Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Nearly $85,000 To Twenty Pioneer Valley Nonprofits

PITTSFIELD, MA, May 12, 2016 – Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it has awarded $84,318 in grants and pledges to twenty non-profit organizations in the Pioneer Valley during their first quarter grants cycle. 

The funding from Berkshire Bank Foundation supported a variety of organizations, some of which include:

  • DevelopSpringfield based in Springfield, MA received a grant to support the construction of the Springfield Innovation Center in downtown Springfield.
  • Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield based in Westfield, MA received a grant to support the Westfield Credit for Life Fair.
  • Ludlow Community Center & Randall Boys & Girls Club based in Ludlow, MA received a grant to support their project learn academic success program.
  • Revitalize Community Development Corp based in Springfield, MA received a grant to support their Green-N-Fit Neighborhood Block Rebuild.
  • HAP, Inc. based in Springfield, MA received a grant to support their First Time Homebuyer Counseling and Education program.
  • United Way of the Pioneer Valley based in Springfield, MA received a grant to support the creation of a financial success center.


Lori Gazzillo, Vice President and Director of the Foundation said, “We are proud to partner with these great organizations as we work collaboratively to make our communities stronger. It’s only through broad based support from individuals, foundations and businesses working alongside these nonprofits that we’ll successfully improve our community. We’re proud to play a small role in that effort.” 

In addition to financial support, the XTEAM®, the bank’s nationally acclaimed Employee Volunteer Program, provides employees with paid time off to volunteer during regular business hours. In 2015, over 70% of Berkshire Bank’s employees provided more than 40,000 hours of service to benefit community organizations across the bank’s service area. The volunteer program is another way for the bank to give back to the communities where it does business.

About Berkshire Bank Foundation

Through foundation grants to nonprofits, scholarships to students, environmental programs, and employee volunteerism, Berkshire Bank is making a difference. Each year the Foundation donates over $1.8 million to nonprofits in the Bank’s footprint and employees provide over 40,000 hours of volunteer service. In 2015, Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal. This year, Berkshire Bank and NESN are teaming up to raise $50,000 for Habitat for Humanity by donating funds to the Hockey 4 Housing campaign each time the Boston Bruins achieved a penalty kill. To learn more about Berkshire Bank Foundation, visit


About Berkshire Bank

Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank, America’s Most Exciting Bank®.  The Company, recognized for its entrepreneurial approach and distinctive culture, has $7.8 billion in assets and 93 full service branch offices in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Vermont providing personal and business banking, insurance, and wealth management services.   Berkshire Bank is the home financing and retail banking provider for the Massachusetts Teachers Association Benefits, MTA.  To learn more, visit, call 800-773-5601 or follow us on:  Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Berkshire Bank, is the official bank of NESN’s Boston Bruins coverage. 



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