Deadline for Flynt Grants is October 3, 2022

A very generous bequest from the estate of Mary and Henry Flynt, longtime residents of Williamstown and devoted supporters of the community, create an endowment fund with a specified portion to be distributed annually as grants, by means of a competitive process.

“…persons or entities (including the Town of Williamstown) that provide services to the town or its residents (although not necessarily exclusively)” are welcome to apply. The criteria for reviewing applications will “…relate to the maintenance or improvement of the quality of life of the residents of Williamstown, defined broadly.”

The application deadline for the next round of Flynt Grants is October 3, 2022. Click here to apply: Flynt Grant Application 2022

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2022 Fun Run Coming Up on September 17

Our 14th Fun Run, generously sponsored by MountainOne, will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2022.  This community event consists of two races:  5K Run and a 1-mile Kids’ Run/Family Walk.  Sign-in and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the race.

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 8:30 a.m. at the Williamstown Youth Center, 66 School Street.

The cost for the 5K race is $15.00 per runner and for the 1 mile Walk/Run $5.00 per participant, children age 5 and under participate at no charge. The first 75 paid registrants will receive a Fun Run t-shirt.  Scholarships are available.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW!

Or click HERE for a PDF registration form you can download and print out.

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Help combat homelessness

An Exhibition to benefit Louison House

Join Real Eyes Gallery and Berkshire artists Debi Pendell, Diane Sawyer, Sarah Sutro, and Betty Vera in supporting the work of the Louison House to combat homelessness in Northern Berkshire County. 50% of all artwork sales at this exhibition, “A Sense of Place” will go directly to Louison House. Artwork will be available for sale June 3 – 30, 2022 at the gallery.

 

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Pantries in Need

Our local food pantries need your support. The pantries have shared lists of necessities that are not available through other sources. So far the list includes food items, paper products, personal care items, cleaning products, and baby care items including diapers and baby food. (See the list below for specific items.)

FOOD PANTRIES & MEAL SITES
ADAMS
  • 2nd & 4th TUESDAYS,10-11 AM: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Food Bank PANTRY, Adams: Adams Council on Aging/Adams Visitors’ Center, 3 Hoosac Street 413-247-9738, ext. 121; No proof of eligibility required. Must be Berkshire County resident. One distribution per household.
  • WEDNESDAYS, 11AM – 1PM: St. John Paul II Charity Center PANTRY, Rte. 8 across from Walgreens, Adams, 413-743-0577. Assistance to residents of Adams, Cheshire, and Savoy.
  • MON. thru FRI. GRAB & GO MEAL SITE: Adams COA, 3 Hoosac Street, Adams 413-743-8333. Mondays thru Fridays. Congregate meals available for grab & go. Must call Adams COA 24 hours prior.
CHESHIRE
  • 1st SATURDAYS, 11AM-Noon: Cheshire Food PANTRYat the Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street, Cheshire 413-743-9719. Available to all Cheshire residents with proof of residency. Emergency food is also available.
  • MON. thru FRI., 10:15AM-Noon: GRAB & GO MEAL SITE: Cheshire COA Cheshire Community Center, 119 School Street, Cheshire 413-743-9719. Congregate meals available for grab & go. Must call Cheshire COA.
NORTH ADAMS
  • The Salvation Army Gateway New Life Center PANTRY|TUESDAY, Noon-3 PM for In-Person / (*WEDNESDAYS, Noon-2 PM for delivery)  393 River Street, North Adams. For Emergency Pantry please call 413-663-7987. Deliveries on Wednesdays.*Call 413-663-7987 on Tuesdays 10:00am-noon to schedule a delivery. For North County residents only.
  • Al Nelson Friendship Center PANTRY | WEDNESDAYS, 10 AM – 2 PM for In-Person / *THURSDAYS, 9:30AM -Noon for Delivery: 45 Eagle Street, North Adams, 413-664-0123. Go to the First Baptist Church (Eagles St. entrance) for intake and menu completion. *Those who cannot physically come to the pantry may call 413-664-0123 on Wednesday from 9:30am-2:00pm to set up a delivery for Thursday between 9:30am-Noon. Boxes are pre-packaged based on household size for Thursday deliveries. Please specify cans or no cans. Due to COVID rates we can no longer offer rides home. We will post updates on FACEBOOK. IF UNVACCINATED, PLEASE WEAR A MASK.
  • Berkshire Dream Center Mobile Food PANTRY| 4th WEDNESDAYS, 5 – 6:30 PM (multiple locations): 413-522-3495. North Adams Locations: Mohawk Forest at 5:00pm, Brayton Hill at 5:45pm, Greylock at 6:30pm. No requirements.
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Mobile Food Bank PANTRY North Adams | 1st & 3rd FRIDAYS, 10-11 AM: Brien Center Lot, 124 American Legion Drive, North Adams 413-247-9738, ext. 121; No proof of eligibility required. One distribution per household.
  • Berkshire Food Project GRAB & GO MEAL SITE | MON./WED./FRI. 11:30 AM – 1 PM: First Congregational Church of N. Adams, 134 Main Street, North Adams 413-664-7378.
  • North Adams COA GRAB & GO MEAL SITE| MON. thru FRI., 11:30 AM-Noon, at Mary Spitzer Center, 116 Ashland Street North Adams 413-662-3125, Congregate meals available for 60+ for pick-up only – Must call one day in advance to reserve meal. Please call 413-664-9826.
  • First Baptist Church Community Soup Kitchen MEAL SITE|SATURDAY, 11 AM – 12:30 PM: Eagle Street Entrance, 131 Main Street, North Adams, 413-652-7619.
WILLIAMSTOWN
  • Williamstown Food PANTRY | 1st & 3rd WEDNESDAYS, 9AM-Noon: at St. Patrick & St. Raphael Parish, 53 Southworth Street, Williamstown, 413-458-4946, x11 or 413-458-3149. Drive or walk-thru. Assistance to residents of Hancock, New Ashford, Williamstown, and Pownal, VT.
  • Community Bible Church PANTRY. 3rd WEDNESDAYS, Noon-2 PM:160 Bridges Road, Williamstown, 413-458-5556. Must be a Mass. residents

