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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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‘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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