Awards And Honors


2014: Hands of Peace is recognized by Slingshot: A Resource Guide to Jewish Innovation as one of the 21 "most inspiring and innovative organizations" serving the midwest Jewish community.

2012:  Gretchen Grad is awarded "Human Rights Champion Award" at the Annual 10th Congressional District Community Leadership Awards ceremony by Congressman Robert Dold. 

2009: HOP is recognized by O.A.R. and receives a $2500 award.

2009: The Hamilton Ventures "Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award" is presented to HOP Founder Gretchen Grad at the United Nations.

2008: The University of Chicago Graduate School of Business "Alumni Public Service Award" is presented to HOP Founder Gretchen Grad in recognition of her work with Hands of Peace.

2004: The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i presents HOP with the David Kellum Award "for serving as a positive role model and providing service and encouragement to youth of all races."

2003: HOP is presented with the Jim and Virginian Young Interfaith Award.

HOP is the most amazing experience I have had in my life. These two and a half weeks gave me hope for change! I believe if you can build love between small groups that are considered enemies, you can spread love in the whole nation. It is just that we can’t stop here. This is only the beginning for a new future.

Amir, Palestinian Citizen of Israel participant