Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Hannah Stevens



Social service agencies that provide assistance to individuals and families in need in the Berkshire Taconic region.


Neighbor-to-Neighbor offers emergency assistance for local residents in financial and economic distress. Small grants (up to $1,000 during COVID-19) are awarded to assist residents with short-term housing costs, transportation issues, overdue utilities, and medical bills. On behalf of the community member in crisis, checks are sent to the vendor (landlords, utility companies, pharmacies, or mechanics). These funds are not planned for ongoing or long-term assistance. However, they are intended to be used for strategic intervention to achieve a measure of stability and prevent future crises.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor continues Berkshire Taconic’s tradition of helping families and individuals in need. They raise thousands of dollars annually from neighbors who want to help neighbors.

Berkshire Taconic works with social service agencies to distribute Neighbor-to-Neighbor funds, and connect them with other social services.

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For assistance, please contact the social service agencies to submit your application on your behalf.


Up to $1,000 is available. When a grant is awarded, the payment is sent directly to the vendor, and not the individual.

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Gina P. Blake

18 Degrees

480 West St

Pittsfield MA 01201

Phone: 413.448,8281  

Email: [email protected]

Erica Girgenti

The Adams Council on Aging

3 Hoosac Street

Adams, MA 01220

Phone: 413.743.8333

Email: [email protected]

Jeff Lowenstein, Director of Community Planning

(for applicants from Central or South Berkshire)

Berkshire Community Action Council

1531 East Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: 413-418-3683

Email: [email protected]

Aleta Moncecchi, Deputy Director

(for applicants from North Berkshire)

Berkshire Community Action Council

85 Main Street, 2nd Floor

North Adams, MA 01247

Phone: 413-663-3014

Email: [email protected]

Jane Pixley, Special Programs Case Manager

Berkshire Housing Development Corporation

1 Fenn Street, 3rd floor

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: 413.499.1630

Email: [email protected]

Intake Coordinator

Berkshire Immigrant Center

67 East Street

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: (413) 445-4881

Email: [email protected]

Sue Budz, LICSW, Oncology Social Worker

Cancer Center of the Berkshires

Berkshire Health Systems

165 Tor Court

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: 413.997.5848

Office: 413.443.6000

Fax: 413.442.2260

Email: [email protected]

Libby Boissy

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity

314 Columbus Ave.

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: 413.442.3181

Mary Feuer

Community Health Programs (Great Barrington Health Center)

444 Stockbridge Road

Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone: 413.528.0457

Email: [email protected]

Alison Peters, Executive Director

Dalton Community Recreation Association

400 Main Street

Dalton, MA 01226

Phone: 413.684.0260

Email: [email protected]

Christopher McLaughlin, Executive Director

Elder Services of Berkshire County, Inc.

877 South Street, Suite 4E

Pittsfield, MA 01201

Phone: (413) 499-0524

Email: [email protected]

Adrien Conklin

Macony Pediatrics

100 Maple Avenue #1

Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone: 413.429.8662  

Email: [email protected]

Gail Belmuth, Director of Development and Communications

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires

777 Main Street, Suite 4

Great Barrington, MA 01230

Phone:  (413) 528-4014

Email:  [email protected]

Stephen Philbrick, Minister

West Cummington Congregational Church

27 West Main Street

PO Box 148, Cummington, MA 01026

Phone: 413.634.2100

Email: [email protected]

Williamstown Food Pantry, 413.458.3149 (for Williamstown residents only)


Columbia Opportunities, 518.828.4611 or 877.378.4325 (toll free)

Catholic Charities, 518.828.8660

Columbia County Sanctuary Movement

PO Box 785 

Hudson NY 12534

Phone: 518-303-3848

Email: [email protected]


Dutchess CAP (Community Action Partnership)

Grace Immigrant Outreach

Evelyn Garzetta

Email: [email protected]

North East Community Center

Jessica Raymond

Email: [email protected]



Heather Dinneen

Director, Department of Social Services, Town of Cornwall

Municipal Agent on Aging

Municipal Veterans Representative

PO Box 97

Cornwall, CT 06753

Phone: 860.672.2603

Fax: 860.672.2677

Email: [email protected]

Falls Village

Theresa Snyder Graney

Social Services Director/Municipal Agent

Town of Canaan

PO Box 47

Falls Village, CT 06031-0047

Phone: 860.824.9855

Email: [email protected]


Todd Carusillo

First Selectman

Town of Goshen

42A North Street

Goshen, CT 06756

Phone: 860.491.2308 ext. 221

Email: [email protected] 


Judy Sheridan

Social Worker

Town of Kent Social Worker

PO Box 678

Kent Town Hall

Kent, CT 06757

Phone: 860.927.1586

Email: [email protected]


Tara Yard

Town Hall, 19 Maple Avenue

PO Box 592

Norfolk, CT 06058

Phone: 860.542.5829

Email: [email protected]

North Canaan

Social Worker/Municipal Agent

Town of North Canaan

100 Pease Street, Suite #8

Canaan, CT 06018

Phone: 860.824.7313 x 110

Fax: 860.824.3139

Email: [email protected]


Patrice McGrath

Director of Social Services

Salisbury Family Services

PO Box 379

Salisbury, CT 06068

Phone: 860.435.5187


Melia Hill 

Social Service Agent

Town of Sharon Social Services

PO Box 385

Sharon, CT 06069

Phone: 860.364.1003

Email: [email protected]

Jesi Sarno

Women’s Support Services

158 Gay Street (Rt. 41)

Sharon, CT 06069

Phone: 860-364-1080 ext. 104

Email: [email protected]


Melissa Brown

Phone: 860.868.7881 ext. 114

Email: [email protected]

Gregory LaCava

First Selectman

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 860.868.7881 ext. 102

Fax: 860.868.7746