We started off with some words from Diane Robie about Carolyn Mower Burns, who passed away on Wednesday, and had a moment of silence in her honor.
Ruth Leon recommended doing Bridges training over 2 days instead of over many months so we don’t forget what we learned months ago.
We unanimously voice voted to have an open Community Announcements section at the end of the meeting.
Karen Rowe, Ralph Howe, and Shirley Edgerton led a Bridges activity where we created an Institutional Mental Model and an Under Resourced Folk Mental Model as seen below. Everyone was allowed to chime in with what they thought should be added to the Mental Models.
From looking at these models we created a list of Shared Values that could benefit Institutions and Under Resourced Folks:
- Honor people as experts in their lives
- Celebrate heroes
- Be co-learners
- Self/peer advocacy/empowerment
- Support relationships that value folks
- Asset affirming
- Shared responsibility for solutions
- Inclusive tables
- Saluting/supporting change makers
- Re-conceptualize leadership.
The National Black Star Project Pittsfield Million Father March Group is collecting scarves, gloves, and new coats for elementary (Kindergarten through Fifth Grade) students in Pittsfield until November 28th. You can donate at Berkshire Eagle, Elegant Stitches, New Generation Global Ministry, and Berkshire International Market. If you have questions you can contact Shirley Edgerton (413-841-8770). Checks payable to NAACP (P.O. Box 605, Pittsfield, MA 01202)
Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity is looking for a family for a 2 bedroom condo on Hall Place that they hope will be finished by February. Fuel Assistance and VITA is starting soon. VITA is looking for volunteers including bilingual or multilingual tax returners.
The Jewish Family Services will host a meeting on Syrian refugees that could settle in Pittsfield.
BCC has their course and workshop schedule finalized. You can see it at http://www.berkshirecc.edu/spring/.
Getting Ahead needs people for classes starting the first week of January. We are hoping to have 16 people enrolled.
Our next Working Cities Wednesday is on December 14 at 5:30 pm at the Family Resource Center. It’s a potluck, so please RSVP in advance and let us know what dish you are bringing! For any questions or corrections about this month’s minutes, please contact Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (413) 442-3181.