The Berkshire County Arc Master Special Needs Pool Trust has been serving individuals with disabilities since 2002. During that time twenty-four people have joined the pooled trust, and the trust has administered or is currently administering more than three hundred thousand dollars for its members. A pooled trust combines the funds of all its members to increase investment efficiency. Each individual, however, maintains his/her own account in the trust. A trust member may use his/her funds for any purpose other than for basic food, clothing and shelter. Any person disabled according to Social Security standards is eligible for membership.