Month: November 2023

Gov. Maura Healey awards $380k to 13 restorative justice programs

Gov. Maura Healey announced on Friday that her administration awarded $380,000 in grants to 13 community-based organizations to support restorative justice programming. Restorative justice programming is a way of dealing with wrongdoing by bringing together those involved to talk, understand each other, and find solutions that repair harm. … The recipients of the grants are: READ MORE

Massachusetts food pantries seeing more need than ever, asking for help

Food pantries in Massachusetts are seeing a large increase in need this holiday season as more local families are trying to make ends meet. … Josh Young, vice president of field operations and legislative affairs at Action for Boston Community Development, also noted an uptick in need at the organization’s food access sites, where he said there were a few empty…

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Home heating assistance is now available

The state recently announced that families can now apply for home heating assistance, easing a financial burden for many low-income households.

Tragic Lewiston Mass Shooting at the Forefront of ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration Keynote Conversation

BOSTON – Action for Boston Community Development hosted its annual Community Heroes Celebration on Nov. 3, 2023, to honor 18 individuals who dedicate themselves to bettering the Greater Boston area. Headlining the evening with an inspiring keynote conversation centered around gun violence was host of MSNBC’s The Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell, and Tennessee State Representative Justin J. Pearson. NBC10 Boston…

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ABCD among organizations assisting migrants receiving work authorization

GBH News spoke to ABCD Chief Operating Officer Anne Corbin-Fennell about how the organization is assisting migrants seeking work authorization as supported by Governor Maura Healey. ABCD is stepping up both as operator of the MassHire Metro North Career Centers and by providing essentials to families in need of food, clothing, diapers, and more. The conversation begins at 0:59: The…

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Am I eligible for heating assistance? Mass. LIHEAP service provider ABCD shares must-know info about the program

Even if you follow the “no heat until Thanksgiving” rule, the last two weeks of frigid nights likely pushed — or at least tempted — you to turn that heat dial. We know an earlier start to the heating season doesn’t do your wallet any favors. So, if you’re dreading costly bills from energy providers like National Grid and Eversource, know you don’t…

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“It’s OK to need help,” Resources available for Boston parents struggling to earn living wage

BOSTON – Yanel Mejia thought she did everything right. “I went to get my bachelor’s [degree], graduated with a major in criminal justice, minor in social work,” Yanel said.  She earned a degree, started on a career path with work from home benefits, was a committed mother of two young daughters and yet, the numbers weren’t adding up.  “It’s definitely…

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Kien Lang and Huiling Zhu, Longtime Boston Volunteers, Receive Community Hero Awards at ABCD Annual Celebration

On Nov 3, 2023, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will recognize 18 individuals for their significant dedication as volunteers to all of Boston’s diverse communities. . Marking a significant moment in the event’s history, Kien Lang and Huiling Zhu have been included in this prestigious roster. This inclusion stands as a noteworthy testament to the commitment of Asian Americans…

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Saucy & Friends in the Morning | Thurs 11/2/23

BOSTON, MA — (November 2, 2023) ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler was live on Spark FM’s Saucy & Friends in the morning promoting the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration on November 3, 2023. The event will honor those who make Greater Boston a better place and feature Lawrence O’Donnell, host of “The Last Word” on MSNBC, and Rep. Justin J….

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This Friday is the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration – NBC Boston

Action for Boston Community Development will host its 2023 Community Heroes Celebration on Friday – an event honoring 18 people who are making a real and positive impact in the Greater Boston area. The heroes come from diverse professions and backgrounds – including educators, health care professionals, artists, nonprofit leaders, and parents. But they are all behind the same cause…

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