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ABCD Keeps Kids & Families Fed All Summer

This summer ABCD has expanded its food security efforts to make sure all families have their nutritional needs met. In the Boston Public Schools 78% of all students qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Many families depend on these meals to provide their children with proper nutrition during the school year, leaving them vulnerable during the summer months….

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Asian American Civic Association rings in 52 years

The Asian American Civic Association (AACA) celebrated its “Their Courage to be New” gala on June 30 at the Spirit of Boston cruise ship. About 400 guests rang in 52 years of service. Social Justice Award recipient and ABCD president and CEO John Drew said, “Social justice to me means we’re all in this together.” Santander Bank was recognized as…

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On the Precipice of a Critical Clippers Season, Doc Rivers Takes a Trip to Boston

Doc Rivers is coming back to Boston. The current head coach of the Clippers, who signed 2019 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in the most impressive offseason in the NBA, will return to the city in which he won his lone NBA title as he prepares to win another. Rivers will make the journey back for the annual Hoop Dreams charity event he…

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New officers for ABCD board of directors

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) elected a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors for 2019 – 2020. Dorchester’s Yvonne Jones, who has been on the board since 2005, will serve as chair through June 2020. The diverse 51- member board represents public, private, and neighborhood sectors. Other newly elected officers are Sean Daughtry of Roxbury, a…

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90,000 People In Mass. Potentially Losing Access To Food Stamps Under Trump Proposal

The Trump Administration is proposing a change to the rules that govern who is eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, commonly known as food stamps. Under the proposed rule changes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates three million people would lose benefits, which includes an estimated 90,000 people in Massachusetts, according to the state’s Department of Transitional Assistance…

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Hearing loss awareness campaign addresses overlooked health risk

Do you crank up the tunes in your earbuds? Attend noisy sporting events? Work in a noise-polluted environment? A recent New Yorker article cautions that noise pollution may be the next big health crisis. Having anticipated that, ABCD Health Services and ABCD Board Vice Chair James A. Owens, Jr. created the “Lower the Sound, Save Your Hearing” public awareness campaign….

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ABCD and Animal Rescue League partner to bring Wellness Waggin’ to Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan communities

Recognizing the emotional value pets bring to people who struggle to get by, ABCD announced a groundbreaking partnership with the Animal Rescue League of Boston (ARL) to bring high-quality, low-cost pet wellness care to residents of Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan. On July 10th a ribbon cutting ceremony took place for the new Wellness Waggin’, a mobile veterinary clinic equipped with…

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ABCD welcomes new and returning board officers and members

ABCD continued to strike a productive balance between invaluable experience and fresh perspectives in electing new and returning board officers and new directors at our June 26th Board of Directors meeting. The organization also recognized Jean M. Babcock who joined the board 44 years ago and stepped down from the role of Treasurer after 20 years. She remains as an active board member….

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ABCD SummerWorks Prepares Hundreds of Boston Youth for Future Career Success

For most young people, getting their first job—often a summer job—is a fundamental step as they move toward adulthood, laying the foundation on which they can build future careers. However, in many low-income neighborhoods, summer job opportunities are almost nonexistent. ABCD’s SummerWorks program responds to this problem, helping hundreds of low-income Boston teens every year to get a paid summer…

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Bob Ryan talks ABCD Hoop Dreams on 98.5 The Sports Hub with Felger and Mazz