It was amazing to see 52 resident partners and agencies (not counting the kids) at the Family Resource Center for our first “official” meeting as the Berkshire Bridges – Working Cities Pittsfield community! These Working Cities Wednesday meetings will take place the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning at 5:30 pm in the Family Resource Center. You can contact us for more details, and all are welcome to join.
During the meeting, we set our shared community guidelines and agreed upon a decision making process for Initiative-wide issues. Cate and Alan from the Western Mass. Recovery Learning Community presented an upcoming community conversation on building a Trauma Informed Berkshire County. In August, Berkshire Bridges will decide together if this event is something we want to sponsor and promote.
Following that, Nicole provided a cheat sheet and tutorial on Basecamp. This is the Berkshire Bridges project management website. If you’re part of the Initiative, but on board with us yet, please contact us.
Carolyn then shared the hiring and search process for our future Initiative Director. This will have to be an outstanding individual that can build relationships, manage multiple roles, and be committed to our community vision. That position will be posted online once it’s completed.
Finally, we split into working groups to move the Berkshire Bridges mission forward: a Hiring Committee, Communications, Getting Ahead & future Community Navigators, Bridges Facilitators, and the Bridge Builders (a brainstorming team). Each group exchanged new ideas and action items to move forward, and we met each other more over dinner. We had a wonderful team effort cleaning and packing things up at the end of the night.
Thank you to the FRC staff and volunteers for providing childcare (they are in need of more childcare providers and are hiring!), Heart 2 Heart Ministry for the salad, and Beth from Habitat for dropping off dinner. And thank you for being part of our movement; for believing that all people in Pittsfield should experience a safe, just, and thriving community.
In the meantime, the working group/committees will be busy at work in preparation for August.