collaborative programs

The value and strength of our community is continually enhanced when efforts and values align to inspire and engage our participants. Through the support of our members and the generosity of our donors, Berkshire South Regional Community Center is able to expand and enrich our resources and program scope through partnership with a significant number of Southern Berkshire organizations. Below are some of the collaborative programs the Center is able to offer through local support.

Alford, Great Barrington, Egremont (AGE) Triad
Berkshire South actively participates in this organization which seeks to address issues of concern to seniors, especially senior safety.

Berkshire Community College
Berkshire South hosts swim lessons offered as noncredit workshops through BCC in six-week sessions. For more information, please see page 16.

Berkshire County Kids’ Place
Providing an interdisciplinary, cooperative approach, Kids’ Place provides on-site counseling services at Berkshire South to help support area children and nonoffending family members recovering as victims or as witnesses to traumatic events. For more information on confidential services available with a trauma informed mental health professional with Kids’ Place, call 413.499.2800, ext. 30.

Berkshire Partnership for Health
Through funding from the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund, a community health worker is based at the Center to support the community’s health through programs in smoking cessation, diabetes education, falls prevention, and hypertension education.To learn more, please call our Community Health Worker at 413.528.2810 ext. 15.

Berkshire Hills Regional School District
BSRCC collaborates with BHRSD for Project Connection (elementary and middle schools) to provide enriching after school experiences for students within BHRSD. We also partner in BHRSD’s Parent Mentor Program and Monument Valley Middle School’s Peer Mentor Program.

CHP Skip & Dip
Fridays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For children up to 3 years old accompanied by an adult. Come enjoy a splish-splash in the Splash Pool and a romp in the gym. This program is brought to you through the collaborative efforts of BSRCC and Community Health Programs. For more information please call 413.644.0104. Space is limited to 12 children in Splash Pool area. Program operates on the school year schedule; no Skip & Dip during school holidays or vacations.

Community Access to the Arts
Community Access to the Arts, (CATA) is a nonprofit arts organization that has provided more than 1000 visual and performing arts workshops for hundreds of individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Learn more about joining CATA members in collaborative performing arts classes at the Center by calling CATA at 413.528.5485.

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Badge Opportunities
The Center is proud to be a host location for badge acquisition opportunities for the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America. Earn your badge in swimming, first aid, dance, health and fitness, science and much more! For more information on earning a badge at the Center or for information on joining a local Girl Scout or Brownie troop, please call for more details at 413.528.2810 ext. 32.

Fairview Hospital’s Aquatic Therapy
The aquatic therapy program meets two mornings a week for one hour in a group setting at the pool at BSRCC. It is staffed by therapists and assistants who are trained by Aquatic Physical Therapy Resources, Inc. Patients can be evaluated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Court Mandated Community Service
Berkshire South offers community service opportunities for court appointed hours. Individuals can fulfill their responsibility in an enriching environment while giving back in meaningful ways. Please call for more details at 413.528.2810 ext. 32.

Great Barrington Trails & Greenways
Berkshire South is an active member of GB Trails and Greenways, which provides guide assistance with the Center’s free hikes. GB trails further supports the Center by maintaining the Threemile Hill trail located on Berkshire South’s Property.

Kiwanis Club of Sheffield
Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis International club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis Club of Sheffield works with Berkshire South on projects that serve the community such as the Back to School Supply Drive.

Service Learning Hours
High school students in the region are encouraged to complete service learning hours to prepare for continuing education opportunities. We offer the guidance necessary to make your service learning fun and educational. Mentoring youth programs and supporting special events are a few examples of ways to fulfill your hours. For more information please email YIPC@berkshiresouth.org or call 413.528.2810, ext. 30.

Weight Watchers
Wednesdays, 5 p.m. & Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Thinking about how you can lose and maintain weight in a healthy and long term way? Attend a Weight Watchers meeting and get guidance and support from your peers who have become healthier on the Weight Watchers system. Call Weight Watchers at 1.800.651.6000 for more information.