SUMMER/FALL 2017
ABCD Board Member Feature: Jean Babcock
Few Board Members have played as big a part in the transformation of ABCD since the late 1970’s and have seen the scope of services offered increase tenfold, as Jean Babcock. Approaching her 43 rd year as a member of the Board, Jean has had a front row seat to it all; helping guide the agency from its humble beginnings as a small anti-poverty agency to its present day role, where it serves as a major player in the nation-wide Community Action Agency network. She has dedicated a large part of her life to the City of Boston and its surrounding communities, and has championed ABCD’s mission and what it hopes to achieve.

See what our Volunteers and Interns have to say about ABCD!
What motivated you to
volunteer for ABCD?
 
“I began looking for a volunteer opportunity that would take me outside of my college campus and allow me to contribute to the Boston community in a greater way. When I discovered ABCD and the breadth of programs it has initiated over the years in all of Boston's neighborhoods, I knew I wanted to be involved.”

Sara Rodas
Events Volunteer, Gov't & Industrial Relations
Would you recommend interning at ABCD to your peers?
 
“Their programs are well managed--you never feel like you're just standing around doing nothing or that you're doing all the work yourself. You're asked to do jobs that you can handle and that you know are helping a lot of people. No matter what field you're in, ABCD can probably find a place to use your skill set, so it's a great place to gain some experience while doing work that has a positive impact you can really see.” 
 
David Goodliffe
Video Editing Intern, Communications
Would you recommend volunteering at ABCD to your co-workers, friends, and family?
 
“I would definitely recommend volunteering/getting an internship with ABCD because it's a way to give back to the community while also learning a lot and getting closer to your own goals. For example, working for the video department, I get to come into work knowing that I am going to enjoy what I'm doing, improve my skills in the field, and help a company that does amazing things for people.”
 
Devon Musgrave-Johnson
Video Editing Intern, Communications
What do you like the most about your volunteer experience at ABCD?
 
“The staff recognized that volunteer time was valuable and maintained clear communication and support throughout the season. Beyond the staff support, I finished the season feeling confident that my time spent preparing taxes was mutually beneficial - through training, I could provide a necessary service to a population often overlooked while also gaining a wealth of knowledge about basic tax preparation and regulations.”
 
Annie Finn
VITA Volunteer, South End NSC
Above: Ardelia Lee-Hinton shares her ABCD volunteering experience with attendees
2017 Volunteer Appreciation Event
On Tuesday May 9th 2017, ABCD held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event – a celebration commending the dedication, time, and continued efforts of ABCD’s volunteers, interns, and community partners. Hosted by Madeline Eleazar, ABCD’s Volunteer Coordinator, and Angelina Camacho, Program Manager-Financial Futures Initiative, the celebration included remarks from staff and volunteers alike, certificate presentations, and ended with an assortment of pastries and refreshments.

In his opening address, President/CEO John J. Drew emphasized the fundamental work volunteers contribute which allows ABCD to “expand [its] reach.” The reception also highlighted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), a partnership between ABCD, the city of Boston, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The program’s 115 volunteer tax preparers played a crucial role in returning nearly $10 million to low-income Boston area residents during the 2016 tax year. While congratulating the VITA volunteers, Nerissa Smith, IRS SPEC Territory Manager, stated, “[Volunteers] are the link between the taxpayer and the IRS.”

Summer Concerts at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Every summer, for the last five years, concert-goers attending performances at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, located in the Seaport District, have been greeted by ABCD staff at the ABCD Kiosk. The Kiosk has become a regular fixture at the Pavilion summer concert series, which holds over 30 shows every summer, featuring artists such as John Legend, Sting, and the Alabama Shakes, just to mention a few. Teams of dedicated ABCD employees volunteer at the shows where they distribute ABCD promotional items and literature, spread the mission and message of the agency, and enter guests in a Red Sox tickets raffle.

Over the course of the summer, ABCD employees will contribute over 200 hours of volunteer service as they inform guests of upcoming fundraising events, current volunteer opportunities, and the program initiatives that are benefitting Greater Boston’s neighborhoods. We look forward to a continued partnership with the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion and Live Nation Entertainment, as this opportunity allows ABCD employees to connect with the nearly 5,000 concert-goers every show and to raise awareness about the needs of the communities in the Boston, Malden, Medford, Everett and surrounding areas.

Thank you to all our employees for another successful summer!
Above: Barbara Ragland Rosa educates concertgoers about ABCD's mission
Above: Tanoy Burton and Laura Purvis, both Head Start teachers, enjoy interacting with concertgoers
 ABCD Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Whether you work directly with children, families or youth - or assist in crucial "behind the scenes" tasks - you can be sure that your contribution helps build pathways out of poverty. 
Click here for more information on our current volunteer opportunities!
Volunteer Spotlight: Victoria McGing
Every Monday and Friday afternoon, Victoria McGing makes her way into ABCD’s North End/West End Neighborhood Service Center (NE/WE NSC) and greets staff and clients alike with her friendly personality and bright smile. She began volunteering with ABCD two and a half years ago after relocating to Boston from Wayland, MA. Being a newcomer to the city, she yearned to find a place within her community that she could be a part of and to connect with her new neighbors. After receiving a recommendation from a friend and former ABCD volunteer, Victoria began her volunteer service at the North End office and it has proven to be a perfect match.

Volunteer Groups Make Head Start Book Fair a Success!
On March 30th and 31st, ABCD’s Gertrude E. Townsend/Dorchester Head Start Program hosted a library dedication ceremony for their newly renovated library which was generously donated by the Mario Batali Foundation. At the same time, a Community Book Fair was open to community educators to attend and select free books for their students. Over 20,000 children’s books were donated by the social enterprise First Book for this event! Both the Mario Batali Foundation and First Book are dedicated to the continued improvement of education and access to books for low-income children.

Volunteers from DTCC pose with their book of choice from the book fair.
Meet Our Contributors 

Volunteer Coordinator 

Recruitment/Volunteer Assistant

Hawah Kallon
Volunteer Services Assistant Intern
To learn more about volunteering opportunities, please contact:

Madeline Eleazar
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone: (617)348 - 6591

Email: volunteer@bostonabcd.org

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