Berkshire United Way receives $10,000 grant from the Avangrid Foundation


Pittsfield, MA – Berkshire United Way is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 Avangrid Foundation grant to support early childhood literacy efforts throughout Berkshire County, in partnership with Berkshire Gas Company.

Reacting to the grant, Berkshire United Way President and CEO Kristine Hazzard commented, “By investing in programs and services that expose children to language-rich learning experiences, we help prepare those children, so they enter kindergarten ready to learn and have the best chance of being proficient readers by third grade.”

Hazzard went on to say, “Berkshire United Way invests in proven early childhood development strategies, such as home visiting and licensed pre-school programs provided by our local partners. These programs help put children on the track to success in school, which ultimately increases their long-term earning potential and reduces future social costs.”

“We are excited to partner with the Avangrid Foundation in support of such vital programs meeting such a critical need in our area. Effective childhood development programs establish the very foundation upon which a child needs to build in order to grow, to learn and to thrive. Without instilling these fundamentals, a child is at a grave disadvantage, as they try to navigate their way in today’s world. We are so thankful the Berkshire United Way has recognized this need and is supporting these efforts in Berkshire County and we are thrilled to offer our support,” remarked Chris Farrell, manager of corporate communications and government relations at Berkshire Gas.

About Avangrid Foundation: The Avangrid Foundation is an independent organization that funds philanthropic investments primarily in areas where AVANGRID and its subsidiaries operate. For more information, please visit the Avangrid Foundation section of our website:

About Berkshire United Way: For more than 90 years, Berkshire United Way has been building a stronger community right here in Berkshire County. We support children and families wherever they are in their lives. We provide early education opportunities, so children enter school ready to learn; give young people the tools they need to make healthy decisions; and help working families become financially stable. As part of a worldwide effort to create lasting change, we mobilize people and organizations to develop long-term solutions to current and emerging needs throughout the county. Our vision is for Berkshire County to become a dynamic, engaged community with opportunities for all. Visit to learn more.