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In An Historic Appointment, ABCD Board Names Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., President and CEO

First woman to lead renowned antipoverty agency looks forward to opportunity in an era of new challenges and tremendous change. (BOSTON, MA) – The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors has named long-time executive vice president/COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., President and CEO of the largest social services agency in New England. Scott-Chandler succeeds John J. Drew, who…

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ABCD board names Sharon Scott-Chandler its new president and CEO

The Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) Board of Directors has named longtime executive vice president/COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq., president and CEO of the largest social services agency in New England. Scott-Chandler succeeds John J. Drew, who retired on June 30 after 51 years with the antipoverty agency, 13 as president and CEO.  With the passing of legendary ABCD President/CEO,…

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Good Food with Good Friends

ABCD’s 10th Annual Buona Sera: An Evening with Friends on October 6th, 2022, raised nearly $30,000 for low-income and senior clients of the North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center. Donations arrived just in time for the upcoming holiday season to support hot meal delivery, monthly food baskets and social services.   The Center’s Acting Director, Julia Power, said, “This event continues…

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Corporate Donors and Boston Celtics SuperFans Shoot Their Shot at ABCD’s Hoop Dreams to Support Boston’s Low-Income Youth

Players from sponsor teams comprised of generous Boston businesses and groups of SuperFans turned their dreams into reality last month at the 11th annual ABCD Hoop Dreams, the iconic charity basketball tournament played on the legendary TD Garden parquet.  Our incredible sponsors had the chance to drive the lane and shoot that buzzer three-pointer – while making a huge impact…

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Lawmakers push to get federal funds for home heating to Massachusetts early

Home heating costs are expected to soar this winter, as the state is projecting a 13% increase. WCVB-TV’s Mary Saladna reports. WATCH NOW


ABCD on the Radio: Massachusetts LIHEAP funding helpful but not enough


As cost of home heating rises, federal assistance is lower than last year

BOSTON – Clarence Smith knows a thing or two about heating bills piling up. He says he is still paying off his natural gas bill from last year. “Right now, I’m still a little minus on the gas,” Smith said. There are concerns that thousands of people will soon be in the same predicament. As the weather cools, the cost…

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With home heating bills headed higher, New England lawmakers seek more federal energy assistance for low-income families

WASHINGTON — With the cost to heat homes this winter set to jump dramatically because of the war in Ukraine, members of Congress from New England are pushing the federal government to provide more money to help low-income families pay the higher bills. Lawmakers are seeking an extra $1 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, known as…

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ABCD on the Radio: High utility and grocery costs to devastate Massachusetts families this winter


Food injustice concerns growing in Boston since pandemic

Amid growing concerns about living expenses, declining incomes and inflation, Boston residents are experiencing increased food prices, insecurity and inaccessibility. Approximately 1.8 million Massachusetts residents, 32% of the state’s population, struggled with food insecurity in 2021, according to a survey conducted by the Greater Boston Food Bank. Nick Owen, program director of food insecurity at Action for Boston Community Development,…

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