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Berkshire Bank Supports Elmcrest Programming

Elmcreindexst has been awarded a grant in the amount of $5,500 from Berkshire Bank. This grant will support two important initiatives: The BB  R.I.G.H.T (Respect, Integrity, Guts, Having Fun & Teamwork) Girls Leadership Program and Meatball Madness.

The BB R.I.G.H.T Girls Leadership Program is a five-week leadership course aimed at young ladies in Elmcrest’s residential and Bridges 2 Health (B2H) programs. The goal of this program is to not only develop trust with these girls who have most likely experienced abandonment, but to give them hope, teach them how to trust, become leaders and realize the potential that lies within each one of them.

The R.I.G.H.T. Program, which is aligned with Berkshire Bank Foundation’s focus on education and community, is designed to help encourage young ladies to step out of their comfort zone and explore basic level soft skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership and personal growth. Taught through team building activities, the ladder curriculum will allow girls to build on the skills they learned in previous weeks, and will begin with basic activities that allow the girls to get to know one another, and progress to critical thinking, problem solving, and trust activities.

This grant will also support Berkshire Bank employees through volunteering and becoming involved in Meatball Madness. This popular community, family fundraiser will be held at the New York State Fairgrounds International Pavilion on Sunday, March 26, 2017.