TELL US: Who Makes a Difference in Jamaica Plain?

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, your child’s bus driver, and the Regan League coach 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 our neighborhood a more positive place.

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. I'll keep an eye on the conversation and will be writing articles about the amazing people and stories you share.

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

Rhea Becker October 03, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Michael Reiskind is a great community activist. He works on countless political issues and also indulges his love of local history through activities with the JP Historical Society.
Logan Keck October 03, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Betsy Cowan has done amazing work in Egleston Square. Her efforts through main streets have empowered store owners and led to safer streets in the community. She has had a tremendous impact through her advocacy and her care for the residents and businesses in that area.
Mike Flynn October 03, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I would say Jerry Rodgers from the Mann & Rodgers Funeral Home on Perkins St. who has help more families from Jamaica Plain and beyond in the hour of their need. Jerry is always there for people who have little or no means for a burial of a loved one or a Veteran who lived alone and had no family. He has served numerous families who has lost a loved one due violence from a city gang. He always does the right thing for the families. He is a huge supporter for many local charities and organizations. A true stand up gentlemen willing to help anyone !!
Gretchen Grozier October 04, 2012 at 12:48 PM
Barbara Rhodes the children's librarian at the JP Branch Library has inspired hundreds of JP kids (and their families) - with amazing activities and boundless enthusiasm. Actually, all the staff at the JP Branch are pretty great!
jennifer October 08, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Laura Foner at the JP Branch Library and her husband, Captain David Weinstein of Harbor Connections, have done so very much for the children of Boston. This couple is tireless in their efforts ensure that all the kids read, and know the Boston Harbor!


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