Boston Globe Names I’m Your Neighbor “Everyday Heroes”

I’m Your Neighbor Books is honored to announce that their Executive Director Kirsten Cappy and Board Member Charles Mugabe have both been named “Everyday Heroes” by the Boston Globe.

The 2021 class of heroes is a reminder that acts of everyday heroism can be close to home or international, a full-time job or an afternoon giving back. Each person’s thoughtful actions beget more thoughtful actions — whether they’re a high schooler helping staff understand gender and pronouns, or a chef providing meals for those facing food insecurity.Thank you to all the everyday heroes out there for making New England better. —Boston Globe

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought loss, pain, and confusion. That just made Portland, Maine’s Charles Mugabe double down on his work. He manages coordination between Catholic Charities of Maine and other community-based organizations to ensure support for a variety of communities during the pandemic, including immigrant communities.

 

Because books can change perceptions, Kirsten Cappy says she sees children’s books as “the software for reprogramming racism.” As executive director of I’m Your Neighbor Books in Portland, Maine, Cappy and her immigrant-led organization build “Welcoming Libraries,” traveling collections of picture books that celebrate the diverse stories of modern immigrants and New Americans.