Council on Aging Daily Update - Williamstown, MA
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Council on Aging Daily Update

Updates, Monday June 29th, 2020

It simply cannot be the end of June already can it…?

Don’t forget, there’s a Blood Drive at the Williamstown Historical Museum, tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30 from 9am – 2:30pm. They’re looking for healthy donors without Covid symptoms. They’d like participant donors to schedule in advance to avoid lines and congestion.  To schedule an appointment today call (413) 447-2597 x 2 or email

Speaking of the Museum, they’re in week 9 of 9 in the spring scavenger hunt and this time they’re talking about block houses, specifically the one which stood once upon a time in Williamstown. Do you know where this might be? Go find it!

Goodwill Industries tell us that despite the pandemic and all the associated mess they’re still dedicated to helping just a little differently. They’re hosting “Virtual Employability Workshops”  offered July 28-30, August 25-28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. If you’re interested, email them here ; You could also make a phone call to  Kathy Anker at 413-442-0061 x19

The Goodwill Suit Your Self Program is now offering curbside service. If you, or someone you know has a job interview coming up, you can dress for success! Interested folks should contact their supporting agencies to be connected with the program or you can fill out an online application, here’s a link to the website;  

Speaking of job hunting, the North Adams Career Center is available for assistance with resumes, job search, and interview preparation. Email them at the mission services address above for information or call them at  413-442-0061 x14 to make an appointment to meet with someone.

Much to everyone’s dismay, or maybe I should say continued dismay,  the Covidization of the world has cancelled lots of opportunities all over including our hometown 4th of July fireworks. OK, as my mother would have said;”whatever”. Fear not, the holiday will not pass without some events and recognition. Check out the Chamber of Commerce website, Sue has posted all sorts of information on virtual and outside events happening this weekend in Williamstown. Let’s just hope that it doesn’t rain…

OK, here’s your food news for the week;

The  mobile food pantry from the FoodBank of Western Massachusetts, usually held in North Adams on the first and third Fridays each month is cancelled for this week. There is no plan to reschedule. Holiday you know?

Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials!, the virtual market is accepting orders at  weekly from 10:00  Monday  until 7PM on Wednesday . Pick up is from 11am until 1pm  on Saturday. Orders are pre-bagged, pre-sorted, you’ll find them in the parking lot behind the Williamstown Elementary School.

Berkshire Grown  has a link to  all sorts of different farms and food sources. Here’s that link:

The North Adams Farmers market is open, here’s the link  with order 

The Salvation Army Food Pantry on  River Street in North Adams is in operation Tuesday-12:00-3:00. Please use the front door

The Al Nelson Friendship Center Food Pantry at the St. Elizabeth Parish Center on Holden Street is open  Wednesday, 10:00-2:00 and 3:30-5:30. Plenty of parking. Their phone message says that they’ll deliver if you don’t have access to transportation, call them between 9:30 and 1:30 on Wednesdays for delivery. Here’s the contact information; 413.664.0123 or via email at;  

 The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown, has food and are happy to share. Call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

The Williamstown Food Pantry at St Patrick/St Raphael Church, 9:00-12:00 Wednesday. Southworth St. Same procedure, circle the church,, stay in your car, someone will help. Walkers to the front of the line, you go first. 

Berkshire Food Project-take-out only on M-W-and F. Enter through the breezeway and exit from the dining room out to Summer Street. Wear a mask to participate and this includes while waiting in line and practice Social Distancing. BFP will provide a mask if you don’t have one. The number of folks allowed inside is currently limited, there will be a count. BFP staff will open the doors for you, you’ll only be touching your food. There are also no restroom facilities available for use at this time..

Check out Jane’s Exercise Class # 12 now on Willinet. 

Just a note to thank everyone for being courteous to their neighbors, wearing your masks and social distancing. The Covid numbers are on the rise in other places but fortunately not here. Keep up the good work!

Brian O’Grady