May 27, 2021 (North Adams, MA) BFAIR was excited to partner with the Boston College School of Social Work on a project with graduate students for spring 2021 as part of its Creating and Sustaining Social Enterprises course.

This course focuses on important concepts and stages in considering revenue-producing programs in a nonprofit setting to add financial stability. Students are involved in basic data gathering and analysis and organize their conclusions in a business plan for the enterprise effort.

As such, we conducted a brief survey to provide BFAIR with information to support our community with a valuable service that provides employment for people with disabilities and is beneficial to the environment. BFAIR’s owned and operated Bottle and Can Redemption Center located in North Adams helps our community by providing residents with a way to exchange redeemable bottles and cans for cash while remaining true to our mission.

The culmination of the course resulted in an expansion of BFAIR’s Bottle and Can Redemption Center in the form of a pop-up service working with the North Adams Housing Authority, Berkshire Housing, and the City of North Adams.   The pop-up service will give these locations the opportunity to redeem or donate their bottles during certain time frames during the week at six different locations in North County starting in June.