Action For Boston Community Development (ABCD) strives to make helping others as easy as 1-2-3. The not-for-profit serves more than 100,000 low-income people in New England in areas such as advocacy, child care, consumer services, education, health, and housing. The group operates through a decentralized model that utilizes a citywide network of Area Planning Action Councils, Neighborhood Service Centers, and Head Start and Child Care Centers. It partners with more than a dozen programs like SUMMERWORKS (work experience for low-income teens), Foster Grandparents, Urban College of Boston, and another 10 or so government agencies. ABCD was established in 1962 as one of several national programs to combat poverty.
One initiative of the ABCD group is ensuring that people have heating assistance during the cold winter months. It supplements the funds provided by the federal fuel assistance funds. – less