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Career center wins gold award for employment services to veterans

MassHire Metro North Career Center, operated by ABCD since July 2020, has been awarded a Veterans Employment and Training Program Performance and Incentive Award for its outstanding service to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. When in-person services closed down, its JVSG team (Jobs for Veterans State Grants) quickly adapted to a new way of working, collaborating with leadership to adopt the technology required for high…

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ABCD and City of Boston pop-ups bring rental assistance directly to neighborhoods

Last month’s end of the national eviction moratorium coincided with dire news that across the country, 90% of federal rental assistance funds had yet to be distributed. In response, ABCD and the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development are mobilizing — literally — to get the word out and applications in. Funded with a $20,000 grant from the City,…

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ABCD’S John Drew Receives National Robert M. Coard Innovation Award

NCAP Honors ABCD Leadership at Annual Convention in Boston The National Community Action Partnership presented ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew with the Robert M. Coard Innovation Award for his exceptional work in advancing community-wide solutions that provide pathways for children and families to thrive.  The award was presented during the NCAP awards gala on the evening of September 2 at…

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Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) awarded $100,000 Cummings grant

Greater Boston-based nonprofit receives 3 years of fundingfrom Cummings Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2021 CONTACT:   Lee Phenner, ABCD339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org Alison Harding, Cummings Foundation781.932.7093aeh@cummings.com                          BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2021- Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The Greater…

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$2 million partnership between major Boston-area agencies promotes food security for thousands of hungry low-income households

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 22, 2021   CONTACT:  Cherrelle Norris  617.348.6224(office) 617.455.7212 (mobile)              Hunger During the Pandemic Action for Boston Community Development and The Greater Boston Food Bank announce a joint initiative to improve nutrition for families affected by pandemic Action for Boston Community Development and The Greater Boston Food Bank announce a joint…

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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:


On the passing of Irvienne Goldson

It is with the deepest sadness that I share that Irvienne Goldson passed away suddenly this week. Irvienne joined ABCD in 1992 as manager of education and training and rose to become Deputy Director of our Health Services department. Her rare leadership and unflagging commitment to the Boston community made her not only respected but beloved. With more than 30…

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ABCD Head: More Help Needed from Washington

John Drew, President/CEO of ABCD, talks about emergency aid for local families and the need for agreement in more help from the federal government. Interview for BNN News. Watch Here


ABCD is offering free, virtual English language classes by ESOL instructors

Do you need to learn English or improve your English-speaking skills so that you can find a new job, move up in your career, help your children with school assignments and meet other challenges of life? Beginning September 21, ABCD will offer free, virtual English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses from its centers in Mattapan, Roslindale and Mission…

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Volunteers and Donors Provide Food, Technology, and Hope for Out of School Youth

The ABCD Youth Services Department serves in-school and out-of-school youth through a variety of year-round workforce development programs. Focusing on different industries, the programs provide youth with soft skills, job training, paid internships, and the support of caring adults through case management and mentorship. When all ABCD Youth programs shifted to distance learning, many youth found themselves without the proper…

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