Berkshire United Way is seeking proposals for community investment from prospective partners addressing the goal to reduce the percentage of Berkshire County families that are low-income (200% of poverty) from 24% to under 20% by 2020.
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PITTSFIELD, February 8, 2016 – Kathy Quinn of Williamstown, an employee of Berkshire Children and Families in Pittsfield, won the Berkshire United Way Car Giveaway at the Berkshire Chamber Nite on January 20 at Greylock Insurance Agency.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that Berkshire County’s teen birth rate for 2014 is 12.4 births/1,000 15-19 year old females, a decline of over 54% percent from 2009 to 2014. Pittsfield and North Adams experienced the greatest reductions in the teen birth rate with a 57% and 63% reduction respectively. For comparison, the state teen birth rate has declined 46% during the same period, and both the state and Berkshire County rates are below the national rate of 26.5%.