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Why ABCD’s ‘Hoop Dreams’ is such an important event

You grew up around here and you are a basketball fan. You might have played high school basketball, maybe even some college. At the very least you cherish those three-on-three or four-on-four games at the local Y. And when you’ve gone to TD Garden and seen the banners and the parquet floor, you’ve fantasized about what it would be like…

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ABCD in The Provider: Summer Programs for Youth, President/CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler on Gun Violence

Cost of electricity rises in July

BOSTON — Don’t let this cooler weather fool you, the past few scorching weeks are about to hit your wallet when the next electric bill comes around. … If you are struggling with paying your bill, there are some outlets you can turn to for help. The organization Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) has been using some remaining CARES…

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Locals press Biden on fuel assistance

Former U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III and several representatives from local organizations that provide reduced-cost and no-cost energy to low-income residents came together in Roxbury last week to urge President Joe Biden to increase federal funding to $10 billion for fuel assistance programs next year. The ask comes just a week after President Biden visited Massachusetts and promised to help…

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A Healthcare Clinician and a Community Provider Fear for America’s Women

Across the country, many people have been outraged by the U.S Supreme Court’s recent decision in overturning Roe v. Wade, an almost 50 year precedent. In the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women’s Health Organization decision, the Court ruled that “the Constitution of the United States does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people…

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2022 Election Cycle Underway ABCD Offers Early Voting Site

ABCD is committed to empowering underserved and underrepresented people in Greater Boston through civic engagement – by encouraging use of their voices and votes to make a difference in the community and in society at-large. That’s why we want to share up-to-date information about the Massachusetts State Primary Election on Tuesday, September 6th, 2022. The State Primary Election determines which candidates…

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Developing Young Leaders

Twenty-two teens learned about civic engagement at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, and about entrepreneurship at the Junior Achievement Innovation Center as part of the Youth Engaged In Action (YEA!) summer program for income-eligible 13 year olds in Boston, Malden, Medford and Everett. Thirteen is a tween stage — too old for summer camp, but too young to qualify for a youth…

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Batter Up! Field of Dreams Baseball Fundraiser Is Back 

The June Field of Dreams summertime fundraiser at Fenway Park was rained out, but not before some of our incredible sponsors got a few games in for a great cause, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Mass General Brigham, DMB Financial and Ropes & Gray LLP. Co-chairs included Tom Caron, journalist, New England Sports Network, Lewis Eisenberg, partner, Cosgrove, Eisenberg and Kiley…

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A Message from Sharon Scott-Chandler

Dear ABCD family, As I reflect on this first few weeks as your new President and CEO, I am both humbled and inspired. Bob Coard’s passion and determination built ABCD. His longtime deputy, John Drew, succeeded him, leading ABCD to new accomplishments. I feel deeply honored that the torch has been passed to me to lead this incredible organization on…

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Cooling costs, inflation putting pressure on energy assistance

BOSTON (State House News Service) – Federal energy assistance for low-income households ballooned during the COVID-19 pandemic to $8 billion, but with funding for heating and cooling aid forecast to return to normal levels and energy prices doubling in the last year advocates are calling on President Joe Biden to boost support for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program….

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