June 2018
Remembering Caroline Chang

Caroline speaking at the ribbon cutting ceremony of 66 Hudson. Photo by Black Dog Pictures.

With heavy hearts, we are sad to share that one of our founding board members, Caroline Chang, passed away in late April. Caroline grew up on Hudson Street in Chinatown, and continued to be an advocate for the Chinatown community throughout her life.

Caroline pictured here with her brother, Reggie Wong on Hudson Street. Photo courtesy of Caroline Chang.

Caroline was a trailblazer in the community, helping to establish a number of local nonprofits in addition to ACDC, including the Asian American Civic Association, the Chinese Historical Society of New England and the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts.

She dedicated her life to serving those in need and was a strong supporter of immigrant rights and women's issues. Caroline's spirit of loving one's community and helping others will keep inspiring all of us as we continue the work she and her fellow community leaders and activists started decades ago.
SAVE THE DATE: Films at the Gate - Aug. 24 - 26
Last year's turnout at Friday night's screening of Ken Eng's My Life in China. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.

This year's Films at the Gate event will be held from Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th! Mark your calendars to make sure you don't miss out on this fun, summertime tradition!

This event is largely organized by high school youth, who work tirelessly for months leading up to the festival to put on a free community event for all to enjoy.

Last year's team of youth volunteers and leaders pictured with some of our staff and program alumni. Photo by A-VOYCE youth, Lee-Daniel Tran.
ACDC awarded full CITC allocation of $150,000
Governor Baker signing the Affordable Housing Bond Bill at the end of May. Photo courtesy of MACDC.

Thank you to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for their continued support and awarding ACDC with $150,000 of Community Investment Tax Credits (CITC) this year!

We want to congratulate our fellow CDCs and look forward to leveraging these funds to continue our respective work to build affordable homes, empower families and strengthen communities!

More good news -- Governor Baker recently signed the Affordable Housing Bond Bill, which includes an extension of the CITC program through 2025!

Through the CITC program, if you donate $1,000 or more to ACDC, you can receive 50% back when you file your State taxes.

We have a limited amount in rebates to distribute to our donors, so don't miss out on your chance to invest in your community and take advantage of this program!

2018 SaturPLAY Series

Come check out our youth-led SaturPLAY series, which will be held on the following Saturdays, from 1:00P - 3:00P at Mary Soo Hoo Park:


- June 30

- July 28

- Sept. 29

- Oct. 27






SaturPLAY was developed by one of our A-VOYCE youth and Chinatown community member, Yanjing, who wanted to revitalize her neighborhood by providing more opportunities for children and families to play and spend quality time together in public spaces like Mary Soo Hoo Park. 


Thank you to our program partner, The Greenway Conservancy!


Our First-time Homebuyer Program Exceeded HUD Goals!
We're excited to share that our Multilingual First-time Homebuyer program met our  U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  goals by nearly 120 percent! These goals included one-on-one counseling and group workshops focused on pre-purchase, post-purchase and affordable rental education. 
Congratulations to our program staff for doing such a great job at helping individuals and families create a pathway to meeting their financial and homebuying aspirations.

Youth Summer Program Opportunities
ACDC is currently accepting applicants for our Boston and Malden-based Summer Leadership Academy.
Our program serves high school-aged youth to mobilize them to create positive social change in their communities; prepare them with valuable skills like community organizing, event planning, and public speaking; and hold group discussions in a welcoming and safe space on topics such as exploring Asian American identity.
Last year's young leaders installed a public placekeeping project where residents and visitors shared their favorite memories of Chinatown, displayed in Phillips Square, as well as contributed to an interactive art project shown above.
Their work resulted in a presentation to the Boston Transportation Department for consideration in the future development of Phillips Square in Chinatown. Our unique program blends an engaging and empowering curriculum with real-life advocacy experience.
Thank you to our 2018 supporters!
Donors and sponsors listed have made contributions from January 1, 2018 through May 15, 2018.

Asian American Lawyers Association of MA
Automatic Coin Laundry Systems, Inc.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
BioMed Realty
Boston College - Chinese Student's Association
Boston Private Bank
The Brennan Group
Cambridge Trust Company
Capital One
Cathay Bank
CCBA of New England
Century Bank
Chin & Curtis LLP
Chinese Progressive Association
Clark Lau LLC
Cleary Elevator
Corcoran Jennison
Eastern Bank
Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston
First Republic Bank
Flynn Law Group
Hackett Feinberg
KJP Partners
Klein Hornig LLP
Krokidas & Bluestein LLP
Maloney Properties
Millennium Partners - Boston
Mintz Levin
New Boston Fund
Nolan, Sheehan, Patten LLP
Robinson + Cole LLP
Rockland Trust
Santander Bank
Security Service Specialists, Inc.
South Cove Community Health Center
Trinity Management
Tufts Medical Center
Wellesley Bank
Whole Foods
Deanna & Sherman Chan
Paul K. Chan
Francis E. Chin & Wai J. Chow-Chin
James & Donna Fong
Arturo Gossage
Michael S. Greco
Miaoyan Huang
Pamela Hung
Sarah G. Kim
Paul W. & Mary Lee
Rebecca A. Lee
Amanda & Mark Linehan
Lydia Lowe
Thomas Maxwell
Peter Munkenbeck
Ivy & David Nagahiro
Yvonne Ng
Karen & Nelson SooHoo
Lung Wong
David Woo
Cynthia Yee
Emily K. Yu
Mee Yuu

Thank you to our 2018 funders!
Funders listed have awarded grant funds to support ACDC's programs, services, and/or operations from January 1, 2018 through April 10, 2018.

ArtPlace America via BCNC
The Boston Foundation - Open Door Fund
Charles H. Farnsworth Charitable Trust
Comcast Foundation
East West Bank
Florian O. Bartlett Trust
Martin Richard Foundation
National CAPACD
People's United Community Foundation
TD Bank Charitable Foundation
United Way of Mass Bay & Merrimack Valley
Boston Cultural Council
City of Boston - Boston Home Center
Department of Housing and Community