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

For decades East Boston’s Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) APAC 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 for both heat…

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ABCD PRESIDENT/CEO JOHN J. DREW TO RETIRE JUNE 30

Champion for the poor came to ABCD “start-up” in 1971 Renowned antipoverty agency now serves 100,000 annually; Board Chair Sean Daughtry says Drew leaves ABCD “stronger than ever” (BOSTON, MA) — John J. Drew, President/CEO of Action for Boston Community Development and longtime fighter for the low-income and underserved, will step down from his top role at ABCD on June…

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ABCD THANKS ASSISTANT SPREAKER KATHERINE CLARK, MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION, FOR PASSAGE OF CSBG MODERNIZATION ACT

Vote marks critical step to strengthening low-income families and communitiest On Friday, May 13, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5129, the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2021-2022 on a 246-169 vote. The bill reauthorizes the Community Services Block Grant program through FY2031 and makes important changes concerning administration and leadership. performance measurement, and minimum and maximum…

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Hispanic-serving colleges in Mass. support Latino students, but some schools fall short

Leer en español. When Jennifer Reyes emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 2016, she wanted to make a better future for herself. Upon entering the United States, she listed a few of her goals: to continue her education, find a better job and make more money. But at the time, she couldn’t speak English. “One of the reasons why I…

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ABCD, Bridge Over Troubled Waters Each Get $50K Donation

Each of two Boston nonprofits—Action for Boston Community Development, an anti-poverty agency, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, which provides services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth—recently received a $50,000 donation from Astound Broadband to support their ongoing work. Sanford Ames, senior vice president and general manager of Astound Broadband, said both organizations “strengthen our community.” He lauded Action for Boston Community…

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Failure to Fund Successful Health Services Program Leaves 30,000 Vulnerable Residents, Communities of Color Without Vital Care

On March 29, 2022, ABCD—Action for Boston Community Development—received the shocking news that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Population Affairs, was terminating funding of the anti-poverty organization’s Title X Family Planning program as of March 31, 2022. For more than 50 years, in collaboration with a vital community health center network, ABCD has done an…

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Astound Broadband announces $100,000 in donations to two Boston nonprofits

BOSTON , April 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Astound Broadband powered by RCN ,formerly known as RCN Boston, an award-winning provider of high-speed internet, TV and phone services, announced donations of $100,000 to two Boston nonprofit organizations: Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Each received $50,000. Astound Broadband is dedicated to ensuring equitable opportunities for all regardless of gender, ability, religion, orientation, socio-economic, racial, or ethnic background. Following a…

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Cursos de inglés gratis en Boston

A medida que la cantidad de inmigrantes aumenta en Boston, la demanda de cursos de inglés como segundo idioma supera la oferta, según un nuevo informe. Hay aproximadamente 240,000 adultos en edad laboral en el área metropolitana de Boston con dominio limitado del inglés. Es probable que esa estadística sume 7,000 más cada año. Sin embargo, solo hay alrededor de 100 opciones…

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Astound Broadband Powered by RCN Boston Announces $50,000 Donation to ABCD

                                Boston, MA – April 27, 2022– Astound Broadband powered by RCN, formerly known as RCN Boston, an award-winning provider of high-speed internet, TV, and phone services, announced today a donation of $50,000 to Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD.) ABCD is a nonprofit human services organization that each year provides more than 100,000 low-income residents in the Greater Boston region with tools…

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Fuel Assistance Benefit Levels Increased for Utility-Heated Homes

ABCD Urges Community Residents to Apply for Home Heating AId NOW as Funds Available, Deadline Approaches FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 26, 2022  CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein at 617.875.3619 or Lee Phenner at 339.368.1140                                 (BOSTON MA) – An increase in home heating benefits for utility-heated homes translates to as much as $1,525 to homeowners and renters. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community…

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