Berkshire Bank Foundation donates more than $1.1 million to support 180 nonprofits, including three in Vermont

Vermont Business Magazine Berkshire Bank, a leading socially responsible bank dedicated to the community with branches in southern Vermont, New England and New York, announced more than $1.1 million in philanthropic investments from its Foundation to during the second quarter of 2022 (April 1 to June 30). Grants awarded cover a wide range of projects that help foster upward economic mobility, support general well-being, and improve opportunities for individual success in the communities the Bank serves. Vermont recipients include The Dorset Equine Rescue; Vermont Women’s Fund; and VNA & Hospice of the South-West Region).

The investments also support the return of the company’s BEST community, which includes planned community contributions of $15 million by the end of 2024.

A total of 180 nonprofits received grants in the second quarter of 2022 to address a wide range of critical projects, including food insecurity, accessible playgrounds, empowering women and youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods, financial literacy, health, well-being, inclusion and housing. The Berkshire Bank Foundation is committed to supporting programs that aim to provide equitable opportunities for economic prosperity. Additionally, the Foundation supports programs that align with Berkshire Bank’s Center for Women, Welfare and Wealth (CWWW) to provide opportunities for women to build a future enriched by financial stability. , balance and growth.

“Berkshire Bank understands that financial support for nonprofits helps maintain vital community services during tough economic times,” said Lori Gazzillo Kiely, director of Berkshire Bank Foundation. She continued, “We are pleased to play a small part in providing grants through our Foundation to support so many important organizations serving individuals, families and small businesses within our Berkshire Bank communities.”

The grant recipients listed below are just a sample of the projects Berkshire Bank has supported to strengthen the organizations it serves across MA, NY, CT, RI and VT. They understand:

Community Development Society Allston Brighton (MA)

Barrington Stage Company (Massachusetts)

Baystate Health Foundation, Inc. (Massachusetts)

Berkshire Theater Group, formerly Festival (MA)

Berkshire United Way (Massachusetts)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest, Inc – MA

Massachusetts Black Economic Council (MA)

Boys and Girls Club of Albany (NY)

South Berkshire (MA) Community Development Program

Berkshire Center for Humanity (MA) Habitat

Center for Disability Services (NY)

Commonwealth Cuisine (MA)

Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut (CT)

Common Capital, Inc. (MA)

Connecticut Science Center (CT)

Massachusetts Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Rhode Island (MA) Chapter

Elizabeth Freeman Center, Inc. (Massachusetts)

Girl Scouts of Connecticut, Inc. (CT)

Hands on Hartford (CT)

Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective (CT)

Horizons Inc. (RI/CT)

Competitive Downtown Initiative, Inc. (MA)

Central NY (NY) Learning Disabilities Association

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless (MA)

MLK Boston (Massachusetts)

New Urban Arts (RI/CT)

Our Piece of the Pie, Inc. (OPP) (CT)

Capital Region (NY) Pride Center

CT and West (MA) Ronald McDonald Houses artwork

SCORE Massachusetts/Boston (MA)

SpeakEasy Stage Company (MA)

The CT Black Expo (CT)

The Dorset Equine Rescue (VT)

St. Joseph University (CT)

· Utica Rescue Mission (New York)

Vermont Women’s Fund (VT)

· VNA & Hospice of the South West Region (VT)

Wildwood Foundation (New York)

Worcester Art Museum, MA (MA)

Worcester Natural History Society – EcoTarium – (MA)

YMCA of Greater Providence (RI)

Additional details on the Foundation’s grant programs and focus areas are available at

About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Bank is transforming what it means to bank its neighbors socially, humanly and digitally to empower the financial potential of individuals, families and businesses in its communities as it pursues its vision to be the leading socially responsible omnichannel community bank in the markets. which he serves.

Berkshire provides corporate and personal banking, mortgages, wealth management and investments. The Bank has approximately $12.1 billion in assets and operates 105 branches in New England and New York. Boston-based Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent company of Berkshire Bank and is a member of the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.

Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire Bank 07/18/2022

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