Framingham’s Covarrubias Receives Latinx Excellence Day on the Hill Award

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BOSTON – Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) celebrated the close of Latinx Heritage Month with a virtual event commemorating the countless contributions of the Massachusetts Latinx community last Thursday.

Lino Covarrubias, nominated by Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (Framingham) for all his contributions to our community, was honored with the Massachusetts Latinx Trailblazers Award at the event.

“It is a great honor to nominate Lino Covarrubias for the Latinx Trailblazers Award,” said Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis. “Lino is a leader in every sense of the word, and our community and region are made stronger because of him.”

Covarrubias is the Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (JFS), a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving over 5,000 individuals and families annually within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions, supporting vulnerable children and families, individuals, immigrants, and elders aging in place.

Under his leadership for the last 12 years, JFS has aided community members experiencing financial distress, poverty, and racism/anti-Semitism, especially families with young children and isolated older adults, while helping to reduce social, academic, and health inequities in our communities. Covarrubias is passionate about identifying families that have been left behind and providing that much-needed safety net to allow families to be stable and thrive.

Covarrubias is especially proud of JFS’ work preventing homelessness among immigrant families and providing basic needs to them and older adults during this pandemic. Individuals served doubled during the peak of the pandemic, and since March, JFS has provided over 60,000 meals and over 75,000 units of toiletries/sanitary products, learning material for children, and information in multi-languages to the community.

“I want to thank The Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus and State Representative Jack Lewis for this recognition,” said Covarrubias. “Congratulations/Felicidades to my fellow nominees. I’m very lucky to be part of such a caring and social action minded community. I start every day with a focused mindset to help those in need and accelerate equity in every way possible.”

Covarrubias is a first-generation Mexican American. Born and raised in Southern California’s migrant agricultural region of the Imperial Valley, he worked with his parents in seasonal agriculture. When he was 7 years old, he had the opportunity to meet Cesar Chavez, whose legacy of fighting for migrant workers led to Chavez becoming one of Covarrubias’ very first heroes, inspiring him to spend his life fighting for those in need.

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