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
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.
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.
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
REGULATION BASKETBALL COURT
INDOOR WALKING/RUNNING TRACK
STRUCTURAL AND FACADE IMPROVEMENTS
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.
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
Children's Investment Fund
City of Pittsfield's Community Preservation Act
Commonwealth of MA Funding Earmark
Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF)
Donald C McGraw Foundation
Dulye Family Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Financial Development Agency
Greylock Federal Credit Union
Guardian Life Insurance
Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust
Commonwealth of MA Historic Tax Credits
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
Groundbreaking Ceremony November 10 With Keynote Speaker Congressman Neal
New Commitments Of $1 Million Plus For Full Of Possibilities Capital Campaign
Berkshire Family YMCA’s Full of Possibilities Campaign announced four major new grants totaling $1.125 million to aid in the renovation and construction of its North Street facility. The $12 million renovation will modernize the building and add 25+ highly-needed child care slots, a regulation youth basketball court, and an indoor track.
The local funders who have stepped up are:
- The Feigenbaum Foundation, which awarded the Y a new $350,000 grant in addition to fulfilling their existing $400,000 commitment, bringing their total contribution to $750,000.
- The Jane & Jack Fitzpatrick Trust, which made a multi-year commitment of $500,000.
- Greylock Federal Credit Union announced a $200,000 award over several years.
In addition to these Berkshire County funders, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, which has supported both the Pittsfield and Northern Berkshire branches in the past, awarded the Y a $75,000 grant, bringing the total of recent institutional gifts to $1.125 million. Taken together, these gifts have taken a major bite out of the Y's remaining $4 million fundraising goal.
According to Y executive director and CEO, Jessie Rumlow, the new commitments will be put to work immediately to fund construction. “We are so grateful to these important institutional donors for their confidence and belief in the Y and this capital project,” she said. “The Feigenbaum Foundation’s continued investment is most welcome and deeply appreciated, and we sincerely thank the Fitzpatrick Trust for their generosity and ongoing philanthropic leadership in Berkshire County. Greylock Federal Credit Union’s grant is living proof that our local financial institutions are deeply committed to our community. Together these grants will help the Y to better serve thousands of people each year and we hope they will inspire many others to give generously too.”
Throughout 2022, the Y’s campaign leadership will be reaching out to community members for gifts and pledges in order to reach the goal. The Y remains open during construction and welcomes inquiries with regard to the campaign. Interested donors may contact Jessie Rumlow, by emailing email@example.com or phone at 413-499-7650 x112 or 912-467-3488. Interest may also be expressed to the campaign's committee chair, Matthew J. Scarafoni, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.