Year: 2021

Community heroes address needs, fight inequity

So far, there seems to be at least a glimmer of hope for equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. But when it comes to support services for at-risk populations, and our most vulnerable seniors and children, the fight for fairness continues. Fundamental and structural inequities still persist for communities of color, the poor and the marginalized. Statistics show that Black…

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Fuel Assistance Funding Increase Brings Critical Relief to Families in Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 1, 2021 CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris617.455.7212cherrelle.norris@bostonabcd.org Fuel Assistance Funding Increase Brings Critical Relief to Families in Crisis ABCD urges struggling Boston-area and Mystic Valley residents to APPLY NOW (BOSTON, MA) –ABCD, Greater Boston’s antipoverty agency, announces a fuel assistance increase that bumps the maximum benefit to $1,110. The funding brings critical relief to families pushed to the financial brink…

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Irvienne Goldson, health care “spirit warrior” for women of color, dies at 60

No stranger to the daily challenges women of color face, Irvienne Goldson became a beacon of hope while offering health resources, education, and guidance to Boston’s underserved communities. “Things get hard,” she said in a “Warrior Wednesdays” video posted online, adding that “when I get to that moment of, like, I do feel like giving up, that’s where my spirit warrior…

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ABCD offers FREE tax return preparation for eligible residents who earned under $57,000 in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 11, 2021 ABCD offers FREE tax return preparation for eligible residents who earned under $57,000 in 2020 COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 allows for use of 2020 OR 2019 income for EITC and the Additional Child Tax Credit; Eligible filers can claim Recovery Rebate Credit (BOSTON, MA) – ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) urges local…

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ABCD Fuel Assistance provides help to keep thousands of people warm this winter

ABCD Fuel Assistance is available to those who need help staying warm this winter. While the program has helped thousands of families and individuals, it can help many more. “Eligibility is where you are right now, not what you made last year,” said ABCD President/CEO John Drew. Listen to the entire interview here:

ABCD provides fuel assistance for thousands of households

ABCD has helped thousands of individuals and families with fuel assistance this winter. With the impending storm this afternoon, they expect many more people to need help. President/CEO John Drew said,”We are presently at $875 which is substantial but in this particular winter where people are hurting, we need more” Listen Here:

ABCD: Don’t Put Off Call for Fuel Assistance

Kathy Tobin, Energy Programs Director for ABCD, explains how eligible households can receive home heating assistance, as well as cost-saving weatherization and upgrades for more energy efficiency. Interview for BNN News. Aired February 1, 2021. For more information or to apply for fuel assistance, call 617 357-6012. WATCH HERE

ABCD Responds to Extreme Need as Pandemic Surges

ABCD has been busy meeting the economic challenges created by the pandemic. The Boston-based agency has been helping needy people locally since the early ’60’s. President/CEO John Drew said, “We’re doing food, we’re doing rent, we’re doing anything we can.” He wants to get the word out today, with wind chills around zero, that they also provide heating fuel assistance….

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Appreciation: Irvienne Goldson, Longtime ABCD Health Advocate, Dies Unexpectedly

Friends, family and colleagues of Irvienne Goldson said to know her was to love her.  Sadly, Mrs. Goldson, who served as deputy director of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Health Services, died suddenly last week.  Mrs. Goldson joined ABCD in 1992 as manager of education and training and rose to become deputy director of ABCD Health Services department and…

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Irvienne Goldson, longtime ABCD educator, leader dies

ABCD President John Drew yesterday announced the death of Irvienne Goldson, deputy director of health services at the non-profit: Her rare leadership and unflagging commitment to the Boston community made her not only respected but beloved. With more than 30 years’ experience in health education and training, and curriculum and program development, she was a trailblazer, teacher, and tireless advocate who saw…

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