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If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation or struggling with a mental health crisis, share these important r...
05/06/2020

If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation or struggling with a mental health crisis, share these important resources with them and support them as they get help. We’re all in this together!⁣

Thanks to our Partners at the Elizabeth Freeman Center and The Brien Center along with all the other local agencies helping to spread the word.

Congratulations to these representatives of our Partner Agencies - Mary Jo Ramos Mary Jo Ramos of the Berkshire Immigran...
05/04/2020
Berkshire Nonprofit Awards

Congratulations to these representatives of our Partner Agencies - Mary Jo Ramos Mary Jo Ramos of the Berkshire Immigrant Center, and Kathy Keeser of Louison House - who have been honored by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires with 2020 Berkshire Nonprofit Awards!

The awards will be presented as part of NPCB's Virtual Summit May 19 & 20.
https://npcberkshires.org/nonprofit-awards-breakfast/

We’re excited to turn this event into a 2-day VIRTUAL summit on nonprofit sustainability, with the Berkshire Nonprofit Awards as the opening feature.

Congratulations to our Partner Agency, the Berkshire Immigrant Center, which was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Barr F...
05/04/2020
Berkshire Immigrant Center lands $50K grant

Congratulations to our Partner Agency, the Berkshire Immigrant Center, which was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Barr Foundation as part of its $2 million initiative to support organizations serving immigrants in Massachusetts.

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Immigrant Center has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Boston-based philanthropic Barr Foundation as part of its $2 million initiative to support organizations …

Our partners at Louison House need some basics (disinfectant, peanut butter) and some treats (coffee creamer, brownie mi...
05/01/2020

Our partners at Louison House need some basics (disinfectant, peanut butter) and some treats (coffee creamer, brownie mix). Here are specific instructions on what they need and how and where to deliver it.

04/30/2020
Town of Williamstown Government

Thank you to our first responders, Board of Health, Emergency Management Director, and everyone at the Northern Berkshire Operations Center for providing and analyzing accurate daily data from which ongoing responses to this pandemic can be adjusted locally.

Here's the latest...

The Department of Public Health has released it's weekly town by town data today. We recognize that the reporting of a total number may be challenging to put in context for what is actually happening and what is happening today. Our first responders, Board of Health and Emergency Management Director review accurate daily data from the Northern Berkshire Operations Center that is more helpful to adjust our ongoing responses.

Sadly, the vast majority of the cases in Williamstown have been localized at Williamstown Commons. The number of cases reflects total positive tests attributed by the state to Williamstown since the beginning of this crisis (multiple weeks.) From an emergency response we focus on ACTIVE cases both within Williamstown Commons and in the rest of the community. The active number is significantly lower than the cumulative number of positive cases. Sadly again, the vast majority of the active cases are also localized at Williamstown Commons. Reassuringly, the number of cases medically classified as recovered greatly outnumber the active cases both at the Commons and within the community.

We appreciate the responsible and cautious behavior being practiced by so many residents through this episode. It is reflected in the low numbers of total cases and very low number of active cases within Williamstown. Please do not take this success as an encouragement to become complacent. There are active cases in the region, in the county and in the state and those numbers do continue to increase. One of the things we have learned is that some people will have Covid-19 and be asymptomatic. In those cases, they are capable of spreading to others while they themselves have no signs. At this point, knowing that most testing is being done for people showing symptoms, any of our data locally and statewide undercounts the number of people who may be infected at any given time. So caution remains important. Continue to socially distance and wear a mask if you cannot be sure that you can always remain 6 feet away from others. Limit trips and continue to regularly wash your hands.

Lastly, please know that the Town, in partnership with public safety, health and municipal officials across Northern Berkshire County, are paying close attention to actual conditions on the ground daily. We all are sharing the most accurate information available with one another and adjusting our actions accordingly. Be wary of any numbers without context and know that there are limitations we all face with information reported by other organizations. Further, because of the complexity of the situation and a need to protect patient privacy, we cannot share specific numbers. And right now, given the continued uncertainty about this pandemic and the nature of this virus, our individual behavior should be at the same heightened level of caution, whether someone reports a number of 5, 50 or 500.

Help spread the news to those in need! All Massachusetts families with school aged children who qualify for free and red...
04/26/2020
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Help spread the news to those in need!

All Massachusetts families with school aged children who qualify for free and reduced price school meals are eligible for the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. This includes any student in a school that provided free meals to all students.

Information about P-EBT, or Pandemic EBT, federal program.

04/23/2020
berkshirefoodproject.org

Keep up with all the good work our partners at the Berkshire Food Project are doing here in their latest newsletter.

Thanks to Larry Parnass and the Berkshire Eagle for calling attention to the new "Warm Line" set up by the National Alli...
04/22/2020
The Checkup: 'Warm line' rolls out

Thanks to Larry Parnass and the Berkshire Eagle for calling attention to the new "Warm Line" set up by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Berkshire County (NAMI-BC). We are pleased to have been able to provide funding for this project in collaboration with the Berkshire United Way, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Northern Berkshire United Way.

