COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County

Co-led by 

Berkshire United Way and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation logos


In partnership with

Northern Berkshire United Way and Williamstown Community Chest logos


Berkshire United Way, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Northern Berkshire United Way, and Williamstown Community Chest have shifted their focus from emergency response to recovery. A new round of grants from the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County will support innovative approaches to addressing emotional well-being for children, youth, and families. 501c3 organizations can download the proposal document below.

This round of funding builds on the partnership established in March 2020 with the launch of the fund. From March 19 to August 3, 2020, the emergency fund awarded more than $2 million through 132 grants to 95 nonprofits supporting low-income families, communities of color and immigrants, and seniors through services such as food pantries, health care, and housing.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, along with the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Fund at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, have awarded 186 grants totaling nearly $3.02 million to 99 organizations responding to these basic needs.

Contributions to the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund continue to be accepted and will be invested in the community to help build stability for and address the well-being of vulnerable residents and the vital nonprofit sector that serves them every day.

You can still contribute to the Fund

Resources for Berkshire nonprofits



Funds are limited and will be granted on a first come, first served basis.

○ Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act

   (From the National Council on Nonprofits)

○ Apply for the Paycheck Protection Program

We recommend reaching out to your local bank for guidance on how to apply. Here is a list of certified banks.


○ SBA Paycheck Protection Plan FAQs

Volunteer Center

Organizations throughout Berkshire County are looking for volunteers. You can sign up using Berkshire United Way's Volunteer Center.

Any organization can create a profile and add volunteer activities. For help getting started, contact Brenda Petell at

During the month of April, you can sign up for special activities during the #HereForGood Volunteer Month.


Give Back Berkshires

You can also explore causes and ways to connect through Give Back Berkshires, created by the Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires to connect nonprofits with people who want to help, particularly in this challenging time.


COVID-19 Volunteer Guidelines
○ Watch this brief training video

Kusik Award Recipient

On September 30, 2021, during the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's annual meeting via Zoom, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County was recognized with the annual Kusik Award. Named after Charles Kusik, a nationally recognized volunteer planner who lived in Richmond, the award recognizes projects, groups, or individuals who have made outstanding contributions to planning in Berkshire County.

Accepting the award on behalf of the partners of the COVID-19 Fund were: Christa Collier, executive director of Northern Berkshire United Way; Anna Singleton, executive director of Williamstown Community Chest; Maeve O'Dea, program director at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; and Brenda Petell, director of volunteer engagement at Berkshire United Way.

Read more from iBerkshires HERE.

Hear more from BRPC Chair John Duval & COVID-19 Fund partners

Responding Together

Outcomes and Impacts of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County

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Report on COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County

Report on COVID-19 Fund Emergency Response for Berkshire County

Responding Together - Appendix


Grantee Reporting by Services Provided

Thank you to these fundraising efforts

Thank you to Pittsfield Community Television and Pittsfield Community Radio for coordinating efforts to produce a Help-a-Thon to raise awareness and funds for the Berkshire County COVID-19 Fund.

Thank you to Patty Spector of the Josh Billings RunAground for introducing this idea and VidMob for creating a fun visual to invite the community to be active and help raise funds.

