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Category: Newsletter

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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As winter cold hits, ABCD urges residents to apply for heating assistance

As bitter cold grips Massachusetts, ABCD reminds residents that households at or below the federal poverty level can receive as much as $1,650 in fuel assistance, while those with slightly higher incomes receive benefits on a sliding scale.  Due to the huge spike in energy costs and the ongoing economic crisis battering our most vulnerable households, benefits from the federal…

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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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Yawkey Foundation donates $40,000 to Youth Access Pack project

Recognizing that many young people in the community face severe social and economic barriers, the Yawkey Foundation has donated $40,000 to the ABCD Youth Access Pack project.  The grant will fund monthly access packs for 25 participants in ABCD’s Career Explorations and HOPES youth career development programs throughout 2022. While virtually all under-resourced youth confront steep challenges including vanishing pathways…

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ABCD LOOKS FORWARD TO PARTNERING WITH MAYOR MICHELLE WU, LAUDS APPOINTMENT OF BRIANNA MILLOR AS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT CHIEF

During her seven years as a Boston City Councilor, Michelle Wu led the advancement of issues that aligned with the ABCD mission and daily operations. As she gets down to the work of being mayor, we anticipate countless opportunities to join forces for the betterment of under-resourced residents and for Boston overall. As the first elected woman and first Asian…

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ADMINISTRATION FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES AWARDS ABCD $250,000 TO IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY OPERATIONS

ABCD is proud to announce that we have been awarded $250,000 from the Office of Community Services, an Office of the Administration for Children and Families. This funding will be used to launch the GoodBEANS program (Building Efficiency and Access in Nutritious Services), which is designed to bring more food to those in need by strengthening our food systems. GoodBEANS…

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Sharon Scott-Chandler testifies before Congress on the critical impact of the Community Services Block Grant; offers insights into early childhood education at state legislator’s invitation

ABCD Executive Vice President/COO Sharon Scott-Chandler shared her expertise at the state and federal levels recently. The National Community Action Foundation selected her to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor in favor of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) reauthorization. At the November 3rd hearing, Scott-Chandler highlighted some of ABCD’s major successes that are enabled by…

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