Health & Wellness Organizations

AIDS Project of Southern Vermont

The AIDS Project of Southern Vermont is a regional AIDS service organization providing direct services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and HIV prevention services to those at most risk in Windham, Bennington, and southern Windsor counties. Our Mission is to provide direct services to those whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS, to offer education and supplies to help prevent its spread, and to promote understanding within the communities served. Founded by volunteers in 1988 as a grassroots, community based group, the AIDS Project fills an important statewide role in making sure that Vermont’s fight against the AIDS epidemic is strong and effective.

324 Main Street
PO Box 4264
Bennington, VT 05201
[email protected]

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is the leading cancer-fighting organization with a vision of ending cancer as we know it, for everyone. We are the only organization working to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

American Cancer Society – (MA)
PO Box 1120
Framingham, MA 01701

American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We were founded over 115 years ago by a group of volunteers dedicated to ending the lung health threat at the time: tuberculosis. With TB largely controlled in the United States, we have extended that mission to other respiratory diseases. And thanks to our donors, volunteers, program and event participants, and staff, we are America’s trusted source for lung health education, lung disease research, support, programs, services and advocacy.

American Lung Association in Massachusetts, Framingham
1661 Worcester Road, Suite 301
Framingham, MA 01701
[email protected]

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross Massachusetts Region is part of the largest and most diverse service organization in the United States, serving the 7.029 million residents of the 351 cities and towns of Massachusetts. The Red Cross provides food and shelter in emergencies, operates the largest food pantry in New England, teaches lifesaving skills, trains nurses’ aides and certified nursing assistants, serves members of the Armed Forces, and more. All assistance from the Red Cross is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Central & Western Massachusetts
2000 Century Drive
Worcester, MA 01606
[email protected]

Berkshire Area Health Education Center

Berkshire AHEC advances access to high quality healthcare & healthy lifestyles through academic and community partnerships. Berkshire AHEC promotes healthy communities and healthy lifestyles. We do this through education of health professionals, promoting health and wellness, and engaging in population-based public health strategies, all in collaboration with community partners.

397 Main Street
Dalton, MA 01226
[email protected]

Berkshire Bounty

Berkshire Bounty is a 501(c)(3) food rescue organization with the mission to collect, purchase and deliver nutritious food to emergency food distribution programs countywide. We build capacity, close gaps and improve the quality of food for the food insecure population. Our vision is for everyone to have access to sufficient nutritious food for themselves and their families.

PO Box 1037
Great Barrington, MA 01230
[email protected]

Berkshire County Jimmy Fund

The Berkshire County Jimmy Fund advocates for and offers support to families coping with cancer. Can provide transportation to medical appointments and assist patients in getting medical evaluations/second opinions at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

The Jimmy Fund of Berkshire County
PO Box 1139
Pittsfield, MA 01202

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources

Berkshire Family and Individual Resources (BFAIR) is a national and state accredited human service agency responsive to the unique needs of people with disabilities and their families through:

  • A Dedication to Excellence
  • Diverse Service Options
  • Safe and Healthy Environments
  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Community Partnerships
  • Career Opportunities and Advancement
  • Inspiring Abilities, Creating Limitless Possibilities

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

Berkshire Family YMCA

The Berkshire Family YMCA’s (BFYMCA) mission is to put Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility into programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. We fulfill this mission by strengthening our communities through three areas of focus:

  • Youth Development: Nurturing the potential of every child and teen
  • Healthy Living: Improving the nation’s health and well-being
  • Social Responsibility: Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

Pittsfield Corporate Office
292 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 0120
Phone: 413-499-7650
[email protected]

Northern Berkshire
22 Brickyard Court
North Adams, MA 01247
Phone: 413-663-6529
[email protected]

Bennington Rec
655 Gage Street
Bennington, VT 05201
Phone: 802-442-1053
[email protected]

Berkshire Harm Reduction

Supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Berkshire Harm Reduction Program at Berkshire Medical Center provides several vital services to the community. Our services are provided at three convenient locations in the Berkshires and through our Harm Reduction Mobile Unit, which travels to locations throughout the region.

