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Made for the job: Scott-Chandler takes reins at ABCD

The board of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in November named Sharon Scott-Chandler president and CEO of the anti-poverty agency. Scott-Chandler had for more than 10 years been executive vice president of the organization, which was founded in 1962 to combat poverty in Boston. A Mattapan native, Scott-Chandler went to school in Foxborough through the METCO program and graduated…

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Animal Rescue League Of Boston Celebrates Mobile Clinic’s 10,000th Visit

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — An affordable pet clinic from the Animal Rescue League Boston, dubbed the “Wellness Waggin,’” is celebrating the completion of its 10,000th appointment. The mobile clinic results from a partnership between the ARL and the nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development to offer pets physical exams, rabies vaccines, distemper vaccines, flea treatments, and microchips for the price of $10….

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Show Me the Money

ABCD Provides FREE Tax Preparation for Residents Earning $60,000 or Less Residents of Greater Boston and the Mystic Valley who earned $60,000 or less in 2022 are eligible for FREE tax preparation services and should make an appointment in early January, 2023, by calling the nearest ABCD neighborhood center or ABCD Connect at 617-348-6329. Tax preparation begins January 30, 2023….

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ABCD Thanks Corporate Sponsors and Generous Individuals for Supporting the Winter Fund: Seeks Donations for Children, Elders and Families in Need

ABCD’s Winter Fund is seeking cash as well as in-kind donations toward Fuel and Housing Assistance, winter clothing and food to help under-resourced and under-represented individuals and families across Greater Boston who are in need this winter season. A partial list of Winter Fund donors includes: Encore Boston, Environments at Work, Gaston Electrical, Highwire PR, MerlinOne, Pathai, RBC Wealth Management,…

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Ways To Warm The Community This Holiday Season

Local nonprofit organizations and food pantries are looking for community members who are willing to give back this holiday season amid rising food and heating costs. Food prices in Boston increased 12.2 percent over the year since September 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 32 percent of adults in Massachusetts experienced food insecurity in 2021, according…

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Charlestown Resident Nora Blake Lauded by ABCD at Community Heroes Celebration

On Friday, November 18, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, ABCD honored 16 Community Heroes – volunteers, partners, collaborators, and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston, and advocate for social, racial, economic and reproductive justice. The Community Heroes Celebration (CHC) is the first ABCD awards gala since 2019, and featured keynote speaker,…

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North Andover resident recognized for fundraising efforts to fight poverty

NORTH ANDOVER — Resident Russell Norris received thunderous applause from an audience of more than 1,000 people for his unwavering support of Action for Boston Community Development during the organization’s Community Heroes Celebration in November. “It felt great to share with my friends and family the impact we were all making,” he said. “But to share the stories of the…

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ABCD on the Radio: Applications for Fuel Assistance Flood in as Utility Costs Skyrocket

As utility costs continue to rise due to inflation, applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program have already surpassed last years’ rates, ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler told GBH.


Thelma Burns leaves enduring, rich legacy

It was with deep sadness and a heavy heart that I learned the news of the passing of a beloved friend Thelma Burns, an active ABCD board member for more than 35 years. She served as the chair and as a long-time executive committee member. Representing the Dorchester neighborhood, she took on various responsibilities through the years, including as the…

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Q&A: ‘Fighter for the underserved’ sees shifts in family planning access over 60 years

The recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning federal protection for abortion access is just one of several pivotal legal moves affecting access to contraception and infertility care and the right to privacy underpinning this access. Gary L. Gross, MD, has been a proponent of access to family planning resources for 60 years. In the early 1970s, he worked with members of the Family…

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