Tuesday September 11, 2012

Pittsfield: Berkshire Bank taking on hunger

In support of National Hunger Month, Berkshire Bank will be conducting its fifth annual food drive during September through its Employee Volunteer Program.

The drive began Monday and will run through Sept. 28. The food collected at all bank locations will be given to local food pantries in those communities served by Berkshire Bank. Last year, approximately 8,700 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected. This year the goal is 10,000 pounds.

Food collection boxes for nonperishable food items are set up at each Berkshire Bank location in Massachusetts, New York and Vermont. A list of accepted items can be found at any bank location. Monetary donations, which will be donated to local food pantries, also will be accepted. For every $1 donated, a food bank can purchase $10 to $13 worth of food.

Lenox: Center offers free self-defense workshop

ZenQuest Martial Arts Center will hold a free self-defense clinic on Saturday, Sept. 15. Youngsters ages 9 and older are eligible to participate.

The workshop is part of an open house that will run from 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at ZenQuest, 55 Pittsfield Road, No. 10.

Escape and counter strategies for common attacks derived from several variations of martial arts that are designed to work for the average person will be discussed. Registration for a "Bully Defense" workshop on Saturday, Sept. 29 will also take place. Information: (413) 637-0656.

Pittsfield: Workshop to focus on grant writing

The Berkshire Athenaeum will host a workshop for nonprofit grant seeking organizations from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Luz Rodriguez, a professional trainer from the Foundation Center in New York City, will present, "Proposal Writing Basics: Key Components of a Grant-Seeking Proposal to a Foundation or Corporation."

The workshop will topics including: how to make a proposal stronger; standard proposals to a foundation; what funders expect to see in a proposal; tips for communicating with funders during the grant process; and additional resources on proposal writing.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Information, contact the Berkshire Athenaeum’s reference department at pittsref@cemars.org, or at (413) 499-9480, ext. 202, during regular library hours.