Oct 19, 2011: Markey Presented with MASSCAP Public Service Award

Boston, MA -- Congressman Ed Markey was presented with a Public Service award by the Massachusetts Association for Community Action (MASSCAP) at the Massachusetts State House on October 19, 2011.

The award is designated for public officials who advocate for programs to support our most vulnerable citizens including: fuel assistance, early education, job training, elderly care, and housing.

MASSCAP described the award presented to Rep. Markey in the following words: "In appreciation of your commitment to the goal of self-sufficiency for all and your consistent support for the work of community action agencies.  You have developed and championed critical public policy measures that enable low-income and working people to achieve self-sufficiency.  Your leadership in the House of Representatives during a volatile time for social and human service programs has made the difference in sustaining programs, including the community services block grant and the low income energy assistance program, that help the vulnerable individuals and families in Massachusetts and across the country.  We thank you for your service."

The award was presented by John Drew of ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) and Philip Bronder-Giroux of Tri-City Community Action Programs, which serves Medford, Malden, and Everett.
MASSCAP is a statewide network of 24 multi-service agencies – known as Community Actions Agencies (CAAs) – providing basic support and training services to and advocacy for close to 600,000 low-income and elderly residents across the state.  CAAs were created 47 years ago by Congress to combat poverty by helping low-income people gain skills needed for self-sufficiency.

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