Darren Pen, who’s well known to residents throughout Tacoma for helping to get them organized to fight against crime, has been named a “Local Hero” by Bank of America.
Pen, a community mobilizer for Safe Streets, received the award last month at during a ceremony. The award was given out as part of the Bank of America’s Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Awards, the Safe Streets Campaign reported.
Pen also was given $5,000 from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. He says he plans to donate that money to Safe Streets for use in community organizing efforts.
“‘Local Heroes’ are described as community leaders who make significant contributions to the health of our neighborhoods,” according to a Safe Streets press release. “Pen was among five people from the Puget Sound region to receive the award, and was selected for his extensive work with immigrants from Southeast Asia, China, Russia and Latin America, as well as his lengthy history of helping Tacoma residents reclaim crime-ridden neighborhoods.”
Pen is from Cambodia. He’s been an advocate for years for local immigrants.