Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Volunteers contribute to our success

The arrival of a new year brings with it hope and opportunity; it also marks a threshold that invites us to reflect upon our successes during the past year.

A key factor in the success of Berkshire United Way’s efforts to make Berkshire County a dynamic, engaged community with opportunities for all is the dedication and commitment of our hardworking volunteers. This is especially true during our workplace campaign—which takes place each fall in more than 150 Berkshire County businesses—where volunteers serve as ambassadors for Berkshire United Way.

These volunteers, commonly referred to as Employee Campaign Coordinators (ECCs), wear many hats in support of our fundraising efforts. In addition to overseeing their company’s annual Berkshire United Way fundraising campaign, ECCs plan special events throughout the year, which raise money to support our investments in the community. Examples of past events include paint and sip nights, gift basket giveaways, casual days and a baby photo contest where employees tried to identify their colleagues by the baby photo submitted by each employee.

They also help coordinate teams of volunteers that support the work we do throughout our community. Some ECC’s organize teams that care for one of the 52 Book Houses that give kids free access to books throughout the county or run book drives at their workplace to ensure each House is adequately filled with books for the children of our community to enjoy.

Last year workplace employees gave more than $1.2 million dollars to help build a stronger community here in the Berkshires. As we pause to reflect, we’d like to thank our many workplace campaign volunteers for helping us achieve that success – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Sandy Girard and Jennifer Vasolino of Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, recipients of the 2018 Target Employee Campaign Coordinator of the Year Award with Kristine Hazzard, President and CEO of Berkshire United Way. 
To learn more about becoming an ECC, and other volunteer opportunities with Berkshire United Way, please contact me at

Happy New Year!
Development Manager

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