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Month: November 2022

Sharon Scott-Chandler on the passing of Thelma D. Burns

Dear community, It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I share news of the passing of our beloved friend and board member, Thelma Burns. Thelma was a parent at the Christopher Gibson Elementary School in Dorchester in 1965 when a young teacher named Jonathan Kozol was fired for reading Langston Hughes poetry to his 4th graders. With…

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Community Heroes Celebration Commemorated ABCD’s Diamond Jubilee, 60 Years of the Anti-Poverty Work in Greater Boston

ABCD hosted the first in-person Community Heroes Celebration (CHC) in three years at the Omni Boston Hotel. Event Chair Russell Norris, General Manager, Slalom Boston helped honor 16 extraordinary community partners, collaborators, volunteers and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston.  Former ABCD President and CEO, John J. Drew, a national leader in the community…

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Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Katherine Clark, tours ABCD’s Medford Head Start

Last month, Assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Katherine Clark, toured our Medford Head Start and Children’s Services learning center, and met with parents, staff and National Community Action Foundation CEO, David Bradley, to discuss ongoing challenges within the early education system and the impact on families.  “We are so grateful for Assistant Speaker Clark’s visit to our Medford…

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Scott-Chandler: ABCD celebrates 60 years of fighting poverty

For 60 years, ABCD has been many things to many people. The words people use to describe our Boston-area antipoverty and community action agency brim with hope for the future.  ABCD means opportunity and pathways to economic mobility, they say. It is an investment in people and communities. ABCD lifts up our most vulnerable residents through education and innovation, equity…

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ABCD celebrates 60th anniversary with Community Heroes Celebration

BOSTON —The organization that offers much-needed assistance to at-risk kids and families in need will highlight more than a dozen people at its annual gala on Friday. For more information on the celebration at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, click here. WATCH NOW


In the news: Sharon Scott-Chandler

The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors has named long-time Executive Vice President/COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., president and CEO of the largest social services agency in New England. Scott-Chandler succeeds John J. Drew, who retired on June 30, 2022 after 51 years with the antipoverty agency, as president and CEO. With the passing of legendary ABCD President/CEO,…

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Editorial: Hurrah for John Drew

One of the city’s finest leaders of the last half-century will be feted on Friday at a gala dinner that benefits the organization he served with distinction starting in 1971. John Drew, 85, retired from his top role at Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in June, but Friday’s Community Heroes Celebration will serve as John’s big send-off in front…

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Sharon Scott-Chandler takes the reins at Boston nonprofit ABCD

When Sharon Scott-Chandler joined Boston antipoverty agency ABCD in 1999, she never imagined she would eventually end up as its chief executive. But after making a switch from a more traditional legal career, Scott-Chandler played invaluable roles at Action for Boston Community Development — first as a manager in ABCD’s early childhood education program, and most recently as the nonprofit’s chief operating officer. ……

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Many partners help Globe Santa in its mission

For 67 years Globe Santa, a program of the Boston Globe Foundation, has provided gifts to children in need at holiday time. Please consider giving by phone, mail, or online at globesanta.org. The letter, typed on a form from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, asks for help on behalf of a “very happy 9-year-old little girl.” Adopted in 2017, she…

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ABCD le ofrece ayuda al pagar sus facturas de calefacción

Con las frías temperaturas que están por llegar, hay muchas familias en la ciudad de Boston y zonas aledañas, que necesitaran ayuda al pagar sus facturas de calefacción. Es por eso que hoy en Encuentro Latino queremos contarles sobre un programa de la organización sin fines de lucro ABCD, que puede ayudarle a mantener sus hogares calientes durante este invierno….

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