The Williamstown Community Chest encourages community members to begin the Season of Giving with a gift of time, money, goods or voice.
Tuesday, November 28—after Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday!—marks the sixth year of #GivingTuesday, when individuals across the nation are encouraged to use the occasion to promote a cause that is meaningful to them.
The Williamstown Community Chest will once again recognize the day with its “Sand for Seniors” project. Working in cooperation with Aubuchon Hardware in Williamstown and the Williamstown Council on Aging, the Community Chest is distributing one-gallon pails of sand to area residents in anticipation of slippery steps and walkways in the winter months ahead. Please contact the Williamstown Community Chest at 413-458-2443 or the Council on Aging at 413-458-8250 to request a pail of sand. Refills for last year’s “Sand for Seniors” distribution are also available by calling either of the above numbers.
Founded in 1927, the Williamstown Community Chest is committed to raising and distributing funds for seventeen area human service agencies that help our neighbors in need. Its annual campaign is now underway, with a goal of $260,000. All contributions are returned directly to the community because administrative costs are covered by past bequests. The organization recently relocated to 84 Spring Street (next to The Log) in Williamstown.
Thanks to MountainOne for sponsoring our very successful 10th Annual Fun Run on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The weather was beautiful and the turn-out was HUGE! Thanks to once again to Stephanie Boyd of Stephanie Boyd Works for the beautiful handcrafted ceramic “medals” and congratulations to all the winners – but there are no losers in the Fun Run because everyone has FUN!
(Photos by Mike Goodwin, except for the shot of Stephanie wiping the medals clean.)
Thanks to Executive Director Anna Retsch Singleton, and board members Bernadine Williams and Justin Crowe for sitting down to chat with Deb Dane.
Just one week ’til the big day! Visit our 2017 Fun Run page for registration information and lots of great photos looking back at all the fun we had in 2016.
Our 10th Annual Fun Run on Saturday, September 9, 2017, consists of two races: 5K Run and a 1-mile Kid’s Run/ Family Walk. The Fun Run races are open to everyone, veteran runners or first time runners, along with daily walkers or occasional walkers. Families with pets and strollers are also welcome to join the fun. Both race events begin at 10:15 a.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street. Sign-in and registration begins at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the race.
The Williamstown Community Chest received a very generous bequest from the estate of Mary and Henry Flynt, longtime residents of Williamstown and devoted supporters of the community. As we approach the deadline for the next round of Flynt Grants on September 15, 2017, we are proud to look back on the 2016 grant recipients.
For outreach to Northern Berkshire regarding immigrant issues and direct services to 25 individuals
For support for services provided to Williamstown pregnant and breastfeeding families
To provide support for security improvements to Monument Square Early Childhood Center
Support for services to individuals who had been served at Turner House.
Support for Rainbow Seniors Talk and Listen Groups
Support for Aquacize fitness classes for seniors; AND tuition and transportation for children’s swim classes (in collaboration with Williamstown Youth Center)
Support for Early Intervention Community Playgroups in Williamstown
Support for replacement of outdoor play area
Support for renovation of South Center School
Support for hiring a trail supervisor for summer and early fall, 2017
Grants from the bequest are awarded to “…persons or entities (including the Town of Williamstown) that provide services to the town or its residents (although not necessarily exclusively).” The criteria for reviewing applications will “…relate to the maintenance or improvement of the quality of life of the residents of Williamstown, defined broadly.”
Click here to apply: Flynt Grant Application
DEADLINE: September 15, 2017
Make note of this important community initiative! Admission is free.
Thanks to the Berkshire Theatre Group, Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, The Brien Center, Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, and the Oakdale Residences for coming together to create this important event.
Williamstown is proud to join more than 38 million neighbors across 16+ thousand communities around the nation for National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.
Williamstown National Night Out will feature our own Police Department talking about crime prevention, and our Fire Department discussing fire safety (and bringing a fire engine!), plus information and fun activities for the entire family, including:
– Giant Bubble Making & Kids’ Crafts
– Ice Cream Lottery
– Exercise & Bike Safety
– CodeRED Registration
– Community Construction Information
Rain or shine! The event will take place in the parking lot of Towne Field House, 170 Latham St. Rain location will be inside the Field House.
Berkshire Fitness Company (beFIT)
Bennington Oral Health Coalition
Hoosic River Watershed Association
Town of Williamstown
– Williamstown, MA Fire District
– Williamstown Police Department, Massachusetts
– Town Manager
Village Ambulance Service
Williamstown Chamber of Commerce
– Campus Safety & Security
– Center for Learning in Action at Williams College
Williamstown Community Chest
Our Partner Agency, the Williamstown Youth Center, marches proud!
Parents, teachers and children turned out to march for our Partner Agency, the Williamstown Community Preschool.
So many handsome horses and riders in this year’s parade! Our Partner Agency, Equus Therapeutic, has introduced generations of disabled children to the joys of riding.
Hats off to MountainOne, which sponsors so many good works in our community. For this year’s parade they sponsored the free barbecue at the foot of Spring Street, along with Williams College and Stop & Shop.
Thanks to The Clark, who sponsored the music of Capitol Brass on the steps of the Post Office.