Saturday May 5, 2012

Berkshires: Nonprofits receive grants from Komen

The Massachusetts affliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently presented 24 nonprofit organizations across the state, including two in the Berkshires, with grants totaling over $900,000.

This year’s local grant recipients are North Adams Regional Hospital/REACH Community Health in North Adams, and the Women’s Imaging Center at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

As an organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure supports high-impact breast cancer programs in thousands of communities around the world. Each year, the Massachusetts affiliate funds lifesaving programs throughout the Commonwealth.

Sheffield: Grants for travel, humanitarian work

Five young people and two nonprofit organizations have received grants totaling $10,100 from The Alice and Richard Henriquez Fund/Youth Awareness Program, a fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. The program supports travel and humanitarian work in foreign countries by young people age 14-22.

The individuals who received grants are Zoe Borden, of Great Barrington; Elizabeth Fox, of Williamstown; Katelyn Monteleone, of Lenox; Kendall Smith, of Dalton; and Kathleen Swoap of Williamstown.

The Church Outreach to Youth Project Inc. in North Adams, and the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington are the nonprofits who received grants.

The next deadline for The Alice and Richard Henriquez Fund/Youth World Awareness Program grant application is Feb. 1, 2013. Applications are available online at www.berkshire
taconic.org/grantseekers.

Pittsfield: Sabic Plastics honored with 7 awards

Sabic Innovative Plastics has received seven Responsible Care Energy Efficiency Awards from the American Chemistry Council, including one for improvements made to its world headquarters in Pittsfield.

In Pittsfield, Sabic was awarded for undertaking a multi-year site improvement that featured energy efficient heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) refits. The project led to energy savings and a reduction of 7,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

Three of Sabic’s other awards were for improvements made to its manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Ind. The other three awards were for improvements to company facilities in Bay St. Louis, Miss., Burkville, Ala., and Washington, W.Va.