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Category: Newsletter

Cambridge Savings Bank Awards ABCD $50,000 for Food Security 

In May, after an initial request of $10,000, Cambridge Savings Bank awarded ABCD $50,000 to support our food security programming for FY 2022. We are extremely grateful for this generous donation! Last year, ABCD provided clients with 206,481 meals. Funding from Cambridge Savings Bank will help improve the quantity, quality, choice and cultural relevance of food in our clients’ monthly…

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MassHire Metro North Career Centers Win Bronze Award

In August, the ABCD operated MassHire Metro North Career Centers (MNCC) won the Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program (JVSG) Bronze Award. In addition to the recognition, the award comes with a cash prize which will be spent on adding capacity to serve Veterans. Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Career Services recognizes great work within the field including the…

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The Changing Face of Poverty

Poverty in Boston is changing, and as a result, the ways in which ABCD responds to poverty are evolving. ABCD’s mission remains the same – providing low-income households with the tools needed for economic success. But a deeper understanding of what poverty means today can make our work more effective. Poverty is often defined by a single number: the Federal…

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2022 Election Cycle Underway ABCD Offers Early Voting Site

ABCD is committed to empowering underserved and underrepresented people in Greater Boston through civic engagement – by encouraging use of their voices and votes to make a difference in the community and in society at-large. That’s why we want to share up-to-date information about the Massachusetts State Primary Election on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022. The State Primary Election determines which candidates…

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Developing Young Leaders

Twenty-two teens learned about civic engagement at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, and about entrepreneurship at the Junior Achievement Innovation Center as part of the Youth Engaged In Action (YEA!) summer program for income-eligible 13 year olds in Boston, Malden, Medford and Everett. Thirteen is a tween stage — too old for summer camp, but too young to qualify for a youth…

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Batter Up! Field of Dreams Baseball Fundraiser Is Back 

The June Field of Dreams summertime fundraiser at Fenway Park was rained out, but not before some of our incredible sponsors got a few games in for a great cause, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Mass General Brigham, DMB Financial and Ropes & Gray LLP. Co-chairs included Tom Caron, journalist, New England Sports Network, Lewis Eisenberg, partner, Cosgrove, Eisenberg and Kiley…

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A Message from Sharon Scott-Chandler

Dear ABCD family, As I reflect on this first few weeks as your new President and CEO, I am both humbled and inspired. Bob Coard’s passion and determination built ABCD. His longtime deputy, John Drew, succeeded him, leading ABCD to new accomplishments. I feel deeply honored that the torch has been passed to me to lead this incredible organization on…

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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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ABCD offers free tax prep to eligible residents

EITC, Child Tax Credit, all tax relief measures addressed ABCD urges all residents of Boston and the Mystic Valley region who earned $58,000 or less in 2021 to make an appointment now for no-cost tax preparation.  ABCD’s IRS-certified tax preparers will prepare and submit tax returns, working primarily online but also by drop-off, phone and email, with limited in-person appointments…

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