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Month: November 2022

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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What to do if you need help with high energy costs this winter

Energy costs this winter are expected to rise, meaning you’ll likely pay more to heat your house or apartment. WBUR reporters Miriam Wasser and Yasmin Amer join us to talk about ways Massachusetts residents can apply for relief. LISTEN HERE


An ‘invisible’ crisis: Already behind on utility bills, many Americans face a tough winter

LONGMONT, Colo. — The temperature is dipping toward freezing Tuesday night and Toni Stark is getting worried about her rickety basement furnace holding out for another winter. Her plumber told her it will probably make it through, but at 99 years old, Stark isn’t taking anything for granted – whether that’s being able to keep the furnace running or remaining in her home as…

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ABCD on the Radio: Federal Heating Assistance Applications are Open


Mattapan native Scott-Chandler will take over the helm at ABCD

The region’s top anti-poverty agency has selected a Mattapan native to take charge as its next president and CEO. The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors said this week that Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., the agency’s longtime executive vice president/COO will replace John J. Drew, who retired last June after 51 years at ABCD. Scott-Chandler joined ABCD in…

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Energy prices are skyrocketing. Here’s how you can get financial help this winter

Whether you heat your home with gas, oil or electricity, your energy bills are going to be shocking this winter. Compared to this time last year, the price of fuel oil is up 72%, and for some utility customers the cost of electricity and natural gas are up 129% and 28.6%, respectively. … If you’re in a crisis and can’t wait that long, you should contact…

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HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Headlines ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration on November 18

Event Chair Russell Norris, General Manager, Slalom Boston will help honor 16 extraordinary community partners and volunteers; induct former ABCD President and CEO, John J. Drew into the ABCD Hall of Fame and recognize Dr. Gary Gross as an original champion for reproductive justice. Boston, Massachusetts, Nov. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — (BOSTON, MA) – On Friday, November 18, 2022,…

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