To the editor of THE EAGLE:
The Berkshire Food Project is proud to have been a member agency of the Northern Berkshire United Way since 2003. Despite very difficult circumstances, the NBUW has just completed a successful campaign. We would like to congratulate Executive Director Joe McGovern, the NBUW board of directors, and all of those who contributed to the effort.
People sometimes take the United Way for granted, as if it will always be there. But it won’t be if we don’t support it. And not every United Way helps its agencies as reliably and effectively as the NBUW does -- not just with funding, but also with advice and encouragement.
In turn, donors to NBUW get the assurance that a well-qualified board will vet beneficiary agencies and help them stay on track.
Speaking for the Berkshire Food Project, we can say that the support of the NBUW has been crucial as we expanded our service from three days to five in September of 2007 and as our count of meals served has continued to rise, topping 30,000 in 2013. So through us, the NBUW brings hungry and lonely people in out of the cold for a hot meal. In this and many other ways, the NBUW helps make our towns into a single caring community.
Jim Mahon is board president and Valerie Schwarz is executive director of the Berkshire Food Project.