Elayne Sobel speaks at The Brasserie Louis in Lewisburg receiving the Isabelle and Karl Patten Award from the Lewisburg Prison Project.

A local volunteer was recognized Sunday for her volunteer work on behalf of prisoners.

Elayne Sobel, of Lewisburg, received the Isabelle and Karl Patten Award for Exceptional Community Service, named after the founders of the Lewisburg Prison Project, for which Sobel volunteers. The ceremony was held at The Brasserie Louis restaurant on Market Street.

“I accept it in honor of all the people out there volunteering,” she said.

Prison Project board members Angela Trop and Steve Becker were given the award in summer of 2009 and January of 2011, respectively. Both attended Sobel’s award ceremony. The award was created to recognize people pursuing the cause of social justice in the Susquehanna Valley, said Marty Ligare, secretary of the Lewisburg Prison Project.

The Prison Project was founded by the Pattens and Isabelle Patten’s friend Brigitte Cook nearly 40 years ago. It serves as an advocacy group for the civil rights of incarcerated people across the United States.

Sobel’s primary job for the Prison Project is responding to letters sent by inmates. Project members respond to every letter they receive and get an average of 15 a day, Sobel said.

Sobel was chosen for “her commitment to social justice,” said Shawna Meiser, coordinator for the Prison Project. “Elayne was given the award because of her commitment and passion to assisting those in need.”

For more details, see Monday’s edition of The Daily Item.

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