You Can Make a Difference

BTCF makes it easy to get involved, help your neighbors and support your community. Read what a few of your neighbors who have decided to make a difference have to say...

Herbert Burtis

Herbert Burtis

Fundholder
FERRIS-BURTIS MUSIC
SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
Sandisfield, MA
 
Biane Pearlman

Diane Pearlman

Executive Director
BERKSHIRE FILM &
MEDIA COMMISSION
Great Barrington, MA
 
Champ Perotti

Champ Perotti

Volunteer
REGION ONE
ATHLETIC FUND
Region One
School District, CT
 
Karen Davenport

Karen Davenport

Agricultural Education Teacher
& Kapteyn Prize Winner

HOUSATONIC VALLEY
REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
Falls Village, CT

Hope Sullivan

Hope Sullivan

Executive Director
IS 183
Stockbridge, MA
 

Annabelle Stalker

Toddler
ROELIFF JANSEN
COMMUNITY LIBRARY
Hillsdale, NY
 
Carmi Rapport

Carmi Rapport

Attorney
RAPPORT MEYERS LLP
Hudson, NY
Eleanor Velez

Eleanore Velez

Coordinator of
Multicultural Center
BERKSHIRE COMMUNITY
COLLEGE
Pittsfield, MA
 
Dr. Lara Setti

Lara Setti, MD, MPH

Doctor
COMMUNITY HEALTH
PROGRAMS
Great Barrington, MA
Danielle Mailer

Danielle Mailer

Artist
MARTHA BOSCHEN
PORTER FUND GRANTEE
Cornwall, CT
 
John Toole

John Toole

Fundholder
BROCKTROT
Lee, MA

Bianca Koswick Ordway

Horseback Rider
HIGH & MIGHTY
Ghent, NY
 
Joan Osofsky

Joan Osofsky

Business Owner
HAMMERTOWN BARN
Pine Plains, NY
Jacqueline Rice

Jacqueline Rice

Paramedic
SALISBURY VOLUNTEER
AMBULANCE SERVICE
Salisbury, CT
 
Frank Clark & Wesley Peterson Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Frank Clark &
Wesley Peterson

Volunteers
MEALS ON WHEELS
Sheffield, MA

Kate Marino,
Carolyn Stern
& Sally Baker

Co-founders
PHILMONT
BEAUTIFICATION, INC.
Philmont, NY
Henry Klimowicz

Henry Klimowicz

Artist
ARTIST’S RESOURCE
TRUST (A.R.T.)
FUND GRANTEE
Millerton, NY
 
Brandy Buckingham

Brandy Buckingham

Student
SIMPLE GIFTS FUND
GRANTEE
Pittsfield, MA
Lilah Hegnauer

Lilah Hegnauer

Poet
AMY CLAMPITT FUND
POET IN RESIDENCE
Lenox, MA
American Legion Post 1160

Closson-Raught
American Legion
Post 1160

Fundholders
CLOSSON-RAUGHT
AMERICAN LEGION
POST 1160
SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Copake, NY
 
Jane Burke

Jane Burke

Executive Director

FLYING CLOUD
INSTITUTE
New Marlborough, MA

Rhoda Lubalin

Rhoda Lubalin

Fundholder
RHODA LUBALIN ART
SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Amenia, NY 


Shaika Green, Girls Inc.

Shakia Green

Participant
GIRLS INC.
GLADYS ALLEN
BRIGHAM COMMUNITY
CENTER, INC.
Pittsfield, MA
Hudson Family Literacy Program

