ABCD, Bridge Over Troubled Waters Each Get $50K Donation

May 9, 2022 — Each of two Boston nonprofits—Action for Boston Community Development, an anti-poverty agency, and Bridge Over Troubled Waters, which provides services to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth—recently received a $50,000 donation from Astound Broadband to support their ongoing work.

Sanford Ames, senior vice president and general manager of Astound Broadband, said both organizations “strengthen our community.” He lauded Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) and Bridge Over Troubled Waters for working to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

The donation to ABCD will support its WorkSMART program that offers paid internships to Boston high school students in grades 9-12 to provide career opportunities and educational support.

ABCD President/CEO John J. Drew said, “We are beyond grateful for this generous grant, which will support WorkSMART, a vital program that gives youngsters who were born with no advantages and who face the toughest economic and social barriers a viable path to success in school, at work, and in life.”

Ron Marlow, ABCD’s director of workforce development and alternative education, said, “We deeply appreciate this incredible gift from Astound. WorkSMART, a school-based program, creates pathways to higher education and careers by providing supervised and paid work experience with comprehensive case management, mentoring and tutoring support. So many young people will benefit from this amazing support.”

Elisabeth Jackson, CEO of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, commented, “At Bridge, our programs and services create access for all youth to receive the highest quality care and individualized, comprehensive support needed on the path home,” says. “Black, brown and LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately affected by homelessness, and we are grateful to Astound for helping us continue this important equity work.”

The donation to Bridge will be used to support Bridge’s wraparound model of services to youth experiencing homelessness.

For more than 50 years, ABCD has provided low-income residents in the Boston and Mystic Valley areas with the tools, support, and resources to transition from poverty to stability and from stability to success. Each year, it serves more than 100,000 individuals and families through a broad range of innovative initiatives and long-established, proven programs. and services.

Founded in 1970, Bridge Over Troubled Waters today is the largest agency in Greater Boston providing a full continuum of care to homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. Each year, Bridge serves more than 2,000 youth through a comprehensive range of survival, health, educational, career, and housing programs to encourage the formation of a healthy, productive, and fulfilling adulthood.