REALTOR® Community Service

REACT

Berkshire REALTORS® work together with the community to identify, support and sustain charitable organizations that improve the quality of life in Berkshire County.

We invite you to join us in our efforts to
enhance the well-being of those within the Berkshire community.  Your kind and
generous donation is greatly appreciated.

Our group is a committee of the Berkshire County Board of REALTORS, a 501-c6 not-for-profit trade association.  While we give all funds raised
to 501-c3 charities, donations made directly are not tax deductible.

REACT’s Contributions:

Major Fundraiser Events

  • Chili Cook-off Charitable Benefit Fundraiser
  • Charity Golf Tournament Co-Sponsor

Nourishment and Enrichment

  • Non Perishable Food Collections
  • Holiday Dinners for Families in Need
  • Dinner Services at South Congregational Church
  • Breaking Bread Dinner Services, South Berkshire
  • Toiletries and Necessities Collections for Shelters

Family & Children’s Support

  • Backpack Collection for Foster Care
  • BCAC Holiday Elves Program Support
  • BCAC Rulers for Schoolers Collection
  • Berkshire County Kids Place Services Support
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse Prevention Support
  • Cancer Care, Concern and Support Services

Health and Wellbeing

  • American Cancer Society Relay for Life
  • American Cancer Society Daffodil Days
  • American Red Cross Gift Wrapping
  • American Heart Association Hearts in Bloom
  • Goodwill Industries “Suit Yourself” Clothing Drive
  • Home Heating Oil Fundraising Drive for BCAC

Recent Grant and Award Recipients

  • Berkshire Habitat for Humanity  | Restore $1,500
  • Northern Berkshire Habitat for Humanity $1,000
  • The Elizabeth Freeman Center $1,500
  • Veteran’s Outreach, Grace Manor $1,870
  • Construct, Inc. $1,000
  • Berkshire Community Action Council (BCAC) $1,000
  • Berkshire Homeless Children’s Fund $1,500
  • Berkshire County Red Cross, Disaster Recovery $9,000

 

Interested in joining our REACT committee? Submit our Volunteer Submission Form!


Can you help prevent prescription drug abuse?

The Safe Homes Coalition has proven that there is something powerful that REALTORS can do to help their community – educate clients about securing prescription mediation during open houses and showings and the proper storage and disposal of powerful medications when preparing for a move. Massachusetts has one of the worst opioid epidemics in the

REACT Women’s Build for Habitat for Humanity

Berkshire Realtors and Affiliates are invited to swing a hammer on our Habitat for Humanity’s Women’s Build Day. We need at least 10 volunteers and team members are asked to work that day and also raise funds to sponsor the build ($100 goal) MaryJane Dunlop is our team Captain, so please let her know if

Berkshire Realtors’ Housing Summit, 2018!

Get Ready – We’ve got an AWESOME event in the works… we are still working on the details, but we want you to save the date now for SEPTEMBER 20th!  We are happy to share that have planned a major Berkshire Realtors’ 2018 Housing Summit at the Colonial Theater in Pittsfield to offer an opportunity for legislators, town leaders, housing practitioners and the general public to get the latest information on our market, exchange ideas to overcome challenges and build relationships to support a healthy housing market and ultimately a healthy Berkshire economy.

We are still in the planning stages for the detailed agenda but are hoping to secure an AMAZING keynote speaker for this event.  It’s important now, because we know that every successful region has dynamic and diverse neighborhoods with a mix of housing opportunities, legislation that supports a well-balanced housing market, and protection of private property rights for all.  And we need to work together with committed individuals at this crossroad.  Our Housing Summit will:

  • Update and inform the housing community about the current housing state of affairs;
  • Engage participants with different viewpoints in positive conversations;
  • Provide targeted information on barriers to housing production or housing in general;
  • Advise policy makers and housing providers about necessary local changes; and
  • Promote opportunities for action to help our Berkshire housing market.

Community Stakeholders to Be Invited:

  • Legislators on the local, state and national levels.
  • MA Secretary of Housing and Economic Development, MA Office of HUD
  • Town Managers, Councils, and Local Housing Authorities and Trusts
  • Regional Housing Authorities, Boards and Associations.
  • Massachusetts Association of REALTORS, MassHousing, MA Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association’s
  • Real Estate Professionals, Area Builders & Lenders and Interested Members of the General Public

If you have suggestions or input, please send Sandy@BerkshireRealtors.org a message and she will make sure the Government Affairs or Leadership working on the details see it!

Volunteers for REACT Dinner for Those in Need

The REACT committee will be prepping and serving a meal at the South Congregational Church in Pittsfield for those less fortunate in the community. We need YOU to help with food prep and/or food service. Prep will begin at 12:00 noon and food service will begin at 5:00 p.m.   If you are able to assist

Volunteering Works Grant & Mentoring Program

We know that Berkshire Realtors not only help their clients achieve the American Dream, but did you know that 7 out of 10* Realtors nationwide also volunteer countless hours to help improve and develop their communities?  Annually, REALTOR® Magazine gives Realtors an opportunity to enhance their charitable work through the Volunteering Works Mentoring Program and

Our REALTORS Rock!

Thank you to all who contributed in some way to helping others have a hot meal on their table this Thanksgiving.  REACT Chair, Mary Jane Dunlop, snapped a few pics of some Berkshire REALTORS assisting at the South Congregational Thanksgiving Angels meal distribution.  Your generosity never ceases to amaze!!

A Message from REACT

Thank you, everyone, for the great turnout we had at our 6th Annual Chili Cookoff!  We’re pleased to announce that a donation will be made to Moments House, in memory of our colleagues Tim “Jack” Carroll and Dawn Farley, in the amount of $4300. There was amazing chili provided by: Roman’s Restaurant The Olde Heritage