Arelis Perez

At tomorrow’s City Council meeting, the Council will consider approving the nomination of north College Park resident Arelis Pérez as the recipient of the 2021 Jack Perry Award.

Ms. Perez is deeply committed to serving the community, which she has demonstrated by her commitment to equality, support, and representation. She has participated in neighborhood, civic, and municipal affairs to an extraordinary degree.

In 2020, Ms. Perez was a board member of the Complete Count Committee in College Park, which aimed to increase awareness about and motivate residents to respond to the 2020 Federal Census. She is a former Board of Election Judge for the city, where she administered voting procedures in her precinct and ensured a fair and accessible election for all eligible voters in College Park.

She is the current Board Commissioner Chair of the Housing Authority of the City of College Park (HACCP). She is a current Board Member of the College Park Seniors Committee which supports the development of a community-based, volunteer neighborhood network and identifies legislative priorities relating to the senior community.

Since 2020, she has served as the Vice-Chair of the AARP Livability Workgroup, providing effective strategies, initiatives, and programs that engage older adults in College Park.

She was the Former Board Treasurer and Member of the North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) which serves to strengthen the community and promote the interests of residents and homeowners.

She is a current Board Member and Treasurer of Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN-CP) which helps to create a community of volunteers to act as a safety net for aging residents to allow them to stay in their homes.

This past year has been a year like no other. Throughout the pandemic, Ms. Perez engaged the World Central Kitchen to provide healthy and generously portioned meals to our community. She recruited volunteers to deliver the meals to residents of Attick Towers and the Spellman House apartments.

She also drove seniors to appointments and continued meal delivery even after restrictions were relaxed.

[Delegate Joseline Penmelnik, City of College Park]