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State campaign encourages individual climate action

Avery Bleichfeld Massachusetts state officials are touting programs that they say will help people of all income levels access bigger-ticket climate actions in a new campaign launched this month. The campaign, from the state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs Department, advertises things like buying electric vehicles, weatherizing a home, installing heat pumps and using solar power as solutions individuals can pursue…

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The Sound of Music at Ellis Early Learning and ABCD Head Start Program Enrollment Begins Fall 2023

A new pilot program made possible through a partnership with New England Conservatory (NEC) and the City of Boston to increase access to early music education will begin in the Ellis Early Learning and ABCD Head Start programs. Mayor Michelle Wu made the announcement alongside NEC President Andrea Kayln, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper, Ellis Early Learning CEO Lauren…

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Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds English for New Bostonians (ENB) recently recognized ABCD for its emerald anniversary, 20 years of uninterrupted partnership with the organization. ABCD’s English as a Second Language Program (ESOL) was one of the original 13 grantees when former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino established ENB in 2002.  Other ENB partners include Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, East Boston Community…

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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: