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Category: Press Release

A Message from Sharon Scott – Chandler, Esq., President and CEO: Remembering Thelma D. Burns

Dear ABCD community, friends and partners: Yesterday at Morning Star Baptist Church in Dorchester, we celebrated the life and legacy of long-time ABCD board member and community activist, Thelma D. Burns. The Boston Globe couldn’t have said it better when they wrote, “To Boston, Thelma D. Burns was ‘love personified.’” Thelma was an active ABCD board member for more than…

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HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge Headlines ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration on November 18

(BOSTON, MA) – On Friday, November 18, 2022, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, ABCD will honor 16 Community Heroes – partners, collaborators, volunteers 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 is the first ABCD awards gala since 2019, and will…

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New Fuel Assistance Applications Accepted

November 1, 2022 ABCD urges Greater Boston residents to confirm their eligibility. More families may qualify for help with fuel costs than what may be realized! WHAT:            ABCD is accepting new applications for Fuel Assistance. Electric and gas prices have recently skyrocketed, along with inflation. Families at most income levels are struggling to keep up…

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In An Historic Appointment, ABCD Board Names Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., President and CEO

First woman to lead renowned antipoverty agency looks forward to opportunity in an era of new challenges and tremendous change. (BOSTON, MA) – The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors has named long-time executive vice president/COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., President and CEO of the largest social services agency in New England. Scott-Chandler succeeds John J. Drew, who…

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Support ABCD Hoop Dreams at TD Garden by Becoming a $10,000 Corporate Sponsor or SuperFan Team to Benefit Boston’s At-Risk Youth

Exclusive access to event co-hosts Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Brad Stevens, and Sports Columnist & basketball guru Bob Ryan Event Chair: Peter Damato, CEO, Merchant Resource Group (BOSTON, MA) – On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., players from sponsor teams comprised of generous Boston businesses and groups of SuperFans will turn their dreams into reality at…

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ABCD Celebrates the 49th Annual Women’s Equality Day

Offers early voting site (Boston, MA) – In 1973, the U.S. Congress designated August 26th as Women’s Equality Day, to commemorate women being granted the right to vote in 1920, through the certification of the 19th Amendment which states that, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by…

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East Boston Legend John T. White Dies on June 7

Beloved, longtime community leader headed ABCD East Boston APAC since 1970s Legendary East Boston community leader John T. White Jr. died June 7 in Syracuse, New York,at age 87, surrounded by his loving family. For more than 50 years he served as ExecutiveDirector of the East Boston APAC of Action for Boston Community Development. John was oftenreferred to as the…

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ABCD thanks Boston City Council, officials for stepping up to support its longtime status as Title X grantee

After shocking shutout, organization regains funding to secure critical family planning and reproductive health services for marginalized communities ABCD to continue serving 30,000 under-resourced residentsthrough extensive family planning and health services network (BOSTON, MA) – Thanks to a unanimous resolution by the Boston City Council and urgent appeals from Greater Boston’s congressional delegation, as well as from state and municipal…

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ABCD’s 24th Field of Dreams Charity Event Set for June 27th at Fenway Park

Proceeds benefit ABCD’s summer jobs program that provides underserved teens with paid work and career guidance (BOSTON, MA) — Thanks to the generosity of the Boston Red Sox, ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) will once again host its iconic summertime fundraiser, Field of Dreams, at Fenway Park to benefit Greater Boston’s underserved, low-income youth through the ABCD SummerWorks program. NESN’s Tom Caron…

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ABCD PRESIDENT/CEO JOHN J. DREW TO RETIRE JUNE 30

Champion for the poor came to ABCD “start-up” in 1971 Renowned antipoverty agency now serves 100,000 annually; Board Chair Sean Daughtry says Drew leaves ABCD “stronger than ever” (BOSTON, MA) — John J. Drew, President/CEO of Action for Boston Community Development and longtime fighter for the low-income and underserved, will step down from his top role at ABCD on June…

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