Melwood Receives Maryland Nonprofits Certification
October 26, 2012
Upper Marlboro, Md.—Melwood, one of the leading nonprofit organizations in Maryland creating opportunities for people with disabilities, has earned the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ Standards for Excellence certification. The certification was developed to advance ethical operations and accountability among the state’s nonprofit organizations.
Melwood received the certification for its commitment to those it serves as well as to its contributors and the public.
“This committee of your peers felt that you meet this standard,” said Lorene Lake, executive director of Chrysalis House, Inc., and member of the Maryland Nonprofits standards committee, at a presentation of the certificate. “I think you can take a great deal of pride in the fact that it has been awarded.”
Melwood is a dynamic 501(c)(3) organization that creates jobs and opportunities to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Now approaching its 50th year, Melwood supports more than 2,400 people with disabilities in the greater Washington, DC area through career training, job placement, individual support, and recreation according to their individual preferences. Melwood employs more than 1,100 people with disabilities at approximately 70 contract sites through partnerships with community employers and through the AbilityOne Program, which pairs federal agencies with approved organizations to provide job opportunities for people with disabilities. In 2010, Melwood employees with disabilities, otherwise eligible to receive government benefits, earned $13 million and paid $2.7 million in taxes. For more information, visit Melwood on Facebook or at www.melwood.org.
Melwood is one of the largest employers of people with disabilities in the country, employing more than 1,600 workers – nearly 1,000 of whom are people with disabilities. Melwood offers job placement, job training, life skills for independence, and support services to more than 2,500 people each year in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Melwood also has an inclusive summer camp program for children and provides employment and support services to veterans and active-duty military members who have experienced service-related trauma or injury. For more information, visit www.Melwood.org.
Vice President of Government and Public Relations