In a recent State House ceremony, state Rep. Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk) honored Carol Miranda, as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s (MCSW) 2018 class of Unsung Heroines, for her commitment to anti-poverty initiatives in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.
Miranda was honored with 130 other Unsung Heroines on June 20 for her outstanding contributions to her community. As a program coordinator for a family support, community engagement, and school readiness organization, she addressed the academic achievement gap among children from the lowest income families and communities.
Miranda created the Family Exchange Boutique, Inc., a physical space to engage families and connect them with resources. Recently, she was hired by Jamaica Plain Tree of Life/Arbol de Vida to work with families and mothers in JP and Roxbury.
Her weekly Mothers’ Café gatherings at South Street Boston Housing Authority Development encourage more neighborhood involvement. She is a bilingual, culturally-sensitive, compassionate, and reliable leader. Known as the “mother of JP” -- her passion for service is tireless and contagious.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s (MCSW) Unsung Heroines Award is given out each year as the commission gathers nominations from across the state for women who make outstanding contributions to their organizations and communities. The honorees are nominated by state legislators as a means of recognizing women for their previously unnoted yet valuable community contributions.
The Unsung Heroines are women who don’t always make the news, but truly make the difference. They are the women who 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 has them.