Last month, MPHA’s Field Director, Andrea Freeman, was presented with the 2016 “Rooted Volunteer” award by Growing Places, Inc. Growing Places is a nonprofit helping low-income individuals, families, and communities in North Central Massachusetts realize the many health, economic, and social benefits of growing their own produce by teaching residents to build and maintain food gardens. The Rooted Volunteer award is given to a longstanding volunteer who has served in many roles and in this capacity has made a significant contribution to Growing Places’ work. Andrea has had multiple roles on Growing Place’s board of directors including as its chair, clerk, and as a volunteer on its development and finance committees. She is an avid vegetable gardener herself and believes in reducing barriers for others who want to grow their own food.
In early November, MPHA Executive Director Rebekah Gewirtz is being recognized for her community service at the 8th Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon hosted by the Somerville Coalition for the Homeless. The award announcement states, “Rebekah Gewirtz embodies being an active citizen as demonstrated by her long resume of community service. She worked as a community organizer, co-founded the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, served for 10 years as alderman for Ward 6, and has a career with local non-profits. The Somerville Homeless Coalition is excited to recognize Rebekah with our Tina DeLellis Distinguished Service Award for her efforts to make Somerville a community where we can all belong.”