Social Services Organizations

18 Degrees

18 Degrees is where the sun stands just below the horizon at daybreak. It’s more dark than light in that moment, and hard to see the way forward. At 18 Degrees – formerly Berkshire Children and Families – it’s our mission and privilege to meet people at that point, with the promise that for them, for all of us, the light will grow from the start of each new day.

18 Degrees promotes the well-being of children and youth, and the strength of families to build better communities in Western Massachusetts. We provide education, parenting skills and support, prevention and intervention, advocacy, and life skills across a spectrum of programs serving children, young people, individuals and families in four areas: early education and care; foster care and adoption; child and family well-being; youth and community development.

480 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
[email protected]

AdLib, Inc. Center for Independent Living

AdLib is an independent living center for people with disabilities. AdLib provides four core services of peer counseling, advocacy, skills training, and information and referral. In addition, AdLib offers the following specialized programs: Personal Assistance Services, Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, Housing Assistance, Transportation Services, Representative Payee Program, and the Drop-In Center.

215 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
[email protected]

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 Community Action Council (BCAC)

The Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC), incorporated in 1966 as a non-profit human service organization was designated the anti-poverty Community Action Agency for Berkshire County, Massachusetts. The role of BCAC is to assist the low-income, elderly and working-poor of Berkshire County towards achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency. Berkshire Community Action Council provides advocacy, fuel and utility assistance, energy conservation, transportation, shelter, and a food pantry.

85 Main Street (2nd floor)
North Adams, MA 01247
Business Office: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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 County Kids’ Place and Violence Prevention Center, Inc.

For the last 30 years, Berkshire County Kids’ Place has been a safe place where help can begin for children who have experienced violence in their lives, either as victims of abuse or witnesses to domestic violence. We provide a caring, home-like atmosphere that coordinates the combined knowledge of law enforcement, social service, medical, prosecutorial, and mental health agencies to ensure an effective response to childhood trauma.

63 Wendell Avenue
Pittsfield, MA 01201
[email protected]

Berkshire County Regional Employment Board (BCREB)

The mission of Berkshire County Regional Employment Board (BCREB) is to develop opportunities that will assist Berkshire County households in securing the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and household stability. We do this by developing and implementing a continuum of services and programs that address the underlying causes of household instability and homelessness. Our institution serves to assist households to develop strategies to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency and collaborate with other human service providers, including grassroots organizations and faith-based organizations, to alleviate the causes and effects of household, housing, and community instability.

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 Food Project

The Berkshire Food Project (BFP) was started by Williams College students in 1987. They recognized that there had been a shift in the region from a industrial to a service economy, resulting in unemployment and under-employment. Many young people left the North Adams area in search of jobs, leaving older family members in the community who lacked the job skills which emerging technological firms would require.

The Berkshire Food Project seeks to alleviate hunger, food insecurity, and social isolation by serving healthy, no cost meals and connecting people to other resources, all in a dignified and respectful manner. We seek to alleviate need that has grown even in periods of economic expansion nationally. We seek to provide a forum to facilitate unselfconscious interaction among disparate segments of the population. And we seek to provide information helpful to our customers. We invite relevant social service agencies and experts to address lunch gatherings on such varied issues as tenants’ rights, voting registration, programs for the elderly, public assistance, child and health care, Social Security, and nutrition. We also seek to share information about food insecurity with our community to foster a greater understanding of the issues in our community and the barriers that can prevent people from accessing resources.

Volunteers join the staff of the BFP and help prepare, serve and enjoy lunch with members of the community. Help is appreciated between 8:30am-2:00pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. There are also opportunities for groups to volunteer in the evening or on weekends for special projects. Students can either fill out the online application or contact BFP directly.

First Congregational Church
134 Main Street
PO Box 651
North Adams, MA 01247
[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 Immigrant Center

The mission of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is to advocate for the rights of all immigrants by helping them navigate the complex U.S. immigration system with affordable legal services, local resources, and education.

Berkshire Immigrant Center provides its clients with tools to help them overcome financial and cultural barriers, with the goals of strengthening civic engagement and creating equal opportunity for all. Berkshire Immigrant Center supports changes to systems which are unjust to immigrants, and supports state and national immigration advocacy efforts.

