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Comienza la temporada de impuestos

El lunes inicia oficialmente la temporada de preparación de impuestos y realizar su declaración, podría salirle gratis este año, si cumple con ciertos requisitos. Para más información de dónde encontrar estos recursos en su comunidad visite este enlace. WATCH NOW

Free tax preparation starts Jan. 30 for residents earning up to $60,000

Call ABCD to schedule an appointment!Pay off debt, add to your savings with a lump-sum tax return payment (BOSTON, MA) — ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) urges all residents of Boston and the Mystic Valley who earned $60,000 or less in 2022 to schedule a FREE in-person tax prep appointment TODAY at one of our neighborhood sites by calling…

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“Friendship:” A Tribute to John White

John White passed away last June at age 87 after an impressive career of over 50 years running ABCD’s East Boston APAC. Tune in to Soterios Zoulas’ “Friendship” — a television special dedicated to John White and his overwhelming impact on the East Boston community. WATCH NOW

More Mass. residents ask for help with rising fuel costs this winter

As the price of everything from rent to eggs goes up, community organizations say more people need help heating their homes this winter. According to state numbers, first time applicants for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a federal program that provides financial aid for fuel, increased by 76% in Massachusetts compared to this time last year. … Sharon Scott-Chandler, president and CEO…

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Mass. residents struggle with soaring utility rates this winter

When Garrett Schick received his electric bill after Christmas and saw a 73 percent increase from his last bill, he and his family made the tough decisionto return holiday gifts to make ends meet. … Other area residents have applied to energy assistance programs through organizations like Quincy Community Action Programs and Action for Boston Community Development. “We have already…

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Summer jobs for youth pay off

Study shows boost in graduation rates WHEN THE TOPIC of the achievement gap comes up, the conversation invariably veers to all the out-of-school factors facing low-income students and students of color that are correlated with poorer outcomes on academic performance, high school graduation, and other measures.  New research evidence among Boston high school students points to an out-of-school factor that can…

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People on the Move: Raeann Whalen

Action for Boston Community Development welcomes Raeann Whalen as Special Projects Director. Reporting to the CEO, she focuses on advancing the organization’s key strategic initiatives and priorities. Ms. Whalen was COO at Housing Families and has held senior positions with ReSurge International and UTEC. She has 15 years of nonprofit experience in operations, fundraising & development and cross-functional team management….

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Sharon Scott-Chandler says struggling families will lose a critical boost with the end of COVID SNAP benefits

BOSTON, MA – January 10, 2023 The state’s Department of Transitional Assistance says extra pandemic food assistance from the federal government is ending soon. Congress recently moved to phase out the SNAP benefits which amount to an extra $95 a month. GBH News interviewed ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler about the impact on struggling families. LISTEN NOW For more…

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ABCD and the Animal Rescue League of Boston Celebrate 10,000 Wellness Waggin’ Appointments

ABCD and the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) celebrated a major milestone, 10,000 Wellness Waggin’ veterinary appointments for ABCD clients! This high-quality, low-cost mobile pet wellness program launched in August of 2019 and has expanded to ABCD locations in Dorchester, Mattapan/Hyde Park and East Boston.    ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., said that ABCD seeks to meet as…

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The Sound of Music at Ellis Early Learning and ABCD Head Start Program Enrollment Begins Fall 2023

A new pilot program made possible through a partnership with New England Conservatory (NEC) and the City of Boston to increase access to early music education will begin in the Ellis Early Learning and ABCD Head Start programs. Mayor Michelle Wu made the announcement alongside NEC President Andrea Kayln, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper, Ellis Early Learning CEO Lauren…

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