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Here’s the full schedule for our second annual Blitz Week, March 14 – 21, 2015
Michael Whitney Brown, director of the Gospel choirs at Hotchkiss, Taft, and Salisbury Schools in Connecticut, will lead us in singing traditional tunes, family favorites and gospel greats.
All ages are welcome to join in and sing–or join in and listen!
Mr. Brown has shared his music in concert halls, schools, churches, nursing homes, and correctional facilities in Europe, Australia, and the United States. We look forward to seeing him in Williamstown.
This is a free event; please bring friends and family members and join us.
Join In – Lend a Hand – Put Us Over the Top!
March 15 – 22, 2014 is Blitz Week for the Williamstown Community Chest. Check out the artwork in storefronts on Spring Street, created by the children from two of our member agencies, Williamstown Community Preschool and Williamstown Youth Center.
Tuesday, March 18th: Amy”s Cottage, 24 Water Street, will contribute 10% of the day”s sales to the Chest”s annual campaign
Wednesday, March 19th: Ruby Sparks, 37 Spring Street, will contribute 10% of the day”s sales to the Chest”s annual campaign
Wednesday, March 19th: The Orchards Hotel hosts Chamber night, spotlighting the Community Chest and our member agencies
Many thanks to Images Cinema for hosting a screening of National Velvet to kick off the festivities and to Goodman”s Jewelers for contributing 10% of the day”s sales on March 15th.
Lend a Hand – Put Us Over the Top!
The Williamstown Community Chest”s annual fundraising campaign for 2013- 2014 is going strong. As of March 17th, we”ve reached 84% of our goal.
Supporting local agencies in the Northern Berkshires for generations, we once again are seeking the generous support of local neighbors and business partners to join together and close the $40,000 gap.
The Williamstown Community Chest has launched its annual fundraising campaign for 2012- 2013. Supporting local agencies in the Northern Berkshires for generations, they once again are seeking the generous support of local neighbors and business partners to help reach another successful campaign goal.
The Williamstown Community Chest theme of “Creating Community” has been an important driving factor during its 86-year existence. Never has this been more apparent than within the past year when the Community Chest stepped forward with additional funds for storm- related action for victims in our town and to the American Red Cross, Pittsfield, for on-scene disaster assistance. According to Michael Goodwin, president of the board, “The Community Chest is blessed to have an emergency fund that can be called on at times of crisis in the community.”
The co-chairs for this year’s campaign are Laurie Riley and James Mahon. The Community Chest is pleased to have the added support of Honorary Campaign Chairs, Williamstown residents Dr. Earl Wilkins and Dr. Jonathan Cluett.
Along with its annual Community “Fun Run” and the “Penny Social,” a cornerstone of Williamstown’s festive Holiday Walk, and the Day of Community Service project improving the Williamstown Community Preschool grounds, the Williamstown Community Chest is an active volunteer-driven effort. One of only a few such remaining organizations in the country, they believe in the importance of supporting the important work of the many non-profit agencies that serve our community.
This year’s fundraising goal is $250,000, with one hundred percent of funds raised directly serving the fifteen member agencies. Agencies the Community Chest supports are: American Red Cross-Berkshire County Chapter, Berkshire Children and Families, The Brien Center, Child Care of the Berkshires, Ecu-Health Care, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Equus Therapeutic, Family Life Support Center, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Northern Berkshire YMCA, United Cerebral Palsy of Berkshire County, Williamstown Community Preschool, Williamstown Youth Center, and the newest Community Chest agency, Berkshire Family And Individual Resources (BFAIR).
As in years past, any first time donor’s support will be matched through a special gift.
Our 5th Annual Fun Run on Saturday, September 15th was a HUGE success attendance-wise
and weather-wise! It was held at the new Youth Center located on School Street behind the
Williamstown Elementary School.
At each Fun Run, the Community Chest honors a local person or organization that has made an
important contribution to creating community in Williamstown.Inside a statement announcing their decision to decrease their campaign plans, the advocates stated: “In the final couple of days it seems towards the campaign team that does not enough This year’s honoree was Higher Ground, for all its hard work and reaching out to help the residents of The Spruces, a mobile
home community which was devastated by Tropical Storm Irene a year ago.
Lots of fun was had by all.beautiful mugs hand made by Hilary Greene were given to the top 3
male and top 3 female 5K runners. The top three male finishers were: #1 Lance Harden (16:54),
#2 Ed Gollin (19:36), and #3 Jim Preite (22:07). The top three female finishers were #1 Maria
Potvin (22:52), #2 Carmel Kushi (23:23), and #3 Niku Darafshi (25:20).
