Author: Connor Mattson

Agencies Expand Access to Food Relief

John Drew, President and CEO of ABCD, and Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, talk about a $2 million initiative to meet more need for emergency food relief. Interview for BNN News. Aired April 1, 2021. For more information, call ABCD Food Pantries (617 348-6329), or the Project Bread FoodResource Hot Line (1 800 645-8333);…

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ABCD and The Greater Boston Food Bank Announce a Joint Initiative

… Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) and The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) jointly announced a groundbreaking $2 million initiative, designed to provide thousands of families affected by COVID-19 with more fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious perishable foods. As experts in the field have noted, the demand for emergency food in Eastern Massachusetts has increased by 66%…

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Eversource and ABCD Energy Efficiency Project Underway at Housing for Seniors and Residents with Disabilities in Greenfield

Eversource Energy Efficiency Project Underway at Housing for Seniors and Residents with Disabilities in Greenfield $500,000 incentive from the energy company will help reduce energy use and improve residents’ comfort during pandemic SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 5, 2021) – As part of its commitment to affordable housing options for the community, Eversource is partnering with the Greenfield Housing Authority (GHA) on a…

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Community heroes address needs, fight inequity

So far, there seems to be at least a glimmer of hope for equitable distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. But when it comes to support services for at-risk populations, and our most vulnerable seniors and children, the fight for fairness continues. Fundamental and structural inequities still persist for communities of color, the poor and the marginalized. Statistics show that Black…

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Fuel Assistance Funding Increase Brings Critical Relief to Families in Crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 1, 2021 CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris617.455.7212cherrelle.norris@bostonabcd.org Fuel Assistance Funding Increase Brings Critical Relief to Families in Crisis ABCD urges struggling Boston-area and Mystic Valley residents to APPLY NOW (BOSTON, MA) –ABCD, Greater Boston’s antipoverty agency, announces a fuel assistance increase that bumps the maximum benefit to $1,110. The funding brings critical relief to families pushed to the financial brink…

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Irvienne Goldson, health care “spirit warrior” for women of color, dies at 60

No stranger to the daily challenges women of color face, Irvienne Goldson became a beacon of hope while offering health resources, education, and guidance to Boston’s underserved communities. “Things get hard,” she said in a “Warrior Wednesdays” video posted online, adding that “when I get to that moment of, like, I do feel like giving up, that’s where my spirit warrior…

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ABCD offers FREE tax return preparation for eligible residents who earned under $57,000 in 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 11, 2021 ABCD offers FREE tax return preparation for eligible residents who earned under $57,000 in 2020 COVID-related Tax Relief Act of 2020 allows for use of 2020 OR 2019 income for EITC and the Additional Child Tax Credit; Eligible filers can claim Recovery Rebate Credit (BOSTON, MA) – ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) urges local…

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ABCD provides fuel assistance for thousands of households

ABCD has helped thousands of individuals and families with fuel assistance this winter. With the impending storm this afternoon, they expect many more people to need help. President/CEO John Drew said,”We are presently at $875 which is substantial but in this particular winter where people are hurting, we need more” Listen Here:


ABCD: Don’t Put Off Call for Fuel Assistance

Kathy Tobin, Energy Programs Director for ABCD, explains how eligible households can receive home heating assistance, as well as cost-saving weatherization and upgrades for more energy efficiency. Interview for BNN News. Aired February 1, 2021. For more information or to apply for fuel assistance, call 617 357-6012. WATCH HERE


ABCD Responds to Extreme Need as Pandemic Surges

ABCD has been busy meeting the economic challenges created by the pandemic. The Boston-based agency has been helping needy people locally since the early ’60’s. President/CEO John Drew said, “We’re doing food, we’re doing rent, we’re doing anything we can.” He wants to get the word out today, with wind chills around zero, that they also provide heating fuel assistance….

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