A Gospel Concert to Benefit Emergency Assistance Funds

A Gospel Concert to Benefit Emergency Assistance Funds

A Gospel Concert to Benefit Emergency Assistance Funds

The Gospel Gang, a contemporary Christian/gospel choir along with the Messengers, a men’s gospel quartet, will be presenting a “Gospel Christmas’ this season to benefit the Emergency Oil Fund of the PACC and the Emergency Assistance Fund of Construct, Inc. They will perform on December 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Great Barrington, 251 Main Street in Great Barrington, Mass., and on December 15, at 4 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church of Pittsfield, 55 Fenn Street, Pittsfield, Mass.

PACC is a long-term interfaith ministry that has distributed funds to families throughout our community with the help of many local agencies, often beginning with contacts made through the social work staff at the Salvation Army. Construct, Inc. of Great Barrington, has provided not only the basics of food, shelter and emergency financial assistance but also adult education and counseling for life skills, employment and housing so people can make the successful transition to lead self-sufficient lives. This is the fourth annual Christmas concert these groups have presented for the benefit of Emergency Oil Fund. This year they have expanded their program to two concerts to reach people in the south county area as well. In past years, the event raised over $5,000.

This winter one hundred gallons of heating oil will be given on a one-time basis to families that have exhausted all other forms of fuel assistance. Given that as of this date the federal Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program has been cut by 50 percent, the anticipated need here in Berkshire County will be immense. The Emergency Fund is administered through the good graces of Pittsfield’s Salvation Army and for their help we are most grateful. CONSTRUCT on the average assists 40 households each winter season with 100 gallons of heating fuel, reaching families in crisis in the 15 villages and hill towns in the southern Berkshire region. There is no admission fee; instead, a free will offering will be taken to benefit both emergency funds.

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