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Lovin’ Spoonfuls Holds Cooking Demo at ABCD Neighborhood Center

The ABCD North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) was pleased to have its partner Lovin’ Spoonfuls conduct a nutrition/healthful cooking workshop to the seniors. Lovin’ Spoonfuls is dedicated to facilitating the rescue and distribution of healthy, fresh food that would otherwise be discarded. They deliver this food weekly in trucks to community organizations like the NE/WE NSC, which…

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Liberty Mutual Insurance announces 19 East Boston community grants

East Boston APAC’s parent agency, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD), has received a grant from Liberty Mutual Insurance to address youth homelessness in Eastie and across Boston ABCD will be part of a $5 million effort by Liberty to support organizations in greater Boston working to reduce and end youth homelessness. ABCD was one of 19 organizations to receive…

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ABCD Ready to Help with Heating Assistance

Kathy Tobin of ABCD talks about its fuel assistance program and how to apply. Home heating assistance is critical during these cold winter months. Although the temperatures haven’t been that low this season, a cold house can still be uncomfortable and dangerous for families, elders and children. Watch the video below to learn more about ABCD Fuel Assistance and how to apply….

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PRESS RELEASE: ABCD Urges Families in Need to APPLY Now for Heating Assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 16, 2020 Months of winter cold ahead put Massachusetts’ most vulnerable low-income elders, children, and families at serious risk 20,000 households statewide are already out of home heating oil and will be left in the cold without more help ABCD urges residents in need to APPLY NOW! CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris: 617.455.7212 (mobile) Lee Phenner: 339.368.1140 (mobile) (BOSTON,…

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ABCD North End/West End Service Center Holiday Party

  Over 60 members of the community, nearly all of them seniors from the North End and West End neighborhoods, came to the center at 1 Michelangelo Street in the North End for a feast of chicken with all the trimmings, topped off by a typical Italian panettone and coffee. Each senior received a holiday gift that included toiletries, cooking…

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ABCD Awarded Grant to Support Expansion of ESOL Program

ABCD has recently been notified of a generous grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to expand the capacity of its English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program. The new DESE grant supports a 33% increase in capacity through the addition of five classes, enabling 72 additional students to enroll in classes. ABCD currently offers…

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Remembering Visionary ABCD leader Robert M. Coard

Ten years ago, the man who led ABCD for 41 of his 45 years with the organization passed away. Robert M. Coard, renowned as a builder of social institutions, was a catalyst in the national community action movement launched with the passage of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Robert Coard “had ideas that the city could be better, that…

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Local couple makes largest donation in history of ABCD toy drive

Action for Boston Community Development says it will have the thousands of toys it needs to make it a merry Christmas for hundreds of Boston families — thanks to a local couple who stepped up to help with the largest donation ever received by the nonprofit.                   On Thursday, ABCD said it…

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Cold snap costs residents in heating bills

With the recent cold snap in Boston ABCD has seen more people applying for fuel assistance earlier. The fuel assistance program helps low-income residents obtain home heating assistance to keep them and their families warm. Watch the video below to see Boston 25 interview ABCD President and CEO John Drew about the program and the need for in throughout the…

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ABCD trying to collect thousands of toys for children in need

BOSTON — A Massachusetts organization is in need of thousands of toys for the holidays. Action for Boston Community Development, or ABCD, is hoping to fulfill the dreams of thousands of children in need this holiday season. The group said Thursday that it is still in need of 3,000 toys. Organizers said they believe Christmas crept up on people this…

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