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ABCD spells chance to change lives for the better

There’s a saying that is often attributed to Gandhi — that a society is best judged by how it treats the people who have the least — the homeless, jobless, working poor, immigrant communities, seniors, families and children. For more than half a century, Action for Boston Community Development — or ABCD — has taken their antipoverty mission and message…

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What happens when you can’t afford to stay warm?

From draping curtains to dressing in layers, Louise Peatfield is finding interesting ways to try to stay warm. An unseasonably cold fall and skyrocketing home heating costs have created a dicey situation for many in Massachusetts. To make it worse, winter hasn’t even started yet. Combine these issues with cuts to the federal fuel assistance program and advocates are concerned…

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ABCD ADOPT A FAMILY NEEDS YOUR HELP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 29, 2018 Contact Lee Phenner Cell: 339.368.1140    abcd calls on families, organizations, and companies to “adopt a family” this holiday season Make the season bright for children, families, and seniors in need   (BOSTON, MA) – Too many Greater Boston families will face a bleak holiday season unless compassionate neighbors reach out. The need is huge. Right…

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State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz Honored at ABCD Community Heroes Celebration

On October 26, ABCD held its annual Community Heroes Celebration. This fundraising event pays tribute to the agency’s volunteers, people who make a world of difference in the lives of the most vulnerable among Boston’s diverse neighborhoods. The hero for the ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) site was none other than the North End’s…

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Doc Rivers Q&A: The Clippers Coach Speaks on Sacrifice and the Value of Giving Back

by Justin Barrasso   Glenn “Doc” Rivers is the head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers but is best known for his work guiding the Boston Celtics to an NBA championship in 2008. Behind the scenes, Rivers’s humanitarian work with Boston’s ABCD anti-poverty group over the past decade has played a tremendous role in the group’s ability to impact the city’s youth…

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Leslie Odom, Jr. headlines ABCD’s ‘In It Together’ event

by Maggie Kilgannon   Leslie Odom Jr., who brought Aaron Burr to life as part of the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton,” was the guest speaker at ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration Friday night at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Action for Boston Community Development provides low-income residents with the tools, support, and resources they need to transition from poverty to stability and from…

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Leslie Odom, Jr. to perform at ABCD dinner

  “Hamilton” continues performances at the Boston Opera House through mid-November —but come Oct. 26, Boston will make way for another (former) Aaron Burr. Leslie Odom, Jr., who played Hamilton’s foe in the original Broadway production, will speak and perform at “In It Together,” an annual dinner hosted by Action for Boston Community Development honoring local volunteers and community leaders …….

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BOLD TYPES: Dial-an-entertainer

When the superstar who was the main draw at your upcoming fund-raiser cancels a month before the event, it helps to have concert promoter Don Law on speed-dial. Bob Elias learned that the hard way. As director of government relations at antipoverty agency Action for Boston Community Development, Elias takes it upon himself to ensure that ABCD’s annual gala comes off without a hitch…. (Read more.)


Mobile outreach van, team serving the homeless suspended until further notice

The Action for Boston Community Development Mobile Homeless Outreach Team (MHOT), a program serving homeless people in Greater Boston’s Mystic Valley region , has  temporarily suspended its services as the program looks for donations to keep the van running. Spare Change News highlighted the program in March when it lost  funding from the federal government due to low marks on a grading…

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