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  • April 2, 2014

    Berkshire Eagle Column: Volunteers help to build better future

    April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week, and Berkshire United Way knows that volunteering is more than just giving your time to a worthy cause; it’s essential to our community’s future. Our volunteers are critical to improving the quality of life in the Berkshires.

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  • March 17, 2014

    Berkshire United Way announces three new hires

    Berkshire United Way President and CEO Kristine Hazzard announces three new staff hires. Shauna Powell has been hired as Finance Assistant, Daniel Kaufman as Coordinator of Resource Development and Erin Breen as Resource Development Assistant.

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  • March 5, 2014

    Berkshire Eagle Column: Early Childhood Literacy Matters to the County’s Future

    Did you know that only 52% of Berkshire County third graders are reading proficiently and that children living in homes where family income is at or below the poverty rate have even greater challenges to developing early literacy skills?

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  • March 4, 2014

    February's SAY IT Proud Winners announced

    February's SAY IT Proud winners are Christine Ahoussi, Jennyfer Behanzin and Gladys Garcia who were nominated by Multicultural BRIDGE. S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices.

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  • February 5, 2014

    Berkshire Eagle Column: Using tax returns to promote financial stability in the Berkshires

    Tax season is upon us and some local residents might look to the rapid refund loans offered by various tax preparation businesses that seem attractive – but unfortunately include steep fees. I’d encourage people to instead look at filing their taxes for free with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, offered throughout the county by IRS certified volunteers.

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  • February 4, 2014

    Berkshire United Way seeking proposals for financial stability community investment grants

    Berkshire United Way is seeking proposals for community investment from prospective partners that are able to help low income working families improve their financial stability. The Financial Stability Community Impact Request-for-Proposal (RFP) will be available on-line at www.berkshireunitedway.org starting February 10.

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  • January 28, 2014

    January's Say It Proud Winner

    January's winner is Carissa Vranas, a student at Taconic High School. S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work.

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  • January 16, 2014

    Berkshire United Way Names Car Raffle Winner

    Sally Rice, from Crane, and a Peru, MA resident, was the lucky winner out of over 7,000 tickets of the 2014 Nissan Versa that was generously donated by Johnson Dealerships and Greylock Federal Credit Union. The drawing was held at the Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Chamber Nite - with Michael Supranowicz drawing the lucky winner.

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  • January 1, 2014

    Berkshire Eagle Column - It Takes a Village to Live United

    The January Berkshire Eagle column about how many people agree that it takes a village to raise a child; some may interpret that to mean it only applies to certain families. Berkshire United Way aims to help bridge gaps, align services and support partnerships that make it easier for the community to help parents in their role as their child’s first teacher.

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  • December 19, 2013

    December SAY It Proud Award Winner

    December's winner is Alyvia Asta, a senior from Reid Middle School. S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work.

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  • December 5, 2013

    Berkshire Eagle Column: If not Berkshire United Way, then who?

    The December Berkshire Eagle Column about Berkshire United Way and its role as the backbone organization that brings the community together to solve our most pressing issues - early education, positive youth development and financial stability.

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  • November 26, 2013

    November's SAY It Proud Winner

    November's winner is Amber Parody, a senior from Pittsfield High School. S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work.

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  • November 19, 2013

    MCAS is the community’s report card

    The community report card is in: only 44% of Pittsfield 3rd graders are reading proficiently by the end of third grade. That’s down from 51% last year. Why should you care? Low income children start school with a vocabulary significantly below that of non-low income students. Improving reading proficiency is critical because research shows 74% of children who struggle with reading in third grade will continue to struggle in school.

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  • November 19, 2013

    Middle school youth engaged in Sticker Shock, a strategy aimed at reducing underage drinking

    Approximately ten Herberg Middle School students and fifteen Reid Middle School students worked with the Pittsfield Prevention Partnership to conduct a Sticker Shock campaign at 3-6 liquor stores to raise awareness about underage drinking laws and to prevent the dangers of underage drinking.

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  • November 8, 2013

    October's SAY It Proud Winner

    October's winner is Shaylimar Olavaria from the Rite of Passage and Empowerment program. S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work.

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  • November 5, 2013

    Berkshire Eagle Column: Poised for the Future - Investing in Sustainable Change

    The Berkshire Eagle has given Berkshire United Way a monthly column that runs on the first Wednesday of every month. This month - we explore the role of the community as a whole in addressing issues that inhibit our county's success and how we can overcome these obstacles to ensure a brighter future for our children.

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  • September 30, 2013

    Berkshire United Way announces three key new hires

    Berkshire United Way board chair Brenda Burdick and President and CEO Kristine Hazzard announce three new staff positions. Timothy Grace has been hired as Director of Finance and Administration, Brian Amero as the Director of Resource Development and Bonita Lovison as the Executive Assistant to the CEO.

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  • September 25, 2013

    2013 Day of Caring at Pitt Park with Krol, Bianchi and McCandless and the Pittsfield Promise

    On September 24th - Berkshire United Way had its Day of Caring at Pitt Park and Lanesborough Elementary School - celebrating its early literacy goals through community development volunteer activities. On September 19th, BUW had part one of its Day of Caring in Great Barrington along the historic Riverwalk with Greenagers - cleaning and painting and weeding and more. John Krol was on site at Pitt Park for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Born Learning Trail that was recently installed at ...

