United Way names volunteer engagement director

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PITTSFIELD — Brenda Petell has joined Berkshire United Way as director of volunteer engagement.

Every year, BUW works with over 150 workplaces and thousands of individuals to mobilize resources and volunteers to build a stronger community. Dedicating a position to volunteer engagement demonstrates BUW's commitment to identifying new ways for residents and companies to "do good" by engaging in both short- and long-term volunteer activities.

Petell had previously held leadership and recruitment roles with GE Plastics and Sabic Innovative Plastics in Pittsfield, and most recently with General Dynamics Electric Boat and The Compass Group.

In 2016, Petell received the Daniel C. Dillon Helping Hands, Caring Heart Award from Berkshire United Way for her volunteer efforts in the Berkshires. She has led the city-wide science fair at the Berkshire Museum, sat on the steering committee of 1Berkshire's Youth Leadership Program and volunteered with Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity.

Community members and employers interested in volunteering or coordinating a service project can reach Petell at 413-442-6948, ext. 18, or bpetell@berkshireunitedway.org.

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