Debra Freeman-Belle, Executive Director of Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry (WARM) received The Jean Harris Award for 2020 from the Waynesboro Noon Rotary Club. Ms. Freeman-Belle received the award to recognize the work that quickly and efficiently created partnerships and collaboration between organizations, businesses, and government during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“Waynesboro Rotary Club is a community jewel itself and comprised of many doers and change makers so this honor is humbling. Anyone who knows me, knows I prefer to work quietly and that bringing people together to help people experiencing homelessness is my passion. WARM’s work, especially during the pandemic, has quietly created partnerships to serve vulnerable community members so this recognition is special for every person who is quietly working behind the scenes to make community care possible.”
The Jean Harris Award was created in 1997-98 when the Rotary International Board approved the creation. The award bears the name of the wife of Paul Harris, founder of Rotary International. This distinguished award honors the efforts of non-Rotarian who has made a significant contribution to the development and progress of others in their communities.
This is Ms. Freeman-Belle’s second Jean Harris Award since 2016 and past Rotary service award recipients include WARM current Chairman Brian Edwards, Past Chairman Rick Kane, Past Co-Chairman Amy Brown, and former Board Member Thea Jordan.