Press Release Contact:
Lisa M. Marchi, Director of Development & Communications
Berkshire South Regional Community Center



Berkshire South receives $2000 grant from Coolidge Hill Foundation

Great Barrington, Mass – Berkshire South Regional Community Center is pleased to announce a $2,000 contribution from the Coolidge Hill Foundation in support of the Center’s recent purchase of therapy pool access stairs for the Norris Aquatics Center at Berkshire South. Coolidge Hill Foundation has been a longtime supporter of Berkshire South’s programs and services for individuals with physical and intellectual/developmental disabilities, with contributions to equipment such as our NuStep adaptive cardio fitness machine and the sponsorship of adaptive needs swim classes.

Berkshire South is proud to serve our community with a wide range of land and water-based adaptive fitness programs, specialized equipment, and staff members who are trained to accommodate visitors with adaptive needs. Local residents with disabilities and injuries, and groups serving these populations regularly visit the Norris Aquatics Center for physical therapy, therapeutic swimming and water-based exercise. The new stairs will provide a safer entry point into the therapy pool and promote greater independence for users with adaptive needs. Community funds raised by the 2014 Annual Swim-a-thon at Berkshire South, held in March, are being used to cover the balance of the access stairs cost.

For more information about the Norris Aquatics Center or our adaptive needs programs at Berkshire South, please call (413) 528-2810 ext. 20 or go to

The mission of Berkshire South Regional Community Center is to build a sense of community and common purpose throughout the region, and to enhance the recreational, educational, cultural, health and social well-being of the residents of the Southern Berkshires. Berkshire South is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization open to all, regardless of ability to pay.