Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Help give 11,000 kids the magic of words!

#GivingTuesday is less than a week away.  Our goal is to raise $2,500 in one day to help give 11,000 Berkshire County kids the magic of words and we need your help!  The literacy programs we support play an important role in children's lives, as reflected in these stories from real people right here in our community.

My shy, speech delayed son is now a confident, social and happy child and I don’t think we could have gotten there without the help and services received by us from both the Pediatric Development Center and Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center. - Parent/Early Childhood Education and Early Intervention Client at Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center

Thanks to generous support from CompuWorks and the TriMix Foundation, your #GivingTuesday donation to Berkshire United Way will be tripled, increasing your impact!  Together, we can help more kids like Charlie.

In Lee, The Department of Children and Families referred a preschooler we’ll call Charlie to one of the programs we support (Lee Youth Association’s Busy Bee Preschool). He arrived with absolutely no verbal skills, some motor issues and found it difficult to form attachments with adults. Connecting this program with another of our funded partners, Pediatric Development Center, provided Charlie with specific intervention—both in therapy and in the classroom. As a result, Charlie is beginning to talk in 2-3 word sentences, has begun running and has become attached to all of his teachers. In short, he has turned a corner thanks to these organizations and gifts from people like you.

We really need your help to make #GivingTuesday a success, here’s what you can do!
  •        Save the date on your calendar
  •         Give whatever you can – any amount makes a difference and the impact
        is lifelong.
  •        Spread the word by telling your friends, family, and sharing our posts on social
        media.  You can even post a #UNselfie telling everyone why you gave!
Local children participate in a pop-up story time at the West Side Community Day event.
The Parent-Child Home Program helped me grow and flourish as a parent and as a result I am now a teacher to my child.  Now I know that I have that ability and that it’s important for me to make time for that. - CHP Parent/Child Home Program Client

On behalf of the children and families who will be impacted by your generosity, thank you for giving the magic of words.

Duffy Judge
Development Manager

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