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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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What will Trump’s new executive order mean for unemployed workers in Mass.? Confusion reigns

Massachusetts officials declined to say Monday whether they would accept new funding from the federal government that could boost unemployment benefits by $400 a week, as states scrambled to understand the controversial maneuver President Trump announced over the weekend. Charles Pearce, a spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, said the Baker administration is reviewing the…

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Volunteers and Donors Provide Food, Technology, and Hope for Out of School Youth

The ABCD Youth Services Department serves in-school and out-of-school youth through a variety of year-round workforce development programs. Focusing on different industries, the programs provide youth with soft skills, job training, paid internships, and the support of caring adults through case management and mentorship. When all ABCD Youth programs shifted to distance learning, many youth found themselves without the proper…

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ABCD PROVIDES EMERGENCY SERVICES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 – IN BRIEF

This information is current as of 4/6/20. Please check back here for the latest information or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation changes frequently. During the escalating threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Emergency in Massachusetts, ABCD will continue to fulfill our commitment to serving those most in need in a…

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ABCD Head Start Responds to COVID-19

Updated 4/6/20 Due to the Massachusetts State of Emergency associated with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, ABCD HEAD START & EARLY HEAD START ARE CLOSED THROUGH MAY 4, 2020. (The date is subject to change.)   A Message to Head Start and Early Head Start Parents: All ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services programs will be closed through Monday, May 4th, 2020 due…

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ABCD Provides Emergency & limited Services in Response to COVID-19 – in detail

This information is current as of 3/31/20. Please check back here for the latest information or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates as the COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation changes frequently. Due to the escalating threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the State of Emergency in Massachusetts,  ABCD will continue to fulfill our commitment to serving those most in need in…

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Asian American Civic Association rings in 52 years

  The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) celebrated its “Their Courage to be New” gala on June 30 at the Spirit of Boston cruise ship. About 400 guests rang in 52 years of service. Social Justice Award recipient and ABCD president and CEO John Drew said, “Social justice to me means we’re all in this together.” Santander Bank was recognized…

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Massive holiday toy drive in Boston needs help

BOSTON – A massive holiday toy drive in Boston is in need of help. Boston-based ABCD says it has received 7,000 requests for toys but only about 1,000 donations so far. ABCD says almost 28,000 Boston children, or 26 percent, are living in poverty in Boston. So for families making difficult financial decisions, gifts may be out of reach. Today,…

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Holiday Help Needed: 7,000 requests for donated toys …

BOSTON —Action for Boston Community Development is reaching out to families, organizations and companies who want to put smiles on children’s faces across Boston neighborhoods and surrounding towns this holiday season. ABCD has received more than 7,000 requests for gifts for children in need and has just 1,000 toys on hand or promised by generous individuals and companies. Almost 28,000…

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ABCD Seeks Toys, Clothing Donations

Chris Lovett of Boston Neighborhood Network News sits down with ABCD Executive Vice President/COO Sharon Scott-Chandler to discuss the need for toys to make the holidays bright for Boston’s children in need — and what that kindness means to underserved children and families. Along with toys and games, families request warm coats, hats, gloves and boots to get through the…

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