Author: Connor Mattson

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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Appreciation: Irvienne Goldson, Longtime ABCD Health Advocate, Dies Unexpectedly

Friends, family and colleagues of Irvienne Goldson said to know her was to love her.  Sadly, Mrs. Goldson, who served as deputy director of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Health Services, died suddenly last week.  Mrs. Goldson joined ABCD in 1992 as manager of education and training and rose to become deputy director of ABCD Health Services department and…

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Irvienne Goldson, longtime ABCD educator, leader dies

ABCD President John Drew yesterday announced the death of Irvienne Goldson, deputy director of health services at the non-profit: Her rare leadership and unflagging commitment to the Boston community made her not only respected but beloved. With more than 30 years’ experience in health education and training, and curriculum and program development, she was a trailblazer, teacher, and tireless advocate who saw…

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Distributions Make Holidays At The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center Merry And Bright

Buone Feste! December was a time filled with holiday distributions for the seniors and families that the ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) serves. Although sadly due to COVID-19 there was no December holiday party, staff strove to create feelings of joy and delight in some surprises during this unprecedented year. Thanks to collaboration with the Greater Boston Food Bank,…

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CHELSEA, MA. – DECEMBER 4: Edith Zavala thanks a customer for donating along with Aracely Gamboa as they try to raise money for the Salvation Army at Market Basket on December 4, 2020 in Chelsea, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/ MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)


When temperatures drop, heating bills can start to pile up for families across Massachusetts. Community advocacy groups say with pandemic unemployment and economic rollbacks, the number of people needing help to heat their homes this winter could soar. They told Boston 25 News anchor Kerry Kavanaugh, there is now a scramble for funding happening right now to make sure everyone…

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