ACT Recognition Reception Honoree Jan Harris

Jan w cochairsJan Harris is a lifelong resident of Abington Township and for 29 years has worked as the dental office manager for Dr. Jay Freedman.

In 1993, after she experienced a violent crime, Jan launched a journey to advocate for all crime victims.  Then-Gov. Tom Ridge appointed her to the Victim Services Advisory Committee on the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, where she served for eight years beginning in 1995.

She offers her time as the coordinator of the Volunteer Victim Service Liaison Unit of the Abington Township Police Department. In this capacity, she supports crime victims and makes them aware of resources to aid in their physical, emotional, and financial recovery. She also helps with daily functions within the Community Policing Department. She is a certified child passenger safety technician for the police.

She volunteers or has in the past volunteered on the Abington Police Athletic League (PAL) Food Festival Committee as the Chair of the Invitation Committee, the No Place for Hate Rapid Response Team, Abington Police Montgomery County DUI Taskforce, Youth Aid Panel Community Service Supervisor, and the Darkness to Light Program Stewards of Children. Through the Darkness program, she facilitates training for groups in how to spot and handle child abuse.

Jan is heavily invested in Abington PAL where she supervises children onsite and during trips.  She also leads knitting classes, Nail Salon Night, bingo, and facilitates the Love Is Not Abuse anti-dating-violence program at PAL.

The tireless Jan also currently volunteers with the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County.

Jan is the recipient of many awards including the Matty Maurer Award from the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, the Governor’s Award for Outstanding Citizen Crime Prevention, and the Linda Miller Award for Volunteerism. She has received the President’s Service Award for Volunteerism almost every year since 2005.

Somehow, Jan finds free time to enjoy fresh-water fishing, knitting, and the beach.