Outpouring of charity feeds tens of thousands of families 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/28/2013 Categories: Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

By Jack Encarnacao, Boston Herald, Thursday, November 28, 2013

An outpouring of volunteerism will put hundreds of turkeys and all the fixings on the plates of the needy in Boston shelters today, and has put holiday meals in the hands of tens of thousands of families this week.

The Pine Street Inn will serve 85 turkeys along with 200 pies, 700 pounds of mashed potatoes and 400 pounds of stuffing at its shelters.

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Taste of the North End Awards $20K to Local Non-Profits 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/27/2013 Categories: ABCD

by  News on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

Last week, Taste of the North End donated more than $20,000 to North End Against Drugs, NEMPAC, North End Athletic Association, the Nazzarro Center, Saint John School, Eliot School, ABCD, and Boston Youth Wrestling.

The remainder of the proceeds went to North End Waterfront Health, which sponsors the event along with its founder and president, Donato Frattaroli, and its executive director, Philip Frattaroli. Every penny raised by Taste of the North End is given back to non-profit organizations in the community.

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ABCD South End NSC, Foodie’s Market and Greater Boston Food Bank host Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/26/2013 Categories: Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

MY South End News, Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

The Action for Boston Community Development South End NSC hosted its annual Thanksgiving Turkey Basket giveaway last Wednesday. South End’s Foodies Market along with the Greater Boston Food Bank donated dozens of turkeys to some of the neediest South End families. Read more.

Governors seek more US funds for heating aid Say poor, elderly particularly imperiled 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/26/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP

By Erin Ailworth  |  GLOBE STAFF, NOVEMBER 26, 2013

Governor Deval Patrick and governors from 13 other states called on Congress Monday to provide another $700 million in heating assistance for low-income residents, describing the program as a “vital safety net” for the poor.

The request came after a cold, windy weekend that was followed Monday morning when temperatures dropped to 18 degrees in Boston, according to the National Weather Service. Each winter, roughly 200,000 Massachusetts households rely on the program, called Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

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Designer partners with Hub group for HIV/AIDS campaign [Bay State Banner, The (MA)] 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/25/2013 Categories: HIV/AIDS

TMCnet.com November 25, 2013

..."We are a very fashion-forward brand but we are a very conscious brand as well," Jean-Fontaine said. "We know that we have a purpose and we want to communicate that purpose, so we really want to use fashion to communicate what it is we're trying to say." For the fall I AM KREYOL Bazaar event, the fashion brand has partnered with Action for Boston Community Development to launch the "Safer is Sexy" HIV/AIDS awareness campaign.  Read more.

ABCD North End/West End NSC Distributes Over 50 Turkeys at Thanksgiving Celebration 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/25/2013 Categories: Low income & poor families Winter Emergency Campaign

by North End Waterfront.com., on Mon, Nov. 25, 2013 

The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) recently held its Thanksgiving luncheon.  Over 75 members of the community, nearly all of them seniors from the neighborhoods, came to the center at 1 Michelangelo Street in the North End to enjoy salad, antipasto, turkey, lasagna, potato, vegetables, and pumpkin pie.  The NE/WE NSC’s fantastic team of volunteers cooked the meal, as they do every week, and handled everything from menu planning, shopping, cooking, serving, and clean-up!  They do it with such love and dedication and the NE/WE NSC cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support.  Over 50 turkeys were distributed to food pantry clients.  Read more.

ABCD seeks coats, toys, fuel help for needy 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/19/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance Toy Drive Winter Emergency Campaign

Published on Nov 18, 2013

ABCD kicks off Holiday Toy Drive and Winter Emergency Campaign from blankets to toys to help paying for heat. Folks at or hovering near the poverty level are facing the start of another tough winter season.  Watch video.

‘Building Pathways’ opens door to union jobs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/14/2013 Categories: Building Pathways

By Gintautas Dumcius, Dorchester Reporter Nov. 14, 2013

Tom Olson holds up a pale blue cord in front of the class. Outlets and wires hang from the ceiling over the heads of 15 men and women, many of whom are wearing green hard-hats. “FiOS,” Olson says, holding the blue cord a little higher. “Anybody know what that stands for?”

The answer comes cautiously, in unison, from the class: “Fiber integrated optical solutions.” Says Olson, “Now, when you see the commercials with Comcast and FiOS and Verizon, you’ll be able to say ‘I know what FiOS is.’ Fiber integrated optical solutions, right? High-end communications, guys and girls. It doesn’t get any faster than that. That’s transmission through glass.”

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Filmmaker Spike Lee speaks at ABCD gala 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/5/2013 Categories: 2013 Gala



Filmmaker and Martha’s Vineyarder Spike Lee (center) was the guest speaker at the annual ABCD Awards Gala at the Boston Marriott Copley Place on Friday night. The evening benefited ABCD’s mission to provide resources to low-income residents in Boston. Also at the event were Senator Elizabeth Warren (right), ABCD President John Drew (left), andAngie Miller, the Beverly singer who made it to the final three on the 12th season of “American Idol.” Miller performed during the festivities, as did the Spinners.

The Value of Head Start 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/4/2013 Categories: ABCD Head Start

New York Times Letters: Published: November 3, 2013

To the Editor:  The inclination of several national columnists, including Nicholas D. Kristof, to fault the Head Start program based on possibly flawed research that says its educational benefits fade by second grade is doing a terrible disservice to the country’s longtime best investment in early education for poor children and families.

Reliable studies have found resoundingly favorable long-term effects on grade repetition, special education and high school graduation rates for Head Start children, as well as a host of economic, health and social benefits.​ Read more.

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