July 24, 2017
 
Berkshire United Way to Provide $1.36M to Local Organizations

June 1, 2013 — Berkshire United Way announced that, starting July 1, it will distribute $1.36 million to 30 local organizations for programs that focus on improving outcomes in early childhood education, youth development, employment, and financial stability.

Berkshire United Way will provide $590,816 for 15 early childhood education programs, $465,800 for 17 youth development programs, and $303,788 for 11 programs to stabilize families.

“Earlier this year we shared with the community that we were planning to enhance our competitive grant process and this announcement is consistent with that plan,” said Board Chair Michael Barbieri. “In addition to soliciting proposals from existing funded partners, the grant application was available to any not for profit in central or southern Berkshire County and incorporated opportunities for organizations to deliver specific evidence-based programs. Grants were awarded to applicants that could demonstrate their ability to drive improvements in early childhood education and youth development.”

According to President and CEO Kristine Hazzard, “Because the strategies for the initiatives were developed from successful research-based programs already under way around the country, we know they have the ability to deliver significant improvements in early childhood education and positive youth development. Working with our local partners, we have successfully obtained more than $300,000 in funding from organizations outside of Berkshire County that are aligned with the goals we have identified for our community.”

The organization said it will provide additional resources during its next fiscal year, which starts July 1, to define community needs and goals for sustainable change around employment and financial stability.

Following is the breakdown of funds to be awarded:

Education: Early Childhood Literacy: Birth through Third Grade
  • Berkshire Children and Families, Inc. – Two programs, totaling $151,000
  • Berkshire County Kids' Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc. – $40,000
  • Berkshire Hills Regional School District – $40,000
  • Child Care of the Berkshires, Inc. – Three programs totaling $110,000
  • Community Health Programs, Inc. – $30,000
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc. – $35,000
  • Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Inc. – $39,787
  • Lee Youth Association – $30,000
  • Pediatric Development Center Inc. – $26,800
  • Pittsfield Public Schools Summer – $28,229
  • Reach Out and Read – $10,000
  • The Helen Berube Teen Parent Program – $50,000
Education: Youth Successfully Transition to Higher Education, Training, or Employment
  • Barrington Stage Company – $30,000
  • Berkshire Compact for Education – $11,000
  • Berkshire County Regional Employment Board, Inc. – $17,000
  • Berkshire South Regional Community Center – $16,100
  • Dalton Community Recreation Association – $30,000
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center – $60,000
  • Flying Cloud Institute – $18,000
  • Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center, Inc. – Two programs, totaling $56,700
  • Greenagers – $20,000
  • Lee Youth Association – $22,000
  • Railroad Street Youth Project – Three programs, totaling $75,000
  • The Brien Center – $65,000
  • The Salvation Army – $25,000
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of Berkshire County, Inc. – $20,000
Employment: Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Berkshire County Chapter-American Red Cross – $ 18,000
  • Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity – Two programs, totaling $40,075
  • Construct, Inc. – $ 30,000
  • Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. – $25,213
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center – Two programs, totaling $120,000
  • Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, Inc. – $8,500
  • Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) – $30,000
  • Railroad Street Youth Project – $20,000
  • United Cerebral Palsy Association of Berkshire County, Inc. – $ 12,000
Other Community Investments
  • Mass 211 – $8,624

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