Former Head Start parent is MEO Volunteer of the Year
Maui Economic Opportunity held its 32nd annual Volunteer Luncheon on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. This event is held every year to honor and thank all of the many volunteers who assist MEO in its mission to serve the community.
More than 100 guests attended the luncheon at MEO. Lunch was provided by T-Ann-J Authentic Ramen & Catering while Danny Lau and the Lahaina Honolua Serenaders entertained.
MEO recognized four nominees for 2017 Volunteer of the Year: Troy Osorno was nominated by Early Childhood Services, Kelvin Alexander by Community Services, Randy Yamashita by Youth Services and Jacob Simons by the Business Development Center.
Osorno was awarded the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award. Osorno is a past parent of MEO Head Start, his daughter having attended the program years ago. He was a single parent at the time, raising his daughter while attending college to become a radiologist. Osorno achieved that goal and is now employed as an X-ray technician.
He now volunteers for the Head Start centers by coming into the classrooms and doing an interactive presentation with the kids. He uses real X-rays and talks about magnetic resonance imaging, CAT scans and ultrasound, while providing various props that children can safely manipulate, including a skeleton he has named “Skelereena.”
MEO also recognized its 2017 Benefactor of the Year, given to businesses that contribute time and resources to assist MEO with its mission. Despins General Contracting Inc. was the awardee for 2017. Despins has donated countless hours of time and in-kind work totaling more than $100,000 to make sure that MEO did not go over budget on its bus wash project.