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TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in Somerville?

Help showcase people who are doing great things in your community with our new feature, Count Us In.

Your neighbor who volunteers at the library, the crossing guard who helps your children get to school safely and the Little League coach in your community may not seem to have much in common at first glance.

But Patch’s new initiative, Count Us In, aspires to bring together all Good Samaritans by highlighting residents who are exemplary at making your community a more positive place.

There's a ton of good work happening throughout Somerville, whether it's at the Council on Aging, the Somerville Community Growing Center, local nonprofits and advocacy groups, the school system or elsewhere.

Partnering with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC), Count Us In aims to illustrate HPHC's values. They believe that “amazing things happen when people work together” and that is why we want to share stories about just that.

If you know someone who exemplifies being a good neighbor, volunteer or teacher—or someone who has simply helped the community in an inspiring way—please tell us about it in the comments section below. Your local editor will keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about all of the amazing people and stories you share.

We welcome all great stories coming from great people in the community. 

kevin thomas crowley October 14, 2012 at 12:48 PM
BARRY RAFKIND a true battler for truth,justice and the american way.keeps a keen eye on local goverment for the rest of us.
Mary Norcross October 18, 2012 at 01:54 PM
I nominate Hearty Meals for All working out of the Baptist Church in Davis Square. This non-secular organization was organized four years ago to feed the hungry in this area. The meals are prepared on the second Tuesday of the month and served on the next day. It is a totally volunteer organization with community members (including members of the DU fraternity from Tufts) preparing and serving the food and eating with the clients. Food is donated by local businesses such as Dave's Pasta and When Pigs Fly. It is a terrific organization quietly going about feeding hungry people. http://www.heartymealsforall.org/
Leigh October 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Courtney O'Keefe-The creator of Ward 5 Online. She was born and raised in Somerville & has been a strong voice in the effort to secure economic vitality for Magoun Square. She is a constant figure at city hall and an advocate for local businesses!!
rt November 02, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Rachel Strutt at the Arts Council. Does a lot of work for the community-- doing arts and cultural programming. Mark Alston-Follansbee at the Homeless Coalition. He's been working tirelessly for decades, helping make things better for the area's homeless.
rt November 21, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Is this still going on? Here's some more: -Joe Grafton, founder of Somerville Local First. -Mimi Graney, runs Union Square Main Streets. -Tim Devin, community art projects, part of the arts Council. -Charlie Denison, runs Livable Streets, and part of the bike council.

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