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Author: Connor Mattson

Boston Holiday Toy Drive in Need of More Donors, Even After $4K in Gifts

A Boston holiday toy drive is looking for more donations of presents that will go to disadvantaged families in the region. The Dorchester-based nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development, which collects and distributes the toy donations, says it’s been about 3,000 toys short of what it normally has to hand out in the holiday season. “The pandemic has hit a…

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ABCD looking at toy shortage as organization continues yearly toy drive

A major nonprofit human services organization is making calls for more donations as they experience a shortage of toys for low-income families ahead of the winter holidays. ABCD, which works with low-income residents in Boston and the Mystic Valley, runs a toy drive each winter holiday season for disadvantaged families in the area. This year, the pandemic and soaring costs…

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Beneficios de los programas de calefacción de la agencia ABCD podrían estar aumentando

(NOTICIAS YA).- La agencia ABCD urge a residentes del área de Boston, y varias otras localidades aledañas a aplicar en sus programas de asistencia de pago de calefacción ya que la agencia recibirá fondos federales adicionales y los beneficios de este programa ahora podrían estar aumentando. LISTEN NOW


Nonprofit: 6,000 toys needed by Dec. 15

An anti-poverty agency is making a public plea for unwrapped toys for children 12 or under in order to meet a formidable goal: 6,000 toys or donations by Dec. 15. “An awful lot of people are hurting,” said John Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development. “People should not have to go through the holidays without a…

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ABCD Toy Drive calls out for support to bring holiday joy to children in low-income families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 7, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Koopersteinskooperstein@comcast.net617.875.3619 Lee Phennerlee.phenner@bostonabcd.org339.368.1140 ABCD Toy Drive calls out for support to bring holiday joy to children in low-income families Parents’ requests far outpacing donations Children, adults also need warm clothing, food, heating aid;Fuel Assistance available to combat high energy costs Requests for toys from low-income, disadvantaged families in Boston and towns served in the…

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ABCD very grateful for $4.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for heating assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 29, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619 Lee Phenner339.368.1140 ABCD very grateful for $4.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for heating assistance As temperatures plummet and heating costs spike, organization urges residents to apply now to stay healthy and safe through winter (BOSTON, MA) — ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew thanked the Biden-Harris administration fordeploying an unprecedented $4.5…

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Collaborating to Build a Culturally Inclusive Early Childhood Education Approach

A dozen years ago, professor Christine McWayne came to Tufts with a vision for preparing early childhood education teachers through an equity lens. One of the very first things she did was reach out to ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services, which runs several infant and toddler and preschool programs around Boston, about a potential research-practice partnership. Today, that partnership is a decade-old…

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Asistencia para pago de facturas de calefacción en Mass.

La organización Acción para el desarrollo comunitario de Boston presta ayuda a familias de bajos recursos. Para más información ingrese en www.Bostonabcd.org WATCH HERE


Home Heating Costs Expected To Skyrocket This Winter

BOSTON (CBS) – Local heating assistance programs are preparing to help their clients as the U.S. Government predicts there will be higher bills for heating this winter. The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that the cost of heating oil will increase by 43%, natural gas by 30%, propane by 54%, and electricity by 6%. Those numbers climb even higher if…

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Drew: Increased funding for recovery high schools will save lives

I applaud the Boston Herald’s recent call for increased state funding for recovery high schools — an investment that’s critical to preventing ever more misery along Boston’s “Mass & Cass” methadone mile. Since 2006, ABCD — Action for Boston Community Development — has operated William J. Ostiguy High School, Boston’s only recovery high school and one of just five in…

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