Working Cities Wednesday meeting August 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

*The agenda will be published one (1) week before the meeting.*

The Working Cities-Berkshire Bridges Initiative meetings the 4th Wednesday of each month at 5:30 pm. The location is the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor of Berkshire Children & Families at 480 West Street, Pittsfield.

Dinner is provided but you must RSVP on Basecamp (our project management page) or call (413) 442-3181 by August 22nd.

Please join us as we discuss the grant implementation, increasing community involvement, and recruitment of the Initiative Director.

For any questions, you can contact us.

Berkshire Bridges is hiring an Initiative Director

The Berkshire Bridges – Working Cities Pittsfield Initiative is designed to support the journey from poverty to sustainability by collaboratively building community resources and removing barriers. Our goal is to improve individual, institutional, institutional, and social fairness and respect in the community, and thus to support individuals moving out of poverty.

In order to make this movement succeed, we need an Initiative Director. Could you or someone you know be this visionary leader? Click this link to download the job description: Berkshire Bridges Initiative Director Job Description

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. The position is expected to start in October/November 2016. Starting salary $40K-$48K, commensurate with experience. Please email your cover letter and resume to: searchcommittee@berkshirehabitat.org. Mail hard copies to:

Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity
ATTN: Berkshire Bridges – WCC Initiative Director
P.O. Box 2717
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Recap of our first Working Cities Wednesday

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.

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In the meantime, the working group/committees will be busy at work in preparation for August.

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