Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 33 years!
The mission of the Coalition is “Empowering the Northern Berkshire region to enhance the quality of life through our efforts at connecting, convening, and supporting all facets of the community.” The Coalition works to achieve its mission by:
CONNECTING AND PROVIDING A PUBLIC PLACE FOR THE COMMUNITY
Monthly meetings averaging over sixty participants are held the second Friday of each month, from September through May, at the First Baptist Church of North Adams. These meetings are open to all. Each year of forums begins in September with a public hearing offering the community an opportunity to help set the Coalition’s year long agenda. The Coalition News, mailed and e-mailed to over a thousand local citizens and organizations every month, includes articles about regional issues written by community members and Coalition staff. The Coalition also produces a monthly TV show about topics that will be presented at the monthly forum.
PROVIDING PREVENTION STRATEGIES
nb21 (not before 21, not in northern berkshire) is a multi-year project to reduce underage drinking by reducing teenagers access to alcohol and by establishing strong community norms against underage drinking in North Berkshire County.
BUILDING STRONGER NEIGHBORHOODS
The Northern Berkshire Community Coalition provides support, technical assistance, and leadership development for area neighborhoods through Northern Berkshire Neighbors. Northern Berkshire Neighbors works to engage residents in recognizing and addressing neighborhood and community issues through a variety of programs including neighborhood meetings and community events.
PROMOTING POSITIVE YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
UNITY (United, Neighboring, Interdependent, Trusted Youth), the Coalition’s youth development program, has been offering innovative, youth-driven programs since 1994. Two staff serve as adult advisors to a variety of programming that involves students ages 14-19 from all over the Northern Berkshire area. Current projects include a Teen Writing Workshop, the Youth Leadership Program, and the “411 in the 413″ Youth Conference.
The Family Place works to support and provide preventative services to northern Berkshire families with children between the ages of 0 and 18. The framework for programming and services are the five protective factors for families; parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete supports in times of need, as well as children’s healthy social and emotional development.
HELPING TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES, THE EASY CHOICES
Mass in Motion works towards creating conditions that encourage, nurture and promote wellness with particular focus on the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.
Anyone who works or lives in the Northern Berkshire area and is interested in the work of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition is considered an affiliate of the Coalition. Coalition affiliation has included people of the Northern Berkshire community representing human services, businesses, clergy, higher education, local schools, local and state government, and local citizens. Voluntary contributions to help defray expenses are requested, but they do not affect affiliation with the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.
A summary of nbCC's Strategic Plan can be viewed here.