Biz Briefs: Greylock Donates $100,000 to Elder Services for Elder Nutrition Program
Greylock Federal Credit Union has pledged to donate $100,000 over five years to Elder Services of Berkshire County. The gift is to support the Elder Nutrition Program, which provides meals through both Meals on Wheels and their 15 congregate meal sites located at Councils on Aging throughout the county.
ESBC's Elder Nutrition Program reaches some of the most vulnerable seniors in Berkshire County. According to a report from Elder Services, the typical person who receives a visit from a Meals on Wheels driver is between the ages of 75 and 90, female, widowed, and living alone on a fixed income. Each visit provides not only a hot nutritious meal, but also vital social contact and a health and safety wellness check. Congregate meals provide a well-balanced meal (often the only warm meal of the day) and the opportunity for social interaction and friendship.
The service provides Berkshire seniors with more than 206,000 meals per year and incurs expenses in excess of $1.7 million per year.
The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires is partnering with Northern Berkshire United Way and MCLA to offer a workshop titled "The Art & Science of Leading Transformational Change" on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to moon at the MCLA Design Lab, 49 Main St., North Adams. The workshop will be taught by Bob Voss, a senior consultant in change management. The cost is $25 for Nonprofit Center members and $35 for non-members. To register online visit the website or call 413-645-3151.
The goal of this workshop is to introduce participants to a framework and process for leaders to assess the current state of their organizations, define an ideal future state and then to create clear, actionable change initiatives for attaining that desired future state. Bob Voss, PhD, is a senior consultant at Growth River and has extensive experience as an executive, teacher, trainer, and technical writer. He served at the global nonprofit organization EnlightenNext as CEO, COO and board member.
For the first time ever, the Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market's Double Value Program has raised enough funding to continue into the indoor market season- extending the community’s opportunity to purchase local, healthy, affordable food. The Double Value Program is a money-matching program for low-income residents using SNAP (and seasonally those using WIC and Senior FMNP benefits). The market matches up to $15 per person per day, doubling the purchasing power of each participating SNAP shopper.
This program was made possible with sponsorship from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Project Bread, Jewish Women's Foundation of Berkshire County, Greylock Federal Credit Union, General Dynamics, Rotary Club of Pittsfield, RBC Wealth Management, RB Design Co, Adams Community Bank.
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Greylock Federal Credit Union will offer a free class for first-time homebuyers Wednesday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greylock Insurance Agency, Allendale Shopping Center, 5 Cheshire Road in Pittsfield. Those interested in attending can complete the course in just two nights.
The free two-night course covers creating a budget; understanding your credit and financing options; and reviewing the home-buying process with an experienced realtor, home inspector, appraiser, and team members from Greylock Insurance Agency. Space is limited; registration is required at 413-347-6114.
The Clark Art Institute will participate in Museum Store Sunday, a new international shopping and cultural campaign launched by the Museum Store Association, on Sunday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors receive 20 percent off all purchases made in the Clark's Museum Store—including jewelry, home decor, gifts, and fine art books—and can enter to win a family/dual membership valued at $100. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.
The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield also is participating in the program. The museum is open from noon to 5 p.m.
In partnership with the United Kingdom’s Association for Cultural Enterprises and the Museum Shops Association of Australia and New Zealand, MSA's Museum Store Sunday promotes shopping conscientiously and supporting museum stores and their missions worldwide. More than 300 museums from three continents, five countries and 47 states are slated to partake in Museum Store Sunday with special events and promotions.
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