Serving the needs of the Peacham community
Peacham Community Housing (PCH) is a non-profit corporation which operates to increase the health and welfare of the people and services within the Town of Peacham. According to its bylaws, the purpose of PCH is:
- to establish and maintain housing or other services for low income and moderate income persons, families, the elderly, and persons with special needs, including educating and advocating for the same,
- to advance the health and well-being of the community by supporting or building foundations and services for fresh local food supplies, local farm and woodland products, locally made goods and sustainable commerce, as well as educating and advocating for the same,
- to improve connections and quality of life within this small-town community by supporting or providing opportunities for public gatherings, communication, education, safety, health and fitness, the arts, or transportation to such services, and
- to make distributions to other nonprofit organizations that also advance any of these purposes.
The Harry Barnes Award
Peacham Community Housing is dedicated to providing affordable housing for Peacham residents while offering and supporting programs and services that enhance the quality of life for all in Peacham. This community enjoys remarkable volunteer service in support of the health and safety, welfare, cultural vitality, education and community spirit that define and distinguish Peacham. The PCH Board of Directors honors and celebrates that extraordinary community service by presenting the annual Harry Barnes Award. A former diplomat and U.S. Ambassador to Romania, India and Chile, Harry Barnes also served as director of the Carter Center’s Human Rights and Conflict Resolution programs and as a founder of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, based here in Vermont. Arriving in Peacham upon his retirement from government service, along with his wife, writer Betsey Barnes, he soon found himself involved in local volunteer activities and brought energy, wisdom and vision to community endeavors from senior housing to the creation of a community café and store. Harry Barnes died in 2012. Harry Barnes’ life of service exemplifies the long tradition that has been the backbone of Peacham community’s character. Each year at its Annual Meeting, PCH will announce one or more recipients of the Harry Barnes Award, recognizing those whose extraordinary volunteer service has sustained the spirit that Harry embodied.