Community Action Works
Community Action Works

Juana “Jennie” Girona is an active community leader in Springfield, Massachusetts. Jennie first became involved with Community Action Works when she and other activists turned to the organization for support in organizing for a Healthy Gerena Middle School — a school with severe mold contamination, resulting in a student body with high asthma rates. Jennie became a leader of the North End Coalition as she has waged the decade-long battle to make the school healthy. She has also played an active role in bringing her community members for our annual conferences, and she is now on our Rebrand Committee. Jennie is on the board of ARISE for Social Justice, which has been a long-term community partner with Community Action Works, fighting an impending biomass plant, and organizing for a Climate Justice plan for the city. She serves as Vice President of the New North Citizens Council, which is the leading social service organization in the city. As a member of so many Springfield community groups, Jennie is often the glue that makes partnerships possible in the city.