Colorado PEAK, the online website for self-sufficiency benefit programs information, potential eligibility, application and checking of benefits is continuing to see significant growth in its use. This success is through, in part, the efforts of libraries across the state to provide access and support to clients accessing the PEAK system.
In April, 2012 the “Laptops for Libraries” project secured funding for more than 40 laptops, placed in libraries statewide, and used by individuals interested in food, medical and cash assistance programs. In October of this year, 7,315 applications were submitted online.
The PEAK Outreach Team has delivered customized training on the PEAK system to 22 library districts around the state. Some of these trainings were singular to a given district and its personnel, from the media center staff to reference Librarians. Other trainings were convened by a specific library district and included both library personnel and community-based organizations that serve the populations in need of self-sufficiency benefits. These collaborations have been a wonderful example of organizations coming together to best serve the needs of the community. If your library is interested in discussing a training opportunity or would like to schedule one in your area please contact CO PEAK Outreach Team at email@example.com. Keep up the great work in supporting those in need within your communities.