Construct Launches Pedal It Forward Bike Lottery

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Construct announced the launch of the Pedal It Forward bike lottery that will award new bikes to four affordable housing-eligible south Berkshire County residents in need of transportation.
 
Pre-screened for eligibility then selected by lottery, participants must be south Berkshire County residents, be current or former essential workers, be without reliable transportation, and be able to qualify as a low-income household under the following guidelines: 
 
One person–$37,260; two-person–$42,600; three-person–$47,940; four-person–$53,220; five-person–$57,480; six-person $61,740. 
 
Employers are encouraged to nominate current or former employees, and self-nominations are also accepted. The drawing date of the Pedal It Forward bike lottery will be announced on, or before, Oct. 30. Through an arrangement with Berkshire Bike and Board, Construct will be purchasing the four new Specialized-brand bikes equipped with racks at a discounted rate. Bike lottery information and applications can be accessed on Construct's website or by emailing office@constructberkshire.org. 
 
An application can be downloaded here.
 
Construct's Pedal It Forward bike lottery comes on the heels of e-bike raffle winner Martin Mitsoff's donation of his winning Housing for Essential Workers Raffle entry back to Construct with a wish to support essential workers struggling with COVID-19 related hardships. Inquires on sponsoring and donating to Construct programming, such as to the Pedal It Forward bike lottery, can be directed to Leigh at development@constructberkshire.org.
 
Construct is a housing stability organization that addresses homelessness and housing insecurity in south county.
 
 
 

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Sheriff's Office Delivers Thanksgiving Turkeys to Christian Center

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

Sheriff Thomas Bowler with Food Service Director Richard Millis. The Christian Center brings turkeys donated to the center to the House of Corrections, where they are cooked and carved for the Thanksgiving and Christmas meals the center provides. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Sheriff Thomas Bowler and his staff delivered cooked Thanksgiving turkey to the Christian Center on Wednesday. 
 
The Christian Center is anticipating the distribution of at least 350 meals to people in need on Thanksgiving.
 
This has been a long-standing tradition between the sheriff's office and the Christian Center. For the last decade, staff and inmates at the Berkshire County House of Corrections have prepared Thanksgiving meals for hundreds of people at the center under the guidance of Food Service Director Richard Millis.
 
"I have been here for 10 years, and chef Millis has been cooking for 11 years, so the previous administration was doing this as well," Bowler said.
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