About Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO)

Our overall goal is to alleviate the root causes of poverty in our community. We seek to gain a seat at decision making tables and change the power relationship that exists between our member congregations and allies, and institutions whose decisions shape access to income, transportation and food for the poor and working poor in Berkshire County.

Our strategy is to develop leadership skills of hundreds of clergy and lay leaders in our member institutions, leading to a powerful Berkshire organization capable of making systemic changes.

Current Issues

Transportation Team

GOAL: Win increased public transportation funds for Berkshire County to increase access to jobs, medical care, and affordable nutritious food for low-income residents.

STRATEGY: Increase ridership and access to existing rural public transportation system through educating members of our congregations and others; and develop campaign to reclaim our fair share of tax revenues to support and expand our local transportation system to meet the needs of low-income residents.

Food Insecurity Team

GOAL: Win easier access to nutritious free food for low-income people.

STRATEGY: Win improvements in existing emergency food delivery system and changes that produce a more local, sustainable food delivery system

BIO Organizational Structure

BIO Organizational Structure