“This year’s award will be presented to Reverend Bonita Grubbs for her leadership roles in promoting civic engagement and community collaboration in the New Haven area through such work as her agency’s program, Mothers for Justice, a grass roots advocacy group that seeks to empower women to speak out on and propose solutions to policy and decision makers about issues that affect their community,” Community Mediation Executive Director Brenda Cavanaugh said in a statement.
Grubbs also last year was named by the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame as a "Notable Woman of Influence."
Grubbs has been executive director of Christian Community Action since December 1988. She has been ordained to the Christian Ministry within the American Baptist Church since November 1987, the statement said.
Grubbs has served as a board member of the Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund; a member of the Judicial Review Council for the State of Connecticut; Interim Pastor of Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church in Hamden; president of the CT Coalition to End Homelessness; and, co-chairwoman of the Steering Committee of New Haven’s Fighting Back Project, the statement said. Her current board and voluntary involvements include: columnist, New Haven Register; member of the Board of Trustees, Hospital of St. Raphael; and board member, CT Voices for Children and CT Center for School Change.
In 2001, Grubbs received an honorary degree from Albertus Magnus College in Humane Letters. Special recognitions received in 2000 include: Public Citizen Award, CT Chapter National Association of Social Workers; Prevention Award, The Consultation Center (New Haven); Women Who Make a Difference Award, CT Women’s Education and Legal Fund; and, Good Egg Award, Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund.