Local Heroes 2017

SSCAC's 23rd Annual Local Heroes Awards Night

PLYMOUTH – Last night, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted its 23rd Annual Local Heroes Awards Night at the Hotel 1620, sponsored by NFP Thorbahn, Eastern Bank, Curtis Construction Co., Glynn Electric, Proven Behavior Solutions and Rockland Trust Co. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of South Shore residents. Before an audience of over 250, Master of Ceremonies, Senator Vinny de Macedo, presented each Local Hero with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and Official Citations. Joining Senator deMacedo in congratulating Local Heroes Award recipients were Michael Jackman of Congressman William Keating’s Office, Senate President Therese Murray, State Senators John Keenan, Patrick O’Connor and Louis Loura representing Sen. Marc Pacheco; State Representatives Tom Calter, Jim Cantwell, Josh Cutler, and Mathew Muratore; and representing Plymouth County, Treasurer Tom O’Brien, District Atty. Timothy Cruz, Sheriff Joe McDonald and Register of Probate Matt McDonough. This year’s Local Heroes are:

Frank Casey - Carver resident Frank Casey was presented wih a Local Heroes Award for his twelve years of service as a Carver Selectman (six as Chairman) and for his eleven years on SSCAC’s Board of Directors. Frank has assisted countless citizen in Carver, often without publicity or fanfare, simple because helping others was the right thing to do.

Conni DiLego – A Plymouth resident, Conni joined the Plymouth Center for Active Living in 2004 and expanded its many services to the Town’s seniors. Before her retirement this past December, she oversaw the construction of the Center’s new building on Nook Rd. Through Conni’s tireless efforts, Plymouth seniors are comfortable in bringing forward issues and concerns to her and her staff.

Christopher Hart - Christopher Hart of Plymouth was honored as a Local Hero not only for his ongoing efforts for veterans but also for the recent establishment of Three Harts Farm. Mr. Hart opened the Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center in 2006, using most of his personal savings to do so. Today the Center provides medical transportation combat/stress counseling, a food pantry and veterans’ appreciation events to name a few. A recent addition is Three Harts Farm at which disabled or struggling veterans find a haven while reintegrating into civilian life. Once it is at full production, it is hoped that the farm will provide local organic produce to area restaurants.

Eddie Page - Eddie Page owner of the Next Page Café in Weymouth received a Local Heroes award for “Musicians for Recovery” – an effort to address the opioid crisis through music. Eddie collaborated with John Hall of Marshfield this past Fall for a day-long event combining the power of music interspersed with speakers about the opioid crisis and options for help.

Jeanne Hunter-McCartin - Jeanne Hunter-McCartin of Plymouth was presented with a Local Hero award for her service to the homeless in the area. In 2016, Jeanne developed the “Hairs to You” program as an outreach project of the First Baptist Church in Plymouth. Put simply, the program matches homeless individuals with barber shops or salons, such as Pro Cuts willing to provide them with a free haircut. The boost to the self -esteem of the forty plus individuals who have been served is immeasurable. Jeanne was also recognized for more than thirty years of service in SSCAC’s Consumer Aid office.

Keith Bossung and Carlos Candelario, Kingston Propane - Keith Bossung and Carlos Candelario of Kingston Propane were honored for their efforts to address the addiction crisis. Moved by losses within their families, staff and clients due to addiction, Keith and Carlos arranged to make monthly donations to two area programs – Project Outreach and East Bridgewater HOPE. These agencies provide addicts with one-stop resources for treatment options and regional services.

Kristin Hughes-Craig – Ms. Hughes-Craig was honored for organizing a group of photographers to take family portraits for those who cannot afford them. Photos are commonplace in most families; however, for those with low incomes, family history documented in photographs simply does not exist. This past December, Kristin organized volunteer photographers, makeup artists, manicurists and child wranglers for a day of photography at Tree-House Studios in Plymouth. SSCAC identified 70 families made up of 160 individuals who attended the event and left with a finished portrait and a week’s worth of food.

Kathy LaNatra and Laurie Montuori - This past holiday season, Kathy and Laurie sought donations of scarves, mittens and hats and attached them to the fence at Plymouth’s Nelson Beach – free for the taking. The first day, more than 500 items were displayed and put into use. Donations kept on coming and Kathy and Laurie were able to display items for several more weeks. No money was spent or solicited – the simple generosity of neighbors in supplying the items coupled with Kathy and Laurie’s time in gathering and displaying them meant an additional measure of warmth for those facing harsh winter conditions.

Mark Olivieri - Mark Olivieri, Publisher of the Patriot Ledger, received the Lela Ray President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service for his continuing commitment to the Ledger’s Lend-a-Hand Program. Over the years, Lend-a-Hand has raised nearly $3 million from readers during the holiday season to help South Shore residents from all walks of life. Mr. Olivieri and his staff gather and publish information from several community agencies, including SSCAC, about clients who have a specific challenge. Often such people have lost their job or had a catastrophic illness and need help with rent, car repairs or another necessity. Readers’ donations are distributed to the agencies in early January and then funneled to clients who have applied.

Chief Michael Botieri – Plymouth Police Chief Michael Botieri received the Steven Braz President’s Award for Extraordinary Leadership. He was honored for his lifelong commitment to the greater Plymouth community and in particular for Project Outreach – a coalition of first responders, hospital and treatment staff who reach out to those who have suffered an overdose. Contact within the first twenty-four hours after an overdose is seen as crucial to getting individuals into treatment. Project Outreach also provides drop-in centers twice a month where addicts and their families can access treatment and recovery information in one place.

 


 

SSCAC's Local Heroes Awards Night Past Recipients

PLYMOUTH: On March 30, 2016, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted their 22nd Annual Local Heroes Awards Night, sponsored by Eastern Bank, NFP Thorbahn, Cape Auto Body, Rockland Trust and Curtis Construction Company. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of South Shore residents.

Presiding over the event were, Master of Ceremonies, Senate President Therese Murray, along with Karen Wasielewski of Congressman William Keating's Office, Senator Vinny deMacedo, Representative Tom Calter, Representative Matt Muratore, Representative Josh Cutler, and Representative David DeCoste.

SSCAC's 2016 Local Heroes:

Theresa Eby - Carver, MA

Theresa Eby, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Theresa and her preschooler have participated in SSCAC's Head Start program for the past 3 years. A committed volunteer and engaged community member, Theresa served on the Head Start Policy Council for 3 years and was its Chairperson and representative to SSCAC's Board of Directors for 2 years. As an elected member of the Policy Council, her leadership is driven by her heartfelt and genuine desire to ensure all children have access to the highest quality educational opportunities and families receive the supports they need to thrive. She has taken her passion for early education and turned it into a career. She earned early education license and now works as a paraprofessional in the Carver Public School system where she can continue to impact the lives of many children.

Food Recovery Partners - Greater Plymouth Area

Food Recovery Partners, SSCAC Local Heroes 2016SSCAC's Food Resources Program collaborates with 19 local restaurants, grocers, bakeries, and food manufacturers from all across the south shore and south coast. These generous Food Recovery partners donate prepared and fresh perishable food that otherwise would go to waste. Volunteers like Josephine pick up this recovered food and help to distribute it to pantries, soup kitchens, and other food assistance providers that feed hungry Plymouth County residents of all ages. In 2015, these Local Heroes recovered nearly 80,000 pounds of food. Friends, that translates to roughly 60,000 meals for the hungry and is a significant increase over the amount of food recovered in the prior year. We can only hope that the success of this partnership continues to grow so that fewer of our friends and neighbors struggle with hunger and food insecurity.

  • Blount Fine Foods
  • Equal Exchange
  • Trader Joes, Hanover
  • Panera Bread, Plymouth
  • Olive Garden
  • Starbucks coffee shops in Plymouth
  • Shaw's, Hanson
  • Stop & Shops in Pembroke, Plymouth, and Kingston
  • Tedeschi Food Shops
  • TRIBE Hummus
  • Bluewater Farm
  • Bramhall's Country Store
  • SSCAC volunteer, Josephine Hatch, and SSCAC's Food Resources
    Program Manager, Linda Rohr

 

Visual Performing Arts Department - Plymouth, MA

Empty Bowls, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Mike Caple and Lauren Jezerski are members of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Plymouth North and Chickie is the owner of Claychick pottery studio here in Plymouth. Last year, Mike, Lauren, and Chickie spear-headed an "Empty Bowls" fundraising and awareness-building event to end hunger on the south shore. Those who attended the Empty Bowls fundraiser got to sample a variety of soups donated by local restaurants and entertained by our friends, the Northern Lights a capella singing group.
In the months leading up to the Empty Bowls event, Lauren and Chickie welcomed students, teachers, artists and community members to Claychick and the PNHS studio to decorate ceramic bowls that were generously given to each attendee at the fundraiser as a take-home reminder that there are many in our communities who struggle with hunger.

Local Pottery - Norwell, MA

Local Pottery, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Local Pottery in Norwell. Owner, Lisa Howard, partnered with Edible South Shore and Edible South Coast magazines to raise money, spread awareness about hunger, and launch their spring issues with an Empty Bowls event at her Local Pottery studio. The event was a terrific success and Lisa plans to host another fundraiser this April. So, folks, you'll have not one, but 2 chances in the coming months to attend an Empty Bowls event.

CS United Soccer Club - Plymouth, MA

CS United Soccer, SSCAC Local Hero 2016The CS United Soccer Club provides exceptional soccer experiences for youth that help ignite a passion for the game. At the same time, CSU aims to develop their players off the field as well. To help these young players learn the values of giving back to the local community, the CSU leadership, coaching staff, parents and players have partnered with a wide range of fundraising and awareness campaigns, including Jordan Hospital Club, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, and Community Kicks.

This past holiday season, the CSU family joined SSCAC's Team Up Against Hunger campaign by collecting food donations at their games and tournaments. Together, members of the CSU Soccer Club collected nearly 1,200 pounds of child-friendly food. These donations were used for SSCAC's Backpack Initiative which provides weekly backpacks of food for low income elementary school children so they have enough to eat during weekends, holidays, and school vacations. What a wonderful example of kids helping kids.

PSHS Girls Soccer Team - Plymouth, MA

PSHS Soccer Team, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Last year, SSCAC celebrated its 50th anniversary by hosting its inaugural 5K Pumpkin Run which drew a crowd of 99 runners and walkers, plus one dog. Along with their Coach Mike Pieroni, the Plymouth South Girls' Soccer team contributed greatly to the energy and success of the event, working as volunteers or running in the race themselves. A Plymouth resident for 23 years, Mike is an active member of the community and a wonderful mentor to the Plymouth South Girls Soccer team. Mike, we thank you for setting a great example of community volunteerism for the next generation. And to the Plymouth South Soccer Team - Mackenzie Green, Mallory Hanson, Eryn Kelly, Kelsey Green, Grace Baler, Meghan Gallerani, Meghan Hendry, Megan Trombly, McKenzie Kelly, Julia Quindley, Emily Kunkle, and Jocelyn Bailey (voluteer from Plymouth North High School). It's terrific when young people can see first-hand the positive impact they can have in their communities.

Ken Tavares - Plymouth, MA

PSHS Soccer Team, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Where to begin with Ken Tavares and his years of business experience and civil service? We can trace his roots as a civil servant to his time as Plymouth High School's class president and his service in the U.S. Navy. A graduate of Bentley College, Ken established himself in the banking industry and used those skills to benefit the town of Plymouth early on in his years as a civil servant as a member of the Advisory and Finance Committee, Town Meeting Representative, a member of the Plymouth County Advisory Board. Ken has served on the boards of directors for the Plymouth Public Library, the Old Colony United Way, the Old Colony Boy Scout Council, the Plymouth Antiquarian Society, the Pilgrim Society, and Plymouth 400 Inc. Today, he proudly serves as Chairman of the Plymouth Board of Selectmen. Ken is a true son of Plymouth and uphold the long tradition of good works in the community.

Avon Food Company - Stoughton, MA

SSCAC's Food Resources Program runs a Food Distribution Center at the agency's main location on Obery Street. At the Center, over a half a million pounds of emergency food aid is collected, stored, and distributed to 45 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other food assistance providers throughout Plymouth County. Given this volume of food coming in and going out on almost a daily basis, any disruption to the operation can have dire consequences.

Last October, this operation hit a stumbling block when a large food aid supplier had to scale back food deliveries to Plymouth due to transportation costs. Faced with the possibility of not being able to support many local pantries, SSCAC turned to our local communities for help. Thankfully, Avon Foods answered the call and has since donated a truck and driver twice a month to pick up food from a food aid cross-dock in Bridgewater and transport it here to Plymouth, free of charge. This commitment helped SSCAC keep the supply chain moving and ultimately brought over 41,000 pounds of food aid to the Greater Plymouth area.

The Solstice Foundation - Kingston, MA

The Solstice Foundation, SSCAC Local Hero 2016John and Hollie Cataldi are owners of Solstice Restaurant in Kingston. In 2013, they founded The Solstice Foundation - a nonprofit with the mission to harness the caring power of the Solstice Restaurant community to support charitable organizations and individuals. Each summer, John and Hollie host their Annual Summer Solstice Celebration and raise thousands of dollars for The Solstice Foundation to designate to charitable organizations that uphold the core values on which the Solstice Restaurant is built: family, community, health and education. In 2014, The Solstice Foundation donated $10,000 to South Shore Hospital's Youth Health Connection to support sustainable community coalitions to provide adolescent substance abuse and suicide prevention programming in Kingston and Duxbury.

Dan & Lynn Shaughnessy - Plymouth, MA

Dan & Lynn Shaughnessy, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Dan & Lynn Shaughnessy have been members of the Plymouth community since elementary school. They started dating in high school, married soon after college, had four beautiful children, and in the winter of 2010 they opened Shaughnessy's Party & Equipment. Proud supporters of Plymouth youth sports, the Shaughnessy Rental company logo can be seen on many an outfield fence, and Dan volunteers his time on the basketball courts for the 7th grade Plymouth North Basketball Association travel team.

In 2015, they donated a brand new rider mower as a raffle item to SSCAC in an effort to help raise money for the agency. Dan was also instrumental in having the West School outdoor basketball courts refurbished for use by local school children and sports leagues. This was done in association with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation.

As President & First Lady of the Plymouth Pilgrim's, Dan & Lynn made arrangements with the Plymouth Pilgrim's Baseball Board of Directors to have "Gobbles" the Pilgrim's mascot donate 200 turkeys to SSCAC's Food Resources program for families in need during the holidays. They also orchestrated a company toy drive during the holiday season, benefiting a local church and the children at South Shore Early Education in Plymouth, Marshfield and Kingston.

Matt Glynn - Plymouth, MA

Matt Glynn, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Lela Ray President’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Community Service

Matt Glynn started Glynn Electric out of his home in 1986 and, as with most self-starters, has held every position in the company at one point or another over the years. From this experience, he counts the employees at Glynn Electric as the company's greatest asset and has developed a number of company initiatives aimed at cultivating this foundation. Glynn Electric developed ELIP, an Electrical Learning Indoctrination Program, which is offered free-of-charge to men and women interested in pursuing a career in electrical work. Upon meeting the training requirement, students are offered a permanent position with the company and receive $600 in tools and safety equipment from Glynn Electric a graduation gift. These successful trainees are then invited to continue with their four-year mandatory Apprentice program in order to become State Certified Electricians. This is just one example of the ways in which Matt's visionary leadership benefits his employees, his company, and the larger workforce community.

Matt's investment in community extends well beyond the walls of Glynn Electric, as evidenced by his long history of community support and engagement as immediate past president of the Boys & Girls Club in Plymouth, promoting breast cancer awareness with Glynn Electric's "Team Pink Hardhat", contributing to Healthy Plymouth, and more. Matt and his wife Karen developed the Glynn Electric (GE) PowerCorps as way to give back and pay it forward. GE PowerCorps is a group of employees, clients, community businesses and families who donate their time, talents and resources to help improve our community. Last fall, GE PowerCorps partnered with Reynolds Construction to help restore Three Harts Farm in Plymouth, a therapeutic veterans farm and garden owned and operated by the Nathan Hale Veterans Outreach Center.

These are but a few examples of Matt's vision and leadership which have helped raise millions of dollars for the betterment of the greater Plymouth community.

Chazy Dowaliby - Quincy, MA

Chazy Dowaliby, SSCAC Local Hero 2016Steven Braz President’s Award Recipient For Extraordinary Leadership

Back in November 2009, the Patriot Ledger ran an opinion piece by its editor, Chazy Dowaliby. The editorial was entitled: "Get Over Yourself and Think About Others." This title could well be the motto for the steadfast and engaged leadership Chazy provided during her 18 years at the helm of The Patriot Ledger and The Brockton Enterprise, the region's most prominent newspapers. Under her guidance, the Ledger duly earned its reputation for thorough news coverage and was named New England Press Association's Newspaper of the Year in 2005 and 2006. During her tenure, the Ledger and the Enterprise won numerous national and regional awards including their coverage of the opioid addiction epidemic, public housing, crime and local corruption. In 2015, the Ledger received eight top awards in the annual New England Newspaper & Press Association competition, including a first-place finish in General Excellence, among newspapers with a circulation of more than 30,000.

Always one to "think about others," Chazy's dedication to her readers and the South Shore reached well beyond the printed page. In 1998, the Patriot Ledger created its Lend a Hand Foundation - a non-profit charity with a mission to raise money to help South Shore residents in need. Together with the Enterprise's Helping Hands, each newspaper publishes stories about South Shore residents with compelling life challenges that could be surmounted with a "hand". The newspapers then invite their readers to open their hearts and wallets to provide that helping hand. Over the years, Lend a Hand and Helping Hands have raised more than $3 million to help South Shore residents from all walks of life.

 


 

SSCAC's 2015 Local Heroes Awards Night

PLYMOUTH: On March 25, 2015, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted its 21st Annual Local Heroes Awards Night, sponsored by NFP Thorbahn, Eastern Bank, Curtis Construction, and Rockland Trust Co. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of South Shore residents. Master of Ceremonies, Senator Vinny deMacedo, presented each Local Hero with a Congressional Certificate of Recognition and Official Citations. Joining Senator deMacedo in congratulating Local Heroes Award recipients were Mike Jackman of Congressman William Keating’s Office, Representatives Tom Calter, Matt Muratore, Michael Brady, and Treasurer Tom O’Brien.

SSCAC's 2015 Local Heroes are:

Charlie Calabrese, Plymouth, MA

Charlie Calabrese, SSCAC Local HeroCharlie is the true epitome of the behind-the-scenes benefactor, supporter, and friend. Not afraid to roll up his sleeves to help, Charlie and his wife, Bernadine, have volunteered for SSCAC’s Food Resources Program for years. In addition to hands-on volunteer work at the Food Distribution Center and the food pantry at St. Bonaventure church in Plymouth, Charlie has quietly gone about the business of coordinating fundraisers, making connections, and bringing together partnerships to support the Food Resources Program and so many other charitable causes on the South Shore. Charlie was instrumental in organizing the Plymouth Lions 100 Hole Golf Marathon and the New England Food Foundation Holiday Caravan of food donations for the Food Distribution Center.

Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation, Plymouth, MA

Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation, SSCAC Local HeroFor nearly 20 years, Jeff Cohen has hosted an annual Halloween Party Benefit. The proceeds from each night’s event go to the Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation to be donated to people in need in our local community. The Jeff Cohen Charitable Foundation raises thousands of dollars each year, most recently raising money to help support the family of a Manomet custodian who passed away at work. In years past, Jeff’s Halloween parties have raised funds for the Emily A. Swartz Scholarship Fund, named for 10 year old Emily Swartz who passed away due to complications related to diabetes. In 2012, over 700 people attended Jeff’s Halloween party, raising over $17,000 for scholarships for local students in the name of Chad Kierstead, a 19 year old Plymouth resident. More recently, Jeff also hosted this year’s “Plymouth Rocks New Years Eve” masquerade ball at Memorial Hall, with proceeds being donated to the Plymouth 400th Anniversary celebration.

Plymouth County Farm, Plymouth, MA

Plymouth County Farm, SSCAC Local HeroRepresented by Sheriff Joe McDonald, Ted DeCristofaro, Dan Callahan, Director, Wayne DaSilva

The Plymouth County Farm partners with SSCAC's Food Resources Program as part of its Healthy Harvest service. Each year during the summer growing season, SSCAC transports fresh produce grown on local farms directly to 31 Plymouth County non-profits, including Councils on Aging, Boys & Girls Clubs, senior and low income housing developments, and more. These non-profit partners distribute the farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to food insecure elders, children, and individuals. Over the past 2 years, the Plymouth County Farm has generously donated nearly 3,000 pounds of produce to this Healthy Harvest service, the equivalent of 2,185 meals. SSCAC provides all of the transportation and produce totally free of charge to its non-profit partners and their clients, so this donated produce is incredibly valuable to the Food Resources Program. Sheriff Joe McDonald, former Farm Director, Ted DeCristofaro, Assistant Deputy Farm Superintendent Wayne DaSilva, and Captain Dan Callahan have all been instrumental in cultivating this farm-to-table partnership between SSCAC and the Plymouth County Farm, a partnership that helps promote health and nutrition among some of our most vulnerable, food-insecure Plymouth County residents.

W.B. MASON, Brockton, MA

Chris Mooney, SSCAC Local HeroRepresented by Chris Mooney, Chief Financial Officer

SSCAC’s Food Resources Program operates a Food Distribution Center that provides food to 38 food pantries, soup kitchens, and other organizations fighting hunger on the South Shore. For the past 16 years, the New England Food Foundation’s Holiday Caravan has collected and donated thousands upon thousands of pounds of donated food to the Food Resources Program. This past year, Chris Mooney at W.B. Mason donated not only a truck, but a driver – James Sheehan – to help transport nearly one ton of food donated from the New England Food Foundation to SSCAC’s Food Distribution Center. The food transported by WB Mason is roughly equivalent to 9,270 meals for hungry seniors, children, and other food insecure friends and neighbors.

Plymouth North High School Golfers, Plymouth, MA

Plymouth North Golfers, SSCAC Local HeroesRepresented by Dan Campbell and Ryan Gillette, Plymouth North alumnus Doug MacCaferri, and Golf Coach, Mike McCosh

This past September, the Plymouth Lions Club, along with members of local high school golf teams, participated in the Inaugural Plymouth Lions Golf Marathon at the Village Links Golf Club in Plymouth.
With support from Coach Mike McCosh, Plmyouth North High School students Dan Campbell and Ryan Gillette, Plymouth North alumnus Doug MacCaferri, played an incredible 100 holes of golf during this fundraising event. These dedicated golfers raised money by asking their friends, neighbors and family members to sponsor them by pledging an amount per hole played or a flat amount. Money raised by the Plymouth North golfers helped the Plymouth Lions financially support local charities, food pantries, and youth organizations, as well as the funding of research to help find cures for preventable blindness, hearing loss and diabetes. SSCAC’s Food Resources Program was selected as a special project beneficiary of event proceeds.

South Shore Locavores, Kingston, MA

South Shore Locavores, SSCAC Local HeroRepresented by Sia Stewart, Director of the Kingston Library

South Shore Locavores is a volunteer collaboration started in 2010 between the Kingston Public Library and Edible South Shore & South Coast magazine. Meeting on a monthly basis, South Shore Locavores host programs and discussions that look at the benefits of eating locally. The South Shore Locavores have been great supporters of SSCAC�s Food Distribution Center, with its commitment to collecting and distributing locally donated food to serve our hungry friends, family, and neighbors. Locavores bring food donations to their monthly meetings for SSCAC�s Distribution Center and have invited Food Resources Manager to present to the group on hunger and food insecurity. Also, this past Thanksgiving, the South Shore Locavores participated in a pie-making marathon. Locavores from throughout the South Shore descended on Beal House in Kingston to make a total of 65 pies for the Food Resources Center to distribute to food insecure Plymouth County residents for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Plymouth Lions Club, Plymouth, MA

Plymouth Lions, SSCAC Local HeroRepresented by David Gallerani, Kevin Gallerani, Paul Giovanetti, and Bob Gagnon

The need for food assistance in our communities is great. And the Plymouth Lions Club has long supported SSCAC�s Food Resources Program�s efforts to respond to this most basic human need. The Lions hosted the 100 Hole Golf Marathon with part of the proceeds being donated to the Food Resources Program. A highly active and engaged group, over the last year the Lions also hosted the Thirsty Pilgrim Beer Festival, March Vegas Casino Night Celebration, and the Amber & Ash Scotch and Cigar Tasting to help raise money for many of the food pantries in Plymouth County. The Lions are helping SSCAC�s Food Resources Program reach its goal of buying a new, commercial grade walk-in freezer. With this new freezer, the Food Resources Program will expand its capacity to safely store frozen food from the Greater Boston Food Bank and frozen food donated to the Program�s Food Recovery Initiative by area grocers, food manufacturers, and businesses. With so much donated food being canned or boxed non-perishable items, the freezer will allow the Food Distribution Center to increase the amount and quality of proteins for Plymouth County pantries and soup kitchens.

Shane McColgan, Carver, MA

Shane McColgan, SSCAC Local HeroShane McColgan isn’t your typical 2nd grader. Inspired by a tv news story about people who couldn’t afford to buy a Thanksgiving dinner, Shane wanted to do something to help. He and his family started Shane Gives Thanks to collect food donations for Carver families in need. Local businesses set up community food drop bins and helped spread the word. Shane and his family held holiday food drive and craft fair at Carver High School. Following Shane’s lead, the entire community came together to help collect and fill 68 boxes with food donations, far surpassing Shane’s initial goal of 25 boxes. Once the Thanksgiving holiday passed, Shane then decided he wanted to help make the Christmas holiday season a little brighter for Carver children. He and his family went on to set up Shane’s Giving Train to collect and give out toys for children. When asked by his family if he plans to collect food again this year, Shane said “Yes!” and set a new goal of 170 food boxes for this coming Thanksgiving.

