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‘The Ache for Home Lives in All of Us, the Safe Place Where We Can Go and Not Be Questioned’

During her keynote address at the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration last month, Secretary Marcia L. Fudge of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said she is reminded of that quote by Dr. Maya Angelou when she reflects on her decision to join the Biden administration. “Growing up, my family did not have much, but we had a…

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In Memoriam Dorchester 2022

They were among the many who said goodbye. Some served in government. Some served the interests of their neighborhoods in public settings while others did so from home. Some offered spiritual direction. Some built things, and one delivered the mail with diligence and equanimity. For all that, they had one thing in common: A connection to Dorchester during their lives….

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Made for the job: Scott-Chandler takes reins at ABCD

The board of Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in November named Sharon Scott-Chandler president and CEO of the anti-poverty agency. Scott-Chandler had for more than 10 years been executive vice president of the organization, which was founded in 1962 to combat poverty in Boston. A Mattapan native, Scott-Chandler went to school in Foxborough through the METCO program and graduated…

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Animal Rescue League Of Boston Celebrates Mobile Clinic’s 10,000th Visit

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — An affordable pet clinic from the Animal Rescue League Boston, dubbed the “Wellness Waggin,’” is celebrating the completion of its 10,000th appointment. The mobile clinic results from a partnership between the ARL and the nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development to offer pets physical exams, rabies vaccines, distemper vaccines, flea treatments, and microchips for the price of $10….

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Milestones

Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds English for New Bostonians (ENB) recently recognized ABCD for its emerald anniversary, 20 years of uninterrupted partnership with the organization. ABCD’s English as a Second Language Program (ESOL) was one of the original 13 grantees when former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino established ENB in 2002.  Other ENB partners include Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, East Boston Community…

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Show Me the Money

ABCD Provides FREE Tax Preparation for Residents Earning $60,000 or Less Residents of Greater Boston and the Mystic Valley who earned $60,000 or less in 2022 are eligible for FREE tax preparation services and should make an appointment in early January, 2023, by calling the nearest ABCD neighborhood center or ABCD Connect at 617-348-6329. Tax preparation begins January 30, 2023….

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ABCD Thanks Corporate Sponsors and Generous Individuals for Supporting the Winter Fund: Seeks Donations for Children, Elders and Families in Need

ABCD’s Winter Fund is seeking cash as well as in-kind donations toward Fuel and Housing Assistance, winter clothing and food to help under-resourced and under-represented individuals and families across Greater Boston who are in need this winter season. A partial list of Winter Fund donors includes: Encore Boston, Environments at Work, Gaston Electrical, Highwire PR, MerlinOne, Pathai, RBC Wealth Management,…

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Ways To Warm The Community This Holiday Season

Local nonprofit organizations and food pantries are looking for community members who are willing to give back this holiday season amid rising food and heating costs. Food prices in Boston increased 12.2 percent over the year since September 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and 32 percent of adults in Massachusetts experienced food insecurity in 2021, according…

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Charlestown Resident Nora Blake Lauded by ABCD at Community Heroes Celebration

On Friday, November 18, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport, ABCD honored 16 Community Heroes – volunteers, partners, collaborators, and leaders who uplift underserved and under-represented people and families throughout Greater Boston, and advocate for social, racial, economic and reproductive justice. The Community Heroes Celebration (CHC) is the first ABCD awards gala since 2019, and featured keynote speaker,…

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Fuel Assistance Benefit Levels Increased to $2,200

Apply today! WHAT: At the urging of ABCD and other Community Action Agencies, more LIHEAP funding is now available to people in need this winter. The maximum benefit level has been increased to $2,200, from $1,600 which will help struggling families, individuals and elders to make it through the harsh winter season. ABCD continues to accept new applications for Fuel…

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