By Linda White

Diane and David Bernstein flank Bedford Neighbor Brigade’s Chapter Leader Amy Mason – Courtesy image (c) 2017 all rights reserved

Bedford resident David Bernstein of Bernstein Development has stepped forward and accepted the financial challenge to become the first Community Angel Sponsor for the Bedford Neighbor Brigade.  Kristine Shah, Neighbor Brigade Director of Development explained, “We sought one exclusive Community Angel Sponsor for each of our largest chapters, and Bernstein Development is our Community Angel Sponsor for Bedford. David Bernstein’s generosity will truly help the mission of Neighbor Brigade in Bedford.”

“Neighbor Brigade creates a true sense of community here in town,” said Bernstein, owner and principal of Bernstein Development. “It’s not something you really think about until you need help, but a town with a volunteer network like the Neighbor Brigade is truly valuable, and I’m honored to be able to support them.”

Amy Mason, Chapter Leader of the Bedford Neighbor Brigade commented, “David and his wife Diane have always been generous with their time as Neighbor Brigade volunteers and make the extra effort to get to know our recipients. I thought of Bernstein Development to approach as our first Angel Sponsor because as a developer in town, David cares about the community that he both serves and resides in and wants those buying a home in Bedford to know they have a Brigade of volunteers standing by if they ever need them.”

Mason continued, “This is a one-year Exclusive Sponsorship that can be renewed or is open for other interested sponsors. We also have other sponsorship levels available. Interested sponsors may contact me directly at bedfordangels@gmail.com.”

About The Bedford Neighbor Brigade: Neighbor Brigade, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, establishes and mobilizes networks of community-specific volunteers ready to help immediately and effectively when a crisis strikes due to illness, surgery, or tragedy. Services are currently available in 30 communities in New England.

The Chapter is open to all Bedford residents who find themselves in a temporary crisis where they could use the support of their community until they get back on their feet. This may be a cancer diagnosis, accident, surgery, death, or other crisis situation.  Some families have a support system of friends and family ready to step in and help, but many do not. And often even if they do, the Brigade can step in to help give them relief or added support.  All Bedford residents are invited and encouraged to join this wonderful group of volunteers. The Bedford Neighbor Brigade has served 710 clients and families since 2009 and currently has 270 volunteers willing to help with meals, rides to medical appointments, dog walking, etc. To learn more, visit the Neighbor Brigade’s website at https://www.neighborbrigade.org/ or the Bedford Neighbor Brigade’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Bedford-Neighbor-Brigade-596820443756859/

Editor’s Note: This is Part I of a three-part focus on Bedford’s Neighbor Brigade. Watch for Part II to learn about Neighbors, a play about the Neighbor Brigade and how it helped one Bedford resident, and Part III to learn about Pam’s Run, a way to go on a fun run and support the Neighbor Brigade at the same time.

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