Centralia City Councilmember Peter Abbarno, host of the AM1470 KELA / KMNT Radio “Let’s Talk About it” show, and local community leader was honored on Friday with the Human Rights Award by the local Church Women United organization at the Westminster Presbyterian Church of Chehalis WA.
“I am honored to receive the Human Rights Award from our local Church Women United! Volunteering, Community Service, and my work on the Centralia City Council is not about “me;” rather, it is about my children, our neighbors, and the next generation,” said Abbarno. “We need to continue building partnerships and working on issues important to our community like homelessness, drug and opioid addiction, early education and learning, and economic development. . .just like the Church Women United from many different Christian denominations working on missions in our community.”
In a press release from the Church Women United, Jean Bluhm cites Peter giving a voice to non-profit organizations on the radio show, his contributions to many local events, and support of community activities as the reason for the honor. In 2018, Peter was also selected by The Chronicle readers as “Best Volunteer” in Lewis County and nominated “Best Elected Official” for the past three years.
“There are so many people in our community volunteering their time and working to improve the quality of life for families,” said Abbarno. “I am honored to receive the award, but it is truly on behalf of all my friends out there doing great things.”
Church Women United is a national ecumenical Christian women’s movement representing Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women. Founded in 1941, as the United Council of Church Women, this organization has more than 1,200 local and state units in the United States and Puerto Rico.
“I am very optimistic for the future of Lewis County and SW Washington,” added Abbarno. “If our social and health service providers, non-profits, and faith based organizations continue coordinating and cooperating, we will have community-wide “buy-in” and we will be more equipped to address issues of poverty and homelessness.”