ACCESS, nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofit recognized as 2021 Top Michigan Workplace

14 November, 2021
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ACCESS, nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofit recognized as 2021 Top Michigan Workplace

Dearborn, Mich.— ACCESS—the nation’s largest Arab American community nonprofit—has been recognized and awarded as one of Michigan’s top workplaces of 2021 by the Detroit Free Press, joining a list of 174 Michigan-based organizations to be recognized with this honor.

The announcement comes as lifelong nonprofit leader and activist Maha Freij takes the helm as ACCESS’ newly appointed President and CEO and is recognized as Crain’s 2021 100 Most Influential Women, officially marking ACCESS as both a woman-led and majority woman-run nonprofit organization—a feat that makes ACCESS a uniquely welcoming workplace for historically underrepresented communities.

“At ACCESS, our goal is to ensure that our approach to serving the community is transformational for every party involved. It’s about fostering a space where dedicated, passionate staff do the work in a way that is purposeful and fulfilling for them as well. At the heart of our work culture is a deep commitment to supporting each other as fellow humans, not just co-workers. In my new appointment as President and CEO, I am truly honored to
continue to help cultivate a work culture that is welcoming and empowering for all,” said ACCESS President and CEO, Maha Freij.

The list of awarded organizations is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by Detroit Free Press’ employee engagement technology partner Energage LLC. The anonymous survey uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization, including alignment, execution and connection, to name a few.

Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary and 50 years of community service, ACCESS is recently coming off of over a year of concentrated, community based COVID relief work led by ACCESS’ dedicated leadership team and more than 500 employees who have helped make ACCESS one of Michigan’s first nonprofit organizations to be on the ground leading critical covid response work.

ACCESS serves over 70,000 individuals per year through its 120 programs focused on youth, education, community health, workforce development, emergency services, philanthropy, advocacy and the arts, 10 locations in Southeast Michigan, and three national institutions, including Smithsonian affiliate: the Arab American National Museum (AANM), the Center for Arab American Philanthropy (CAAP) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC). Everything ACCESS does is to advance the social, health and economic well-being of individuals and families and is guided by their vision of a just and equitable society, with the full participation of Arab Americans


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