Report: Program Helps Meet Elder Food Needs 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/22/2014 Categories: Elder Services Elderly

by Boston Neighborhood Network News, Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Report: Program Helps Meet Elder Food Needs

Video. A new report shows ABCD's "Food Dollars" program help meet the need of low-income elders to stretch budgets, get more healthy food and access to benefits. Report aired January 21.

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Residents, Kennedy Center Make Holidays Brighter for Charlestown Children 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/17/2014 Categories: ABCD Holiday Toy Drive

by Franklin Tucker (Editor) , Charlestown Patch  January 16, 2014

Due the generosity of many Charlestown residents, civic organizations and local businesses, the John F. Kennedy Center Family Service Center’s 2013 Holiday Toy Drive was again a rousing success, with more than 400 local children’s receiving holiday gifts. 

The Kennedy Center – the Charlestown based non-profit organization that provides early childhood education programs, day care and afterschool services, anti-poverty services and elder care – will celebrate fifty years of service to the Charlestown community in 2014. Each year, the Kennedy Center reaches out to the community seeking assistance with its annual Holiday Toy Drive. 

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ABCD Helping Boston Families 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/13/2014 Categories: ABCD Winter Emergency Campaign

by Yadires Nova-Salcedo, host and producer of “Centro,” a special news segment that airs on WBZ-TV, January 11, 2014.


This past Monday January 6th was Three Kings Day, so the spirit of giving is still in the air! If you feel like giving, this week we are featuring a non-profit organization that really deserves your help. ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development Agency) helps our community year round with their many great programs and services. On this edition of “Centro”, we tell you how you can help their Winter Emergency Campaign. WBZ’s Yadires Nova-Salcedo talks with ABCD Executive Vice President, Sharon Scott-Chandler.  Watch Video.

Ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy worried Venezuela isn’t answering his calls for free oil 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/13/2014 Categories: Budget Cuts Fuel Assistance LiHEAP Winter Emergency Campaign

HEATING AID IN JEOPARDY: Citizens Energy President Joseph P. Kennedy II, above, says his calls to Venezuela seeking free oil have gone unanswered this winter, fueling fears he can’t count on the country, post-Hugo Chavez, to support his oil-for-the-poor program.

by Matt Stout, The Boston Herald, Saturday, January 11, 2014

Revelations that ex-U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II’s annual call for heating oil help from Venezuela has gone unanswered couldn’t have come at a worse time, says one community advocate, who warned that the potentially dry pipeline is yet another setback for families “hit from all sides” this frigid winter.

“This is the point where the Kennedy program would have been in place and helped to get people through a week or two. There’s just not enough resources around,” said John J. Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, which works with Kennedy’s Citizens Energy Corp. to connect hundreds of low-income households with heating oil at a time of year when other benefits run out.

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Curatone: Pulling together to help state’s needy 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/12/2014 Categories: ABCD Fuel Assistance Low income & poor families Unemployment

By Joe Curtatone Guest Columnist, Metro West Daily News, January 12, 2014

For many of us, this has been a season of celebration. But for thousands of Massachusetts residents, the onset of winter is a harsh reminder of the struggle to keep their families safe and healthy. Even in my city of Somerville, where the economy is booming, the gap between the middle class and the poor continues to widen.
And while our state’s economy continues to recover, data suggests that extended under- and unemployment, federal program cuts and other factors have left many of our neighbors and fellow citizens without basic necessities such as heat, health care or adequate food. An increasing number are homeless.

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Michael Vance honored by Noble & Greenough, Massachusetts Council of Human Services Providers 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/8/2014 Categories: ABCD

Published by the Bay State Banner 1/8/2014

Michael Vance, Action for Boston Community Development’s vice-president of field operations, 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 and job readiness programs.

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Tell Congress to Extend Unemployment Insurance Benefits! 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/2/2014 Categories: Unemployment

Now that the Federal Government has approved a two year budget agreement, we need to determine its impact on our clients and communities.  By setting appropriations totals at $1,012.2 billion in FY 2014 and $1,013.6 billion in FY 2015, the agreement allows the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to determine program-by-program spending levels.However, we do know that federal unemployment insurance benefits for long-term jobless was not extended.

We are asking you to contact your federal representatives to ask that they extend the Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program as soon as they return to work! 

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‘Service’ events to mark big Walsh weekend 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/2/2014 Categories: ABCD Mayor Marty Walsh

By Gintautas Dumcius, Dorchester Reporter, Jan. 2, 2014

Walsh announced the public service events at a press conference inside his inaugural committee’s offices, located at the Bayside Office Center in Dorchester. He was joined by John Drew, president of ABCD, and Suzanne Battit, vice president of external affairs and advancement at the Greater Boston Food Bank. Drew said his organization attempts to help 90,000 people a year. Battit said one in 9 Massachusetts residents are often at risk of going hungry.

Walsh said as a state representative from Dorchester, he was a “frequent caller” to both of their offices, looking to aid constituents.

The inaugural committee is also holding a youth summit on Saturday, Jan. 4, aimed at sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders. The summit, which will be held at Roxbury Crossing and start at 3 p.m., will be moderated by New England Cable News’s Latoyia Edwards and City Year’s Charlie Rose.

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Head of Mattapan Family Service Center to leave post 

Posted by ABCD Public Information 1/2/2014 Categories: ABCD Head Start


Milly Arbaje-Thomas speaking at the Parker Hill center in 2011.

Posted by Patrick Rosso, Boston.com,  December 31, 2013

Milly Arbaje-Thomas, director of the Mattapan Family Service Center, will be stepping down to spend more time with her family, Boston.com has learned.

In addition to leading the River Street center, which is overseen by Action for Boston Community Development, Arbaje-Thomas also oversees ABCD’s Parker Hill/Fenway Center, its Boston Hispanic Center, and its Jamaica Plain Area Planning Action Council.

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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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