Thank you to our donors and partners

*Fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
The BARR Foundation
Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund
Adams Community Bank
The Feigenbaum Foundation
The Fuqua Family Fund*
The Madroño Foundation
Mill Town
Berkshire Bank
Berkshire Health Systems
Callahan Dee Family Foundation
The Patty and Tim Crane Fund*
The Joyce and Fred Crane Family’s Cooper Meadow Fund*
The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust
The Gilson Family Foundation
Greylock Federal Credit Union
The James and Irene Hunter Fund*
Lee Bank
Mary Pope Osborne
The Joseph H. and Carol F. Reich Fund*
Williams College
Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
Avangrid Foundation
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation
Berkshire United Way
Paul W. Clark
Commonwealth Children's Fund
General Dynamics
The Green Foundation
Jane Iredale*
Donald C. McGraw Foundation/Black Rock Foundation Fund*
SABIC Plastics
Berkshire Agricultural Ventures
Berkshire Gas Company
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Kathleen and Neil Chrisman*
Jeffrey and Beth Cohen
The ERJ Fund, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Dion Family Foundation
Brian and Tyler Fairbank*
Thomas and Marian Gardner*
The James and Robert Hardman Fund, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation*
The Lawrence Family Fund
Levinson Berkshire Opportunity Fund*
Onyx Specialty Papers, Inc.
Papa John’s Pizza of Lenox
Alan Price and Irene Goldman-Price*
Carol and Michael Riordan*
John Stookey*
Laurie and Peter Thomsen
Elizabeth Tully and Jon Millburg
The Wagner Foundation
The Whitehead Foundation
Carlo and Amy Zaffanella
Herbert A. Allen
Nicholas Boraski
Kristine and Oren Cass
John DeRosa
Dan Mead and Sally Eagle*
Marita and David Glodt
Kimball Farms Residents Association
John and Judith Kittredge Fund*
Chester and Kate Lasell
Northern Berkshire United Way
Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
The Pixley Hill Foundation
Shah Family Foundation
Diane Singer and Dr. John Horan
Jodi and Paul Tartell
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Fall Brook Fund*
Fund for Williamstown*
Elton Ogden and Jan Salzer-Ogden
Cornelius and Carol Wells
Anonymous (2)
Rebecca Abbott
Brian Adams
James and Kristin Allen
Charlie and Claire Bercury
Berkshire District Medical Society
Rick Brown and Anita Loose-Brown*
Larry Cherkis and Joan Benjamin*
Susan Gold
Lawrence and Rosemary Harnett
David and Suzanne Klausmeyer*
Liz and Tom Marino
Tim O’Donnell and Tyne Allshouse
Kristine Osterman
Brian Renaud and Somchai Piraban
Richard and Karen Rowe
Efrem and Frederica Sigel
Greg and Laura Spivy
Jacqueline Starr and Jeff Ellsworth
Jason and Daisy Touhey
Joanna Arkema
51 Park Restaurant & Tavern
James and Kristin Allen
Pamela and Hank Art
Berkshire Education and Correction Services Aquaponic Training Facility at the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office
Julia Bowen and Brad Svrluga
Christine and Tack Burbank
Lynn Carlson
Penny and Laurence Choquette
Jim Ciullo
Linda Conway
Douglas and Elizabeth Crane
Dave Cupery
Ruth Dewton / Joseph and Lily Dewton Family Fund*
Donald Elitzer*
Wendy Federer
Emily Fisher
Lori Flynn and John Ryall
Joseph and Laurie Gallagher
Laurie Heatherington and Keith Finan
Stephen P. Hodgin and Joanne Larsen
Interprint Inc.
Leslie Ioffredo
Dr. Ellen Kennedy and Mark Gold
Nancy Kyle
Scott Lambert
Dr. Robert Lee
Eleanor Lord Fund*
Martha Marvin
MCLA Foundation, Inc.
Douglas McNally and Janet Bradley
Joseph Method
Enid Michelman
Kathleen Morris and Robert Kraus
Kate and Peter Murphy
Congressman Richard E. Neal
Bob and Mary Ann Norris
Doug and Jane Pickard
Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation
David and Deborah Reinhart
Karen Richards
Richard Riedel and Lynelle Weinheimer
Deborah Sagner
Joyce Scheffey / The Turkeybush Fund*
Arlene and Gary Schiff*
ServiceMaster of the Berkshires
Kim Seward
Barbara and Bruce Shickmaster
Brad and Michael Simon
Dr. Maud Mandel and Steven Simon
Specialty Minerals
Carol and Bob Stegeman
Michael and Lisa Stoddard
Charles and Katherine Swabey
Don Usher
Courtney Wade
Williamstown Community Chest
Ellen Wineberg
Harold Sears and Rene Wood
Bill and Adrienne Wootters*
Karol Zielonko
Anonymous (2)
18 Berkshire Women
Osmin and Monica Alvarez
Lynn Ashburn and Charlie Helde
Helen Barrington
