Berkshire United Way announces more than $ 1 million in community investments
PITTSFIELD – Berkshire United Way (BUW) recently announced $ 1,116,000 in community grant investments to support 42 programs addressing issues related to early childhood development, youth development and economic prosperity in Berkshire County.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for organizations to support children and families as basic needs like food, child care and health services have become a priority. BUW recognized this and responded immediately, but is now focused on recovery and remains committed to investing in quality programs that help children and families succeed.
“Families are the foundation of our community. When families are safe, healthy and financially secure, they are more likely to achieve the goals they set for themselves and their children, ”said Candace Winkler, CEO and President of BUW. “More than 3,500 people and businesses have contributed to the Berkshire United Way campaign this year. These donations will have the greatest impact in bringing about positive and lasting change in the Berkshires. “
Recipients are selected through a rigorous review process. This year, 32 board and community members volunteered 480 hours and, thanks to new coordination efforts, 24 new volunteers signed up. Grants were selected based on alignment with BUW’s focus areas, program design, two-generation approach, target population, and ability to measure results.
BUW’s main intention with these grants is to support the well-being of families and fill service gaps in the community. The programs will generate an integrated whole-family approach that emphasizes the advancement of education and economic mobility.
While BUW’s staff, board and volunteers are happy to be able to support the community, requests for funding exceeded the available amount by $ 500,000. To increase investments in quality and impactful programs, join BUW by being Here For Good with a contribution to the next fundraising campaign, which begins July 1. To learn more about BUW’s impact or to donate, visit its website.
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The Pass celebrates a year of recreational sales and growth
SHEFFIELD – The Pass, Berkshire County’s southernmost cannabis dispensary, will celebrate a year of retail operations and company growth on July 15, 2021. Retail, cultivation and production facilities initially created 40 jobs when it opened during the pandemic. With the second grow site and the outdoor grow operation in full production, The Pass’s parent company, Berkshire Welco, is renovating a former factory to create a second production and packaging facility that will bring its total workforce to 71 to 100 people. The Pass is a vertically integrated cannabis and hemp company, producing and processing its own flower locally, offering Pass branded products in its retail store and wholesaling these products to Commonwealth cannabis dispensaries.
The addition of a third 40,000 square foot facility will create up to 50 new full-time jobs to support manufacturing, processing and packaging. The site will also increase the extraction capacities of The Pass, with the release of new technologies in the old extrusion plant. “Currently, we use ethanol extraction for the distillate and concentrates. We are adding hydrocarbon extraction and nanotechnology to edibles, creating faster onset health and wellness benefits for products, especially for conditions such as anxiety and pain, ”said said COO Eric Moskowitz.
This increase in production will meet the demand already in place for The Pass’s products, which includes the wholesale of equipment to other cannabis companies. According to Wholesale Director Edward Hogan, The Pass “is currently in partnership with 26 dispensaries and our products are available in 28 stores across the Commonwealth”.
The Pass also offers a selection of products from other manufacturers and partners with like-minded companies to expand its offering. The Pass has partnered with Dompen, a line of high-quality vaping products, as the exclusive Massachusetts distributor. A partnership with Ionic in Washington resulted in infused pre-rollers – cannabis with added distillates or full spectrum oils to enhance the flower’s benefits.
Cannabis science is unfolding at an exponential rate as the product gains legal ground in the United States. According to co-founder Chris Weld, a trained biochemist and former physician assistant, “We have learned so much more about the endocannabinoid system and all of the cannabinoids associated with the cannabis plant – there are over 100 known cannabinoids – and over time. and as we study them, we are learning more about the plant than ever before. We can manage the effects that we are looking for, not only for a “high”, but to work on pain thresholds, get better sleep and manage anxiety, as well as other benefits. The more we know about cannabis, the more responsibly we can help people experience the effects they desire. “
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Berkshire Money Management sponsors the first Berkshire Busk! Festival
DALTON – Ahead of the opening of its satellite office at 322 Main Street in Great Barrington, Berkshire Money Management (BMM) is a major sponsor of Berkshire Busk !, a 10-weekend summer music and art festival. to be held in July and August. The new immersive summer event celebrates live music and performances every weekend from July 2 to September 4 on the streets of Great Barrington.
The artists (“street musicians”) will be stationed at various locations across the city. The $ 10,000 sponsorship is one of many initiatives underway in South Berkshire as BMM prepares to open its new offices.
“We are very excited to be a part of the South Berkshire community and cultural scene, right on Main Street,” said Nichole Dupont, Director of Community Development at BMM. “Having an office in Great Barrington, and the incredible community that goes with it, is a long time coming.”
To kick off the post-pandemic summer season, BMM Founder and CEO Allen Harris offered each of his employees $ 1,000 to spend on local events – Jacob’s Pillow, Tanglewood, Barrington Stage – and meals, as well as An additional $ 1,000 to spend on local businesses. “We are committed, as always, to helping Berkshire organizations and businesses. We encourage everyone to buy local, have fun local, eat local and support local!
Click here to learn more about Berkshire Busk! and its community sponsors.
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CHP promotes Dr Yaman Kana, adds psychotherapist Rachel Duval
GREATER BARRINGTON – Community Health Programs announced that Dr Yaman Kana has been promoted to Deputy Dental Director. Kana will continue to practice dentistry while helping to oversee CHP’s dental practices in Pittsfield, Great Barrington and North Adams.
Kana obtained her doctorate in dental surgery from Ovidius University in Constanta, Romania. He first practiced general dentistry in private practice in Damascus, Syria and in the Syrian army.
After moving to the Boston area, Kana worked in private practice and at the Boston University Dental Health Center. He went on to work at Brockton Neighborhood Health Center, then practiced dentistry at DotHouse Health in Dorchester, HealthFirst Family Care Center in Fall River, and Community Health Center in Franklin County. He joined CHP in 2020. He brings to CHP his fluency in Arabic, Romanian and French.
Community Health Programs also announced that Rachel Duvall, LICSW, has been appointed to its Behavioral Health team. She will be based at the CHP Lee Family Practice.
Most recently employed as a psychotherapist / social worker at the Counseling Center in the Berkshires in Pittsfield, Duvall provides counseling to individuals, families and couples, collaborating as needed with medical and psychiatric professionals on behalf of clients.
At Bard College in Simon’s Rock, Duvall was an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Director of the Rockers for Intervention, Support & Education (RISE) program, and Assistant Title IX coordinator. She has also worked as a social worker and coordinator for a school counseling program and community mental health settings.
She received her Masters of Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University and also holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Performance from the National Theater Conservancy in Denver. She received her Bachelor of Science in Theatrical Performance, with Associate Studies in Psychology, from Evansville University in Indiana. A resident of Great Barrington, she volunteers with BRIDGE.
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Greylock promotes Gaffey to assistant vice president
PITTSFIELD – Greylock Federal Credit Union recently announced the promotion of Sarah Gaffey to Assistant Vice President, Mortgage and Business Development. Gaffey joined Greylock in 2018 and worked in the banking industry for 22 years.
Gaffey is corporate at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) where she obtained a commerce degree from Delta Mu Delta. She also serves on the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Western Massachusetts, the McCann Tech Alumni Association and Advisory Board, the Northern Berkshire United Way Allowance Committee and as an Ambassador for 1Berkshire.