The top 9 one mile runners were: Cate, Camden, Amaya Smith, Elena Caplinger, Ainsley,
Declan Rogers, Finn Carothers, Foster Savitsky, and Owen. CONGRATULATIONS TO
Thank you to all the awesome volunteers from the Mount Greylock Regional High School cross
county running teams.Hiram Greene and Larry Bell for coordinating and running the finish line,
Hilary Greene for donating her time and talent in making the awesome prize mugs, and the many
team members who served as route monitors and at the finish line.
Let’s not forget to thank the sponsors for their monetary and in-kind donations:
Custom Business Solutions
Tunnel City Coffee
Wild Oats Market
If it weren”t for all the volunteers, participants, and donors, this year”s event would not have been
such a great success! Thank you again to all and we look forward to next year”s Fun Run being
even bigger and better!
The Williamstown Community Chest has launched its Annual Fundraising Campaign for 2011-2012. Supporting local agencies in Northern Berkshires for generations, they once again are seeking the generous support of its local neighbors and business partners to help reach another successful campaign goal.
The Williamstown Community Chest theme of “Creating Community” has been an important driving factor during its 85 year existence. Never has this been more apparent than its support of The Spruces Park this fall. After the disastrous effects of tropical storm Irene, the Community Chest made a contribution of $10,000 to help establish “The Community Fund for The Spruces”, along with local churches, banks, and businesses. Over $85,000 in small grants were made available to assist displaced residents with the necessities and funds to move forward.
According to Linda Conway, president of the board, “The Community Chest is blessed to have an emergency fund that can be called on at times of crisis in the community. We were happy to be part of the launching of the Community Fund for the Spruces and to serve on the Coordinating Committee for disbursement of Fund grants.”
Along with its annual Community “Fun Run” and the “Penny Social”, a cornerstone of Williamstown’s festive Holiday Walk, the Williamstown Community Chest is an active volunteer driven effort. One of only a few such remaining organizations in the country, they believe in the importance of supporting the important work of the many non-profit agencies that serve our community.
This year’s fundraising goal is $250,000, with one hundred percent of funds raised directly serving all of their 15 member agencies. Agencies the Community Chest benefits are: The Berkshire County American Red Cross, Berkshire Children and Families, Brien Center for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Child Care of the Berkshires, Ecu-Health Care, Elder Services of Berkshire County, Elizabeth Freeman Center, Equus Therapeutic, Inc., Family Life Support Center, Little Red Schoolhouse, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, Northern Berkshire YMCA, United Cerebral Palsy, Williamstown Community Preschool, and the Williamstown Youth Center.
As in years past, any first time donor’s support will be matched through a special gift. The co-chairs for this year’s campaign are Laurie Marrs and Rich Alley.
To learn more about how the Williamstown Community Chest, its agencies, and how you can support the campaign, contact the Community Chest at 413.458.2443 or visit their newly designed website at www.williamstowncommunitychest.org.
The Williamstown Community Chest honored Paula Consolini as the Volunteer of the Year at its 84th Annual Meeting on May 19th at the Williams Inn. Her volunteer service includes work for the town, local schools, nonprofit organizations and her church. The full text of her citation follows:
Paula Consolini knows her place in the world: to make the world a better place. A Williamstown resident for twenty-one years, Paula is employed at Williams College as the Coordinator of Experiential Education, a role that encourages students to “learn by doing” outside the classroom. Courses with an experiential learning component provide students with guided opportunities to encounter first-hand the issues they read and study about, requiring them to apply academic learning to non-academic settings and to integrate those challenges and opportunities in unique and holistic ways, creating volunteers and citizens that will create the leaders of tomorrow.
In her private life, Paula is committed to those same ideals and leads by example. In her twenty-one years in Williamstown, she has served on the Board of the Berkshire Food Project, was Chair of the Williamstown School Committee, served on the Building Committee for the Williamstown Elementary School, and is one of the founders and organizers of “Sundays at Six.” She serves on the Building Committee at Mount Greylock Regional High School and on the Williamstown Finance Committee. She also is an active parishioner at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, serving on various committees, teaching Sunday School, and helping with the parish’s Youth Ministry activities.
Paula will jump in wherever she is needed and infuses whatever she does with a smile and a positive, can-do attitude that energizes the people around her. She is reliable, intelligent, creative, fearless, and has a knack for bringing people together by recognizing their gifts and appreciating their contributions.
The Williamstown Community Chest is proud to name Paula Consolini the 2011 Volunteer of the Year.
The Fourth Annual Community Chest 5K 1 Mile Walk cheerfully celebrated Youth Volunteers in our midst. Over 50 young women and men donned bright gold I VOLUNTEER shirts to assist in the morning”s events. These helpful beacons registered folks, delivered signs, blew up balloons, happily monitored the route, and pitched in enthusiastically all morning. Despite a persistent drizzle, the rain stayed at bay for our festivities. [Read more…]