Boy Scout Troop 51, Manomet, MA

Boy Scout Troop 51, SSCAC Local HeroLela Ray President’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Community Service

Each year, our Food Resources Program collects, stores, and distributes well over a half million pounds of emergency food for hungry people on the south shore. We do this through a highly collaborative approach that relies on the support and assistance of community groups, such as Boy Scout Troop 51. The New England Food Foundation generously donated nearly a ton of food to our Food Resources Program as part of its Holiday Caravan. The task of transporting and receiving such an enormous quantity of food is challenging to say the least. Thanks to our friends at WB Mason, we were able to transport the food free of charge. To get the food off the truck and into the Distribution Center, we were thrilled that the boys of Boy Scout Troop 51 offered to Team Up Against Hunger. These 13 boys made trip after trip after trip from the truck to the Center, unloading and sorting nearly one ton of food donated from the New England Food Foundation. Boys who helped: Brett Parker, Shaun O’Neil, Tyler O’Neil, Andrew Zeoli, Matthew Daley, Brendan Clark, Lucas Cappola, Thomas Mortell, Sean O’Leary, Jesse G. William, Nicholas Zeoli, Liam Lavin and Harry Churchill.

Senator Therese Murray

Senator Therese Murray, SSCAC Local HeroSteven Braz President’s Award Recipient For Extraordinary Leadership

Senator Murray was elected Senator of the Plymouth and Barnstable District in 1992. When she became the first woman President of the Massachusetts Senate in March 2007, she joined the likes of such esteemed historical figures as Samuel Adams, Horace Mann and Calvin Coolidge. Throughout her career, Senator Murray has been a driving force behind children’s issues, health care reform, children’s mental health, transportation, and economic development here on the South Shore and across Massachusetts. A steadfast friend to South Shore Community Action Council, time and again Senator Murray championed legislation that ultimately made life easier and more affordable for the low income families we serve every day. She led the way in passing legislation to improve competition among utilities and drive down costs. She also helped author and pass health care reforms that resulted in better, more affordable health care. Senator Murray was awarded Legislator of the Year in 2010 by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council and received the Pinnacle Award for Achievement in Management and Government from the Women’s Network of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. These, of course, are but a small sampling of the countless accolades and honors rightly bestowed on Senator Murray over her 22 years in the Senate.

Always a visionary, Senator Murray has now focused her attention on business and economic development for the Commonwealth and Plymouth County. Her non-profit, Mass-Ignite, will focus on attracting international investment for Massachusetts technology, marine robotics, e-health, and other high tech companies and research institutions.

 


 

2014 Local HeroesLocal Heroes

South Shore Community Action Council's
Local Heroes Awards Night
March 26, 2014

Nominees receive citations for outstanding work in their communities

PLYMOUTH: On March 26, 2014, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted its 20th Annual Local Heroes Awards Night, sponsored by
HarborOne Bank, NFP Thorbahn, WB Mason and Rockland Trust Co., and other area businesses. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of low-income South Shore residents. Master of Ceremonies, Senate President Therese Murray, presented Local Heroes Awards to the following:

A.D. MAKEPEACE Neighborhood Fund

A.D. Makepeace Neighborhood FundRepresented by Michael Hogan
President, CEO A.D. Makepeace Company

This year, we honored the AD Makepeace Neighborhood Fund, a fund established to provide significant support to community groups who serve area residents. In the past seven years, the company has awarded more than $1 million in grants for agriculture, education, health care, community housing, historic preservation, community services, and/or environmental protection. Michael Hogan and the Makepeace Neighborhood Fund has recognized SSCAC’s Food Resources Program over the past four years. SSCAC's Food Resources program facilitates the distribution of hundreds of thousands of pounds of emergency food relief to hungry South Shore residents each year.

George E. Curtis Charitable Trust

Represented by Attys. Richard J. Lawton of Brockton and
James DeGiacomo of Boston

The Curtis Trust was established in 1931 following the death of George E. Curtis, who specified that its mission be to assist low income elder and disabled persons in Plymouth County, Massachusetts contiguous towns to remain in their homes and experience an improved quality of life. Curtis Trust support in the target area has primarily been in the form of assistance to Visiting Nurses Associations (“VNA”) and similar groups that make skilled and unskilled nursing visits to homes. In recent years, however, the Trust has broadened its scope to include assistance to the visually impaired, emergency fuel assistance and palliative care to those dying at home. 

In the past 2 years, SSCAC has benefitted from the generosity of Curtis Charitable Trust to enhance our Food Resources programs.

St. Bonaventure Parish, Manomet MA

A.D. Makepeace Neighborhood FundRepresented by Father Kenneth Overbeck, Pastor

Father Kenneth Overbeck is the pastor of
St. Bonaventure Parish in Manomet. His most recent achievement was oversight of the Parish’s striking new Church building which opened this past January and was dedicated by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. St. Bonaventure’s has had steady growth in the number of its parishioners, many of whom contributed towards the new building. We honor St. Bonaventure’s tonight for its “Fund for the Needy”, established in 1980 by Sister Jeremy Horgan, CSJ. Sister Jeremy recognized that many families in the south Plymouth community needed assistance with food and shelter.

She organized parishioners to provide some of this support and these initial efforts eventually became the Fund for the Needy. In addition to parishioners, support is
derived from friends of the Fund as well as an annual Golf Classic. Today the Fund is managed by the Parish Outreach Coordinator with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers.

Project Bread

Project BreadRepresented by Noreen Kelly, Director of Community Inititiatives, accepting on behalf of Ellen Parker, Executive Director of Project Bread

With the support of partners, donors, corporate sponsors, individuals and tens of thousands of Walkers, Project Bread works to break the cycle of hunger and poverty by devising, funding, advocating for, and facilitating solutions that change lives across the Commonwealth. As the only statewide anti-hunger organization, they listen and learn, identify needs and opportunities, and connect people.

Project Bread raises money for, and invests in, programs that make a difference and programs that provide a range of solutions for the hunger problem. They advance thriving local food initiatives, community supported agriculture programs, urban agriculture, subsidized markets in at-risk neighborhoods, emergency food activities, and childhood nutrition programs.

BJ's Wholesale Club - Plymouth

BJ's Wholesale Club - PlymouthRepresented by Tara Harrington, General Manager
and Betty Cole, Personnel Manager

BJ’s Wholesale Club in Plymouth, understands the importance of toys and books for the children’s recreation and learning. For many families, even providing one toy for their child at the holidays is an impossible task. For the past several years, Tara and Betty have been the driving force behind the Holiday Toy Drive held at BJ’s Wholesale Club in Plymouth. BJ’s customers select a toy or book request from a holiday tree at the store, purchase it and leave it in Tara and Betty’s competent care. Needless to say, the gifts are valued highly by the families.

The BJ’s Wholesale Club Foundation has been a proud supporter of SSCAC's Food Resources, Food Distribution Center since 2012.

