BMM CEO Joins South Berkshire Development Board

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — The Community Development Corporation of South Berkshire (CDCSB) has welcomed Allen Harris as its newest member to the Board of Directors.  
 
Allen, a Berkshire native and longtime resident of Dalton, was elected to serve a three-year term this week on the nonprofit's Board of Directors.
 
He is the Founder and CEO of Berkshire Money Management (BMM), a full-service financial management firm, located in Dalton. Allen is a professional investment management veteran who, for more than 20 years, has used his expertise to help his clients increase their investment portfolio value while protecting their wealth during economic downturns. 
 
He has grown his company to more than 15 employees and is in the process of opening BMM's first satellite office on the corner of Castle and Main Street in Great Barrington.
 
"BMM's community development outreach includes nations across the globe, but the emphasis has typically been in Berkshire County. In particular, the towns near our headquarters," said Allen.  "Our move to Great Barrington means we'll widen our primary target area, which we have already begun by making donations to area non-profit organizations. But a check can only go so far. The CDCSB has presented me with an opportunity to apply time, experience and physical effort to helping the southern Berkshires become an even better place."
 
In his personal life, Allen has a passion for philanthropy, with a particular focus on animal welfare. He has personally fostered scores of pets in his own house as he tried to find them "forever homes."
 
Allen is also a strong supporter of both economic revitalization and the arts in the Berkshires. He will be a member of both the Economic Development and the Marketing/Fundraising subcommittees of the board helping to move forward the CDCSB's mission to build affordable housing and support small businesses.
 
 CDCSB Executive Director Allison Marchese welcomed Allen to the board, remarking, "Allen brings to us his immense talents as both a business leader and a caring, dynamic human.  
 
"The CDCSB has already benefited from his generosity as the lead sponsor of our upcoming Virtual Film Fundraising event taking place on Zoom on Friday, October 8, at 7pm." 
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Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts Supports Flying Cloud Institute

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Flying Cloud Institute (FCI) announced funding from the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts to support its Young Women in Science program in Southern Berkshire County and Pittsfield.
 
For over twenty years, FCI has offered Young Women in Science (YWIS) programs free of charge to underserved female-identified youth in Berkshire County in the form of after school Girls Science Clubs, youth mentorship programs, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summer workshops, and conferences for Women in STEM. 
 
"Coming out of this pandemic year, there has never been a more important time to engage our youth in empowering, hands-on investigations with authentic role models in order to build up their identities as capable, curious learners and to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders," said Executive Director Maria Rundle.
 
The programs focus on girls who might have an inclination for STEM but find little encouragement and little to no opportunity to interact with women STEM professionals who would serve as role models— all while facing the social stigma that girls are not good at STEM.
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