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ABCD’s Fenway Park event home run for Boston teens getting summer jobs

BOSTON —Playing ball at Fenway Park is usually reserved for the big leaguers. But today, the home runs are scoring summer jobs for Boston teens. It’s not every day that an average Joe can hear his or her name announced over the loudspeakers of Fenway Park. “They yell out, ‘Jim Burns No. 8.’ It’s such a cool experience to hear…

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“Music With Heart” Spreads Joy in Troubling Times, and John Drew Says Goodbye to ABCD

From prisons to homeless shelters, dozens of Boston-area amateur musicians are spreading joy through song to those struggling to get by, or searching for a second chance. Tim McHale, co-founder of “Music With Heart”, joins Nichole on the show this week to talk about the group’s three-decade history performing in and around the Hub, and how you can take part….

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John Drew reflects on long career with ABCD

President and CEO to retire after 51 years John J. Drew, the president and chief executive officer of Action for Boston Community Development, recently announced his intention to retire after 51 years of work with New England’s largest anti-poverty agency. Drew, who grew up in the Charlestown public housing projects, attended Bentley College while working as a security officer and raising…

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East Boston Legend John T. White Dies on June 7

Beloved, longtime community leader headed ABCD East Boston APAC since 1970s Legendary East Boston community leader John T. White Jr. died June 7 in Syracuse, New York,at age 87, surrounded by his loving family. For more than 50 years he served as ExecutiveDirector of the East Boston APAC of Action for Boston Community Development. John was oftenreferred to as the…

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East Boston Legend John White Dies at 87

“Every time you do a good deed you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” John White, a man who selflessly gave back to the community he grew up in for over five decades, has died. Mr. White, who…

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ABCD thanks Boston City Council, officials for stepping up to support its longtime status as Title X grantee

After shocking shutout, organization regains funding to secure critical family planning and reproductive health services for marginalized communities ABCD to continue serving 30,000 under-resourced residentsthrough extensive family planning and health services network (BOSTON, MA) – Thanks to a unanimous resolution by the Boston City Council and urgent appeals from Greater Boston’s congressional delegation, as well as from state and municipal…

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‘I left it all on the field’: longtime head of Boston’s ABCD to retire this month

BOSTON — It’s one of the largest anti-poverty agencies in the country. It was also one of the first. ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) of Boston serves more than 100,000 people a year. And John Drew, who’s been a part of it for more than 50 years, is ready to retire. Boston 25 News anchor Kerry Kavanaugh recently sat down…

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ABCD’s 24th Field of Dreams Charity Event Set for Fenway Park

Thanks to the generosity of the Boston Red Sox, ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) will once again host its iconic summertime fundraiser, Field of Dreams, at Fenway Park to benefit Greater Boston’s underserved, low-income youth through the ABCD SummerWorks program. NESN’s Tom Caron will co-chair and serve as emcee. The event will take place on Monday, June 27, starting at 7 am….

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Kraft Family, Patriots Foundation and Gillette Donate $275,000 in the Names of 2022 Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Winners

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – For the past 25 years, the Kraft family and the New England Patriots Foundation have been recognizing volunteers for going above and beyond to give back to their communities through the Myra Kraft Community MVP Awards program. Formerly known as the Community Quarterback Awards, this volunteer recognition was renamed in 2011 in memory of Myra Kraft. On…

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ABCD’s 24th Field of Dreams Charity Event Set for June 27th at Fenway Park

Proceeds benefit ABCD’s summer jobs program that provides underserved teens with paid work and career guidance (BOSTON, MA) — Thanks to the generosity of the Boston Red Sox, ABCD (Action for Boston Community Development) will once again host its iconic summertime fundraiser, Field of Dreams, at Fenway Park to benefit Greater Boston’s underserved, low-income youth through the ABCD SummerWorks program. NESN’s Tom Caron…

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