Humane Heroes for Kids
Berkshire Humane Society (BHS) announces a new volunteer program especially designed for children in Berkshire County. Beginning in January, the Humane Hero program will offer kid-friendly workshops. The program, developed by Lizzy Brown, Outreach Coordinator at BHS, and Danielle Hammell, Shelter Manager at Purradise, is underwritten by Claudia and Steven Perles Family Foundation. The goal is to educate kids on the importance of animals, and how to be their advocates. Every month, the Humane Hero program will hold two workshops, one at BHS in Pittsfield and the other at the Berkshire South Community Center in Great Barrington. Each one-hour class will explore topics, ranging from puppy mills and pet overpopulation, to disaster planning for animals. The program is free. It is designed for children 10 to 14 years old, but all ages are welcome. As Hammell explained, “Children often feel powerless in the world of adults. They want to contribute and make an impact with all their hearts. The Humane Hero program will give them the resources and opportunities to make it happen.” Brown and Hammell have developed activities the Heroes can organize to help BHS: bake sales, lemonade stands, Read-A-Thons, food drives and outreach programs to community groups. BHS will provide flyers, promotional materials and other equipment needed.Two orientation sessions for the Humane Hero program are planned for Saturday, January 4, at 10 a.m., in Pittsfield, and 2 p.m. in Great Barrington, Ma. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children. To learn more and register, call Lizzy Brown at 413-447-7878, ext. 29 or email [email protected]; or Danielle Hammell at 413-717-4244 or email [email protected] Information can also be found by visiting berkshirehumane.org.