BUW renews just over $1M in funding to 40 programs

Berkshire United Way announces renewal funding of $1,029,500 for 40 programs across 24 community partner organizations – providing a much-needed additional year of support.

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The Early Education and Care program at 18 Degrees is one of the 40 programs we invest in.

This funding will be for a one-year period, from July 1 of this year to June 30, 2023, and will continue to stabilize out three main Community Impact areas: Early Childhood Development, Positive Youth Development, and Economic Prosperity. Learn more about the 40 programs.

“Through BUW’s relationships with currently funded partners, we understand how critical the timing of this funding is as the ripple effect of the pandemic still lingers. I am proud of our commitment to these organizations who have endured many challenges and continue to serve our community in innovative and creative ways,” said Laurie Gallagher, board member and chair of the Community Impact Committee.

Our investments in these programs support family well-being and address gaps in services in the community. Programs generate a whole-family, integrated approach that focus on educational advancement and economic mobility.

This assistance helps to fund programs such as Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity’s Community Navigator Program, which is designed to assist marginalized residents with connections to resources that will enable them to remain economically resilient.

“The funds support staffing for the Community Navigator Program. We appreciate that Berkshire United Way values the impact of the Community Navigator Model,” said Carolyn Valli, chief executive officer of Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.

A new round of funding requests will be announced in early 2023, but to help increase investments in quality, impactful programs, consider a contribution to BUW’s fundraising campaign.