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ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration to feature a keynote conversation with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and State Representative Justin J. Pearson of the “Tennessee Three” 

(BOSTON, MA) – ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. announced that Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word, and State Representative Justin J. Pearson of the “Tennessee Three” will engage in a keynote conversation at Boston’s most empowering event, the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration on Friday, November 3 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place beginning at 6:00 p.m. NBC 10’s Glenn Jones will emcee the gala…

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ABCD’s Community Heroes Celebration — Nov. 3

ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler, Esq. announced that Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s The Last Word and State Representative Justin J. Pearson of the “Tennessee Three” will engage in a keynote conversation at Boston’s most empowering event, the ABCD Community Heroes Celebration on Friday, November 3 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place beginning at 6:00 p.m. NBC 10’s Glenn Jones will emcee the gala which honors people who are…

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How a potential government shutdown could impact people in Massachusetts

BOSTON – In a matter of days Shaunea Tavares doesn’t know if her WIC benefits will be there to help with the food assistance she relies on for her 2-year-old son, Khalib. “My child, he loves milk, fruits, veggies, he loves veggies, so those things come in handy, especially in the month where you are lacking funds. It helps a…

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Local Head Start programs face lapse in federal funding during a government shutdown

Head Start programs provide about 10,000 children from low-income families throughout Massachusetts with services from child care to education. But a government shutdown would mean Community Action Pioneer Valley, one of the state’s 28 programs, would not receive its annual federal grant on Oct. 1 — which will impact its locations in Western Massachusetts. Should a shutdown last until November,…

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ABCD on WBUR: Government Shutdown Impact on Head Start Families

ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler joined Josie Guarino on WBUR to discuss the potential impact of a government shutdown on Head Start families who rely on multiple federally-run programs to get by.


ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler Talks Hoop Dreams on Java With Jimmy

ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler appeared on James “Jimmy” Hills’ podcast, Java With Jimmy, for a spirited conversation promoting the organization’s annual fundraising basketball tournament, Hoop Dreams. WATCH NOW


ARL Wellness Waggin’ helping more Boston families in need get medical care for pets

BOSTON — It may be small, but the Animal Rescue League of Boston’s Wellness Waggin’ plays a big role in reducing the number of surrendered animals in Boston. Five years ago, the nonprofit launched its mobile veterinary clinic to bring high-quality animal care directly to pet owners in neighborhoods with high levels of surrenders, including Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and Easton Boston. “For…

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Rare Launches SHINE Community Solar Initiative to Bring Green Jobs, Lower Energy Bills to Greater Boston’s Underserved Communities

BOSTON, September 06, 2023–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rare, an international conservation organization specializing in social change for the environment, today announced the launch of Solar Helping Ignite Neighborhood Economies (SHINE), an initiative aimed at connecting solar power job opportunities and renewable home energy to underserved neighborhoods of Boston. The project is in partnership with Boston’s leading community action agency, Action for Boston Community Development…

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Climate change and poverty are complex problems. These solutions aim to address both.

Massachusetts — like most places — has a problem when it comes to climate solutions. The state has just a few years to drastically slash emissions and that means it needs more of everything, fast: more heat pumps, more electric vehicles and EV chargers, more solar panels. Just to get those things installed and working will require massive numbers of…

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Boston offers incentives to turn empty offices into affordable housing

The city of Boston will now offer developers up to a 75% reduction in the residential tax rate for 29 years if they convert offices into apartments. As cities and towns across the country grapple with ways to solve the affordable housing crisis, the city of Boston is hoping empty office spaces might be part of the solution. This year, office…

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