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There’s an ‘R word’ that’s not in this woman’s vocabulary - Profile of ABCD Hero Carol Stamper 

By Adrian Walker, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 11/12/2015 Categories: 2015 Community Heroes ABCD Foster Grandparents Program

Not long into retirement, Carol Stamper realized she is not the retiring type.

So when the grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of three, left her last job in the computer industry, she started looking for a new place to report each morning. She found her new vocation at the William Monroe Trotter Innovation School in Dorchester.

That move, made a little over a decade ago, has proven its worth.

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Mayor Walsh declares August 28 ‘Foster Grandparent Day’ in Boston - ABCD Recognizes Key Partners 

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Posted by ABCD Public Information 10/13/2015 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

On August 28, ABCD will celebrate the Foster Grandparent Program’s 50th anniversary with a social media campaign via Youtube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, honoring the contribution of Foster Grandparents to children and society and thanking the 50-plus Boston-area community partners that make the program possible. Presentations to several community partner honorees will traverse the globe via social media.

“We’re using 21st century social media to celebrate a heartwarming social program that began 50 years ago, before tweeting or YouTube existed,” said Nicci Meadow, ABCD Foster Grandparent Program Director.

“We want the world to know how valuable this program is,” said ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew. “And social media can help make that happen. This program couldn’t work without the committed participation of our community partners and we’re proud to honor them on this all-important anniversary.”

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Older persons send messages to @POTUS while #learningtotweet 

By Rosa Nguyen, Boston Globe
Posted by ABCD Public Information 7/13/2015 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

"For Evelyn House, 73, watching President Obama speak on television was not enough. The Brookline woman said she wanted to communicate with the president directly. Sitting in a canary-yellow conference room at the Action for Boston Community Development, her finger pushed a computer mouse that sent Obama her first-ever tweet." Read more here.

Foster grandparents program honored 

7/2/2013 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

By David Wilson | Boston Herald

Carol Stamper’s eyes filled with tears as she recounted the joy of being a foster grandparent. "Sometimes children tell me grandma, I just need a hug today," Stamper said, "I just can't explain how I feel, but it's a happy feeling." Action for Boston Community Development hosted a breakfast for those participating in its Foster Grandparents Program last week to honor those like Stamper. The program matches low-income adults over the age of 55 with children from the Boston area.

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ABCD Says Thank You to Foster Grandparents 

7/2/2013 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

Posted by Chris Lovett | BNN News

One hundred fifty-five volunteers get recognition from ABCD for their contribution as "foster grandparents." Report for BNN News. Aired June 27, 2013.

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Foster Grandparents Program Celebrates 48 Years 

7/2/2013 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

Posted by Valarie Seabrook | Fenway News Online

Hi everyone, 

We are hearing about the shootings and distress in inner-city neighborhoods but here is an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at our older residents, some in their late 80s and 90s, who every day volunteer in neighborhood schools, child care centers, Head Start and health centers to make a difference for children.

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Tufts Health Plan Foundation program introduces Cristo Rey students to philanthropy and grants 

4/11/2013 Categories: Foster Grandparents Program

By Patrick D. Rosso, Town Correspondent, boston.com

It’s not unusual for high school students to take part in philanthropic initiatives, but unlike other programs the Tufts Health Plan Foundation’s Future Philanthropists Initiative gives students the power to distribute up to $20,000 to non-profits making a difference in the community.

Now in its second year, the program brings 17 high school students from Boston and the suburbs together for a 12-week course that teaches them about grant writing, philanthropy, health care for older adults, and community engagement.

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