Salah Foundation

Salah FoundationRepresented by Mr. Joseph Salah a member of the Foundation’s Board, and Noreen Salah Burpee, Executive Director

The Salah Foundation is a private foundation with a mission to support those non-profit organizations in the United States that strengthen families and communities and advance individuals to become productive and responsible citizens. The Foundation’s special interests include education, medical research, community development and self-sufficiency programs aimed at the economically disadvantaged, the young, the elderly and the disabled. Among its past beneficiaries are My Brother’s Keeper, Black Feather Horse Rescue and HomeStart, Inc.

Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap and the Good Deeds Store

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and The Good Deeds StoreRepresented by Ms. Janet LaBerge, Owner

Janet LaBerge has incorporated the idea to “pay it forward” into her daily life and into her store “Good Deeds”. Good Deeds is a recycled goods shopping experience that is good for your soul and good for our community.  Good Deeds began from the parent company, Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap which cleans out attics, basements, garages and whole houses. Sales of items removed from such places cover the cost of running the Good Deeds store. All proceeds are donated to a different local charity each month as part of the store’s “give back” program.

Janet has over twenty years of experience in social work, a background that allows her to guide people through the process of letting go of their belongings with sensitivity. Letting go of our “stuff” can be hard on anyone, but particularly for seniors who may be leaving a home where they have lived for decades. Janet is also a past President of The South Shore Women’s Business Network, the premiere networking group on the South Shore.  She is also the past President of The Dianne Devanna Center in Braintree where, she facilitated their merger with Bay State Community Services in Quincy and now serves on their board of directors. She is a past recipient of the Speak for Thyself award given by The Alden House of Duxbury.

Dr. Gary Maestas

Dr. Gary MaestasSteven Braz President’s Award Recipient For Extraordinary Leadership

In addition to his weighty responsibilities as school superintendent, Dr. Gary Maestas led a delegation across the Atlantic Ocean this past December for a workshop series to explore exchange programs and initiatives for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

In May 2011, Dr. Maestas, along with Peter Holden, President and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess – Plymouth, led “DreamRide”, a 600-mile team bike ride from Washington DC to Plymouth, MA. The ride raised funds for education and to increase awareness about childhood obesity as well as overall health and wellness as a lifelong
commitment. More locally, Dr. Maestas, in collaboration with Plympton Sand
and Gravel, developed an energy conservation project for the Plymouth Public Schools and opened a new solar farm to power the high school. Annual savings in electricity costs average $400,000.

Dr. Kathleen Babini

Dr. Kathleen BabiniLela Ray President’s Award Recipient for Outstanding Community Service

As Social Studies Curriculum Coordinator for the Plymouth Public Schools, Dr. Babini’s contributions to the Plymouth Public Schools and to the community at large are many, a few of which include:


- The Back to School Food Drive. Professional staff brings non-perishable food items with them to their opening day meeting and this is donated to the Food Pantry for back-to-school lunches.

- Serving as a Board member and school liaison to Plymouth 400th, Inc.
Kathleen had the foresight to begin the “Class of 2020 project” wherein
students who will graduate in 2020 have done an activity each school year
since first grade. A portfolio of their work will be presented to them at high school graduation.

- Coordinating the Kids Voting program during presidential elections. Students go to the polls with their families and vote with their parents. The Phyllis Hughes Award is then presented to the school with the highest percentage of voting students.

- The Step Up for Veterans program on Veterans Day where community members, staff and students walk the school track and make a donation to our local veterans’ fund. This past year, students also made thank-you cards to be given to veterans.

- Kathy is also a member of the Pilgrim Society where she serves on the
Education Committee, volunteers during Kids Week events, and coordinates
the Adopt-An-Artifact project for Grade 5.

 


 

Local Heroes 2013

South Shore Community Action Council's
Local Heroes Awards Night
March 27, 2013

Nominees receive citations for outstanding work in their communities

PLYMOUTH: Last night, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted its 19th Annual Local Heroes Awards Night, sponsored by Rockland Trust Co., Eastern Bank, Curtis Construction Company and other area businesses. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of low-income South Shore residents. Master of Ceremonies, Senate President Therese Murray, presented Local Heroes Awards to the following:

Plymouth Public Library

Represented by Dinah O'Brien, Library Director

This year, we honor Plymouth Public Library for its contributions to SSCAC's Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. The Food Warehouse facilitates the distribution of hundreds of thousands of pounds of emergency food relief to hungry South Shore residents each year. The Library has been a long-standing and valued partner of the Food Warehouse.

Since 2008, they have hosted a food collection bin for community members and library patrons to bring food donations for the Warehouse. In 2009, the Library also instituted a very successful “Food for Fines” program. As the name suggests, every 3rd week of the month, library patrons can make a food donation in lieu of paying their overdue book fines. In 2012, the Library contributed 2,477 pounds of food to the Food Warehouse, or the equivalent of 1,860 meals. The Plymouth Public Library is a great supporter of the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse and we can't thank you enough.

Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse Volunteers

The Dedicated 20

This year, we would also like to honor and recognize the dedicated group of 20 volunteers who reliably donate their time and energy week in and week out to SSCAC's Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. While organizations like the Plymouth Public Library collect the food donations, this committed group of volunteers receives the hundreds of thousands of pounds of food donations at the Warehouse, processes it, and helps move it out the door to emergency food assistance programs throughout Plymouth County.

Food Warehouse volunteers receive and sort donated food, check for quality, record weight, stock shelves, take inventory, and facilitate food delivery from the Greater Boston Food Bank. And if that isn't enough to keep them busy, each month they also pack grocery bags of nutritionally-balanced food for delivery to 214 frail, home-bound elderly through COA Meals on Wheels programs and for 76 low-income families with very young children enrolled at 3 Head Start centers. In 2012, these 20 volunteers diligently clocked 2,080 hours of service on behalf of the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. They truly are the gears that keep the Food Warehouse moving forward and helping the hungry.

Susannah Locketti, Pembroke, MA

Susannah Locketti dedicates her time, knowledge, and skills to promoting health and wellness among vulnerable populations on the South Shore. She works locally for a nonprofit organization advancing health and wellness initiatives for adults with developmental disabilities. In her “spare time” she tirelessly volunteers her time and energy to help low-income, single mothers with learning how to prepare low-cost, healthy food for their families. Herself a single mother with 2 active boys, Susannah runs parenting workshops for SSCAC's Coordinated Family and Community Engagement program focused on quick, low-cost healthy meal preparation. In addition to being a food writer, she has appeared on both radio and TV sharing what she knows about low cost approaches to meal preparation.

She operates 2 websites, momlogic.com and singlemomsurviving.com aimed at teaching parents about low-cost, healthy food preparation and the importance of physical activity. Susannah also donated her time this past year with a food drive to help single homeless mothers with their back to school food needs for their children. In 2011, she was recognized by South Shore Stars as a “40 Under 40” emerging leader for her professional and community service.

Plymouth Industrial Development Corp.

