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!


Ukraine Relief Update from Joanna Szwyd

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

Music Bingo – June 2, 2022

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

Music Bingo is BACK!

Remember what a rockin’ good time we had at Music Bingo pre-covid?  Well… IT’S BACK!  For those who attended, you know you’ll want to register right away, for those who missed the last one, here’s your chance to get in on the fun!

June 2, 2022, 6:00 p.m.
Bousquet Ski Lodge
101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield

Music Bingo is a fun filled and fast paced take on traditional bingo! Dancing in your seat, with a chance to win lots of money and have fun while doing it. We are bringing back our DJ from our last event and players will be given 2 bingo cards… but traditional bingo numbers have been replaced with song names, music titles or both! Our DJ plays 10-15-second clips of music and you mark off spots on your bingo card. Each game has 3 rounds – with winners awarded prizes at the end of each game! The goal – get your groove on, get bingo and have FUN raising funds for a great cause.

$25 per person includes 2 bingo cards. The fun kicks off on Thursday June 2nd at 6 p.m., in the newly built Bousquet Ski Lodge, 101 Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield. Food and drinks available for purchase. Please, sign up today!

Oh, yea…and we’re raffling off a house of cash, worth $1000.

About that house of cash… the roof will be tiled with business cards and the winner will take them home.  This event is open to the public, that’s a lot of advertising power.  In addition to attending the event, please support the cause by sponsoring a ‘roof tile’.  What better marketing can you get for a mere $25?

We also have event sponsorship opportunities:

Diamond $250
Platinum $100
Gold $50
(get the music theme??)

All funds raised will support the Board’s Charitable Housing Fund, used to grant monies to Berkshire County residents suffering housing related tragedy (donations to fire victims, etc.).

 

We need you! Time to Get your Hands Dirty!

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

REALTOR Community Service Gets Going!

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

Community Service

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

Breaking Bread Soup Kitchen Help Needed

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

A message from Berkshire REALTOR Joanna Szwyd regarding Poland

My dear fellow Realtors,

Never in my life would I have thought that I would be addressing all of you and pleading for your help. As you know, the current tragic Russian invasion of Ukraine not only took many lives already but also displaced millions of people.

It also touched me on a personal level. Being born and raised in Poland, I am deeply proud of my native country helping out the Ukrainian refugees in any way the Polish people can. And when I say Polish people, I actually also mean my almost 80 year old mom, my mom’s neighbors, church, and school.

At this moment, over two million refugees have left Ukraine seeking peace and survival . In my city of Krakow, there are thousands of refugees everywhere; train stations, churches, sports stadiums, schools. As I’m writing this, my own old elementary school that I attended is hosting displaced kids and their mothers. My old church, where my mom volunteers, is collecting money and other goods to help out. Whoever can, opens up their home doors to the Ukrainian mothers, children, elderly seeking shelter. They have nothing.

I have been in touch with my family and friends in Poland on a daily basis and have a true image of the current situation there. These innocent displaced people need things that often are taken for granted; blankets, sleeping bags, towels, diapers, hygiene items…. After speaking with my mom and hearing first hand how much help and effort is needed to bring some temporary normalcy to the victims of this war, I decided to create a “Ukrainian Refugee Relief” account in our local bank.

If you would like to help and make a contribution, please use my Venmo account: “ Help4Ukraine”  or stop by any local Lee Bank branch and ask for the Ukrainian Refugee Relief acct.

All the donations will then be transferred to the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Krakow, Poland (Polish: Parafia Matki Boskiej Fatimskiej). It will then be directly used for purchasing necessary items, food, water for the refugees.

100% of donations will be used for the refugees;, there are no administrative fees.

The donations will also be recognized as coming from friends in the Berkshires, Massachusetts.

Thank you in advance for your contribution and help.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Joanna Szwyd, 413-446-6844
William Pitt Sotheby’s Intl. Realty


Please note: The Board Office has a policy where we routinely share charitable fundraising items of our members.  Due to the large number of requests asking for financial support, we cannot directly sponsor individual fundraisers, but do welcome the opportunity to share information in the Friday Recap and post material or links on our website to help bring exposure to the cause and an easy ability for members to contribute personally. While this case is somewhat unusual in that it doesn’t directly help a non-profit, an exception was made by the leadership team given that many of us have wondered how we can help the thousands of Ukrainians that are without shelter, food and any worldly goods while they seek refuge in surrounding countries.  This message is from a Berkshire REALTOR, Joanna Szwyd who was born in Poland and is in direct communication with her mother living in Krakow as they desperately try to house, feed and clothe the masses.

Pumpkin Contest to Benefit Strong Little Souls

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