Berkshire United Way receives $10,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation

Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire United Way is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 Avangrid Foundation grant to support early childhood literacy efforts throughout Berkshire County, in partnership with Berkshire Gas Company.

Reacting to the grant, Berkshire United Way President and CEO Kristine Hazzard commented, “By investing in programs and services that expose children to language rich learning experiences, we help prepare those children, so they enter kindergarten ready to learn and have the best chance of being proficient readers by third grade.”

Hazzard went on to say, “Berkshire United Way invests in proven early childhood development strategies, such as home visiting and licensed pre-school programs provided by our local partners. These programs help put children on the track to success in school, which ultimately increases their long-term earning potential and reduces future social costs.”

“We are excited to partner with the Avangrid Foundation in support of such vital programs meeting such a critical need in our area.  Effective childhood development programs establish the very foundation upon which a child needs to build in order to grow, to learn and to thrive.  Without instilling these fundamentals, a child is at a grave disadvantage, as they try to navigate their way in today’s world.  We are so thankful the Berkshire United Way has recognized this need and is supporting these efforts in Berkshire County and we are thrilled to offer our support,” remarked Chris Farrell, manager of corporate communications and government relations at Berkshire Gas