Ed Santos, President

Ed Santos is the President of the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation and is being honored here tonight for his long-standing contributions to the town of Plymouth. In 1962, he was asked to serve on the Board of the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation, at the time a new entity charged with revitalizing Plymouth's economy. He eventually became President of the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation and has served in that capacity for 35 years. Among the Corporation's greatest accomplishments is the development of the Plymouth Industrial Park, which is home to nearly 140 businesses and has created 3,500 jobs.

Over the years, Ed has served on the Board of Directors for Jordan Hospital, as well as Past President of the Plymouth Rotary Club and Past Chairman of the Town of Plymouth Personnel Board. He is currently President of the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Vice Chair of the Philanthropy Board of Jordan Hospital, Chairman of the Saint Peter's Parish Finance Council, a member of the Board of Directors for Sacred Heart Schools in Kingston, and the Treasurer of the Plymouth 400th Anniversary Committee. Thanks to his vision and commitment, Ed has literally changed the face and the landscape of the town of Plymouth and for that, we thank you.

Plymouth Industrial Development Corp.

Barbara Bobblis, Vice President Retired

Plymouth native, Barbara Bobblis, is being recognized for all that she has done and continues to do to improve the quality of life in Plymouth and beyond. Barbara started her career in banking as a teller with Plymouth National Bank and eventually became First Vice President of Rockland Trust where she managed the Plymouth Commercial Lending Center. She retired in June 2011, after having worked in banking in Plymouth for 47 years.

Not one to take to a leisurely retirement, Barbara is currently the Vice President at the Plymouth Industrial Development Corporation and works closely with our other Local Hero awardee, Ed Santos. Over the years, so many organizations and charities have benefitted from her dedication and support, including the March of Dimes, Easter Seals of Massachusetts, Plymouth YMCA, Town of Plymouth 375th Anniversary Committee, North Plymouth Business Association, Friends of Plymouth Pound, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth, Inc., South Shore Women's Resource Center, America's Home Town Corporation, the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce, Plymouth Bay Housing Corporation, and the Plymouth Economic Foundation.

the Market at The Pinehills

Represented by Sue Blackington Harris, Manager and
Leslie Romano , Assistant Manager

Over the years, The Market at The Pinehills has demonstrated commitment fighting hunger on the South Shore through consistent support of SSCAC's Food Resources Program. Under the guidance of Manager, Sue Blackington Harris, and Assistant Manager, Leslie Romano, employees at The Market participate in every quarterly food drive run by the Food Resources Program, collecting food donations from their customers for the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse.

Like the Plymouth Library, The Market also hosts a community food donation collection bin and makes contributions in the name of residents of The Pinehills. In 2012, the managers and employees of The Market contributed 2,362 pounds of food to the Food Warehouse. That's roughly 1,776 meals helping to feed the hungry in our communities.

Brendan Haas, Kingston MA

When he was 9 years old, Brendan Haas learned of a man who “traded up” a red paper-clip to bigger and bigger items until he eventually traded up to his own house. Inspired, Brendan used Facebook to start a “trading up” program called “A Soldier for a Soldier.” Starting with one of his own toy soldiers, Brendan traded-up for the next three months until he eventually traded up for an all-expense paid trip to Disney. On Memorial Day, 2012, he gave that trip to the family of Timothy Steele of Duxbury, a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

And he didn't stop there. As you might imagine, Brendan's good heart and compassion earned him plenty of publicity. When Good Morning America gave him another trip as a reward for his generosity, he gave that trip away to another military family. And he didn't stop there either. Brendan is currently trading up to raise funds to move a solar house built and donated by MIT from storage in Boston to donated land in Princeton, MA. Once the house is moved to its new location, he plans to give it to yet another military family. Brendan, you are a treasure and we wouldn't trade you for the world.

Steven Braz Leadership Award:

Jordan Hospital | Healthy Plymouth
Represented by Peter Holden, President and Andrea Holleran,
Vice President of External Affairs

Peter Holden joined Jordan Hospital as the President and CEO in November 2007. Previously, he was president and CEO of Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton. Andrea Holleran joined Jordan Hospital in 1992 as Director of Financial Planning and assumed the position of Vice President of External Affairs in 2011.

Over the years, Peter and Andrea have used a creative, community-oriented
approach to advancing comprehensive health and well-being in the town of Plymouth. For example, in 2011, Peter joined Plymouth Public Schools Superintendent, Gary Maestas, on a 600-mile DreamRide, biking from Washington DC to Plymouth to raise funds supporting education in Plymouth. For her part, Andrea has been integrally involved in the Plymouth area Community Health Network, focused on community collaboration and prevention strategies as a means to promote good health.

Thanks to Peter and Andrea's vision, leadership, and collaborative spirit, Jordan Hospital currently partners with the Town of Plymouth, SSCAC, and a number of other community leaders on an initiative called Healthy Plymouth funded by a Mass in Motion grant from the Department of Public Health. The Mass in Motion Municipal Wellness and Leadership Program supports the Town of Plymouth and 53 other Massachusetts cities and towns in their efforts to implement multi-faceted policies and strategies aimed at promoting nutrition, healthy eating, and active living. For the low-income people served by SSCAC, affordability and accessibility of nutritious foods is often an obstacle to overall health and well-being. This is particularly true for low income children and the elderly who are the most vulnerable to poor health outcomes due to malnutrition. As we know, and as Peter and Andrea know, a collaborative, community-based response represents our best efforts at fighting hunger.

Lela Ray Community Award:

Marty's GMC, Kingston MA
Christine Alicandro Karnolt, Dealer Principal/CEO

In 2012, Marty's GMC sponsored SSCAC's float in the America's Hometown Thanksgiving Parade in Plymouth. The float, dubbed “America's Hometown Express,” is actually a large black and red steam engine, complete with caboose. Volunteers march in the parade alongside the steam engine and collect food donations brought by parade-goers for the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. In addition to sponsoring SSCAC's float in the Thanksgiving Parade, Marty's generously sponsors and supports a wide variety of youth sports leagues in Kingston and surrounding towns, police departments, the Special Olympics, the March of Dimes, food pantries, and other charities, fundraisers, and organizations too numerous to list.

Marty's CEO, Christine Alicandro Karnolt, is a former member of the Board of Directors at Jordan Hospital Health Foundation and is a current member of the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. Marty's GMC, Buick, Pontiac, Isuzu exemplifies community spirit and the great and positive impact local businesses can have on their communities.

