Berkshire Bank partners with Advancing Opportunities for its Xtraordinary Day

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Berkshire Bank employees help to landscape gardens for Advancing Opportunities, which provides programs to help individuals with disabilities live as independently as possible.

Berkshire Bank employees recently came together with Advancing Opportunities to landscape and tend to vegetable gardens that the organization uses in its programs for individuals with disabilities. The donation was a part of the bank’s annual Xtraordinary Day of Service, where the bank closes its offices early to empower employees to volunteer in their local communities. The event is in its fourth year.

“Xtraordinary Day highlights our commitment to being a 21st-century community bank by putting our Be FIRST values into action in the communities we serve,” stated Gary Levante, SVP, Corporate Responsibility & Culture. “Our employees work tirelessly each and every day to be change agents in our local communities harnessing their skills, expertise and time to help ensure all individuals thrive.”

The volunteer work for Advancing Opportunities was one of 37 projects completed as a part of Xtraordinary Day. Over 90% of Berkshire Bank’s workforce participated in the event, totaling over 6,000 hours of volunteer work in a single day throughout the bank’s footprint.

Berkshire Bank is recognized for its entrepreneurial approach, relationship customer experience, and distinctive culture embracing and celebrating the diversity of all customers, employees and, suppliers – as its commitment to diversity continues to grow. With $13.9 billion in assets, Berkshire provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, wealth management, investment and, insurance services through 132 branch offices in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts, including Commerce Bank, a division of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Hills Bancorp (NYSE: BHLB) is the parent of Berkshire Bank. Berkshire Bank was named one of Massachusetts’ Most Charitable Companies by the Boston Business Journal in 2018. 

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