Letter: Working in No. County for the common good

To the editor:

What is the Day of Caring? Established to promote the spirit of volunteerism for United Ways across the country, it also increases awareness of local human service organizations and demonstrates how people working together for the common good can accomplish great things.

When Berkshire United Way, which serves Central and South County, asked the Williamstown Community Chest to partner with it, we readily agreed. We know that third grade reading proficiency is an indicator of a student's future success in education and career. What better way to ensure that the over 400 children entering kindergarten in Northern Berkshire County are given materials that will help them be ready to learn come September?

On June 21, these literacy backpacks will be distributed at two locations in Northern Berkshire County. Berkshire Bank volunteers assembled the backpacks as part of their Xtraordinary Day of Service on June7. Each backpack contains a specially chosen book, school supplies, a handwritten note from a Berkshire Bank volunteer, an activity guide, and a list of the Berkshire Book Houses.

A huge thank you goes to Adams Community Bank and the Williamstown Community Chest for supporting the cost of the books that will be supplied in each backpack. We would also like to thank Amy Hall and Anne Nemetz-Carlson of Child Care of the Berkshires and Dave Rempell and Michael Williams of The Williamstown Youth Center for their help in making this day come together.

The literacy backpack distribution and family friendly activities will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 21 two Northern Berkshire locations: The Family Center, Child Care of the Berkshires, 210 State Street, North Adams, in the gymnasium (use the front ramp entrance), and the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street, Williamstown. The rain site is the Williamstown Elementary School cafeteria.

At Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest, we have been delighted to work with our member agencies to further support them and the communities we serve. We are also happy to work with our partner in philanthropy, Berkshire United Way.

Christa M. Collier

North Adams

The writer is executive director, Northern Berkshire United Way

Anne Singleton


Executive Director Williamstown Community Chest


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