 


 

Local Heroes

South Shore Community Action Council's
Local Heroes Awards Night
March 28, 2012

Nominees receive citations for outstanding work in their communities

PLYMOUTH: Last night, South Shore Community Action Council, Inc. (SSCAC) hosted its 18th Annual Local Heroes Awards Night, sponsored by Rockland Trust Co., Eastern Bank, and other area businesses. Each year, SSCAC recognizes those individuals and organizations that demonstrate extraordinary commitment to fighting poverty and improving the lives of low-income South Shore residents. Master of Ceremonies, Senate President Therese Murray, presented Local Heroes Awards to the following:

David Mayer, Halifax, MA - Mayer's Heating Service

David Mayer is a dedicated contractor for the HEARTWAP Heating System Repair and Replacement Program. A licensed oil technician for over 16 years, Dave and his wife, Kim, are co-owners of Mayer's Heating Service in Halifax. Dave always goes above and beyond to make sure people stay warm during the coldest of seasons. According to Dave, "All of my systems are not jobs. It's an opportunity to give people what they deserve."� With his accommodating approach and commitment to the highest quality of service, Dave is a great asset to SSCAC's HEARTWAP program and to low-income households throughout the South Shore.

Wendy Hinden, Plymouth, MA - American Pennies for Hunger

In 2007, Wendy Hinden founded American Pennies for Hunger which raises money to help alleviate hunger in eastern Massachusetts. As proof that "big things come in small packages,"� American Pennies for Hunger collects pennies and other available change for donation to emergency food providers in eastern Massachusetts. In the past year alone, American Pennies for Hunger raised over $12,000 and donated 100% of these "small change"� donations to emergency food providers helping people to make ends meet. Believing that eating is a right and not a privilege, Wendy is truly the heart and soul of American Pennies for Hunger.

Stop & Shop - Kingston, Manomet, Norwell and Plymouth, MA

The Stop & Shop stores in Kingston, Manomet, Norwell, and Plymouth continue to demonstrate great commitment to feeding the hungry on the South Shore. Using a myriad of food collection strategies "“ from point-of-sale donations and food drives, to Family and Friends food collections "“ these Stop & Shop stores contributed over 24,000 pounds to the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse in the past year alone. The managers and employees at all of these stores dedicate significant time and energy to ensuring the success of their various food-raising efforts.

Marcine Fernandes - Wareham, MA

Marcine Fernandes is a tireless and passionate advocate for Wareham children and families in the greatest of need. Though retired from her job as the Foster Care and Homeless Liaison for the Wareham schools, Marcine maintains active involvement with a wide range of organizations, including Women Ade, Head Start, Turning Point, and The Foundation for Wareham Education. She is a consummate fact finder on the needs of Wareham residents and the ultimate networker within the community to find, shop for, or get donated those most needed items or services. Most of all Marcine Fernandes is a trusted, knowledgeable counselor and friend to countless Wareham families.

Silverlake Middle School - Kingston, MA

Every year, the staff, parents, and students of Silver Lake Middle School sponsor a Holiday Party for the families and children enrolled at the Kingston Center of South Shore Early Education. For the past 15 years, our Kingston Early Education families have been treated to a hot dinner, crafts, games, and music. The Middle School students purchase gifts for each child at the Kingston Center. The night's festivities conclude with a visit from Santa and a free photo for each child. Over the years, many former Early Education children have grown up to become students at the Middle School and take their turn at purchasing gifts for their little holiday buddies. The staff, parents, and students of Silver Lake Middle School dedicate their time and energy to making a truly memorable holiday experience.

Shaw's Supermarket - Cedarville, MA

In the past year, Shaw's Market in Cedarville launched a number of highly successful food collection initiatives on behalf of the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. Under the guidance of Manager Kevin Cerce and Assistant Manager Megan Miner, the Cedarville Shaw's hosted food drives, maintained a community collection bin, and coordinated 3 food collection campaigns. Of particular note, Shaw's "Spirit of Giving" food collection campaign during the holiday season was so successful, it was extended an additional three weeks. All told, the Cedarville Shaws collected nearly 6,500 pounds of food to help feed the hungry in South Plymouth and beyond.

Wampatuck School - Scituate, MA

For the past three years, the students, staff, and families at Wampatuck Elementary School in Scituate have raised over $8,000 for Lend A Hand, the Patriot Ledger newspaper's charitable foundation which funds emergency assistance services to South Shore residents in need. Led by first grade teacher, Aimee Caldeira, and Principal Linda Whitney, the Wampatuck School's "Read for People in Need"� raised $4,500 in 2010, which was, at the time, the largest donation ever made to Lend A Hand by a school or community group. As Principal Whitney explained, " This experience combined our love for reading with our desire to help others who are less fortunate."� The Wampatuck School's "Read for People in Need"� program truly embodies the spirit of compassion and community.

William G. Bowers, Jr. - Marshfield, MA

William Bowers quietly goes about his business, donating his time and expertise to a wide range of community and professional organizations on the South Shore, including the Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Club, the Old Colony United Way, the Marshfield, Plymouth Area, and Metro West Chambers of Commerce, and the Plymouth & South Shore Association of Realtors. Bill is an active member of the Town of Marshfield's Coast Guard Hill Building Committee and is the Co-Chair of Marshfield's Grad Nite Live Committee. When he's not donating his time, Bill is the Vice President for Commercial Lending at Hingham Institution for Savings. With his seemingly boundless energy and dedication, Bill touches so many lives in Marshfield and beyond.

Jean Johnson - Plymouth, MA

Jean Johnson joined the Greater Plymouth Food Warehouse as a volunteer in 2003. With her organizational skills and extensive connections throughout the community, she was hired and worked as the Outreach Specialist for the Food Warehouse from 2005 through 2010. Thanks to Jean's efforts, the Food Warehouse enjoys a solid foundation of loyal supporters and donors. More recently, Jean continues to support the Food Warehouse, collecting food from community bins and coordinating food drives in South Plymouth. Jean serves on the Board of Directors for the Mayflower RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, is a realtor with McCorry Real Estate, and is the owner of Associated Business Consultants in Plymouth.

Steven Braz Leadership Award:

Carlton (Cully) N Smith Jr- C.N. Smith Farm, Inc.: Cully Smith was an intricate part of the success of the Healthy Harvest Program. Cully was a hard working man who suddenly passed away from a heart attack working on the farm.

Lela Ray Community Award:

Barbara Alosi (Plymouth): Barbara Alosi was one of the original founders of the greater Plymouth Food Warehouse. Barbara was instrumental in the set up and structure of the program. She has supported the Plymouth community in various different projects and programs. Barbara and her husband Brian donate to the Food Basket every year.

About South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.

Since 1965, South Shore Community Action Council has provided a range of critical services to low-income individuals and families on the South Shore of Massachusetts, and has toiled to combat the root causes of poverty in those communities. By strengthening and coordinating existing efforts, its mission is to eliminate poverty along the South Shore by affording everyone in need the opportunities for education, training and work; to live with dignity; to contribute to the full extent of their capabilities; and to participate in the workings of our society.