are homebound due to illness or injury.

Our Kitchen and Bakery support a number of food programs and projects. Last year these included the Child Nutrition Program, Hawaii County Parks & Recreation Summer Fun, Kōkua o Puna, (together with Neighborhood Place of Puna and Men of Paʻa), Produce 4 Tutu, HOPE Services, and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. In 2023 we plan to keep finding ways to bridge the hunger gap and bring delicious, nutritious meals to our community.
Upcoming Holidays

HCEOC will be closed for the following holidays:
Monday, February 20
Washington's Birthday
Monday, March 27
Prince Kūhiō Day
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