Pittsfield Location:
510 North Street, Suite 6-B2
Pittsfield, MA 01201

North Adams Location:
6 West Main Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Great Barrington Location:
401 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Berkshire Health Systems

Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) is the region’s leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services. With award-winning programs, nationally-recognized physicians, world-class technology and a sincere commitment to the community, BHS is delivering the kind of advanced healthcare most commonly found in large metropolitan centers. A private, not-for-profit organization, BHS serves the region through a network of affiliates which include Berkshire Medical Center, the BMC Hillcrest Campus, Fairview Hospital, Berkshire Visiting Nurse Association, BHS physician practices, and long-term care associate Berkshire Healthcare Systems. Each of these facilities is distinguished by the high quality of their programs and services, and by the credentials, skill and compassion of their physicians, nurses and caregivers. The mission of Berkshire Health Systems is to improve the health of all people in the Berkshires and surrounding communities, regardless of their ability to pay.

725 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Berkshire Nursing Families

Berkshire Nursing Families supports families in their efforts to provide breast milk (human milk), the optimal source of infant nutrition, in whatever manner they choose. We provide education, lactation consultation, a 7-day-a-week feeding and parenting support line, and home visits – all of which are free of charge – to every family who needs them. Because breastfeeding impacts so many aspects of family wellness – from reducing health concerns like diabetes and asthma to improving mother-child bonding – the organization makes a powerful contribution to the well-being of our community’s families.

BMC North Campus
71 Hospital Ave, 3rd floor
North Adams, MA 01247
[email protected]

Berkshire Overdose Addiction Prevention Collaborative

The mission of the Berkshire Overdose Addiction Prevention Collaborative (BOAPC) is to implement local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent the misuse of opioids and to prevent and reduce deaths and poisonings associated with opioids. BOAPC implements local policy, practice, systems, and/or environmental changes to prevent the misuse and abuse of opioids and to prevent and reduce unintentional deaths and non-fatal hospital events associated with opioid poisonings throughout the 32 municipalities in Berkshire County. This program emphasizes the integration of SAMHSA’s Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model into overall prevention systems, to ensure a consistent data-driven planning process focused on implementing effective and sustainable strategies and interventions.

413-442-1521 x37
[email protected]

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission is the official region-wide planning agency in Berkshire County providing comprehensive planning services to municipalities which include land use, transportation, community and economic development, housing, public health, and environmental planning. BRPC promotes regional collaboration among communities and works to increase coordination between all levels of government. Volunteers and interns welcome on various projects.

1 Fenn Street, Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Community Health Programs

CHP Berkshires spans Berkshire County with nine practice locations in Great Barrington, Lee, Pittsfield, and North Adams, providing medical, dental and nutrition services. Our CHP Mobile Health team carries on our long and effective practice of taking health care on the road, to find people where they are and where they need care. Each year, we care for more than 30,000 Berkshire area residents, and we promise care to everyone who enter our practices, regardless of insurance status.

PO Box 30
444 Stockbridge Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230
[email protected]

Ecu-Health Care

We are a private non-profit health coverage access program. Our mission is to help the uninsured and underinsured residents of North Berkshire access affordable health care. Ecu-Health Care is the designated outreach and enrollment site in northern Berkshire County for all of the Massachusetts health programs and we also help residents enroll into all supplemental programs associated with Medicare. The programs we help residents access include: The new subsidized and unsubsidized Qualified Health Plans implemented under national health reform, ConnectorCare, MassHealth, the Health Safety Net, The Children’s Medical Security Plan, Medicare Part-D, Prescription Advantage for seniors and the disabled, Medicare premium assistance, reduced fee dental care, and all prescription assistance programs.

99 Hospital Avenue, Suite 208
North Adams, MA 01247
[email protected]

Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

The mission of Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc. is to provide Berkshire elders, caregivers, and individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live with dignity, independence, and self-determination, and to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Elder Services practices nondiscrimination in employment practices and service delivery. Embracing diversity, our in-home and community-based services are available to all without regard to race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or lifestyle.

877 South Street, Suite 4E
Pittsfield, MA 01201
[email protected]

HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Inc.

For more than 35 years, HospiceCare in The Berkshires (HCIB) has been caring for generations of our neighbors throughout Berkshire County, providing support and care for those living with a life-limiting illness. Our compassionate team guides families through this emotionally challenging time with information, resources, and expert medical care for the best possible quality of life.