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  • September 25, 2013

    Berkshire United Way hosts three -day sex-ed trainings for Berkshire County youth-serving agenices

    Berkshire United Way held a three-day sexual education certification training for youth serving organizations throughout Berkshire County to help create a “Corps of Askable Adults” who are equipped to give honest, expert answers to the youth they work with about sexual health and relationships. There were 25 participants in attendance representing 19 agencies.

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  • September 23, 2013

    September's SAY It Proud Winner

    September's winner is Charles Ramsey from Reid Middle School. S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work.

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  • September 20, 2013

    Let's Strengthen Our Community Together - Again

    On September 19 and 20, H. Daniels Duncan Consulting held the successful trainings on community development that he had for over 150 people in June again here in the Berkshires, this time in North Adams, Pittsfield and Lenox. An additional 75 people participated - including a "round two" for participants from June to get follow-up on how to implement this process of results based accountability and asset based community development.

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  • August 27, 2013

    Josh Billings seeks volunteers for historic triathlon on September 15th

    The Josh Billings Runaground - scheduled to take place this year on September 15th, is looking for volunteers to help make the historic triathlon a huge success. Proceeds go to benefit Berkshire United Way!

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  • July 18, 2013

    July's SAY it Proud Winner

    S.A.Y. It Proud is a campaign to recognize individual youth who are involved in positive activities and making good choices. The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership believes that our community values the good choices our teens make and how hard teens work. We are seeking nominations of individual young people ages 11 to 19 that participate in positive activities, make healthy choices, and/or work hard.

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  • July 10, 2013

    Berkshire United Way announces new board chairperson and eight new board members

    Berkshire United Way has gone through it's annual nominating process and has approved a new Executive committee led by Brenda Burdick from General Dynamics and has brought on eight new board members offering a variety of diverse expertise.

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  • July 10, 2013

    Bi-Annual Berkshire County youth survey: Downward trend of alcohol use continues; cigarette use of concern

    The 2013 Prevention Needs Assessment Survey taken by Berkshire County youth in 8th, 10th and 12th grades in Berkshire County public schools reveals a continued downward trend in alcohol use in all grades, however - 30 day cigarette use increased from 10.7 percent to 12.3 percent, compared to the national comparison sample of 11.7 percent.

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  • July 1, 2013

    Leadership Reception honors Berkshire Life and Marion Simon

    On June 26, 2013 at the Hillcrest Gazebo - Berkshire United Way honored Berkshire Life, a Guardian Company with the Ruth P and Nicholas Boraski Leaders in Philanthropy award and Marion Simon, co-founder of Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires with the Edward J. Dery Jr. Memorial Award.

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  • June 11, 2013

    June SAY it Proud winner announced!

    Pittsfield Prevention Partnership and Berkshire Eagle monthly honor youth with the The SAY (Supporting and Acknowledging Youth) it Proud award. The winner was ten-year-old Ashlee Langlois from Conte Community School who's motto to others who might be afraid to try new things is “it’s not as scary as you think.”

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  • June 11, 2013

    Addressing Teen Pregnancy: Empowering Teens for a Better Future

    Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Health Systems hosted a dinner for area medical providers and educators at the Country Club of Pittsfield to discuss the Face the Facts - reduce teen pregnancy community coalition and what providers can do to help reduce the rates in the county and encourage positive youth development.

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  • May 31, 2013

    Berkshire United Way announces community investment plans - $1.36 million in 43 grants

    Berkshire United Way today announced it is investing $1.36 million in 43 grant awards for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The primary focus is to improve outcomes in early childhood education and youth development. These educational outcomes, combined with employment and financial stability, are critical building blocks for ensuring a high quality of life and help secure the future of the entire community.

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  • May 30, 2013

    100% of adults will not buy alcohol for teens in Pittsfield - Shoulder Taps survey finds

    On Tuesday evening, May 28th, 2013, two teens stood in front of A-Mart on North Street in Pittsfield and approached customers as they were entering the store

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  • May 20, 2013

    Born Learning Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Springside Park

    The Mayor of Pittsfield and Kristine Hazzard participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony with kids, families, and providers from the community for the installation of the Born Learning Trail in Springside Park.

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  • May 15, 2013

    Berkshire United Way to help fund Pittsfield Public Schools Summer Learning Programs

    Pittsfield’s three Title 1 elementary schools will be humming with activity this summer as students expand their literacy and math skills, practice music, create art, and engage in healthy physical activity. A dialogue between Pittsfield Public Schools and Pittsfield Promise representatives grew into a city-wide plan which has drawn financial support from Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and Greylock Federal Credit Union. These three funders are helping to fill ...

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  • May 14, 2013

    Book Bags given to every newborn in the county to promote early literacy

    Pittsfield Promise and Berkshire Health Systems partner to provide a "book bag" to every newborn and family in the county to promote early literacy

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  • May 1, 2013

    JC Penney Award Winner

    Catherine Wandrei, Human Resources manager at the Berkshire Eagle, was named the 2013 JC Penney Award winner

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  • April 30, 2013

    The Layer Cake of Language -- Building Early Literacy Skills

    Early educators (pre-K and out-of-school time) were invited to attend a FREE training hosted by Berkshire United Way at the Berkshire Athenaeum -- Pittsfield's Public Library and covered the first layer of literacy skills -- phonological knowledge.

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  • April 24, 2013

    Thank You to Our Volunteers -- You Rock!

    In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Berkshire United Way thanked volunteers by hosting a “Sweets Tasting” at the Lichetenstein Gallery in Pittsfield on Wednesday, April 24th.

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