The Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation has awarded grants totaling $141,615 to 17 local organizations that support a broad range of programs for Berkshire County citizens living with disabilities.

The 2021 grant recipients were:

Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc. 

Berkshire Community College 

Berkshire County Arc 

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority 

Berkshire Music School, Inc. 

Blue Rider Stables, Inc. 

Branches School of the Berkshires 

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Community Access to the Arts 

Community Legal Aid, Inc. 

Dalton Community Recreation Association 

Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center 

Guidewire, Inc. 

Hillcrest Educational Centers, Inc. 

NAMI Berkshire County 

Pathlight 

Civitan Club of the Berkshires 

UCP of Western Massachusetts 

This year, the Foundation awarded grants in memory of two passionate community servants who passed away in 2021: former Berkshire United Way President Dan Dillon and Guardian Life Assistant Vice President Paul Houston. Three recipients – Berkshire County Arc, Berkshire Music School, and UCP of Western Massachusetts – each received a $12,000 grant and an additional $5,500 grant in memory of one or both honorees.

Dan and Paul had both served on the Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation Board and were deeply devoted to the local nonprofit community... We felt it only fitting to honor their memory by giving generously to a few of their favorite charities. ~ Foundation President Alycia Sacco Duquette, Second Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Berkshire Life Insurance Company of America

The Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation has awarded more than 440 grants with a cumulative financial contribution to the community in excess of $2.35 million since it was chartered in 2001 to honor two major corporate milestones that coincided that year: the 150th anniversary of the founding of the former Berkshire Life Insurance Company and its merger with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, headquartered in New York, N.Y. Funded initially at $2.5 million, the Foundation’s goal is to maintain an annual giving target of at least $100,000.

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