Berkshire Bank Foundation Awards Over $30,000 To Ten Central New York Nonprofits

PITTSFIELD, MA, May 12, 2016 – Berkshire Bank Foundation announced that it has awarded $32,853 in grants and pledges to ten nonprofit organizations throughout Central New York and the Mohawk Valley during their first quarter grants cycle. 

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

  • Centerstone Corporation for Economic Opportunity based in Syracuse, NY received a grant to support their economic development initiatives.
  • United Way of Rome & Western Oneida County based in Rome, NY received a grant to support their programs benefiting low-moderate income individuals. 
  • United Way of the Valley & Greater Utica based in Utica, NY received a grant to support their programs benefiting low-moderate income individuals. 
  • New Hartford Public Library based in New Hartford, NY received a grant to support their summer reading program.
  • Utica Neighborhood Housing Services based in Utica, NY received a grant to support their financial capability program.


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 non-profits 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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