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Batter Up! Field of Dreams Baseball Fundraiser Is Back 

The June Field of Dreams summertime fundraiser at Fenway Park was rained out, but not before some of our incredible sponsors got a few games in for a great cause, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Mass General Brigham, DMB Financial and Ropes & Gray LLP. Co-chairs included Tom Caron, journalist, New England Sports Network, Lewis Eisenberg, partner, Cosgrove, Eisenberg and Kiley…

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A Message from Sharon Scott-Chandler

Dear ABCD family, As I reflect on this first few weeks as your new President and CEO, I am both humbled and inspired. Bob Coard’s passion and determination built ABCD. His longtime deputy, John Drew, succeeded him, leading ABCD to new accomplishments. I feel deeply honored that the torch has been passed to me to lead this incredible organization on…

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Cooling costs, inflation putting pressure on energy assistance

BOSTON (State House News Service) – Federal energy assistance for low-income households ballooned during the COVID-19 pandemic to $8 billion, but with funding for heating and cooling aid forecast to return to normal levels and energy prices doubling in the last year advocates are calling on President Joe Biden to boost support for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program….

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Commonwealth Corporation Awards ABCD $500,000 Toward Early Education Teacher Training

Enrollment Is Now Open Commonwealth Corporation, through the Workforce Competitive Trust Fund, awarded ABCD $500,000 to support 90 participants in the agency’s First Steps early educator training program. The grant runs from July 1, 2022 – July 1, 2024. Applicants must meet income requirements. Participants receive college credits through the Urban College of Boston or other partner community colleges. Upon completion,…

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ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler Reaffirms Agency’s Commitment to Reproductive Rights

As we all continue to advocate against the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, ABCD is proactively trying to do its part to minimize the effects of this devastating decision. We are gravely concerned about the disproportionate impact it will have on under-resourced communities, particularly those of color: it is only the latest threat to our…

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Reinvestment grant will help three nonprofits doing work in Jamaica Plain

Last week District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced the distribution of $60,000 in grants to Suffolk County nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the health and safety of the county’s residents. Three nonprofits doing work in Jamaica Plain were among the 13 nonprofits to receive grants between $2,500 and $5,000 through Hayden’s Community Reinvestment Grant (CRG).  “Throughout my career as a prosecutor…

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Suffolk County DA’s Community Reinvestment Grant Will Help Two Nonprofits Doing Work in Charlestown

Last week District Attorney Kevin Hayden announced the distribution of $60,000 in grants to Suffolk County nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the health and safety of the county’s residents. Two nonprofits doing work in Charlestown were among the 13 nonprofits to receive grants between $2,500 and $5,000 through Hayden’s Community Reinvestment Grant (CRG). “Throughout my career as a prosecutor and…

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‘Incredible Experience’ as Softball Players Raise Funds at Fenway Park

The 23rd annual Field of Dreams charity softball tournament took place Monday at Fenway Park; Action for Boston Community Development — or ABCD — uses the event to raise money to help underserved teens with paid jobs, mentoring and workshops Amateur athletes had the chance to “play ball” inside historic Fenway Park — while also helping underserved teens. Action for…

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Red Sox Host ‘Field Of Dreams’ Charity Fundraiser For Summer Job Program

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Monday, even with rain moving in, donators paid to take the field at Fenway Park for a charity ballgame benefitting the advocacy group, ABCD’S SummerWorks jobs program. According to the anti-poverty organizations website, the event “Field of Dreams” has raised over $5 million for ABCD SummerWorks over the 20 or so years. At “Field of…

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Field of Dreams Charity Softball Tournament Held at Fenway Park

Money was raised to help hundreds of teens find jobs and develop career skills. WATCH HERE