Steve Bayne and Bernadette Patynski
Lucas Benjamin
Drs. Richard Berlin and Susanne King
Daryle and Alison Bost
Laura Brennan
Tom and Jennifer Brennan
Pamela Conroy Breslin
Cynthia Farr Brown and Maura B. Delaney
Joseph Brzoska
Cecilia Chang
Jondavid Chesloff
Daniel Clowes
The Fern Grove Fund*
Jennifer Crews and Matt Cusack
Susan Crofut*
James Cultrera
William Davis
James Duffy and Debora Cole-Duffy
Robert and Cheryl Ericson
Margaret Fluhr
The Foggy River Fund*
Todd Gaffney
Sarah Gannett
Dennis Greenstein and Marilyn Sygrove
Guido’s Fresh Marketplace
Scott and Ellen Hand
Marion and John Hyson
Marcie and Fred Imberman
Junior League of Berkshire County
Merle and Leo Kailas
Lisa Kent
Thomas Kiley
Henry and Maureen Lee
Laurie Gilden Lindner
LP Adams
Denise and Howard Marshall
Nancy McIntire
George Merz
Kevin Moore
Jay and Mercedes Nawrocki
David Dethier and Nancy Nylen
Marcia and Dan Parnell
Dr. Larry Pellish
Susan and Frederick Puddester
Josh Rosmarin
Frank and Linda Russell
Salisbury Bank & Trust
Joan Sigoski
Patricia Soussloff
Lawrence Strauss and Francine Weinberg
Tina Tartaglia
Christy Tewell
Audrey Thier
Laura Vidale
Claudia Wells
Hal and Benna Wilde*
Candace Winkler and Matt Kropke
Caleb Wolfson-Seeley
Zonta Club of Berkshire County
Anonymous (5)
Kevin Allan and Justin Burke
Gary and Barbara Allen
Ashley and Nathaniel Buckley-Wright
Karen Chase and Paul Graubard
Jack and Diane Cowles
Charlotte Crane
Dawn Desnoyers
Lori DuBois and Charles Prescott
Rosalie Ehrlich and Michael Mahr
Dr. M. Gerard and Maryjane Fromm
Nina and Peter Garlington
Jayne Atkinson-Gill and Michel Gill
Richard Gregg
Gale and Dusty Griffin
Corinne Heyes
Jacqueline Hidalgo
Ann and John Higgins
Hinsdale Lions Club
Thomas and Susan Hodgson
Jessica Hopson
The Joyce Fox Fund*
Pamala Kurtzer
Wyatt Larochelle
Alec Machiels and Sarah Bennison
Monica Mackey
Tyler Malik
Mark and Jenney Maloy
Market 32, Pittsfield #140
Victoria Maxwell
Rebecka and James McDougall
Dianne and Patrick Mele
Tim and Helen Metzger
Daniel Michaels
Julie Michaels
Cameron, Elizabeth, Kayla and Steven Miller
Judith Monachina
Christopher and Monica Montferret
Peter Nixon
Marisa Pizzuto Jutras
Susan Rothschild and Don Freedman
The Safran Charitable Gift Fund of T. Rowe Price Charitable
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Dr. Gary and Paula Shalan
Carl and Claudia Shuster
The Melanie and Jay Spahr Family Fund*
Amy and Ben Sosne
Jane Swift and Chuck Hunt
John E. Toole
James and Maryellen Tremblay
Clark Wallace
David Wohabe
Thomas Woodward and David LePere
Robert Youdelman
Anonymous (4)
Susan Abramowitz and Aaron Gurwitz
Sal and Janet Accardo
Susan and Mark Allan
Rahul Bahl
Dudley Bahlman
Donna Baker
N. Douglas Baldwin
Alan and Judith Benjamin
Berkshire Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers
Wren Bernstein
Big Y World Class Market, Pittsfield #23
Kristin Blagg
Daniel Bourla
Robert and Hope Braddick
Mark Brandriss
Tracey Brennan
Aaron Brigham
Elizabeth Burbank
Regina Burgio
Marsha Callaway
Melissa Campbell
Dr. William Cameron Jr.
Jill Cancellieri
Kathy Caton
Marietta Rapetti Cawse and James Cawse
Karen Charbonneau
Claudine Chavanne and Harry Stuart
Matthew Chester
Diane Chicoine
Patricia Coates
Jeffrey Cohen
Mea Cook
Diane Cramer
Cruisin' Cows at Williams
Erin Cullen
Patti and Craig Cusson
Jason Cuyler
Virginia D’Aniello
Ute Defarlo
Marcia DeFazio
Dr. Peter Dillon
M. Janet Dohoney
June Donna
Marilyn Cole Dostie
Judith Douville
Amanda Dubrowski
Alycia Sacco Duquette and Christopher Duquette
Susan Ebitz
Neil Eddy
Scott and Mary Beth Eldridge
Ernest Faraci
Diane and Michael Farella
Christopher Farrell
Susan Ferlauto
Peter Filkins
Laura Flint and Michael Pelle
Louise Frankenberg
Jessica Fried
Mark Friedman
Christine Galib
Deborah Gallant
Jeff and Glenna Gerard
Thomas Glassanos
Michael Glier
Ted and Jennifer Glockner
Rebecca Gold
Amanda Goldmakher
Lauren Goodman
Barbara Guido
Dorothy and Francis Gwozdz
Myrna Hammerling
David Handler
Alexander Harper
Kate and Tom Hocker
Elaine Hunter
James Hurley
Martin and Alice Jonas
Daphne Joslin
Anne Karabinos
Lenard Kates
Linda Kaye-Moses
Mary Keegan
Brant and Jamie Keller
Janette Kessler
Scott Ketcham
Debra Kielman
Wendy Klepetar
Carol and Stuart Kuller
Karen Kuranda
Christine Kwasny
Cally Latchford
Bob and Elaine Lee
Lenox Patisserie
Barbara Leslie
Daniel Leven
Michael Levin
Lisa Lutton
Megan Malone
Supreet Kaur Maniktala
Patricia Manion
