The Civitan Club of the Berkshires, which has been in existence since 1957, is a Chapter of Civitan International. The worldwide mission of Civitan International is to build good citizenship by providing a volunteer organization of clubs dedicated to serving individual and community needs, with an emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities.
We help local charities in more ways than just writing a check. We look for opportunities in the community where our volunteerism can be of most value by selecting projects at our local club level.
What We Do
Food drive programs developed in response to increased community needs have ensured that our membership remains engaged in the community and supports local food pantries that might otherwise be closing their doors. We also feed our community through collaboration with the First Baptist Church of Pittsfield's quarterly Feed My Sheep program for those in need.
Know Your Berkshires, our monthly educational program on Pittsfield Community Television is produced and hosted by Civitan volunteers to showcase Berkshire County non-profits to our community.
Civitan members volunteer time and resources to perform service throughout our community.
2022 - 2023 Community Projects
November Warm Clothing Drive
Our Civitan Service Squad organized and collected winter clothing for all ages from hats and gloves to boots and coats
throughout the month of November. Many thanks to the Christian Center of Pittsfield in helping us distribute them to those in need.
In 2006, The Civitan Club of Pittsfield planned and held the 1st Annual “SoupFest”, a fundraising effort geared toward helping local soup kitchens and food pantries to stock their shelves.
Soup samplings, appetizers and desserts are provided to about 240 attendees who donate $25 each. Approximately 20 local restaurants and culinary programs donate the
soup. Civitan provides appetizers and desserts. Prizes, silent auction items
donated by area businesses plus our
“Feed Our Towns Raffle” help to provide additional fundraising.
As a result of the 14th Annual SoupFest held on October 14th, 2022, Civitan donated $11,297 to Berkshire County food pantries and meal programs.
Westside Community Celebration Day
Held in collaboration with The Christian Center each year, Civitan volunteers set up a barbeque and provide, prepare and serve food to approximately 150-300 attendees.
Meals for Elderly & Shut-in's
Our Christmas Eve meal to elderly and shut-in's, held in collaboration with Elder Services and the Berkshire County Sheriff's Office, feeds between 100-150 people annually. We invite you to learn more and lend your support.
To Our Sponsors:
ADAMS COMMUNITY BANK
BALANCE ROCK INVESTMENT GROUP
GREYLOCK FEDERAL CREDIT UNION
PITTSFIELD COOPERATIVE BANK
Thank you for being a Civitan sponsor. You may be sure that we make good use of your support for the work we do in Berkshire County.
Working Towards a Better Tomorrow
As a club chartered under the Civitan International umbrella, we support the work of the Civitan International Research Center located in Birmingham Alabama. The Center conducts cutting edge research in brain-related issues including autism, rett syndrome, down syndrome and many others.