RSVP for the January 25th Working Cities Wednesday Meeting

Please join us at our next Working Cities Wednesday Meeting on January 25th at the Family Resource Center (480 West Street in Pittsfield).

Please RSVP and let me know if any children will be attending with you so that I can plan for food and child care.

For any questions or additions to the agenda, please contact Ruth at

Tentative Agenda:

5:30   Arrive, sign in, collect meeting materials, and get food

5:45   Introductions

5:50   Updates and Discussion

  • Logistics Committee Update
  • Bridges Out of Poverty Overview and Getting Ahead Sessions Update
  • Discussion on the Working Cities Meetings and Community Engagement

6:30   Community Announcements

  • Angelica Paredes 4-H Youth Development Program

6:45   End meeting and clean up

December 14 Working Cities Wednesday Minutes

We started off talking about the importance of Getting Ahead (Hacia Adelante). The following is some of the things that were said:

Elisa Fuller: People don’t know about all of the services and agencies that are out there to help them. It is important for people to more effectively communicate with each other.

Ruth Leon: When a community member knows about a resource they can tell their neighbors to help spread the word.

Ken Demers: The ideal Community Navigator can connect others to resources.

Daniel Parkins: Education is action and it is important to create change.

Getting Ahead (Hacia Adelante) Sessions Update:

Getting Ahead (Hacia Adelante) sessions are starting in January. Stephanie Hamilton is going to facilitate Getting Ahead. Elisa Fuller and Estervina Davis will facilitate Hacia Adelante, the Spanish version.

Working Cities Report:

The Logistics Committee will be meeting twice in January about the results framework of the grant.

The Pittsfield Learning Exchange team will travel to Worcester on December 19th. The team is composed of Elisa Fuller (Team Steward), Carolyn Valli, Vicky Smith, and Linda Kelley.

Wes Gadson gave an update about the Bridges overview sessions she coordinated at the Brien center for their management team. She plans to coordinate Overviews for 3 or 4 more companies in January. Ralph Howe and Karen Rowe facilitated the sessions.

Kelly Marion gave an update about the Gladys Allen Brigham Center’s Bridges Overview session. Shirley Edgerton was the facilitator and the program director, coordinators, and a board member participated. They might do more in the future.

Leadership Compass Activity:

Ruth led a Leadership Compass activity she learned from the Adaptive Leadership session in Boston hosted by the Boston Fed. She asked everyone to identify the leadership style they most identified with. The leadership styles were Visionary, Nurturer, Analyst, and Mobilizer. Each group was asked to write down and present on what they thought each leadership style brings to the table (Working Cities initiative).

Community Announcements:

Anaelisa Jacobsen: There will be an anti-hate rally led by 30 different sponsors on January 7, 2017 starting at St. Joseph’s church at 12:30 pm.

Elisa: The Berkshire Immigration Center is hosting a know your rights workshop on January 12, 2017.