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Millions of children lifted out of poverty once more face harsh conditions The significant and historic Child Tax Credit that this year lifted more than 3.6 million children in America out of poverty must be extended beyond December 2021. “On behalf of the millions of families and children who will be losing this life-saving benefit in January, we beg the…

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Talent-matching and job search success: from layoff to dream job

The 2020 ABCD Annual Report featured a story about Rachel Carle, a Danvers resident who was laid off in the early days of the pandemic. A senior director with a booming Cambridge company, she was 30 years into a satisfying career when suddenly everything changed.  “When I lost my job, I didn’t know where to turn. I was panicking, afraid…

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ABCD SummerWorks and you can support Boston youth

Paid jobs, mentoring, and school prep after a devastating year ABCD SummerWorks is joining forces with newly sworn-in Acting Mayor Kim Janey, the City of Boston, and more than 100 employer partners to help underserved youngsters, particularly those who have faced isolation and hardship brought on by the pandemic.  This proven program offers career readiness workshops, mentoring, and earnings of…

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With COVID restrictions lifted, ABCD Field of Dreams is back!

When the pandemic hit in 2020, ABCD shifted into high gear to meet the community’s escalating needs just as most everything else shut down. Including Fenway Park. For the first time in 22 years, ABCD’s iconic fundraising event, Field of Dreams, was canceled. But 2021 is a different story: Field of Dreams is back! In just over two weeks, Boston-area…

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Cummings Foundation awards ABCD $100,000 to expand ESOL program, meet community needs

Acknowledging ABCD’s “important, impactful work,” the Cummings Foundation has awarded the anti-poverty organization a generous three-year $100,000 grant to expand its Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program. ABCD will establish an ESOL Summer Academy, providing the opportunity for students to continue their learning year-round.   “This generous grant is an investment in newcomers to Greater Boston, people in…

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Agencies Expand Access to Food Relief

John Drew, President and CEO of ABCD, and Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, talk about a $2 million initiative to meet more need for emergency food relief. Interview for BNN News. Aired April 1, 2021. For more information, call ABCD Food Pantries (617 348-6329), or the Project Bread FoodResource Hot Line (1 800 645-8333);…

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ABCD Fuel Assistance provides help to keep thousands of people warm this winter

ABCD Fuel Assistance is available to those who need help staying warm this winter. While the program has helped thousands of families and individuals, it can help many more. “Eligibility is where you are right now, not what you made last year,” said ABCD President/CEO John Drew. Listen to the entire interview here:

On the passing of Irvienne Goldson

It is with the deepest sadness that I share that Irvienne Goldson passed away suddenly this week. Irvienne joined ABCD in 1992 as manager of education and training and rose to become Deputy Director of our Health Services department. Her rare leadership and unflagging commitment to the Boston community made her not only respected but beloved. With more than 30…

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Is this holiday season shaping up as a replay of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” without the redemption and joy of that story’s ending? It looks that way from David Abel’s pre-Thanksgiving story of food pantries across Massachusetts (“ ‘I’ve never seen anything like this kind of need,’ ” Page A1, Nov. 25). We at Action for Boston Community Development are…

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OPINION: Federal assistance needed as COVID-19 continues to devastate low-income households

ABCD calls on Congress and the White House to set aside their differences and get the next coronavirus relief bill passed. Since COVID-19 struck, Jamie, a 57-year-old mother from Everett, has worried constantly about keeping her family fed. Then the refrigerator died, and all their food was lost. “You don’t want to tell your child there is no food,” she said. A…

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