Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh Finalizes Inaugural Community Service Initiatives Program 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/31/2013 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh


 Bostlnno Staff Writer Streetwise Media 12-31-13

From his transition office in Dorchester Monday, Walsh stated that he and volunteers from his transition team would hit Boston's streets to undertake a series of community service projects spanning all of Boston's numerous neighborhoods. He will also be hosting a book drive to benefit Children’s Hospital with numerous drop-off locations situated around the Back Bay and Beacon Hill.

He was joined by John J. Drew, President & CEO, Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD), and Suzanne Battit, Vice President of External Affairs and Advancement, Greater Boston Food Bank.

This is about civic engagement and about giving back to our community,” said Mayor-Elect Walsh in a statement. “Poverty touches every issue we discuss – education, jobs, housing. This is an opportunity for us to make an impact on one of the toughest issues our City faces."

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Mayor-Elect Marty Walsh to Talk Community Service Inauguration Activities 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2013 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh Winter Emergency Campaign
by  Staff Writer BostInno

December 30th 2013

On Monday, Mayor-elect Marty Walsh will dive into detail about the collection of community service events he and his inaugural committee will host on the days leading up to the swearing in ceremony. Walsh is slated to officially assume the office of Mayor of Boston on January 6, 2014.

Earlier this month the Walsh camp released preliminary details for how he plans on ringing in his new municipal position but Monday he will be joined by representatives from Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) and the Greater Boston Food Bank in his native Dorchester make these details clearer.

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People struggle following loss of unemployment benefits 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/30/2013 Categories: ABCD Unemployment

NECN December 28, 2013, 6:40 pm

 Richard McDonald is out of work, and now he's without long-term jobless benefits, along with 1.3 million other Americans.

The 53-year-old lost his job with U-Haul a year ago. He used up all his state jobless benefits, and he will no longer be getting help from the federal government because Congress and the president failed to reach an agreement on how to pay for the program.

"This is not fair. This is not a country, that I believe in, that will do this to people," said John Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development.

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Hundreds of thousands of unemployed people in Massachusetts now without benefits 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/29/2013 Categories: ABCD Unemployment

By Kaitlin Walsh Sunday, December 29, 2013,

More than one million Americans without jobs are now also without long-term unemployment federal benefits. After 11 renewals in five years, Congress did not include the benefits in the latest budget deal.

"It's been rough out here these last couple of years. I've never seen it so rough…and I wish people would pass their plans and work together."

Senators do plan to discuss a bipartisan proposal that would extend benefits for three months.
Until then, the Action for Boston Community Development estimates 141-thousand people in Massachusetts are losing their weekly 300-dollar government checks.

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Scrooge Saturday: 1.3 million Americans to lose emergency jobless aid 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/29/2013 Categories: ABCD Unemployment


The Boston anti-poverty group, Action for Boston Community Development Inc., says 141,000 Massachusetts residents are among 1.3 million Americans losing benefits. 

While critics of the emergency unemployment program, like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, say that handing out money to the unemployed only exacerbates the problem, causing people to become dependent upon the state for their livelihood, there has been little debate over the $16 trillion bail out of the world's leading banks, corporations, and governments between December 2007 and June 2010. 

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ABCD’s Michael Vance honored for outstanding service 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/28/2013 Categories: ABCD

Michael Vance, ABCD Vice President, Field Operations, holds Ruth M. Batson Advocate of the Year Award from the Providers’ Council. (l-r) ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew; Vance’s son Nicholas Vance, Teen Director, Yawkey Club of Roxbury; Vance; and Michael Weekes, President & CEO, Providers’ Council. 		Photo by Don West

By Dorchester Reporter Staff Dec. 26, 2013

Michael Vance, Vice-President, Field Operations, Action for Boston Community Development, has been recognized recently by Noble & Greenough School in Dedham and Massachusetts Council of Human Services Providers for his significant contributions to the Greater Boston community. Vance is a Dorchester resident who lived for many years in Mattapan.

A longtime community leader, Vance has served on the boards of several community and social justice organizations and currently oversees ABCD’s 13 neighborhood centers that provide tens of thousands of low-income Boston residents with access to housing, food pantries, child care, fuel assistance, job readiness programs and more.

“It’s no surprise to me that Mike has been honored by these two organizations,” said John J. Drew, ABCD President/CEO. “His tireless work on behalf of the 100,000 people ABCD serves each year makes a difference every day in the lives of those struggling for a foothold on the ladder of economic opportunity.”

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Thousands of Mass. residents to lose jobless benefits 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/28/2013 Categories: Unemployment


Across the country, more than 1.3 million jobless workers will be cut off from benefits because Congress adjourned without reauthorizing the extensions as part of the recent bipartisan budget deal. Democratic leaders say they will press to restore the emergency program when lawmakers return to Washington next month, but it remains unclear whether the Republican-controlled House will support another round of extensions.

If not, an additional 3.6 million people, including 141,000 in Massachusetts, would lose benefits next year, according to the Labor Department.

“It’s unconscionable,” said John J. Drew, chief executive of Action for Boston Community Development. “They’re getting hammered for something they didn’t do. They’re victims of the economy.”

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Kids get a kick from Payless giveaway 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/23/2013 Categories: ABCD Holiday Toy Drive Head Start Low income & poor families

PRINCESS: Lasaysha Long, 4, finds a sweet pair of boots for the winter at Payless ShoeSource holiday shopping event yesterday.

By Colneth Smiley Jr. Saturday, December 21, 2013

Children from three Dorchester Head Start programs took an early step into the holidays yesterday as Payless ShoeSource gave them free footwear through Action for Boston Community Development’s “Shoes for the Soul” holiday shopping event.


Cold Christmas For Fuel Aid Customers 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/22/2013 Categories: Fuel Assistance LiHEAP Winter Emergency Campaign

by Al Norman, Editor At Home With Mass Home Care

On December 12th, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), which serves more than 100,000 
low-income Boston-area residents, issued a warning that more than 50,000 households seeking federal fuel 
aid assistance would feel the chill this holiday season.  “Frigid temps cause many to choose 
between food, rent, medicine and oil,” ABCD said. The agency called on Congress to increase fuel 
assistance funds now---and asked the state to provide $20 million in immediate aid to those out of oil.

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Hope for the holidays: Career Collaborative brings optimism 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 12/21/2013 Categories: ABCD Unemployment

Posted by Chad O'Connor  December 21, 2013 02:30 AM

Doreen was referred to Career Collaborative by Action for Boston Community Development Inc. She came with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from her native country, Jamaica; however, after coming to the U.S. she had not held a position in her field. Now she is an office manager at William Gallagher Associates, and has worked there for three years.  Read more.

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