Jennifer Ward of Mendon was honored as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women’s 2017 class of Unsung Heroines. Representative Brian W. Murray of the 10th Worcester District recommended Ms. Ward for this recognition because of her commitment to improve the lives of young people in the Town of Milford. Ms. Ward was honored with other Unsung Heroines for her outstanding contributions to the Milford Youth Center in a ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in the Great Hall at the State House in Boston.
Jennifer Ward, as Director of the Milford Youth Center, oversees numerous programs, providing a safe environment during after school hours and monthly events, which address adolescent risk factors. The programs also promote partnerships with community members to ensure a comprehensive vision and plan for the health of Milford young residents. In addition to her regular duties, Ms. Ward has contributed hundreds of volunteer hours as Director. When the Youth Center underwent extensive renovations, it required her daily collaboration and oversight on several building issues. She recruited and worked with community volunteers on landscaping and interior improvements. She has also worked with the Humanitarian Coalition to host a summer food service program that provided over 2,000 lunches to youngsters. Ms. Ward consistently goes above and beyond her regular duties to improve the lives adolescents in the greater Milford area.
The Unsung Heroines are women who do not make the news, but 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 is better because of their contribution.
The ceremony included a program emceed by MCSW leadership, acknowledging each of the 2017 Unsung Heroines, along with remarks from House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg and Representative Colleen M. Garry, Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators.
The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women is an independent state agency that was legislatively created in 1998 to advance women of the Commonwealth to full equality in all areas of life and to promote their rights and opportunities. The MCSW provides a permanent, effective voice for the women of Massachusetts.