Massachusetts Service Alliance in the Berkshires

Great Barrington, Mass. – The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires will host the Massachusetts Service Alliance on Wednesday, September 25th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.

Nonprofits are invited to learn about the resources and technical support available to organizations interested in applying for AmeriCorps, Commonwealth Corps, or other funding opportunities such as grants for Martin Luther King Day of Service, National Volunteer Week, or Youth Development Volunteer Initiatives.

Massachusetts Service Alliance leaders will talk about trainings and technical assistance available to help organizations more effectively and efficiently engage volunteers and corps-based service members to help meet their nonprofit mission.

There will also be an overview of the Service Enterprise Initiative — a change management approach that helps organizations more effectively leverage volunteers and their skills, increasing the return on volunteer investment to meet their missions. Organizations that participate receive access to evaluation, training, individualized coaching, volunteer engagement networks and other resources to increase volunteer manpower. Service Enterprises experience a 23 percentincrease in volunteers annually, representing $63,000 in valued labor.

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA), established in 1991, is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as the state commission on community service and volunteerism. Its mission is to catalyze the innovation and growth of service and volunteerism by creating partnerships that maximize resources, expertise, capacity, and impact. MSA currently oversees AmeriCorps and Commonwealth Corps in the Commonwealth.

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires facilitates volunteerism via the Giving Back guide, board trainings, and referrals. To register for this free event, visit