The David Frey Community Service for Peace Award
The Peace and Justice Center established the Service for Peace Award in 1997. In 2004, it was renamed the David Frey Community Service for Peace Award in honor of David Frey, a tireless founding member of the center. The award honors an individual or group whose actions have contributed, either by direct support of the mission of the Peace and Justice Center, or by making a contribution to the community, to the civic or corporate cause of peace and justice.
2017 Honoree: Hazleton Integration Project
The Hazleton Integration Project’s mission is to provide educational, cultural and athletic opportunities for economically disadvantaged children. Under the guidance of Chicago Cubs Manager and Hazleton native Joe Maddon, HIP operates the Hazleton One Community Center with programming designed to engage children in wholesome activities while fostering trust and respect among all of our region’s ethnic cultures. One such project HIP hosted was the Luzerne County Disproportionate Minority Contact Youth and Law Enforcement Forum which brings together youth and law enforcement officers to foster communication, understanding and trust in the community. HIP offers classes in Spanish, computers, ESL, GED, citizenship, ballet and jazz, etc. HIP leaders believe that diversity can be a city’s greatest strength and through interacting with different cultural groups they develop a greater understanding of common humanity while learning to appreciate our cultural similarities and differences. For their efforts the Hazleton Integration Project was awarded the 2014 Human & Civil Rights Award from the Pennsylvania State Education Association.
2016: Interfaith Council of Wyoming Valley
2015: Peace Community of LEPOCO
2014: St. Therese’s Social Justice Committee and Bette Saxton, MFHS
2013: Nancy Frey, Commission on Economic Opportunity
2012: WFTE-FM Community Radio Collective, Inc.
2011: Susan & Judd Shoval
2010: Juvenile Law Center, Frank Sindaco, NEPA Organizing Center
2009: Jim Davis
2008: cds creative, inc., 24-hour Create a Thon for nonprofit agencies.
2007: The Rev. Keith & Julie Benjamin, founders of Ruth’s Place Shelter for Homeless Women, & the Book Concern, giving employment to people who encounter employment difficulties.
2006: Back Mountain Free Medical and Legal Clinic, and Jewish Family Service Kids Care Club, and Dawn Morton, Director Volunteer Services, King’s College
2005: Stefanie Wolonik, REACH, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
2004: Donna Wench Peace Camp, and Miles of Mules
2003: Firwood United Methodist Church, Wilkes-Barre, host for Peace Camp
2002: Journey’s End, Kristin and Carl Curtis
2001: Girl Scouts, for PEACE patch
2000: First Presbyterian Church of Wilkes-Barre
1999: St. Jude’s Church, Social Action Committee
1998: Dr. Linda Trompetter, founding director, Diversity Institute at College Misericordia
1997: Scranton Chapter of the F.O.R.