The Center assists more than 700 individuals annually from more than 60 countries in several languages. Our Case Workers are accredited by the Department of Justice to represent clients with the US Citizen and Immigration Services and give legal advice to those seeking immigration benefits in the US and education on civil rights.

67 East Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
[email protected]

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 Visiting Nurse Association

Home health and support care to persons in their homes: nursing, intravenous therapy, maternal and child health care, home health aides, homemakers, physical, speech, and occupational therapy, medical social work, Board of Health and prevention clinics. Services provided throughout Berkshire County.

165 Tor Court
Pittsfield, MA 01201

75 South Church St. – Clocktower Building
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Child Care of the Berkshires

Child Care of the Berkshires mission is to strengthen families through high quality child care, education, support services and advocacy. We partner with families to support children’s growth and healthy development. Our dedicated staff care for children and support parents in their role as their child’s first teacher. We believe that children learn and grow through play; our classrooms are set up to encourage children’s development and our play-based curriculum encourage continued social emotional growth.

210 State Street
PO Box 172
North Adams, MA 01247

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]

Manos Unidas Multicultural Educational Cooperative

A multicultural community empowerment organization that strives to uplift all of the Latino, immigrant and minority members of our community through a sustained exchange of shared resources, participatory education and living arts. Manos Unidas seeks not only to provide the opportunity for empowerment but also foster the creation of a diverse culture of community that hones our unique strengths by crossing real and artificial boundaries set up by class, race, language, culture and geography. Manos Unidas welcomes help with its outreach work in the community such as a) creating opportunities for community dialogue (such as a “Know Your Rights” Forum), b) helping with program start-up and continuation (e.g., Bilingual Radio Program), c) planning community events such as mural projects, Earth Charter Summit Day, Immigrant Month Conference, etc.

[email protected]
Contact: Annaelisa Vanegas-Farrara, Executive Director

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]

Soldier On

Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services. In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to homeownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.
[email protected]

Corporate Office:
290 Merrill Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Pittsfield Transitional Housing:
360 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Leeds Transitional Housing:
425 North Main Street
Leeds, MA 01053

South Community Food Pantry

South Community Food Pantry at South Congregational Church, Pittsfield began as an outgrowth of St. Joseph’s Kitchen in the 1990s — as 12 emergency bags of groceries available after the meal. From there, it grew to bags distributed from the church office, and then to the Red Carpet area through the first decade of the 2000s. Around 2010 it moved downstairs to Barrett Hall, and we joined the Western MA Food Bank shortly thereafter. It has grown from serving a few families per week to over 800 families per week thanks to Mary Wheat and her volunteers.

110 South Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
emailing [email protected].
[email protected]

St. Joseph’s Church

We, the people of St. Joseph Parish, declare that it is our primary responsibility to continue the mission of Christ in bringing about the Kingdom of God. We are mindful of our rich heritage while we live in the present and in anticipation of a future of hope.

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry distributes food to those individuals and families in our community who are in need. Registration is required with a few basic questions being asked of the clients. Free blood pressure screenings are available often during the hours of operation. A licensed RN is usually on the premises to provide this service. The Food Pantry operates every Wednesday morning from 8:30-10:00am throughout the year. If schools are closed due to inclement weather, the Food Pantry will be closed as well.

414 North Street
Pittsfield, MA, 01201
[email protected]

St. Mark’s Church

St. Mark’s Catholic Parish was founded in 1913. St. Mark’s was an outgrowth of the mother church, St. Joseph’s, located on North Street in Pittsfield. The Food Pantry will be open the last two Fridays of the month, from 9:00am-11:00am. All are welcome.

400 West Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
[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

The Salvation Army North Adams

At its heart, The Salvation Army is a church. This foundation is what motivates us to do the work that we do. We love God and serve others because of His love for all. That’s where our mission comes from – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet needs in His name without discrimination. Because, we want others to come to know God’s love too. These are our marching orders.

393 River Street
North Adams, MA 01247

The Salvation Army Pittsfield

At its heart, The Salvation Army is a church. This foundation is what motivates us to do the work that we do. We love God and serve others because of His love for all. That’s where our mission comes from – to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet needs in His name without discrimination. Because, we want others to come to know God’s love too. These are our marching orders.

298 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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

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