People who feel stressed about coping with tough times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, can speak confidentially with a NAMI-BC staff member or a trained volunteer with "lived experience" of mental health issues and trauma when they call 413-445-1136 until 8 pm daily. In other hours, people who leave their phone number and first name will be contacted within 24 hours.

People who feel stressed can find a supportive voice at the end of a telephone line in Berkshire County.

We're so grateful that we could be a part of supporting the increased need and expenses of food at these and other local...
04/20/2020

We're so grateful that we could be a part of supporting the increased need and expenses of food at these and other local food pantries through The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant for Berkshire County, (co-led by Berkshire United Way and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation , in collaboration with us and the Northern Berkshire United Way.)

Thank you to the staff at Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for helping local food pantries with their deliveries from the The Food Bank of Western Mass. Shown here are deliveries to our own Williamstown Food Pantry and the Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative Al Nelson Friendship Center Friendship Center.

Thank you to the staff at our member agency, Goodwill Industries of the Berkshires and Southern Vermont for helping local food pantries with their deliveries from the The Food Bank of Western Mass. Shown here are deliveries to the Williamstown Food Pantry and Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative Al Nelson Friendship Center
The COVID-19 Emergency Response Grant for Berkshire County, (co-led by Berkshire United Way and the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and in collaboration with Williamstown Community Chest and Northern Berkshire United Way) supported the increased need and expenses of food at these and other local food pantries.

04/20/2020
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Please share the news of the nbCC live update series, starting today - April 20 - at 2 pm.

nbCC staff will be starting a live update series, starting today at 2:00 PM with Youth Development Coordinator Tim Shiebler. Find out how the Youth Development team is continuing to connect with young people, and ways you can get involved! Look for future updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2:00 PM!

We in Williamstown are joining with the City of North Adams and the Town of Adams to activate, celebrate, and engage the...
04/18/2020

We in Williamstown are joining with the City of North Adams and the Town of Adams to activate, celebrate, and engage the compassion, resilience, and strength of our Northern Berkshire community. Share your checklist progress on Tuesday with us here and with #NorthBerkCares.

https://williamstownma.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Continuity-of-Learning-Acts-of-Kindness.pdf

Our day was considerably brightened by the volunteer who created and donated these wonderful polka-dot face coverings. T...
04/15/2020

Our day was considerably brightened by the volunteer who created and donated these wonderful polka-dot face coverings. Thank you! We appreciate all the folks who are sewing to keep our community safe and healthy.

We continue to collect face coverings in the big red box outside our office at 84 Spring Street, M-F 9 am-5 pm & Saturday 9 am-noon.

04/15/2020
Weekend Meal Delivery Program at nbCC Our colleagues at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is offering a weekend...
04/11/2020
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition |Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Weekend Meal Delivery Program at nbCC

Our colleagues at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is offering a weekend meal delivery service through local restaurants to community members currently unable to access food on the weekend. This initiative is open to people residing in Williamstown, North Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy. It is intended to reach individuals and families with no other access to food resources on weekends.

Last weekend 50 meals were provided for 23 households.

If you know any individual who is in need of food on the weekend because they are dependent on food delivery services at this time, please tell them to call the nbCC main phone number, 413-663-7588, Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm. Meals will be delivered on Saturdays.

This program is free of charge, as nbCC will be using funds they were awarded to compensate both the restaurant and the delivery driver for their service.

Organizing, supporting and empowering the Northern Berkshires for over 33 years.

A helpful article on the proper way to wear our cloth face coverings.
04/09/2020
How NOT to Wear a Mask

A helpful article on the proper way to wear our cloth face coverings.

Wearing a face mask takes some getting used to. To get the most benefit, you need to avoid these common mistakes.

Are you sewing cloth face covers? If so, you can drop them off in this handsome red box on our front porch and we will d...
04/08/2020

Are you sewing cloth face covers?

If so, you can drop them off in this handsome red box on our front porch and we will deliver them to Berkshire Mutual Aid for distribution. SHARE THIS NEWS!

The box will be available on the front porch of our office at 84 Spring Street from 9 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, and 9 am-noon on Saturday.

Looking for information on how to sew cloth face covers? Here is a basic pattern for some protection:

https://www.deaconess.com/How-to-make-a-Face-Mask

This one you can make for those places that require a pocket:

https://vimeo.com/user109783413/download/399451183/4de0f322d1

And here's a pattern for the covers that fit over the N95 that are in use at hospitals:

http://www.massmakemasks.org

Pass this important news from the Milne Public Library Williamstown on to friends who don't have easy access to WiFi.
04/05/2020

Pass this important news from the Milne Public Library Williamstown on to friends who don't have easy access to WiFi.