Shireen & Saniul

Mom & Son
HUDSON FAMILY
LITERACY PROGRAM
Hudson, NY
Photos by Rogerio Luz
Joan Osofsky
Joan Osofsky
"The community has supported Hammertown for years and it is only natural for me to give back in ways that can help people in our area who are in need. I’m very proud to be connected with BTCF!"
Karen Davenport
Karen Davenport
“I feel blessed to jump out of bed every day excited to start a new day at school. I hope to impart a lifelong love of learning to my students, and a calling to find passion in their ambitions.”
Brandy Buckingham
Brandy Buckingham
“Thank you for helping people like me who cannot afford to go to camp. I had an amazing time thanks to your generosity. I had so much fun singing and being in the talent show. I love arts and crafts and I even got to ‘climb’ the rock climbing wall. Everyone else was just like me. Disabled! I fit right in and this is why my camp meant so much to me. You are ALL wonderful, caring people and my family thanks you all.”
American Legion
American Legion
“The building isn’t the organization, it’s the people. A lot of blood, sweat and tears were shed for the organization and maintaining it. We want the organization to be remembered and what better way to do that than to have some kind of legacy. Through the scholarship we’re able to do that.”
Henry Klimowicz
Henry Klimowicz
“In a small community, people take a personal interest in things around them that others are doing. I’m keeping the flame of creativity alive. I hope that I can give people a hopefulness with their own creativity.”
Champ Perotti
Champ Perotti
“I’ve had two open-heart surgeries and a lot of time to think. It makes you count your blessings. You never know what tomorrow is. Life’s too short, so any chance I get, I’ll do what I can do. 50 years from now, when I’m no longer here, a parent, a coach or a team will have the opportunity to receive financial assistance from the Fund. When that happens, I will be smiling in heaven.”
Shireen & Saniul
Shireen & Saniul
“My children like to come to the after school program and summer camp. Now, they are doing well in school. I have learned English and can communicate with people.”
Jacqueline Rice
Jacqueline Rice
“My family has been volunteering in Salisbury since I was young. My parents told us to give back to the community that raised us. The people we help know us. They’re comforted that it’s their neighbor who is coming to help them.”
Carmi Rapport
Carmi Rapport
"I have practiced law for about 55 years – people have problems that sometimes cannot be solved without costs of some kind. Mostly all people really need is someone to listen…the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation people listen…that works and good things happen."
Philmont Beautification
Philmont Beautification
“A huge ‘thank you’ to Berkshire Taconic for bringing the USDA to town to meet the community. We were successful in our application and have made the match for the Philmont Co-op building renovation. Assisting the renewal in the Village of Philmont and seeing the outstanding results of a community coming together to achieve a turn-around feels great!”
Rhoda Lubalin
Rhoda Lubalin
“It is my belief, that one individual can change and enhance the life of a young person. It is for this reason, that many years ago, I established the Senior Art Award at Webutuck High School.”
Herbert Burtis
Herbert Burtis
“I cannot imagine my life without music. We want to encourage young classical musicians to have the same lifetime enjoyment that we have had in music.”
Eleanor Velez
Eleanor Velez
“Everything I do is for my students. The outfit I’m wearing was given to me by one of my students. I told her I’d wear it when she graduated, and I did.”
Danielle Mailer
Danielle Mailer
“My larger than life, Cobalt Blue lion has not only been embraced by the Salisbury community, but stands majestically at the entrance of the Scoville Memorial Library. She is both mascot and greeter to all who pass. This is my community; my students get to see the piece and we know everyone. I even knew Martha, and she actually collected my work.”
Diane Pearlman
Diane Pearlman
“I love working at BFMC because I have the opportunity to bring talented people together. We are working with our local schools and colleges to get students excited about opportunities to work in this field.”
Hope Sullivan
Hope Sullivan
“In our fast paced world the ability to think creatively is imperative. That’s what hands-on experience with art making provides – get messy, take risks, solve problems and then bring those tools out into the real world.”
John Toole
John Toole
“I give back because I have been blessed. I am a big believer in the idea that if we all give a little, we change the world – small is beautiful.”
Annabelle Stalker
Annabelle Stalker
“When you go to our house there’s an endless supply of books. I like books because they are so pretty.”
Lilah Hegnauer
Lilah Hegnauer
“There is nowhere better to start new poems and a new family than nestled amongst Amy Clampitt’s books in her little cottage.”
Shakia Green
Shakia Green
“I taught my two sisters how to make friends in school and how to stand up to bullies. Girls Inc. has given me freedom to be who I am and express myself.”
Bianca Koswick Ordway
Bianca Koswick Ordway
“High & Mighty has really helped me concentrate and it makes me feel good. It helps me in school…It really gives me a sense of humor.”
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels

“It’s satisfying to help other people. It’s just a feeling you get.” - Frank Clark

“I'm a doer. It's just the way I am. Who enjoys this more, me – or the people who are getting the meal?” - Wesley Peterson

Jane Burke
Jane Burke
“Children are born scientists and engineers bubbling over with creative ideas. I am dedicated to keeping them excited about developing their skills and helping them build the confidence to use their ideas to solve challenges.”
Lara Setti
Lara Setti
"My work is never dull. In an hour, I spend time with a world of people—a new immigrant, someone who has lived here his whole life, a teen just coming into her own, a brave soul facing his mortality. I love this work I do."