Community turns out for November 4 Volunteer Fair

Berkshire United Way and Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires held an in-person Volunteer Fair on Friday, November 4, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Berkshire Innovation Center on Woodlawn Avenue in Pittsfield.
Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, this free event featured more than 20 diverse nonprofit organizations sharing information about their mission, programs, and volunteer needs. Participating nonprofits included: 18 Degrees, Barrington Stage Co., Baseball in the Berkshires, Berkshire Bounty, Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention, Berkshire County Historical Society, Berkshire Humane Society, Berkshire United Way, BFAIR, Construct, EforALL, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Flying Cloud Institute, Gladys Allen Brigham Center, Hospice of Western & Central MA, It Takes a Village, Literacy Network of South Berkshire, Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, PCTV/WTBR, Pittsfield Lions Club, Racial Fairness Berkshires, RSVP/Retired and Senior Volunteer Program-City of Pittsfield, WAM Theatre, Ventfort Hall, and Volunteers in Medicine.
“In addition to the ongoing needs at food pantries county-wide, we have seen emerging needs in our schools to help children with reading proficiency. We also need volunteers to help residents file taxes through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), bringing over $2 million back into the hands of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Brenda Petell, director of volunteer engagement at Berkshire United Way.