PITTSFIELD – Michelle Little of Pittsfield won the Berkshire United Way car on May 10 at The Johnson Dealerships. The 2018 Ford Fiesta was sponsored by The Johnson Dealerships and Greylock Federal Credit Union as an incentive for donations to Berkshire United Way’s 2017 campaign. This marks the eighteenth year the two companies have participated in this giveaway, their contributions totaling over $200,000.
Berkshire United Way board member, Mike Stoddard, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Greylock Federal Credit Union, drew the winning ticket and left Little a voicemail during the Driving Our Community Forward event, informing Little that she had won.
Berkshire United Way currently invests over $1.8 million in our community. Working with community partners throughout the county, the organization impacts the lives of more than 15,000 Berkshire County residents.
The car promotion is an effort to motivate people to give, either through their workplace campaign or as an individual donor. A list of past winners can be found on the Berkshire United Way website at berkshireunitedway.org.
In addition to the car drawing, representatives from the Face the Facts – reduce teen pregnancy coalition spoke about the collaborative efforts of Berkshire United Way donors, volunteers and community partners in reducing the teen birth rate in Berkshire County. According to the most recent data released by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, between 2010 and 2015, Berkshire County’s teen birth rate decreased by 52%, exceeding the coalition’s goal five years ahead of schedule.
Speakers included Katrina Mattson of Tapestry Health, Anne-Marie Carpenter of Pittsfield Public Schools, Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Kristine Hazzard of Berkshire United Way.