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Toys needed this holiday season: Requests from families in need far outpacing donations, ABCD says

BOSTON — Requests for toys from Massachusetts families in need this holiday season are outpacing donations, and a Boston-area nonprofit needs your help. Each holiday season, Action for Boston Community Development staff, board members, and corporate and community partners join together to collect donations of toys, clothing and gift cards. WATCH NOW

Beneficios de los programas de calefacción de la agencia ABCD podrían estar aumentando

(NOTICIAS YA).- La agencia ABCD urge a residentes del área de Boston, y varias otras localidades aledañas a aplicar en sus programas de asistencia de pago de calefacción ya que la agencia recibirá fondos federales adicionales y los beneficios de este programa ahora podrían estar aumentando. LISTEN NOW

Dorchester Toy Drive Missing Thousands Of Presents Weeks Before Christmas

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — About two weeks out from Christmas, a toy drive in Dorchester is down thousands of presents for needy kids. Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)’s annual toy drive has collected less than 500 toys for kids this Christmas, but that’s nowhere near the 6000 they were hoping to collect by now. Bianny Suncar is the Director of…

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Nonprofit: 6,000 toys needed by Dec. 15

An anti-poverty agency is making a public plea for unwrapped toys for children 12 or under in order to meet a formidable goal: 6,000 toys or donations by Dec. 15. “An awful lot of people are hurting,” said John Drew, president and CEO of Action for Boston Community Development. “People should not have to go through the holidays without a…

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ABCD Toy Drive calls out for support to bring holiday joy to children in low-income families

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDecember 7, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Koopersteinskooperstein@comcast.net617.875.3619 Lee Phennerlee.phenner@bostonabcd.org339.368.1140 ABCD Toy Drive calls out for support to bring holiday joy to children in low-income families Parents’ requests far outpacing donations Children, adults also need warm clothing, food, heating aid;Fuel Assistance available to combat high energy costs Requests for toys from low-income, disadvantaged families in Boston and towns served in the…

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10th ABCD Hoop Dreams raises funds for youth programs

Brad Stevens, Bob Ryan, Michael Holley welcome teams to TD Garden Generous businesses, groups of super fans, friends from the media, and two youth teams got their game on for ABCD Hoop Dreams, the iconic charity basketball tournament that benefits under-resourced young people in Greater Boston. The Vertex Pharmaceuticals-sponsored youth team, No Books, No Ball, walked away with the trophy….

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City of Boston and ABCD help homeowners avoid pandemic-related foreclosure

Since 2007, ABCD has partnered with the City of Boston to provide foreclosure prevention services to more than one thousand families at-risk of losing their homes. Throughout the pandemic the ABCD Foreclosure Prevention program has become all the more important, helping households negotiate with lenders and avoid not only the loss of their dwelling but also the loss of the…

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Sharon Scott-Chandler testifies before Congress on the critical impact of the Community Services Block Grant; offers insights into early childhood education at state legislator’s invitation

ABCD Executive Vice President/COO Sharon Scott-Chandler shared her expertise at the state and federal levels recently. The National Community Action Foundation selected her to testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor in favor of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) reauthorization. At the November 3rd hearing, Scott-Chandler highlighted some of ABCD’s major successes that are enabled by…

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ABCD very grateful for $4.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for heating assistance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 29, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619 Lee Phenner339.368.1140 ABCD very grateful for $4.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding for heating assistance As temperatures plummet and heating costs spike, organization urges residents to apply now to stay healthy and safe through winter (BOSTON, MA) — ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew thanked the Biden-Harris administration fordeploying an unprecedented $4.5…

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Collaborating to Build a Culturally Inclusive Early Childhood Education Approach

A dozen years ago, professor Christine McWayne came to Tufts with a vision for preparing early childhood education teachers through an equity lens. One of the very first things she did was reach out to ABCD Head Start & Children’s Services, which runs several infant and toddler and preschool programs around Boston, about a potential research-practice partnership. Today, that partnership is a decade-old…

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