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ABCD urges residents to apply for heating assistance

By Taylor Brokesh, Reporter CorrespondentJanuary 31, 2024 With winter temperatures now in full chill-mode, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) is urging residents to apply for funds from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to help cover utility costs. Massachusetts received $130 million from the federal government to disperse specifically for heating assistance, according to ABCD, the…

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ABCD offers free tax preparation for Boston and Mystic Valley residents with incomes up to $64,000

ABCD urges all residents of Boston and the Mystic Valley who earned $64,000 or less in 2023 to schedule a FREE in-person tax prep appointment right away at one of our neighborhood sites by calling 617-348-6329 or visiting bostonabcd.org/tax. ABCD is a co-founder of the Boston Tax Help Coalition, a public-private collaboration with the City of Boston and a number of other…

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US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUNITIES IN INITIATIVE TO IMPROVE WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the second cohort of its Youth Systems Building Academy, an innovative effort to increase and enhance employment opportunities for youth. The 10 additional communities and their partners will receive individualized training and tailored technical assistance from the department to help develop, test, implement or scale systems that engage and support young people entering the workforce.


Free Tax Prep at the Connolly Center

Action for Boston Community Development, known as ABCD, is an anti-poverty nonprofit, relies largely on donations to organize its annual toy drive, under its larger “Winter Fund” program, which assists families with basic necessities like clothing and food.


Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. speaks at energy roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and local leaders

ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. joined an esteemed group of leaders at a roundtable discussion with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen hosted by Roxbury Community College (RCC) to share the important and exciting efforts to promote clean energy and energy efficiency in Massachusetts. RCC Interim President Jackie Jenkins-Scott, Governor Maura Healey, Mayor Michelle Wu, and leaders…

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Case Manager Spotlight: Brendyn Schneider

Q: How long have you been with MassHire Metro North Career Center A: I have been in career services since May of 2016. ABCD became the operator of MassHire Metro North in July of 2020. Q: Can you identify three barriers to employment that you see when clients come to the career center? A: The first is outdated job search…

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Climate equity and impact in action

To highlight the benefits of energy efficiency in advancing a more equitable clean energy future, ABCD and the Sponsors of Mass Save®  hosted Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) Secretary Ed Augustus at Chestnut Manor, an Arlington Housing Authority property. Chestnut Manor received a $1.3 million investment in energy efficiency upgrades from ABCD and Eversource, a Mass…

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and Tennessee State Representative Justin J. Pearson offer Community Heroes Celebration keynote conversation

In November, ABCD honored 18 people — educators, health professionals, artists, nonprofit leaders and parents who are doing yeoman’s work on behalf of underserved people — children, families, elders and the unhoused in Greater Boston and the Mystic Valley, and who advocate for social justice and equity in all its forms. A complete list of the 2023 ABCD Community Heroes…

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Meet ABCD Board Chair Sean K. Daughtry

ABCD Board Chair Sean K. Daughtry serves in a Public Sector seat on the ABCD Board of Directors representing State Representative Christopher Worrell. Daughtry recently shared with Insight regarding his background, tenure and the reimagined ABCD 60 years after its inception. Q: Why ABCD? A: ABCD’s mission is to build pathways out of poverty in partnership with families and communities…

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Chestnut Manor renovation to notably decrease energy costs during winter: AHA

Action for Boston Community Development, known as ABCD, is an anti-poverty nonprofit, relies largely on donations to organize its annual toy drive, under its larger “Winter Fund” program, which assists families with basic necessities like clothing and food.