April 25 Working Cities Wednesday

Did you miss the last Working Cities Wednesday? No problem! Below is a summary of the notes taken at the Gladys Allen Brigham Community Center so you can catch up and contribute to these community efforts.

Community Gardens
Lead Name: Karen Roche (413)841-5519 caiteann4@gmail.com
Summary of Discussion:

  • How do we revamp the existing community gardens and spark new interest and participation?
  • Outreach to potential new gardeners and explore the possibility of creating classes to teach gardening skills.

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Reach out to new groups in the community i.e. Latino Family Support Group, youth groups, Greenagers

Resources you may need:

  • Coverings to protect the plants during mosquito spraying season
  • People

Stories of the Westside
Lead Name: Linda Kelley (413)242-6623 Ld366496@gmail.com
Summary of Discussion:

  • Collection of stories from Westside residents current, past, and multigenerational. Looking for anyone willing to share their story.
  • New outreach efforts at local houses of worship, the library, and senior center.
  • Planning on having a booth at the Gatherin and maybe at 3rd Thursday. Best ways to locate old pictures.

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Draft interview questions
  • Create a collage of photos
  • Connect with the Heritage Commission and the Berkshire Immigrant Stories project

Resources you may need:

  • Connections to current and former residents and businesses
  • Reach out to the local high schools about incorporating young aspiring journalists

Community Needs Assessment – Goodwill
Lead Name: Kathy Anker (413)442-0061 x14 kanker@goowill-berkshires.org
Summary of Discussion:

  • What are the heavy hitting topics that should be reported on the community assessment?
  • Topics brought up include domestic violence & shelters, navigating complex educational systems, understanding health insurance options and MA health changes.

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Report back on statistics and information gathered so far.

Resources you may need:

  • More information, more feedback, and more completed surveys!

Working Cities Pittsfield Highlighted by Berkshire Eagle

This past week, Berkshire Eagle reporter, Haven Orecchio-Egresitz, spent some time with us at Working Cities Wednesday and part of a Bridges Out of Poverty training at the Four Freedoms Coalition advocacy event, Step Up! Check out some of the excellent coverage below.

April 28, 2018 Four Freedoms Coalition workshops provide avenues to activism 

April 29, 2018 ‘Working City Wednesday’: Pittsfield nonprofits put their heads together to shrink poverty, grow community

April 30, 2018 Our Opinion: Working together to combat poverty