Author: Darren Szeto

Talent-matching and job search success: from layoff to dream job

The 2020 ABCD Annual Report featured a story about Rachel Carle, a Danvers resident who was laid off in the early days of the pandemic. A senior director with a booming Cambridge company, she was 30 years into a satisfying career when suddenly everything changed.  “When I lost my job, I didn’t know where to turn. I was panicking, afraid…

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ABCD SummerWorks and you can support Boston youth

Paid jobs, mentoring, and school prep after a devastating year ABCD SummerWorks is joining forces with newly sworn-in Acting Mayor Kim Janey, the City of Boston, and more than 100 employer partners to help underserved youngsters, particularly those who have faced isolation and hardship brought on by the pandemic.  This proven program offers career readiness workshops, mentoring, and earnings of…

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With COVID restrictions lifted, ABCD Field of Dreams is back!

When the pandemic hit in 2020, ABCD shifted into high gear to meet the community’s escalating needs just as most everything else shut down. Including Fenway Park. For the first time in 22 years, ABCD’s iconic fundraising event, Field of Dreams, was canceled. But 2021 is a different story: Field of Dreams is back! In just over two weeks, Boston-area…

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Cummings Foundation awards ABCD $100,000 to expand ESOL program, meet community needs

Acknowledging ABCD’s “important, impactful work,” the Cummings Foundation has awarded the anti-poverty organization a generous three-year $100,000 grant to expand its Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program. ABCD will establish an ESOL Summer Academy, providing the opportunity for students to continue their learning year-round.   “This generous grant is an investment in newcomers to Greater Boston, people in…

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Boston polling places open this week

Election department taking COVID precautions Source: Yawu Miller, Bay State Banner Last Saturday and Sunday, Boston voters with mail-in ballots could drop their envelopes in receptacles outside one of nine community centers across the city. Inside the community centers, voters checked in and voted early with the standard paper ballots. For those unwilling to make a trip to a local…

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ABCD Head Start Responds to COVID-19

Updated 4/6/20 Due to the Massachusetts State of Emergency associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, ABCD HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START ARE CLOSED THROUGH MAY 4, 2020. (The date is subject to change.)   A Message to Head Start and Early Head Start Parents: All ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services programs will be closed through Monday, May 4th, 2020 due…

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ABCD Provides Emergency & limited Services in Response to COVID-19 – in detail

This information is current as of 3/31/20. Please check back here for the latest information or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation changes frequently. Due to the escalating threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Emergency in Massachusetts,  ABCD will continue to fulfill our commitment to serving those most in need in…

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Garrison Raises Eyebrows At Roxbury Candidates Forum

The event was hosted by Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, in the Thelma Burns Building in Roxbury. Aisha Washington, deputy director of legislative affairs for ABCD, said the forum was especially important in light of low voter turnout in the preliminary municipal election. “Boston is the biggest city in the commonwealth, and we drive a lot of initiatives…

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Boston Herald Letter to the Editor – Partnerships make a difference

Partnerships make a difference Longstanding partnerships, such as the one Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) has shared with United South End Settlements (U.S.E.S.) for more than half a century, provide struggling families with the comprehensive resources that they need to survive and thrive. When U.S.E.S. placed the Harriet Tubman House up for sale, ABCD did bid on the property…

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