BUW manages volunteer efforts for this year's Thanksgiving Angels program

The Thanksgiving Angels program is the single largest volunteer event effort in the community each year and this year, Berkshire United Way was happy to help make the volunteer signup process easier while maintaining that personal connection. Committee chairs Hope Amandos and Gretchen DeBartolo, and the all volunteer committee, entrusted this effort to Brenda Petell, BUW's Director of Volunteer Engagement, and the BUW team.

There were over 300 volunteers who logged an estimated 2,000 hours to support several hundred families. All box assembly, food packing and pickup activities took part at South Congregational Church on South Street in Pittsfield.

Efforts began this summer when BUW's intern through MassHire Berkshire Career Center, Italytiza Ruiz Santana, created the database and worked with Brenda to get the Volunteer Center ready for this undertaking. The Volunteer Center is supported by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Also over the summer, 23 civic and faith-based organizations and the committee met several times.

Leading up to this event, Lisa Udel organizes bakers who donate approximately 1,200 loaves of bread to this effort.

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people pack bags of food