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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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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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ABCD SummerWorks Empleando a la Juventud


ABCD Field Of Dreams Event At Fenway Park Raises Money For SummerWorks Youth Program

Money raised by the “Field of Dreams” event at Fenway Park helps young people from low-income families find work at non-profit organizations. WATCH HERE

Businesses Go to Bat for ABCD Summer Jobs

With support from local businesses and the Boston Red Sox, ABCD holds its annual “Field of Dreams” event at Fenway Park to raise money for youth jobs in the SummerWorks program. WATCH HERE

Softball teams at Fenway to raise money

Corporate softball teams were at Fenway Park Wednesday for a very important fundraiser. “Very unique experience to be on the field and to play. Whether it’s one year or every year — to get a hit to run the bases, it’s a lot of fun,” said Lew Eisenberg, chairman ABCD Field of Dreams. WATCH HERE

HEAD START EXPANSION Key to Achievement of Universal Pre-K in Biden Administration American Families Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 4, 2021 CONTACT: Susan Kooperstein617.875.3619skooperstein@comcast.net Lee Phenner339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org America’s proven gold standard early education program brings racial equity, economic opportunity to all of America’s families In Boston and across America, the community-based federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs serve as models for providing high quality early education and care set solidly in a racial-social equity framework that…

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Talent-matching and job search success: from layoff to dream job

The 2020 ABCD Annual Report featured a story about Rachel Carle, a Danvers resident who was laid off in the early days of the pandemic. A senior director with a booming Cambridge company, she was 30 years into a satisfying career when suddenly everything changed.  “When I lost my job, I didn’t know where to turn. I was panicking, afraid…

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