Berkshire Looks to Annual Golf Classic to Offset Funding Cuts

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Throughout the country, American Red Cross funding from the United Way has been decreasing, and we now have experienced that decrease in Berkshire County as well. The Berkshire United Way funding for Red Cross Berkshire County disaster services has been reduced to zero. The local United Way continues to support many important programs, initiatives and partnerships in the community, and it is our hope that United Way will continue their support to make a difference in communities across Berkshire County. However, due to the significant reduction in United Way funding, we must depend on the generous financial contributions of the communities in the Berkshires to support the lifesaving programs of the American Red Cross.

On Monday, August 20 the Red Cross Berkshire County will hold our 20th Annual Golf Classic presented by Berkshire Bank. We invite individuals and companies to join us for a great day of golf, networking, prized and food.Registration is still open and interested parties are encouraged to call1-800-332-2030 to enter. This annual tournament is the chapter’s signature fundraising event—providing essential financial resources to support the work of the Red Cross throughout the Berkshire County.

Last year, our chapter taught 4,400 of lifesaving health and safety training courses including first aid, CPR and more. Each year the Red Cross provides nearly 600,000 services to military members, their families and veterans. Locally, we assist more than 50 military families. Berkshire County served over 1,200 individuals through Disaster Relief and Services and Disaster Education and training programs in FY 11.

In response to Hurricane Irene local Red Cross relief efforts provided:

  • over 5,100 meals and snacks.
  • local shelters in Berkshire County- Pittsfield and Williamstown.
  • dozens of comfort and clean-up kits.
  • internet access for families in need.
  • recovery booklets to 111 families.
  • over 200 families with individual caseworkers to assess their emergency needs.
  • 412 people with mental health consultations.
  • But just as people here in the Berkshires depend on the Red Cross, we in turn depend on the support of people, businesses and organizations in order to meet the needs of our community. All Red Cross assistance is given free of charge, made possible by the voluntary contribution of people like you and due to the decrease in funding from the United Way, we need your help now more than ever.

    For more information or to register for the 20th Annual Golf Classic, visit redcross.org/ma/worcester or call 1-800-332-2030 (toll free if calling from 413 area code).

    The Red Cross will continue to be there whenever and wherever help is needed, and we are grateful for all of the support of people and businesses in our community.