Eva Perkins and Robert “Bob” Vandalia recently were presented Church Women United’s Human Rights Award for their service in the Alton community.
A program lists the following as accomplishments of the two award winners.
Bob Vandalia: Community activist
- Served as human rights commissioner for city of Alton
- Co-organizer along with his wife of the Multicultural Festival held annually on the riverfront.
- Helped to organize the AIDS Interfaith Response To Action Committee.
- World Aids Day Services organizer and established the Buddy Program for AIDS victims who lacked support of family.
- Served on Habitat for Humanity
- Held Christmas dinners for hungry, homeless and needy.
Eva Perkins - community activist
- Serves faithfully as a Prayer Warrior and usher at the Union Baptist Church.
- Member of Drug Free Alton Coalition
- Served on board of Alton Caring Core
- Member of National Council of Negro Women
- Instrumental in the Feed the Hungry program
- Salvation Army bell ringer
- Volunteers weekly at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center
- A retiree of Illinois Bell Telephone Co and pioneer of AT&T, where for more than 20 years has been instrumental in All God’s Children Shall Have Shoes and has dedicated much time, money, and effort to recruit others to provide shoes, socks and toys to children.
- A founding member of Green/Perkins Productions, which brings cultural harmony to the Alton community by way of undiscovered talent. She has accepted the torch to continue community exposure to African-American history by way of exhibits at Alton Square Mall
- Alerts organizations and others of individuals and families experiencing hardship because of fires, unemployment, sickness, death and other difficulties.
"Both individuals are well deserving of this recognition for their dedication to serve humanity," a church program states. "Each acknowledges 'faith makes all things possible while love makes all things easy.'”
Church Women United is a racially, culturally, theologically inclusive Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. The organization was founded in 1941.