Ellen Manley
Peter M. Marchetti
Jay L. and Kelly A. Marion
Delight Maston
Brian McBride
Pam McCann
Margaret McComish and Magnus Bernhardsson
Amy McNally
Judith McNary
Jonathan and Penny Metsch
Mike Miller
Nina Molin
Melanie Mowinski
Albert Najimy
Mary and Seth Nash
Richard Nesbitt
Kelli Newby
Michael Nichols
Christopher Nye
Jeremy O'Boyle
Dr. Anne O’Dwyer
Kevin O’Rourke
Jason Ostrander
Anne Payson
Katherine Peabody
Mary Jo Piretti-Miller
Sarah Pitcher-Hoffman
Bert and Letty Cottin Pogrebin
Janice Pride-Boone
Prospect Hill Foundation
George Ritter
Dr. Herbert and Paula Rod
Shawn Rosenheim
Janice Rosenman
The Rosenthal Family Fund, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater MetroWest NJ
Phyllis Ross
Joyce Ruitenberg
Ronnie Sacco
Janina Sadlowski
Barbara and Robert Sammons
Dr. Stuart and Phyllis Sandrew
Loretta Scheel and Robert Bujalski
Stephen Schreier
Harriet and Stu Schweitzer 
Heather Seely
Tony Segal Richmond BOH
William and Maureen Seward
Molly Sheehan
Tom and Ginny Sheldon
Doris Simon
Marcie and Richard Simons 
Monica Sinclair and Brian Hailes
Jo Ann Sinopoli
Alice Smith
The Rev. Samuel J. Smith and Donald R. Temples
Samuel Smith
Barbara Snyder
Mark St. Germain
Meghan St. John
Carolyn Stein
Kip and Margot Towl
Nancy Travis
Lisa Trybus
Sarah Turner
Michael and Joan Ury
Elaine VanBriggle
Elizabeth Wade
Walmart Supercenter, North Adams #1984
Zachary Walsh
William West
Cherie Whitney-Noyes
Joanne Williams
Katherine Woodhouse
Joan Wright
Juliet Wright
Michael and Christina Wynn
Cheryl and Michael Zaccaro
Karen and Richard Zink
Zion Lutheran Church
Donald and Kristina Zukowski
Anonymous (6)
Brenda Ahern
Elizabeth Aho
Ginny Akabane
Susan Barnett
James Barry
Paula Blagg
Donna Boucher
Carl and Stephanie Bradford
Marguerite Braun
Lawrence Bravo
Linda and Ronald Brown
Erin Bruno
Karrie Buratto
Mary and Paul Butler
Becky Cachat
Sarah Callaway
Joellen Catelotti
Jon Charbonneau
Sarah Clader
Steven Cohen
Community Access to the Arts (CATA)
David Cook
Claudia Coplan
Linda Corsi
Alisa Costa
Thomas and Deborah Curry
Kimberly Cyr
Deborah Dane
Michael Dean
Tatjana Deary
Steve and Lynn Del Negro
Warren Dews Jr. and Roberta McCulloch-Dews
Kathy Dickinson
Blair and Jessica Dils
Priscilla Drysgola
Laurie and Jay Dubner
Laura Dumouchel
Deborah and Richard Dunn
Judith Eddy
Barbara Emanuel
Jhena Faeran
Louise Farkas
David and Leatrice Finck
Patricia Flaherty
Jean Floyd
Richard Fuhrman
Lesliann Furcht
Joann Garner
Meghan Gillis
Dana Goedewaagen
Andrea Goodman
Bridget Gormalley
Deborah Gottung
Jennifer Green
Debra Guachione
Hunter Hamilton
Thomas Hamilton
Glen Hanson
Brian Higgins
Sheilaa Hite
Elizabeth Hobby
Lilly Hoch
Kathryn Holt
Matthew Hunt
Karen and Bruce Jacobs
Sandra Jarvis
Nancy Johnson
Bill and Marianne Judge
Lorraine Kalisz
Kennith Kelly
Erinn Kennedy
Greg Kerwood
Matthew and Jennifer Kerwood
Danielle Kinne
Pamela Knisley
Michelle Kopec
Karin Koff
Barbara Kotelnicki
Lillian and Edward Kulpa
James and Tammy Kupernik
Darcie and Andi Lampiasi
Ming Lash
Dennis and Diane Lawson
Shiobbean Lemme
Zenobia Love
Bonita and Richard Lovison
Katherine Ludington
Theresa Manchester
Marcia Mandel
R.E. Markham
Paul Marszalek
Veronica Torres Martin
Stephanie Martin
William Matthiesen
Andrew McKeever
Diane and Wayne McLain
Geraldine McQuoid
Jacqueline Melendez
Robert and Michelle Mellace
Kate Merrigan
Lauren Miller
Rebecca Mosher
Dorothy and Douglas Munson
Peter Murphy
Sharon DeMyer Nemser
Richard and Dana Noble
North Adams Teachers Association
Karen Nunez
Timothy O’Brien
Sandra Pantorno
Marie Paradise
Barbara and Thomas Patton
Thomas and Jody Pelkey
Randy Penn
Brenda Lee Petell
Neal Pilson
Nancy Prezenik
Kenneth Recore
Carolyn Renzi
Philip D. Rich
Karen Richards
Franklin Risatti
Cynthia Robinette
Karen Romeo-Leger
Terry Rooney
Claire Rosenberg
Jennifer Rosenzweig
Susan Russell
Jane Salata
Betsy Salinetti
Lindsey and Andreas Schmid
Keith Seidman
Laurie Shaw
Molly Sheriff
Olga Shevchenko
Jennifer Connor Shumsky
Neil Siegel
Deborah Smith
Richard and Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Dr. Jesse and Patricia Spector
Jennifer Streisand
Rose Ann and William Sturgeon
Phoebe Sugarman
Mary Sugden
Jonathan Swartz
Deirdre Swindlehurst
Sarah Thomas
Leah Thompson
Ann Tierney
Lorraine and John Tinger
Amanda Tobin
Matthew Tucker
Caryl Tuggey
Jeff Turner
Rich Weisenflue and Beth Nichols
Gloria Wesley
Rob White
Stephanie Williams
Lanny Zuckerman



