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ABCD SummerWorks and you can support Boston youth

Paid jobs, mentoring, and school prep after a devastating year ABCD SummerWorks is joining forces with newly sworn-in Acting Mayor Kim Janey, the City of Boston, and more than 100 employer partners to help underserved youngsters, particularly those who have faced isolation and hardship brought on by the pandemic.  This proven program offers career readiness workshops, mentoring, and earnings of…

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With COVID restrictions lifted, ABCD Field of Dreams is back!

When the pandemic hit in 2020, ABCD shifted into high gear to meet the community’s escalating needs just as most everything else shut down. Including Fenway Park. For the first time in 22 years, ABCD’s iconic fundraising event, Field of Dreams, was canceled. But 2021 is a different story: Field of Dreams is back! In just over two weeks, Boston-area…

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Cummings Foundation awards ABCD $100,000 to expand ESOL program, meet community needs

Acknowledging ABCD’s “important, impactful work,” the Cummings Foundation has awarded the anti-poverty organization a generous three-year $100,000 grant to expand its Adult ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program. ABCD will establish an ESOL Summer Academy, providing the opportunity for students to continue their learning year-round.   “This generous grant is an investment in newcomers to Greater Boston, people in…

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Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) awarded $100,000 Cummings grant

Greater Boston-based nonprofit receives 3 years of fundingfrom Cummings Foundation FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2021 CONTACT:   Lee Phenner, ABCD339.368.1140lee.phenner@bostonabcd.org Alison Harding, Cummings Foundation781.932.7093aeh@cummings.com                          BOSTON, MA, May 26, 2021- Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants of $100,000 to $500,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The Greater…

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ABCD’s 22nd Annual Field of Dreams Charity Event Set for June 16th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 18, 2021 CONTACT: Cherrelle Norris617.455.7212cherrelle.norris@bostonabcd.org Taking place at the legendary Fenway Park, Field of Dreams proceeds will benefit ABCD’s summer jobs program that provides low-income teens with paid work and career guidance (BOSTON, MA) — Thanks to the generosity of the Boston Red Sox, ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) will once again hosts its iconic summertime fundraiser, Field…

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High schools in Springfield, Boston and Beverly receiving $972,000 in grants for after-school programming for teens with substance use disorder

Massachusetts officials have announced $972,000 in grants going to high schools in Springfield, Boston and Beverly to allow for after-school programming for teens with substance use disorder or who are at risk for developing the disorder. The award recipients are the Springfield Public Schools, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and the Northshore Education Consortium in Beverly. READ MORE

ABCD announces summer job programs, urge eligible youth to apply immediately to earn, learn, and heal their communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2021   CONTACT:  Cherrelle Norris  617.455.7212 cherrelle.norris@bostonabcd.org                (BOSTON, MA) – ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) announced the launch of their summer job programs for Boston youth ages 14 to 21. Income-eligible youth are urged to apply to ABCD SummerWorks immediately.   Participants can earn a paycheck while…

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“After a year off because of the pandemic, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) will host its Field of Dreams event at Fenway Park on June 16. The event, which started 24 years ago, brings together corporate teams for softball games to raise funds for ABCD’s SummerWorks jobs program for teenagers. Contact Liz McCarthy at (617) 620-6949 for more information about entering…

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Agencies Expand Access to Food Relief

John Drew, President and CEO of ABCD, and Catherine D’Amato, President and CEO of the Greater Boston Food Bank, talk about a $2 million initiative to meet more need for emergency food relief. Interview for BNN News. Aired April 1, 2021. For more information, call ABCD Food Pantries (617 348-6329), or the Project Bread FoodResource Hot Line (1 800 645-8333);…

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ABCD and The Greater Boston Food Bank Announce a Joint Initiative

… Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) and The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) jointly announced a groundbreaking $2 million initiative, designed to provide thousands of families affected by COVID-19 with more fresh fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious perishable foods. As experts in the field have noted, the demand for emergency food in Eastern Massachusetts has increased by 66%…

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