Jewish Women's Foundation of the Berkshires Awards New Grants

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Jewish Women's Foundation of the Berkshires announced grant awards totaling $38,700 for 12 local organizations. 
 
Recipients needed to demonstrate the ability to maintain their programming during the pandemic and/or respond to newly-identified needs. The grants range from $2,000 to $3,500 and run for one year.
 
Funded programs fall into three of JWF's priority areas:
 
Increasing access to food, housing, and other essentials for Berkshire residents Berkshire Baby Box, Berkshire Community Diaper Project, Berkshire Hills Regional School District Project Connection, Berkshire Grown, Construct, Roots Rising (Formerly The Alchemy Project)
 
Promoting self-sufficiency Berkshire Center for Justice, Berkshire Immigrant Center, Literacy Volunteers
 
Empowering Youth and Young Adults Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center/Girls Inc. of the Berkshires, Railroad Street Youth Project, Community Health Programs
 
In its 11th year, JWF, under the auspices of the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, has granted more than $400,000 to community organizations. JWF is committed to the Jewish mandate of Tikkun Olam – helping to repair the world and making it a better place. JWF carries out its mission by providing funding, volunteers, mentoring, and support services to local agencies.  JWF has nearly 150 members who are passionate about giving back to the Berkshires community.

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City of Pittsfield Rolls Out New COVID-19 Vaccination Information Hotline

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — In light of mounting inquiries regarding COVID-19 vaccinations, the City of Pittsfield's Department of Health has established a new dedicated hotline to provide residents with updated information. 

The hotline, which can be accessed by calling 413-449-5575.

Information will be updated on Mondays or as new information is available. The hotline's first message read as follows:
 
"You have reached the Berkshire County COVID-19 Vaccination Information Line. This is a recorded message. It will be updated on Mondays, or as new information becomes available. A copy of this message can also be found on the City of Pittsfield website. Today is Friday, Jan 15. At this time we are vaccinating only those individuals who are in Phase 1.  You can learn more about the phases and when you might be eligible for a vaccination at https://www.mass.gov/vaccine. Please note that this webpage is updated at least twice a week.
 
In Berkshire County, COVID-facing health care workers, long-term care and first responders have been vaccinated. On Jan. 16, we will begin vaccinating those who live and work in congregate settings, as well as those who work as home health care workers. Identification proving eligibility, such as a work ID badge or a recent paystub will be required for everyone. If you do not fit in these eligibility groups, please do not attempt to register for a clinic, even if you receive a link from someone. We appreciate your patience, as we get to everyone in turn.
 
The VA in Northampton is making appointments for veterans, prioritizing by age. You can call the VA Clinic at 413-584-4040 for more information and to make an appointment.
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