News U.S. Rep. Kennedy, Mass. Senate President Spilka, Speaker DeLeo & dozens more officials support human service workers

Dozens of elected officials from across the Commonwealth took part in a digital rally on Thursday to thank community‐based human services workers for their tireless efforts serving state residents in the face of the COVID‐19 pandemic.

Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Senate President Karen Spilka, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and other legislators took to Twitter and Facebook to share videos, posts and tweets that thanked dedicated caregivers who fill more than 180,000 jobs in the state’s community‐based human services sector. While some companies are working from home during the COVID‐19 pandemic, human services workers are essential employees and remain on the front lines, serving one‐in‐ten residents of the Commonwealth.

“The surge is upon us. It’s more important than ever before to take this moment to thank you for all that you do for our most vulnerable residents,” Spilka said in a video. “You are willing to take care of and support the residents of group homes across the Commonwealth. I know how hard you work.”

“It’s selfless, courageous work, and it’s that kind of commitment to each other that we’re going to need to lift us through these trying times,” Kennedy added in his video. “Please join me in thanking them for
their work and their service. Our Commonwealth is grateful.”

Others participating in the Reverse Rally included Sens. Harriette Chandler, Sonia Chang‐Diaz, Jo Comerford, Julian Cyr, Sal DiDomenico, Ryan Fattman, Cindy Friedman, Anne Gobi, John Keenan, Eric
Lesser, Joan Lovely, Mike Moore, Patrick O’Connor, Michael Rodrigues and Walter Timilty, and State Reps. Christine Barber, David Biele, Natalie Blais, Mindy Domb, Shawn Dooley, Carolyn Dykema, Carole
Fiola, Patricia Haddad, Stephan Hay, Natalie Higgins, Hannah Kane, Kay Khan, David Linsky, David LeBoeuf, Kate Lipper‐Garabedian, Joe McKenna, Jeff Roy and Lindsay Sabadosa.

The Caring Force reposted the legislators’ messages on its own social media on Thursday in an effort to share them with all the dedicated workers in the human services sector.  See them on Twitter at @TheCaringForce or on their Facebook page.

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