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Year: 2023

ABCD Launches Free Tax Preparation Season in Collaboration With the Boston Tax Help Coalition to Put Cash Back Into the Community

On January 27, the Boston Tax Help Coalition of which ABCD is a co-founder, kicked off the 2023 tax season at the offices of coalition member Urban Edge in Roxbury. The Boston Tax Help Coalition is a public-private collaboration with the City of Boston, which seeks to ensure the full participation of all Boston residents in the City’s economic vitality…

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Bob Coard, Melnea Cass Honored at the Embrace Boston Memorial

ABCD is pleased to be an early major sponsor of The Embrace monument that was recently unveiled at the 1965 Freedom Plaza on the Boston Common honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The Embrace monument symbolizes the hug that Dr. King shared with his wife Coretta after he won the Nobel Peace Prize. Long-time ABCD President/CEO Robert…

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Comienza la temporada de impuestos

El lunes inicia oficialmente la temporada de preparación de impuestos y realizar su declaración, podría salirle gratis este año, si cumple con ciertos requisitos. Para más información de dónde encontrar estos recursos en su comunidad visite este enlace. WATCH NOW


Free tax preparation starts Jan. 30 for residents earning up to $60,000

Call ABCD to schedule an appointment!Pay off debt, add to your savings with a lump-sum tax return payment (BOSTON, MA) — ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) urges all residents of Boston and the Mystic Valley who earned $60,000 or less in 2022 to schedule a FREE in-person tax prep appointment TODAY at one of our neighborhood sites by calling…

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“Friendship:” A Tribute to John White

John White passed away last June at age 87 after an impressive career of over 50 years running ABCD’s East Boston APAC. Tune in to Soterios Zoulas’ “Friendship” — a television special dedicated to John White and his overwhelming impact on the East Boston community. WATCH NOW


More Mass. residents ask for help with rising fuel costs this winter

As the price of everything from rent to eggs goes up, community organizations say more people need help heating their homes this winter. According to state numbers, first time applicants for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a federal program that provides financial aid for fuel, increased by 76% in Massachusetts compared to this time last year. … Sharon Scott-Chandler, president and CEO…

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Mass. residents struggle with soaring utility rates this winter

When Garrett Schick received his electric bill after Christmas and saw a 73 percent increase from his last bill, he and his family made the tough decisionto return holiday gifts to make ends meet. … Other area residents have applied to energy assistance programs through organizations like Quincy Community Action Programs and Action for Boston Community Development. “We have already…

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Summer jobs for youth pay off

Study shows boost in graduation rates WHEN THE TOPIC of the achievement gap comes up, the conversation invariably veers to all the out-of-school factors facing low-income students and students of color that are correlated with poorer outcomes on academic performance, high school graduation, and other measures.  New research evidence among Boston high school students points to an out-of-school factor that can…

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People on the Move: Raeann Whalen

Action for Boston Community Development welcomes Raeann Whalen as Special Projects Director. Reporting to the CEO, she focuses on advancing the organization’s key strategic initiatives and priorities. Ms. Whalen was COO at Housing Families and has held senior positions with ReSurge International and UTEC. She has 15 years of nonprofit experience in operations, fundraising & development and cross-functional team management….

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Sharon Scott-Chandler says struggling families will lose a critical boost with the end of COVID SNAP benefits

BOSTON, MA – January 10, 2023 The state’s Department of Transitional Assistance says extra pandemic food assistance from the federal government is ending soon. Congress recently moved to phase out the SNAP benefits which amount to an extra $95 a month. GBH News interviewed ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler about the impact on struggling families. LISTEN NOW For more…

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