Recently, South Boston resident Barbara Caputo Kelly was recognized as a Commonwealth Heroine by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women at a virtual ceremony held at the Massachusetts State House.
The Commonwealth Heroine Award is given to women who don’t make the news, but make a difference and use their time, talent, and enthusiasm to enrich the lives of others and make a difference in their neighborhoods, cities and towns. They are mentors, volunteers and innovators who do what needs to be done without expectations of recognition or gratitude. These women are the glue that keeps a community together and every community is better because of their contributions.
State Representative David Biele nominated Barbara for her dedication to improving the quality of life for South Boston residents, children, and families through her work with the Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) Curley Community Center and the Condon Community Center.
During the pandemic, Barbara helped deliver important resources and PPE to seniors and families in need while also helping to coordinate the access and availability to breakfast and lunch on a daily basis to children, and families. In addition to her work with BCYF, Barbara has been instrumental in organizing coat drives and toy drives, as well as the distribution of Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets, to support children and families across South Boston.
“Barbara always goes above and beyond to help neighbors and families across our community, and her efforts have made South Boston a better place to live,” said Rep. Biele. “I am thankful her tremendous service to our neighborhood, and I was proud to nominate Barbara and recognize the great work she does each and ever day.”
Barbara joined over one hundred women from across Massachusetts in being recognized as Commonwealth Heroines for their public leadership and volunteerism that make neighborhoods, cities, and towns better places to live.
A complete list of this year’s honorees is available at https://www.mass.gov/service-details/commonwealth-heroines.
For additional information please contact the MCSW at 617-626-6520 or [email protected].