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ABCD, Inc. Field Operations - Central Office

Nature and Purpose

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD) was incorporated in 1962, as part of a national movement to end the hopeless and debilitating effects of poverty. Today ABCD serves more than 94,000 low-income Boston-area residents through its central offices and network of Neighborhood Service Centers (NSCs), Head Start centers, Family Planning sites and Foster Grandparent sites. Programs and affiliations include Fuel Assistance; Head Start; Child Care Services; Education; Career Development; Housing and Homelessness Services; Health Services; Family Planning; Urban College of Boston; University High – an Alternative High School; Ostiguy High School for high school students in recovery; Weatherization; Foster Grandparents; Elder Services; Intergenerational Programs; Food Pantries; advocacy and consumer services.

Our Field Operations team oversees the operation of the NSC sites across Boston, Medford, Malden, and Everett. This team provides support, coordination as well as direct client services. We are looking for 4-6 students to learn about and assist us in this unique opportunity to provide operation support to the citywide operations of a major non profit. Students will also work directly with donors and clients in order to fully understand program operations more fully.

Who ABCD Serves


Programs that students can expect to gain experience include our food pantry, fuel assistance program, winter clothing campaign, holiday food drive, holiday toy drive and tax preparation. PULSE students will be cross-trained to assist in all of our seasonal programming. In September and October, they will participate in our Food Pantry program. In November and December, PULSE students can assist with processing home heating aid applications and distributing Thanksgiving meals and Christmas toys. December also begins our volunteer-driven tax preparation season and in February, teens begin applying for summer jobs. All PULSE participants will work directly with residents, provide intake and assessments of families, enter data of information gathered and analyze the kinds of needs that they see with families in order to improve and customize the services offered by ABCD. Each student may also work on a unique project of interest to them.