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August Working Cities Wednesday

Working Cities Wednesday

August 2019 Pitches

Group 1

Topic: Wellness Meditation Group

Leader: Soncere Williams

Phone:

Email: soncerewilliams@gmail.com

Next meeting date: Touch base via email in two weeks

Summary:

  • Healthy twist of vulgarity
  • Makes people giggle, uplifting
  • Accessible to multiple areas in community
    • Locations, childcare, language, liability?
  • Positivity advocate

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Contact following locations
    • Christian Center, Pittsfield Senior Center, Library, Crane Center, Tyler St Lab, Veterans outreach, VA Clinic, Community connections, 18 Degrees Family Resource Center, BCC, Soldier On, sleep study program
  • Finish template for proposal
  • Start FB group
  • Contact pitch

Resources you may need:

  • Contact info for agencies/locations listed above (which we know where to get)

Names

Kayla / BHS / kfappiano@bhsi.org

Kate Lauzon / Working Cities / 413 841 5841 / katie.lauzon@gmail.com

Joseph Fish / 516 507 4980 / jfec777@gmail.com

Ranisha Grice / Working Cities / 413 841 0234 / ranishaislove@yahoo.com

Group 2

Topic: Getting a “trishaw” bike in Pittsfield

Leader: Nicholas Russo

Phone: 413 841 8425

Email: nrusso93@gmail.com

Next meeting date: 9/25/19

Summary:

  • Cost/fundraising
  • Volunteers
  • Storage/maintenance
  • New paradigm of transport
  • Zero emissions/noise

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Think about possible sponsors/donors
  • Prepare marketing materials, powerpoint
    • Shuttle service, sightseeing
  • Volunteers/free rides vs. employees/charter
  • Talk to:
    • Elder services, BCARC, BFAIR, United Way innovation grant, Rose and Cole’s (possible fees?), BRTA (visitor), historical/educational institutions, First Fridays, Tyler St Lab, City of Pittsfield

Resources you may need:

  • Insurance/liability consideration (pro-bono)
    • Brad Gordon (mediator/lawyer)
  • AARP Cycling Without Age (need for point 2 re: marketing, shuttle etc)
  • Volunteers, enthusiasm
  • Research in Northampton

Names

Nicholas Russo

Nycole Gallagher / BUW / 413 329 2278 / ngallagher@berkshireunitedway.org

Zach

Ernest Huffman / Working Cities / 413 752 2760 / ernesthuffman2@yahoo.com

Group 3

Topic: Tenants Rights Association

Leader: Sera Bishop

Phone: N/A

Email: N/A

Next meeting date: 9/25/19

Summary:

  • Desire to create a committee to assist in addressing tenants rights
  • The existing problems of tenancy
  • Who do we get this info out to?
  • Existing resources- so we don’t duplicate with this info
  • How will people want to engage with this as a tenant? In person? Paperwork to print?

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Reach out to set up another meeting
  • Brainstorm ideas individually
  • Organize some of the resources we know of so they can be combined.
  • Chain of command- what is the chain of command to hold officials accountable?

Resources you may need:

  • Law library
  • Check in with Kenny Warren
  • Hearing other people’s stories and complaints they’d like addressed/questions they have

Names

Karen Roche / Working Cities / 413 841 5519 / caireann4@gmail.com

Dubois Thomas / Habitat for Humanity / 413 442 3181 /  nrcommunity@berkshirehabitat.org

Karen Kalinowsky / 413 329 0397 / bkkalinowsky@yahoo.com

Gaylamar Artis / PIVAT / 413 841 1321

Renee Singh / 413 358 7440 / reneemsingh@gmail.com

Kevin Morandi / City Councilor / 413 499 0108 / kmorandi@cityofpittsfield.org

R.A. / RLC / 413 841 4497

Group 4

Topic: Ambassador Continuation

Leader: Amarie Starr

Phone: 917 565 6891

Email: aastarrisborn@gmail.com

Next meeting date: N/A

Summary:

  • Funding sponsors
  • We will keep this program up and running
  • Age gaps
  • How many hours can get funded?
  • Benefits
  • Tour people, get assistance parking
  • How can you help me? Helping residents
  • The color of your shirt makes a difference- bright orange

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Talk to city council and ask about the tourist station
  • Talk to the sponsors
  • Do research on what orgs can use ambassadors

Resources you may need:

  • Community navigators
  • Banks
  • City Councils
  • The BRTA bus station

Names

Ranisha Grice / Working Cities / 413 841 0234 / ranishaislove@yahoo.com

Jessica Jones / 770 337 4723 / jessica919606@gmail.com

Virgina O’Leary / Pittsfield Prospers / 334 750 3132 / veoleary@gmail.com

Sam Reggio / Berkshire Athenaeum / 413 499 9480 / samuel@pittsfieldlibrary.org

Amarie Starr / DPI / 917 565 6891 / aastarrisborn@gmail.com

Cheyenne Vanbramer / DPI / 413 464 5937 / cheyennevanbramer@gmail.com

Group 5

Topic: No Bullying Flashmob

Leader: Sherrie Bethel McGregor

Phone: 415 841 4466

Email: sherriediva@gmail.com

Next meeting date: N/A

Summary:

  • Saturday at farmer’s market
  • Jacob’s Pillow rehearsal
  • Annual Flyer
  • Social media

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Contact employers
  • Community center
  • High school
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center (flyer)

Resources you may need:

  • Flyers / music / PA system
  • Dance class / teacher
  • Volunteers
  • City hall permit

Names

N/A

May Working Cities Wednesday

In May, nearly 50 enthusiastic people gathered at the Tyler Street Lab for friendly conversation and exciting ideas. See below for each pitch and how to follow up.

Topic: Teen Interpreters
Leader: Luis Manco (615 730 3661), Juliana Manosalva (413 344 6158)

Next meeting date: May 30, 2019

Summary:

  • There is a need for translation services for Latino communities in Pittsfield
  • We want to organize a volunteer group comprised of high school or college students who can provide the volunteer services.

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • We need to define where the services would be performed / time / season
  • We can think about a pilot during the summer
  • It would be good to know how many people are in need of the translation services and for what purpose.
  • We need to identify incentives (school credits, job recommendations, other) for the volunteers

Resources you may need:

  • Human resources to design the project
  • Identify the potential number of volunteers
  • Develop a database with names

Topic: 2020 Census
Leader: Kathy Anker
Next meeting date: Community-wide meeting in August

Summary:

  • How do we get the community to understand how the census is and isn’t used?
  • Which populations are most likely to avoid or be left out by the census? Which names and taglines appeal to them?

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Report back at the next Working Cities Wednesday with discussion and census count

Resources you may need:

  • Volunteers
  • Note on door- I will be back

Topic: Cyber Security
Leader: Ash McNair, 774-210-9187
Summary:

  • Senior center, OLLI (BCC) > places to go do outreach on cyber security/aging population
  • Berkshire Children and Families, Family Resource Center speaker series
  • Elder Care Network
  • RSVP – seniors volunteering
  • Elizabeth Freeman Center (security)
  • Library (place to offer classes)
  • Class for patrons / library computers
  • Could piggyback on other events

Three things to do before the next meeting:

  • Contact organizations listed above
  • Morningside and Westside Initiative Meetings

Resources you may need:

  • Brochures, flyers