Berkshire County statistics: 15% of the population or 19,300 individuals face food insecurity with poverty as the largest contributing factor. Learn more at Feeding America.org

Personal Care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Feminine products
  • Shaving cream (men)
  • Disposable razors (men)
  • Bar soap (all kinds)
  • Toilet paper
  • Adult Depends ( size M & L)

Household

  • Towels (all sizes)
  • Wash cloths (new)
  • Dish towels
  • Paper napkins
  • Laundry soap
  • Ziploc bags
  • Potholders
  • Dish detergent

Staples

  • Rice
  • Pasta (all kinds)
  • Baked beans
  • Canned peas, corn
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna, chicken
  • Crackers (all kinds)
  • Coffee
  • Soup
  • Oatmeal
  • Jelly
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Pre-made pudding
  • Cereal bars
  • Hot chocolate
  • Snacks, chips (sm pkgs)
  • Applesauce cups

Babies/Toddlers

  • Diapers (open pkgs okay)
  • Pull-Ups (open pkgs okay)
  • Baby food

Miscellaneous

  • Gift cards (Walmart,Target)
  • Clean, new socks (all sizes)
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95th Annual Meeting

Please join us at The Williams Inn for our 95th Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 19. The program begins at 8:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served.

Did you know a gift to the Annual Campaign means you are eligible to vote at the Community Chest’s annual meeting. Hope to see you there!

