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Commonwealth Corporation Awards ABCD $500,000 Toward Early Education Teacher Training

Enrollment Is Now Open Commonwealth Corporation, through the Workforce Competitive Trust Fund, awarded ABCD $500,000 to support 90 participants in the agency’s First Steps early educator training program. The grant runs from July 1, 2022 – July 1, 2024. Applicants must meet income requirements. Participants receive college credits through the Urban College of Boston or other partner community colleges. Upon completion,…

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ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler Reaffirms Agency’s Commitment to Reproductive Rights

As we all continue to advocate against the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ABCD is proactively trying to do its part to minimize the effects of this devastating decision. We are gravely concerned about the disproportionate impact it will have on under-resourced communities, particularly those of color: it is only the latest threat to our…

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Reinvestment grant will help three nonprofits doing work in Jamaica Plain

Last week District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced the distribution of $60,000 in grants to Suffolk County nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the health and safety of the county’s residents. Three nonprofits doing work in Jamaica Plain were among the 13 nonprofits to receive grants between $2,500 and $5,000 through Hayden’s Community Reinvestment Grant (CRG).  “Throughout my career as a prosecutor…

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Suffolk County DA’s Community Reinvestment Grant Will Help Two Nonprofits Doing Work in Charlestown

Last week District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced the distribution of $60,000 in grants to Suffolk County nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the health and safety of the county’s residents. Two nonprofits doing work in Charlestown were among the 13 nonprofits to receive grants between $2,500 and $5,000 through Hayden’s Community Reinvestment Grant (CRG). “Throughout my career as a prosecutor and…

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‘Incredible Experience’ as Softball Players Raise Funds at Fenway Park

The 23rd annual Field of Dreams charity softball tournament took place Monday at Fenway Park; Action for Boston Community Development — or ABCD — uses the event to raise money to help underserved teens with paid jobs, mentoring and workshops Amateur athletes had the chance to “play ball” inside historic Fenway Park — while also helping underserved teens. Action for…

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Red Sox Host ‘Field Of Dreams’ Charity Fundraiser For Summer Job Program

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Monday, even with rain moving in, donators paid to take the field at Fenway Park for a charity ballgame benefitting the advocacy group, ABCD’S SummerWorks jobs program. According to the anti-poverty organizations website, the event “Field of Dreams” has raised over $5 million for ABCD SummerWorks over the 20 or so years. At “Field of…

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Field of Dreams Charity Softball Tournament Held at Fenway Park

Money was raised to help hundreds of teens find jobs and develop career skills. WATCH HERE


ABCD’s Fenway Park event home run for Boston teens getting summer jobs

BOSTON —Playing ball at Fenway Park is usually reserved for the big leaguers. But today, the home runs are scoring summer jobs for Boston teens. It’s not every day that an average Joe can hear his or her name announced over the loudspeakers of Fenway Park. “They yell out, ‘Jim Burns No. 8.’ It’s such a cool experience to hear…

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“Music With Heart” Spreads Joy in Troubling Times, and John Drew Says Goodbye to ABCD

From prisons to homeless shelters, dozens of Boston-area amateur musicians are spreading joy through song to those struggling to get by, or searching for a second chance. Tim McHale, co-founder of “Music With Heart”, joins Nichole on the show this week to talk about the group’s three-decade history performing in and around the Hub, and how you can take part….

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John Drew reflects on long career with ABCD

President and CEO to retire after 51 years John J. Drew, the president and chief executive officer of Action for Boston Community Development, recently announced his intention to retire after 51 years of work with New England’s largest anti-poverty agency. Drew, who grew up in the Charlestown public housing projects, attended Bentley College while working as a security officer and raising…

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