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ABCD urges families in need to sign up for assistance with food, rent, other essentials at ABCD Neighborhood Centers

ABCD is all about access: the organization’s community-based network of centers throughout Boston and Mystic Valley ensures that individuals and families experiencing financial strain and in need of vital resources can find the help they need without traveling far. And despite signs of economic recovery in Massachusetts, tens of thousands of disadvantaged people in Greater Boston are behind on their…

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In the news: Sean Daughtry

At its June 23 meeting, the Board of Directors of Action for Boston Community Development elected Roxbury resident and Vertex Pharmaceuticals PAT Scientist Sean Daughtry to serve as chair for a one-year term. Daughtry joined the ABCD Board in 2013, representing the NAACP Boston Branch, and currently serves as a public sector member representing State Representative Elizabeth A. Malia. He…

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Why Is The Mass. Unemployment Rate Twice As High As N.H.’s?

At the Waterhouse Restaurant in southwestern New Hampshire, soft shell crabs were on the lunch menu and business was brisk. But General Manager Linda Quintanilha said she can’t fully re-open the restaurant in Peterborough because she can’t find enough staff. … John Drew, chief executive officer of Action for Boston Community Development, a nonprofit that provides services to low-income residents,…

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Mass. should extend moratorium over utility bills

Thank you to Hiawatha Bray for drawing attention to the end, on June 30, of the state’s moratorium on utility shutoffs (“Utility bills come due as moratorium expires,” Business, July 1). There is an array of help available for those in danger of being left in the dark, but many families and seniors will not be aware of these resources or…

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ABCD VITA Program Returns $6 Million to Community Residents, Boosts Economy in Boston-area Neighborhoods

ABCD staff and volunteers sprang into action during tax season 2021, providing individuals, families and seniors with low to moderate income with expert assistance filling out and filing their  federal and state income tax returns. All eligible participants received the significant Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the expanded Child Tax Credit (CTC). ABCD is part of the Internal Revenue…

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ABCD Field of Dreams raises $150,000 for youth jobs program

Businesses pay to play at Fenway, build team spirit On June 16th, a perfect summer day, physicians, client relations managers, and IT consultants became shortstops, left fielders, and catchers at the iconic annual ABCD fundraiser Field of Dreams. Thanks to the generosity of their companies and, of course, the Boston Red Sox, ABCD Field of Dreams raised an astounding $150,000…

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Unprecedented inter-agency coalition meets urgent needs of 100,000 residents

ABCD leads initiative to aid and empower those hardest hit by pandemic When Governor Baker declared a state of emergency in March 2020 due to the surging COVID-19 pandemic, ABCD was on the frontlines ramping up programs and services. But we quickly saw that, despite the broad spectrum of programs and services we offer, we could reach more people in…

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DPH awards Ostiguy High $324,000 to support students in recovery

Multi-year grant to help fund student-centered wellness and enrichment activities ABCD’s William J. Ostiguy Recovery High School has received a $324,000 multi year grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Addiction Services to expand comprehensive year-round, after-school and out-of-school, services and supports for youths with substance use disorder.  Recovery high schools in Beverly and Springfield also…

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BUSINESS/COMMUNITY LEADER SEAN DAUGHTRY ELECTED ABCD BOARD CHAIR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 30, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org Roxbury resident pledges to uphold ABCD mission, expand resources enabling low-income residents to reach highest potential New slate of ABCD Board Officers elected (BOSTON, MA) – At its June 23 meeting, the Board of Directors of Action for Boston Community Development elected Roxbury resident and Vertex Pharmaceuticals PAT Scientist Sean Daughtry to serve as…

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ABCD VITA Program Returns $6 Million to Community Residents, Boosts Economy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 23, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org Staff, volunteers provide virtual, drop-off tax assistance during pandemic, ensure inclusion of EITC, expanded CTC for eligible participants ABCD staff and volunteers sprang into action during tax season 2021, providing individuals, families and seniors with low to moderate income with expert assistance filling out and filing their federal and state income…

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