We are thrilled to come together with friends, colleagues, and supporters in a celebration of perseverance, compassion, and community!!

In the past year, we watched with admiration and humility as countless people in our communities engaged in selfless acts of kindness. Join us and be inspired as we shine a light on those heroes among us - those who went above and beyond during this most trying year to help our neighbors in need. Your contribution will also support our ongoing efforts to make life a little brighter for children, seniors, families, and individuals who need our help the most.

Event Details



  • 5:00PM - 7:30PM

Each year, we shine a light on compassionate individuals, businesses, and organizations whose commitment to fighting poverty on the South Shore exemplifies the power and impact of community action. Our Local Heroes are nominated for their good works by local residents and truly represent the best of the South Shore.


For more than a year, as the pandemic extended its reach and destabilized the lives of so many, we redoubled our efforts to help those in need. We could not have done it without the hundreds of businesses, organizations, and individuals who joined with us to lift each other up during this most challenging of years. Together with our partners, South Shore Community Action Council:

  • ensured children did not go hungry while schools and early education centers were closed or switched to remote and hybrid models that limited children’s access to school meals,
  • stimulated intellectual curiosity and social/emotional growth for the youngest children in our communities in safe and vibrant early education and child care centers, enabling parents to continue working to support their families,
  • provided case management and emergency housing and utility assistance for families that had fallen behind so they could stay in their homes and keep the lights on,
  • kept our senior neighbors warm in winter and helped to reduce their energy bills so they would not have to make the unconscionable choice between paying for prescriptions and utilities.

After so many months apart, we are thrilled to be able to come together with friends, colleagues, and supporters for our 27th Annual Local Heroes Awards Night - a celebration of community, perseverance, and compassion! We have watched with admiration and humility as countless people from all walks of life and every sector of our great society engaged in selfless acts of kindness and empathy. Join us and be inspired as we shine a light on the Local Heroes among us - those who embody the spirit of community action to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of our neighbors and in our communities.

master of ceremonies Steve Martin

Stephen Glenn Martin is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. Over his distinguished career he has earned five Grammy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and was awarded an Honorary Academy Award at the Academy's 5th Annual Governors Awards in 2013. Among many honors, he has received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the Kennedy Center Honors, and an AFI Life Achievement Award. Unfortunately, Steve Martin had a scheduling conflict, so we are pleased to announce State Representatives Mathew Muratore and Kathy Lanatra will be acting as Local Heroes Master of Ceremonies on October 6, 2021.


Local Heroes Awards Night proceeds will support our ongoing efforts to provide emergency food and housing assistance, early education, family stabilization, energy assistance, and more for low-income children, seniors, families, and individuals who need us - all of us - to stay the course, to help them emerge from pandemic darkness and take strides with hope toward better days ahead.

About South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Founded in 1965, SSCAC works to eliminate poverty along the South Shore by working together with its communities to provide low-income people with opportunities and supports for education, training, and work, so they may live with dignity and realize their fullest potential. SSCAC is a 501(c)(3) that assists over 20,000 low-income people of all ages each year.