BCAC presents Community Hero Award to state Sen. Adam Hinds


PITTSFIELD — The Berkshire Community Action Council has honored state Sen. Adam Hinds with its Community Hero Award.

Hinds, D-Pittsfield, was chosen for his efforts to boost rural areas and alleviate challenges faced by lower-income communities.

"In just a few short years Adam has become a powerful voice and advocate for the people of Berkshire County and beyond," said BCAC Executive Director Deborah Leonczyk.

She presented the award to Hinds on Friday during the agency's annual meeting at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield.

"As Berkshire County's state senator, he has proven himself to be a thoughtful, progressive and effective leader for the people of the county," she said. "An advocate of our low-income population, he has spearheaded efforts to bring resources to the Berkshires through additional LIHEAP assistance, new jobs, rural transportation, Rural School Aid, has addressed issues facing our immigrant population and so much more."

LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps provides financial assistance to help low-income residents pay for heating fuel.

The Berkshire Community Action Council is a Pittsfield-based, nonprofit agency that works within the community seeking sustainable solutions that promote economic stability and alleviate the destabilizing effects of poverty.

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In accepting the award, Hinds shined the light right back on the work done by the folks at the agency.

"It is an absolute honor to be recognized by an organization that does such critical work for our community," he said. "BCAC provides vital programming and assistance to those most in need in the Berkshires, and I am proud to partner with them in service to others."

The agency also named William "Billy" Eulian as Volunteer of the Year and presented the Dave Lachowski Service Award to Butch Winters.

Leonczyk said Eulian has donated the most time to the agency's Volunteer Tax Assistance Program by far, and was instrumental in helping to start a satellite virtual VITA site at Fairview Hospital.

"The BCAC team describes him as a wonderful team player with a beautiful sense of humor," she said.

Winters was named for the service award because of his work in the weatherization department, which seeks to help low income residents to seal their homes and save money on heating costs. He's been doing it since 1985.

"His vast knowledge and experience coupled with his compassion for helping our clients makes him a valuable member of the weatherization team," Leonczyk said. "We are proud to honor his service."

Scott Stafford can be reached at sstafford@berkshireeagle.com or 413-629-4517.


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