Frank Caro an “Unsung Hero”
For Work with BrooklineCAN
Please join us in honoring Frank Caro and two other “Unsung Heroes,” who will receive the awards from the Brookline Community Foundation on November 2, 6-7:30PM
in the Arcade Building, 318 Harvard Street, Coolidge Corner.
Frank is a founding member and co-chair (along with Ruthann Dobek) of the Brookline Community Aging Network
, a volunteer-driven organization. The twofold purpose of BrooklineCAN is to promote services and activities to enable independent living and to ensure that all older Brookline residents have the opportunity to remain a vital part of the town's social, cultural, and civic life—and in so doing to make our town an even better place for all.
Frank has been a lifelong leader in aging policy and education and was formerly the chair of the UMass Boston Gerontology Program. He was instrumental in establishing BrooklineCAN (in partnership with the Brookline Senior Center
, Center Communities of Brookline
, Goddard House
, and Jewish Family & Children's Service
) and in recruiting nearly 80 volunteers for eight committees. Since its launch in April of this year, membership has grown to nearly 300, and almost 50 businesses have agreed to offer discounts to members
Under Frank's leadership, BrooklineCAN has also been advocating in eight areas to make the town more livable
. The award recognizes Frank as “an enthusiastic and active community organizer” and “a tireless and dedicated volunteer on behalf of the Brookline community.”
Earlier this year Frank was given the 2011 Louis Lowy Award of the Massachusetts Gerontology Association.
Two other honorees are Scott Hillman and George Vien, founders of the Brookline Youth Lacrosse Program.