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ABCD Hoop Dreams returns to TD Garden

It’s time to hit the parquet for a great cause! ABCD – Action for Boston Community Development – is holding another round of its “Hoop Dreams” fundraiser on November 2 at TD Garden in Boston. John Drew, the President and CEO of ABCD, joins Nichole to talk about the event and the many other ways they help those in need…

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ABCD’s Hoop Dreams back on at TD Garden

After a pandemic pause, a big Boston event that benefits local teens is back on at TD Garden. ABCD’s Hoop Dreams is a charity basketball tournament that enables basketball fans to live out their dreams of playing on the floor of the Garden. The tournament supports ABCD youth programs that break down barriers and create opportunities for youths. They include SummerWorks and…

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Connor Schoen and Tony Shu are taking action in ending young adult homelessness with actionable steps to stable employment

Connor Schoen and Tony Shu, who met as undergraduates at Harvard, cofounded Breaktime with a mission to end young adult homelessness by providing them with employment opportunities. In this story, Vickie, a young woman experiencing homelessness, discusses her job at an ABCD food pantry in Boston’s South End neighborhood. WATCH NOW

Get Ready to Pay More to Heat Your Home This Winter. Here’s Why

The price of heating oil last year was $2.08 per gallon — now it’s $3.21 With cold weather on the horizon, the cost of heating oil and natural gas is going up. It affects everyone, but especially people with a low or fixed income. People like Marjorie Sartori, who lives with her two grandsons in Malden, Massachusetts. “Usually, I can’t…

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ABCD Says Low-income Residents Face Perfect Storm as Home Heating Costs Rise, Winter Cold Descends

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 13, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org ABCD Says Low-income Residents Face Perfect Storm as Home Heating Costs Rise, Winter Cold Descends Thousands forced to choose between heat, food, rent, medicine With dramatic increases in home heating costs predicted, ABCD warns that residents of the Boston area and other cold-weather regions will face a perfect storm of painful…

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ABCD Hoop Dreams at TD Garden to benefit at-risk youth

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOctober 12, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org Boston Celtics President of Baseball Operations Brad Stevens and Sports Writer & Basketball Guru Bob Ryan to host ABCD Hoop Dreams at TD Garden to benefit at-risk youth Boston businesses and super fans draft teams to play b-ball on the legendary parquet NBC Sports Boston’s Michael Holley to emcee; Bob Ryan…

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The Red Sox’ playoff race has been great, even with their late-season stumbles

“Brad Stevens, Bob Ryan, and Michael Holley will be out front for the annual ABCD Hoop Dreams of Champions at TD Garden Nov. 2. For a chance to play on the parquet floor and contribute to a great cause, contact elizabeth.mccarthy@bostonabcd.org or call 617-620-6949.” READ MORE

ABCD and City of Boston pop-ups bring rental assistance directly to neighborhoods

Last month’s end of the national eviction moratorium coincided with dire news that across the country, 90% of federal rental assistance funds had yet to be distributed. In response, ABCD and the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development are mobilizing — literally — to get the word out and applications in. Funded with a $20,000 grant from the City,…

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ABCD’S John Drew Receives National Robert M. Coard Innovation Award

NCAP Honors ABCD Leadership at Annual Convention in Boston The National Community Action Partnership presented ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew with the Robert M. Coard Innovation Award for his exceptional work in advancing community-wide solutions that provide pathways for children and families to thrive.  The award was presented during the NCAP awards gala on the evening of September 2 at…

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Career center wins gold award for employment services to veterans

MassHire Metro North Career Center, operated by ABCD since July 2020, has been awarded a Veterans Employment and Training Program Performance and Incentive Award for its outstanding service to veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. When in-person services closed down, its JVSG team (Jobs for Veterans State Grants) quickly adapted to a new way of working, collaborating with leadership to adopt the technology required for high…

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