Robert K. Agar Jr. Volunteerism Award
Beginning in 1965, Berkshire United Way annually selects a "Volunteer of the Year" – a local volunteer whose personal commitment and dedication to the ideals of volunteerism is, in the judgement of others, truly exemplary. It honors those who are always ready, willing, and able to respond to those people who are in need.
In 1981, following the untimely death of Robert K. Agar, Jr., a member of the Berkshire United Way Board of Directors, the award was renamed to honor his memory. In 1984, a conscious decision was made by volunteers to reposition this award as an honor open to any individual or organization whose significant commitment to the ideals and spirit of volunteer service to the community is exemplary and worthy of emulation.
Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart Award
First introduced in 1999, the Helping Hands, Caring Heart award recognizes an unsung hero in our community – one who quietly, with little fanfare or recognition, makes our community a better place through volunteer efforts. The award was renamed following Dan's retirement from numerous years of service as CEO of Berkshire United Way and to the community.
J. Edward Dery Memorial Award
This award was first presented in 1997 to honor the memory of Ed Dery, who died young but left a legacy of giving and caring for his community that few can ever hope to match. This is not an annual award. It is presented to an individual, foundation, or organization to honor extraordinary commitment to the improvement of the quality of life for all in Berkshire County.
Ruth P. and Nicholas Boraski Leaders in Philanthropy Award
This award honors an individual, couple, or group who have demonstrated through personal example as well as financial commitment their dedication to improving the quality of life for everyone in our community, regardless of their means.