877 South Street, Suite 1W
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Louison House

Louison House is a private, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization established in 1990 by local agencies to address issues of homelessness. As the only comprehensive housing agency in Northern Berkshire, Louison House works to serve our neighbors facing homelessness or housing insecurity.  Over the past three decades, Louison House has provided services to over 8,000 individuals and families struggling with homelessness in Northern Berkshire.

149 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247
[email protected]

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) assists and empowers low-income individuals and families to meet their basic needs, improve their quality of life, and achieve long term economic self-sufficiency. DTA serves one in seven residents of the Commonwealth with direct economic assistance (cash benefits) and food assistance (SNAP benefits), as well as workforce training opportunities.

DTA Pittsfield Transitional Assistance Office
160 North Street, Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Berkshire County

NAMI Berkshire County is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness.

The families and members of NAMI Berkshire County are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness. Mental illnesses are brain disorders that are biologically based medical problems. Untreated, they can cause severe disturbances in thinking, feeling and relating. This results in substantially diminished capacity for dealing with the ordinary demands of life. Mental illness can affect persons of any age and occur in any family. They are not caused by bad parenting and not evidence of weakness of character.

333 East Street, Room 417
Pittsfield, MA 01201
[email protected]

National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Greater New England

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. MS stops people from moving. We exist to make sure it doesn’t. We help each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Greater New England
465 Waverly Oaks Road, Suite 202
Waltham, MA 02452
[email protected]

Tapestry Health

For over 45 years Tapestry has been a leading expert in the community on critical public health issues. We provide access without stigma, which means meeting people where they are at and respecting their choices, while providing health care, support services and education for safer practices. We serve over 19,000 residents annually, in Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, Northampton, Greenfield, North Adams and Pittsfield. We also offer care for surrounding communities through our mobile outreach vans.
[email protected]

North Adams Location:
MCLA Wellness Center
289 Church Street
North Adams, MA 01247

Pittsfield Location:
100 Wendell Avenue, Suite 1
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Administrative Office:
1985 Main Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 202
Springfield, MA 01103

United Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Western Massachusetts — an affiliate of United Cerebral Palsy Association — was established in 1961. UCP of Western Massachusetts offers service navigation, direct programming, assistive technology and advocacy for any individual, regardless of disability, to pursue a fulfilling, self-determined, high-quality community life — a life without limits. UCP’s mission is to advance the independence, productivity and full community participation of children and adults with all physical and developmental disabilities.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

Volunteers in Medicine

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires provides access to free, comprehensive health care for those in the Berkshire region who are income-qualified and uninsured or under-insured. “We envision a society in which everyone has an equal opportunity to achieve good health.”

777 Main Street, Suite 4
Great Barrington, MA 01230

Western Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps is a community-based, civilian volunteer program that helps build the public health infrastructure of communities nationwide. Berkshire and Franklin units were among the very first to be founded following the events of September 11, 2001. Each MRC unit is organized and trained to address a wide range of challenges from public health education to disaster response. Please consider this a resource for keeping yourself, your families (including your pets), your businesses and your communities safe. Volunteers are always needed and there are service opportunities for everyone.

Berkshire MRC (BerkshireDART)
c/o Fairview Hospital
29 Lewis Avenue
Great Barrington, MA 02130

Christy Lemoine ([email protected], 413-539-0129), Volunteer Coordinator
Corinne Mckeown ([email protected], 413-539-4115), Director

Williamstown Youth Center

The Williamstown Youth Center is a non-profit corporation located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, dedicated to providing quality recreational programs and activities for youths in grades 1–12. The Williamstown Youth Center is committed to nurturing the recreational, social, and emotional well-being of the youth in Williamstown and surrounding communities through quality programs for all. We accomplish this in a safe and enjoyable environment led by positive role models who provide and adapt programs and activities based on the needs of the community.

66 School Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Contact: Michael Williams ([email protected]), Executive Director

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

WIC’s goal is to help keep pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children under 5 years old healthy. WIC also offers immunization screenings and referrals, breastfeeding support and nutrition and health workshops on a variety of topics including meal planning, maintaining a healthy weight, picky eaters, caring for a new baby, and shopping on a budget. Women who are pregnant can receive WIC benefits before they see their obstetrician. WIC also provides benefits for 6 months for postpartum women who have miscarried.
[email protected]

Berkshire North WIC – Main Office
510 North Street, Suite 5
Pittsfield, MA 01201

North Adams Campus of BMC
71 Hospital Avenue
North Adams, MA 01247