RSVP by May 13 to MStrout@WilliamstownCommunityChest.org or call 413.458.2443

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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

UPDATED COVID-19 Guidelines: The CDC Community Levels are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. Take precautions to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 based on the COVID-19 Community Level in your area.
REDUCTION IN STOP THE SPREAD SITES.BOSTON – Due to a significant decline (80%) in demand at state sponsored Stop the Spread testing sites and the wide availability of rapid antigen tests, effective April 1, 2022, the Stop the Spread testing program will downsize to 11 sites, which will continue to offer PCR testing through May 15, 2022. PCR tests will remain free to any Massachusetts resident, with no insurance or ID necessary.
The 11 sites include: Everett, Framingham, Lawrence (2 locations), Lynn, New Bedford, Randolph, Revere, Springfield (2 locations), and Worcester
There are over 450 locations across the Commonwealth for residents to get tested for COVID-19, and residents can visit www.mass.gov/gettested to find a location near them.
The Administration recently announced the purchase of 26 million COVID-19 at-home Rapid Antigen tests. The tests will be distributed by March 31. Call your municipal town or city hall for availability.
Funds available for funeral expenses for COVID-19 related deaths. This benefit is in the form of reimbursements that can cover a wide range of funeral expenses, and is applicable for COVID-19 related deaths from January 2020 onwards (no limitation on timing/window to apply). Applications for the benefit begin by calling FEMA’s hotline.
NEW – Digital Vaccination Records: Check out MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov.
FREE COVID TESTS: Each household is entitled to 4 testing kits. These rapid antigen at-home tests can be ordered online at COVID Home Tests | USPS.
The COVID-19 vaccine is free for everyone – and you don’t need to show an ID or proof of insurance to get it. Everyone in Massachusetts age 12 and up is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination. Register yourself or your child at maimmunizations.org. Please note, anyone under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian to their appointment. Vaccines are available at the BHS testing site at 98 Church Street in North Adams, at mobile vaccine clinics, and at many local pharmacies. Download this list of vaccination locations and opportunities.
CDC COVID Data Tracker:Visit the CDC website for national-, state-, and county-level data on COVID-19.

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Financial Resources:

Neighbor to Neighbor Fund grant program. http://www.berkshiretaconic.org/bReceivebNonprofitsIndividuals/SearchApplyforGrants/NeighbortoNeighborN2N

DTA Assistance Line: 877.382.2363

Berkshire Community Action Council: 413.445.4503

Department of Unemployment Assistance: 877.626.6800, 617.626.6338

*Unemployment has waived the waiting period https://www.mass.gov/unemployment-insurance-ui-online

 

 

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Agency spotlight: ROOTS Teen Center

Who Is ROOTS Teen Center?

ROOTS Teen Center is the newest member agency of the Williamstown Community Chest. The center is a safe space for all teenagers, ages 13-19. All programming is free, removing the financial barriers that may prevent youth from participating in activities. ROOTS is funded through grants, donations and  fundraising.  Programming is scheduled around traditional school schedules, with activities occurring after school, on weekends, and during school breaks.

Where is ROOTS Teen Center located?

ROOTS opened its doors in 2016, then located at 43 Eagle Street in North Adams. Prior to the pandemic, the small space on Eagle Street would see as many as 30 teens in the space at a time. During the pandemic, programming transitioned to outdoor and virtual, before reopening in spring 2021. In fall 2021, the Center moved to a permanent home, a gifted building at 51 Ashland Street in North Adams, the site of the former Nassif’s Pharmacy.

What kind of programs does ROOTS offer?

The Center offers three types of programming to teens. The first is Drop-In which is currently held Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00 -6:00 p.m. Drop-In provides a supervised environment for teens to spend time with their friends in a safe after school area. Teens can enjoy meals, snacks, video games, foosball, air hockey, board games, books, computer use, and more.

The second includes events, which are one-time activities or experiences, usually focused on recreation. Examples of events include a Friendsgiving meal the day before Thanksgiving and painting ceiling tiles over February break.

The third type of programming focuses on skills-based workshops. These include activities such as learning to play guitar, CPR certification, and hip-hop dance.

All programming is youth-centered and youth-driven. The Board of Directors and Executive Director meet regularly with the Youth Board, a group of teen volunteers, who take on a leadership role in programming. The Youth Board members develop skills and knowledge about programming through polling their friends and peers for ideas, wants, and needs of teens in the community. The program ideas are then developed in conjunction with the staff of ROOTS. Youth are the focal point of everything the Center does. The goal of ROOTS Teen Center is to be the place where teens in Northern Berkshire are heard, encouraged, and empowered.

 

 

 

 

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