School of Education of the College of Charleston (2004)
Charleston County School District (2005, 2007, 2008, and 2011)
Given by Union Theological Seminary & Presbyterian School of Christian Education, this award is named for PSCE alumna Elinor Curry (1905-1995) who was a Richmond, VA pioneer in race relations and community service. Criteria include having a high level of congregational support, being intergenerational in character of program participants, being a model for meeting the needs of the church's neighborhood, stimluating an ongoing ministry by and for those it is designed to reach, and being a program that focuses on the underlying cause of injustice or need and address the call of the church to "do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God."
Hands of Christ was honored by the faculty and trustees of Presbyterina College when they awarded a Doctor of Divinity to Founder Tammy Gregory Brown, Senior Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church at their May 2009 commencement exercises. She accepted the honor on behalf of the many volunteers who have served The Hands of Christ: I accept this on behalf of the numerous Presbyterians who dared to cross racial, cultural, socio-economic, and even theological lines to put on the skin of God and to bring the kingdom of God into their midst.”
In 2016 Dr. Jim Deavor was recognized by the College of Charleston with the Harry M. Lightsey, Jr. Humanitarian Award fro his work with the Hands of Christ.
his award recognizes an individual who continues the legacy of unselfish concern and noble desire to improve the lives of faculty, staff, students at the College of Charleston and the local community. The Harry Lightsey Legacy for Humanitarian Award is based on the following criteria:
- Reaches out to others in times of need, exhibiting behavior that goes above and beyond basic community responsibility.
- Exemplifies the spirit of benevolence, generosity of spirit and leadership
- Demonstrates commitment to giving back to others and to the community through philanthropy
- Committed to increasing awareness and respect for different persons. Takes steps to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus by creating and sustaining a welcoming and accessible campus environment for faculty, staff, students, and community members.