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‘I left it all on the field’: longtime head of Boston’s ABCD to retire this month

BOSTON — It’s one of the largest anti-poverty agencies in the country. It was also one of the first. ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) of Boston serves more than 100,000 people a year. And John Drew, who’s been a part of it for more than 50 years, is ready to retire. Boston 25 News anchor Kerry Kavanaugh recently sat down…

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

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 will co-chair and serve as emcee. The event will take place on Monday, June 27, starting at 7 am….

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Kraft Family, Patriots Foundation and Gillette Donate $275,000 in the Names of 2022 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Winners

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the past 25 years, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation have been recognizing volunteers for going above and beyond to give back to their communities through the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. Formerly known as the Community Quarterback Awards, this volunteer recognition was renamed in 2011 in memory of Myra Kraft. On…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, Set To Retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) Parker Hill Neighborhood Service Center has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money for both…

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ABCD’s John Drew, tireless champion of the poor, is signing off

John Drew is probably one of the most influential Bostonians you don’t know much about. Which is a shame because — at the tender age of 84 — he is stepping down as the CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, better known as ABCD. It’s the city’s biggest and most durable antipoverty agency, a Swiss Army knife of social…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, set to retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) partner site at the Putnam Community Center in Jamaica Plain has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood.        Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they…

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In their words: what’s in your nonprofit’s strategic plan?

As part of the Business Journal’s special feature on the Future of Nonprofits, we asked a number of Boston nonprofit leaders about the view in their looking glass — their current priorities, how the public and private sectors can help, and how fundraising has changed in the Covid era. Here’s what they told us: What’s the most important item on your…

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Longtime ABCD leader John Drew to retire

John J. Drew, who has held leadership positions at the human services nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development, will retire next month after 13 years as president and CEO. Drew will be succeeded by ABCD’s executive vice president and COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, who the nonprofit said will be its first female Black leader in its six-decade history. Drew will retire…

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Charlestown Native and Longtime President and CEO of ABCD John Drew Set To Retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) John F. Kennedy Family Service Center office has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money…

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Wraparound Services Spotlighted for Community Action Month

May is Community Action Month, and Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts are raising awareness about the wraparound services they provide to low-income residents. Community Action was started in 1964 by the Johnson administration to fight poverty, and agencies have been working ever since to help folks – both in crisis situations and with economic empowerment. Sharon Scott-Chandler, executive vice president…

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