Immigrant Heroes Award Benefit

You don’t have to be Wonder Woman to be a hero. At times of crisis everyday people step up and put themselves at risk for the benefit of others. Immigrants have been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 crisis. They were more likely to lose their jobs and more likely to get sick and even die from COVID-19. Immigrants were also more likely to be essential workers. They tended to patients in nursing homes, stocked shelves in grocery stores, delivered packages, researched vaccines and more.

Immigrants have been on the front lines, proving once again that we all benefit when we welcome newcomers to our country and our community. We honored these immigrant and refugee heroes on April 6, 2021. You can see a recording of the event here. Learn more about the event and the three honorees here.


Abdulkader Hayani

Refugee from Syria

Made and donated > 2,000 masks

Monique Nguyen

Immigrant from Canada

Co-founded MassUndocuFund

Niall Lennon

Immigrant from Ireland

COVID-19 testing at Broad Institute

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