You can nominate someone for Unity Achievement Awards

UNION COUNTY, NJ — Know of an individual, organization, or business that stands out from the crowd in
helping others? The Union County Human Relations Commission would like to know
about them.

The commission is seeking nominations for its 15th annual Unity Achievement Awards. Award nominees must live, work, or attend school in Union County. The nomination deadline is Monday, Dec. 28.

“We want to hear about the people you know about who dedicate their time and effort to do wonderful things that not only enhance others’ experiences and quality of life, but raise and honor the human spirit,” Commission Co-Chair Lenny Guarino said. “Those who are nominated for this award are simple people doing extraordinary things to make things better for others, and by doing so, they truly make a difference in our world.”

“This annual award recognizes programs, services, activities, and efforts being put forth by local role models that promote cultural diversity, strong community relations, and human rights,” Guarino added.

Past Unity Achievement Award recipients include corporations, business organizations, community organizations, nonprofit organizations, individuals, law-enforcement representatives, public servants, clergy, faith-based organizations, members of the media, students, educators, and veterans. The 2016 awards will mark the 15th annual year in which honorees have been named.

To make a nomination, send an email to; send a fax to 908-889-9653 or mail the nomination form to: UCHRC Awards c/o John H. Stamler Police Academy, 1776 Raritan Road, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. Nomination forms are available at under “Awards,” or request the form by calling Commissioner Karen Positan at 908-889-9028 or emailing her at

A listing of all of the previous Unity Achievement Award recipients in all categories can be found at Award recipients will be notified by mid-February; the award presentation will be held in May 2016.