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
2019 Honoree: The League of Women Voters Wilkes-Barre
As we approach the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution, which finally gave American women the right to vote, the Peace and Justice Center honors the women and men of our local League of Women Voters for carrying on the tradition of protecting this fundamental pillar of democracy. The League of Women Voters does not oppose, support, or otherwise endorse any political party or candidate. Rather, it focuses on educating voters about issues and the voting process. Moreover, the League advocates for the expansion of opportunities to vote, and challenges
2019 Honoree: Camp Orchard Hill
Camp Orchard Hill has provided fun, exciting and life-changing experiences for children, youth and their families since 1972. Its mission is to meet the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs of campers, families and the community through the love of Jesus Christ. Camp Orchard Hill provides a safe place that offers a hands-on learning experience while having fun. Programs throughout the year include summer day and overnight camps, family events, retreats, school field trips, birthday parties, recreational leagues, and banquets. Since 2011 Camp Orchard Hill has provided a fully inclusive Day Camp program that serves over 2000 campers each summer from the local community and benefits both special needs and typically developing children. The program focuses on building skills and gaining confidence as part of the outdoor experience offering special needs campers the opportunity to participate in all activities to the best of their ability alongside their typically developing peers. One of the core values of Camp Orchard Hill is to serve those in need and to partner with others in service. For example, the Camp opens its doors for two weeks every Christmas to area men experiencing homelessness, and partners with Mother Teresa’s Haven, area churches, families and civic groups to provide meals, clothing, identification and more. They desire to show the men that they matter, that they are valued and that they are loved. Camp Orchard Hill has also partnered with Misericordia University to host A Taste of Syria – a community benefit dinner for local Syrian refugee families. And, they work with the Keystone Mission and Crosswalk to provide after-school programs to the children and youth in area low-income housing developments.
2018 Honoree: Verve Vertu
Verve Vertu is a community-based art studio that taps into creative energy. Directed by Gwen Harleman, the studio works with the whole community, building and forging relationships through the arts. The core group of artists who work in the studio
2018 Honoree: The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm
The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm was founded as an organic farm to provide produce for those in need and act as a place of hospitality. Its founders, Larry and Carmina Chapp, are both Catholic theologians. The Dorothy Day Catholic Worker Farm strives to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ through
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
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,
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
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.