04/05/2020
Berkshire Helping Hands Charity Page

Northern Berkshire Residents who are elderly or in high-risk categories and are housebound as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, can receive a premade care package of food and/or supplies (such as toilet paper and cleaning products) delivered to their doorstep at no cost. There are no minimum income requirements. Towns covered are North Adams, Adams, Clarksburg and Williamstown. Please message the BHH page (link below) for more details.

https://www.facebook.com/Berkshire-Helping-Hands-Charity-Page-106409847506516/

BHH is an all volunteer community outreach in Northern Berkshires. We are the process of becoming a 501c3 organization. This page is for events and commutation. More info to come!

The bloodmobile will be at the MountainOne Investments  parking lot, 296 Main St. Williamstown on Thursday, April 9th fr...
04/04/2020

The bloodmobile will be at the MountainOne Investments parking lot, 296 Main St. Williamstown on Thursday, April 9th from 9am - 2:30pm.

All donations made via Berkshire Health Systems Bloodmobile help local patients, and for those dealing with cancer, other illnesses, and emergencies, the need is great. Blood donations are still needed urgently.
Donors are requested to be healthy without any symptoms of cough, cold, or fever.

Please schedule an appointment today, which helps prevent long wait times and assists BHS to plan for this event. To sign up, please contact (413) 447-2597 x 2 or [email protected]

Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative Al Nelson Friendship Center is looking for volunteers to help as it is b...
04/03/2020

Northern Berkshire Interfaith Action Initiative Al Nelson Friendship Center is looking for volunteers to help as it is busy as ever distributing food to those in need. As the COVID-19 crisis intensifies, increasing numbers of people require assistance, and the food pantry has altered its system of distributing food for the health and safety of all. Potential volunteers should be in good health, without any underlying conditions, and should be able to lift and move a 35-pound box.

Those interested should contact the food pantry via email [email protected], the website http://www.friendshipfoodpantry.org, or Facebook.

Our colleagues at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) are excited to announce that they have received a gr...
04/02/2020
Northern Berkshire Community Coalition |Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Our colleagues at the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition (nbCC) are excited to announce that they have received a grant from the Berkshire County COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to coordinate a weekend meal delivery service through our local restaurants to those community members who are currently unable to leave their homes and unable to access food on the weekend. This initiative is open to people who
reside in any one of the seven north Berkshire towns [Williamstown, North Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy].

"This program is intended to reach individuals and families with no other access to food resources on weekends. We strive to reach those families and individuals who are not already connected with a food pantry or meal program. We will be asking interested participants what food resources they are already accessing in order to avoid any duplication of efforts and so that we can expand our community's ability to provide for vulnerable populations.

If you know of any individual who is in need of food on the weekend because they are dependent on food delivery services at this time, please provide them with the nbCC main phone number, 413-663-7588. nbCC staff will be taking phone calls Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm. Orders for weekend delivery will be placed on Fridays at 3pm and deliveries will be coordinated for Saturday at a designated time.

This program is free of charge, as nbCC will be using the funds we were awarded to compensate both the restaurant and the delivery driver for their service.

Please feel free to reach out to Liz or I at the Coalition if you have any questions. At this time, calling our office is the best way to reach us as we are all buried in email correspondence.

Please feel free to share this email with information about the program with other organizations or individuals who are working with members of our communities that would benefit from this service. Thank you for your collaboration in this effort!"

Organizing, supporting and empowering the Northern Berkshires for over 33 years.

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
04/01/2020

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker made an appeal on Saturday for Massachusetts residents to donate blood, calling it a way to save lives as the state strives to prevent its health care system from becoming overwhelmed by the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic. Please consider donating blood at this Blood Drive in Williamstown on Thursday, April 9.

This from the W'town Council on Aging via WilliNet - TV:TWO local food pantries are OPEN TODAY (4/1):In N. Adams, the Al...
04/01/2020

This from the W'town Council on Aging via WilliNet - TV:
TWO local food pantries are OPEN TODAY (4/1):

In N. Adams, the Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry (temporarily located in the St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish Center, 70 Holden Street, opposite the Big Y) hours are from 10 am - 2pm AND 3:30-5:30pm. They’re also looking for volunteers, if interested email them:
[email protected]

Sts. Patrick and Raphael Roman Catholic Parish Food Pantry hours TODAY (4/1) are 9:30am-12:00. Use Mission Park Drive drive to enter the church lot, circle around behind the building, stay in your car and someone will assist you. Walkers go to the front of the line, they’ll try to help you first.

Thank you to the Mount Greylock Regional School District for providing free lunches for any Williamstown resident. Menus...
03/19/2020

Thank you to the Mount Greylock Regional School District for providing free lunches for any Williamstown resident. Menus and additional instructions appear below.

Menus for free lunches being provided by Mount Greylock Regional School District for any Williamstown resident. Available for pickup between 9:30 and 10:30 daily at Williamstown Elementary. Delivery also possible, please note in your lunch request.

Address

84 Spring Street
Williamstown, MA
01267

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(413) 458-2443

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