It’s become a family in the water aerobics class … I find that it’s peaceful, energetic. … Everyone knows everyone and cares for everyone. - Senior Cancer Survivor
Water Aerobics Family for Cancer Survivor
I don’t know what I would have done without the Y supporting us.
Melissa and Blake
I’m grateful to the YMCA for helping my son learn how to channel his energy in a positive way while also making it affordable for me through the financial assistance program. Thank you to the special coaches!
Parent of teenager seeking out more positive social environments due to the Y.
You can’t expect to jump from the ground floor to the 50th. The Y has people that can help, and if you put in the work and don’t cheat yourself, you will get there.
Heading off to the Air Force
The Y gives us a safe place for our children while we are working hard to provide for our family. They are so happy and learning so much. We are so grateful for the Y!
Parents of Abel and Diego

 

 

 

 

Download Berkshire Family YMCA Capital Campaign Case for Support

Thank you for your support!
Funding Commitments & Donations $150,000+:

  • Children’s Investment Fund

  • City of Pittsfield CPA Fund

  • Commonwealth of MA Historic Tax Credits & Funding Earmark

  • Donald C McGraw Foundation

  • Feigenbaum Foundation

  • The Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

As of November 2021

THE NEED TO MODERNIZE

Built in 1909, our building at 292 North Street has served Pittsfield well and without pause for more than a century. The historic structure is a downtown fixture-- both architecturally and as a health and recreation facility-- but generations of continuous heavy use have taken their toll on the original building and the 1980s expansion. Fortunately, the building is structurally sound and able to be modernized to 21st century standards. The Y is committed to downtown Pittsfield’s revitalization by providing a key anchor of activity seven days a week throughout the year.

“Being a single mom, I didn’t know how I was going to do this. You have taught my kids so much, and I just wanted to thank you.” - Jenny, Y Parent

Currently, the Y is the largest licensed, full-time, year-round child care program in Berkshire County. There is strong demand for child care, and each year we have long waiting lists, particularly for infant and toddler spots, as families appreciate our schedule (open from 6:30am-5:30pm) and high-quality care. We are rated a Level 2 in the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) that assesses the quality of early education programs. The modernization we have planned will bring us up to a Level 4.

Expanding early education is important, as we know that when parents lack reliable child care, they miss an average of 8 days of work each year. A lack of quality child care correlates with decreased worker productivity, which has a negative impact on familial economic stability.

THE SOLUTION

Improved facilities provide us with the tools to fulfill our mission. The Full of Possibilities project will position the Y to serve more people effectively and efficiently. Here’s how:

CHILD CARE RENOVATION

  • Child care renovation will significantly increase the quality and size of the YMCA’s nationally accredited child development program. It will increase available slots from 70 to 95. Features include a new multi-purpose room, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Arts and Math) room, a staff break room, plus open play space to develop gross motor skills. High-quality, durable materials and a bright, inspiring theme will be used throughout.

REGULATION BASKETBALL COURT

  • A regulation basketball court will be installed to support the Y’s thriving basketball program. The court will also provide space for group exercise classes, programs for older adults, and youth programs. Youth programs cultivate the values, skills and relationships that lead to positive behaviors, better health and educational achievement.

INDOOR WALKING/RUNNING TRACK

  • An indoor walking/running track for year-round use will be added above the basketball court to offer flat, smooth-surfaced exercise options in a monitored, climate-controlled setting. The Y will be the only facility in central Berkshire County with an indoor walking/running track, which encourages movement year-round.

STRUCTURAL AND FACADE IMPROVEMENTS

  • Structural and façade improvements will bring vibrancy to North Street. Drafty and bricked up windows will be replaced with energy efficient glass to let natural daylight in. Failing mortar joints will be repointed at the façades on North and Melville Streets. LED lighting, and an energyefficient heating and cooling system will conserve energy.

In sum, Full of Possibilities will make the YMCA more energy efficient, increase the number of child care slots, modernize health and wellness facilities, and conserve an important part of our city’s architectural landscape and history. It will also have a long-term positive impact on Y membership and bring more people, more often, to downtown Pittsfield.

THE IMPACT

  • 25 more high-quality child care slots
  • Job creation
    • 200 quality local jobs in the trades during construction
    • 4 Child Care and 3 Human Service positions after construction
  • A facility ready to meet 21st century health, wellness, and fitness needs for all
  • Increased capacity and efficiency
  • A stronger anchor to downtown Pittsfield
  • A major point of community pride

Thank you to our Corporate, Foundation, and Government Pledges to Date (in alpha order):

Amelia Peabody Foundation

City of Pittsfield's American Rescue Plan Act Funds

Berkshire Bank

Children's Investment Fund

City of Pittsfield's Community Preservation Act

Commonwealth of MA Funding Earmark

Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF)

CYC Fund

Dobbins Foundation

Donald C McGraw Foundation

Dulye Family Foundation

Feigenbaum Foundation

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund

Financial Development Agency

Foundation M

Greylock Federal Credit Union

Guardian Life Insurance

Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust

Krauss Foundation

Commonwealth of MA Historic Tax Credits

Mountain One

NBT Bank

Rotary Club of Pittsfield

Special thank you to our individual donors!

HOW CAN I HELP?

All contributions to the Berkshire Family YMCA a 501(c)(3) charitable organization are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

WAYS OF GIVING

  • Cash Gifts (In-Person, Mail, Online, Multi-Year Pledge)
  • Gifts of Securities and Security Transfers
  • Matching Gifts
  • Memorials and Tributes
  • Bequests, Annuities and Remainder Trusts

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Jessica Rumlow
Executive Director/CEO
413-499-7650 x112

Groundbreaking Ceremony November 10 With Keynote Speaker Congressman Neal

New Commitments Of $1 Million Plus For Full Of Possibilities Capital Campaign