Category: News

ABCD: Hungry children can’t wait months for relief bill

It’s been six weeks since the termination of the $600 per week Pandemic Unemployment Insurance that kept millions of workers who lost their jobs afloat in the early months of the COVID-19 crisis. Right now it is critical for the House, Senate and White House to come together on legislation that continues that funding and meets other urgent pandemic-related needs….

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Federal assistance needed as COVID-19 continues to devastate low-income households

Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said. A retired retail worker from Dorchester, Paulette, 69, juggles paying for rent, food, and other needs. She raised her granddaughter, who lives…

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FOOD INSECURITY IS ON THE RISE IN MASSACHUSETTS

As the coronavirus continues to impact jobs and the economy, food insecurity is rising in Massachusetts, and food assistance programs are seeing more people look to the federal government for help feeding their families. The anti-poverty agency ABCD reports 10,000 families coming to its food pantries since mid-March, compared to 4,000 families seeking help most years. The ABCD pantries get…

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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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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: Relief Impasse Hurts Needy

John Drew, President/CEO of ABCD, talks about ongoing relief efforts in the Boston area and how needs might increase because of disagreements in Congress over pandemic aid. WATCH NOW


In the news: Yvonne Jones

The board of directors of ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development), Greater Boston’s anti-poverty agency, has reelected community leader, educator, and activist Yvonne Jones of Dorchester to a fourth year as chair. Jones will serve in that role for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. A retired educator and senior administrator, Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree in human services management…

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Looking for a job? Check MassHire centers near you

As unemployment spikes because of Covid-19, greater Boston’s antipoverty agency ABCD brings its workforce-development  expertise for anyone via MassHire Metro North Career Centers, in Woburn and Cambridge. With fortunate timing, ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) has assumed operations of the MassHire Metro North Career Centers in Cambridge, Woburn, and Chelsea. With one million state residents unemployed, the result of record job losses since…

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ABCD launches MassHire MetroNorth Career Centers operations

Action for Boston Community Development has assumed operations of the MassHire Metro North Career Centers in Cambridge, Chelsea and Woburn. With 1 million state residents unemployed, the result of record job losses since the COVID-19 pandemic began, ABCD is working to meet this crisis with operational efficiency, workforce development experience and a history of program innovation. On June 2, the…

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Experts Say School And Childcare Reopening Presents Challenges And Opportunities

  Schools and childcare programs face significant challenges as they work towards reopening this summer and fall. But a panel of health and human services leaders agreed Thursday that those challenges can be met, and that the current situation presents opportunities to do things differently. The leaders spoke via a Zoom web conference hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of…

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