Lansing, MI- Peckham received the National Service Impact Award during the Governor’s Service Awards Nov. 17. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Community Service Commission celebrated 46 individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations who are leaders in volunteerism, service or philanthropy. Peckham was recognized for its success with the Americorps Economic Opportunity Coaching program.
The Governor’s Service Awards have been presented since 1994, recognizing individuals and organizations committed to service and play a critical role in improving the lives of people and communities.
“Michigan succeeds because of Michiganders who go above and beyond to serve their communities and lift up others,” said Governor Whitmer. “This year’s winners get things done even when nobody’s looking because they know that every contribution makes a huge impact.”
Peckham’s Economic Opportunity Coaching Program serves people with disabilities, refugees and low-income individuals. The program is designed to assist individuals in gaining financial literacy and employability skills via one-to-one and group coaching sessions. The program has four focus areas: financial literacy, employability skills, adult literacy and tax preparation.
AmeriCorps members serve individuals with the goal of increasing their overall economic opportunity, using coaching as a method of education and skill development. Each year Peckham’s program helps nearly 600 clients gain financial literacy and employability skills.
Peckham is a nonprofit vocational rehabilitation organization that provides paid job training opportunities for people with disabilities and other barriers to employment. For 46 years, Peckham has provided jobs and job skills training to thousands of individuals with barriers through five different business lines throughout Michigan, with additional operations in Phoenix, Arizona and London, Kentucky.
Peckham, Inc., is a national award-winning organization, recognized for its achievement in providing exceptional vocational rehabilitation, creating inclusive cultures, and building quality workplaces for employees.