The fund provides flexible resources to nonprofit 501c3 organizations in Berkshire County working with individuals and families who are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and the economic consequences of this outbreak. It will help fund organizations that have deep roots in the community and strong experience working with the most vulnerable populations. Nonprofits can apply here.

In order to move resources quickly, we have opened a simple, rolling, application process. Funds may be requested for up to $25,000. Berkshire United Way will administer grants from the fund in partnership with BTCF and in close collaboration with our partners. Grant amounts will be determined by funding availability. Nonprofits may email requests to

While this fund is not able to provide grants directly to individuals, it will support community-based organizations that have strong experience providing services to individuals and families. Direct service agency contacts can be found here. You can also dial 2-1-1 to connect to Mass 211, a free and confidential service funded by United Ways in Massachusetts that helps people find the local resources they need.

We are not considering restricted donations at this time. The fund was created to provide flexible funding as quickly as possible to the nonprofits that are operating on the front line of response.

This Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Rather, it is working to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where they are needed most. If the fund’s priorities align with your interests, we hope you will consider making a donation. However, this is a critical time for so many, including the nonprofit organizations who have benefited from your generosity in the past, as well as those that have canceled annual fundraising events and public gatherings. Please continue to give to organizations you regularly support, and those that now need your help.

This fund supports nonprofit 501c3 organizations within Berkshire County.

Yes. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your contribution. Please keep a copy of the receipt that is emailed to you for your tax records and consult your tax advisor for more information.


Organizations throughout Berkshire County are looking for volunteers. You can sign up using Berkshire United Way's Volunteer Center.

Any organization can create a profile and add volunteer activities. For help getting started, contact Brenda Petell at