Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 34 years!
NORTHERN BERKSHIRE NEIGHBORS (NBN) is a neighborhood development program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition.
OUR MISSION is to promote community building by bringing together neighborhood residents of all ages to discover and capitalize upon the potential and resources that exist in their communities and neighborhoods.
OUR GOAL is to create greater citizen awareness of how active participation in one’s neighborhood and community events contributes to one’s personal health and to the health of the community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please call 413-663-7588.
National Night Out
The Neighborlies is an annual Community Recognition Award Ceremony, which celebrates those who have made a positive difference in our lives or the community. Consider recognizing those who have performed acts of kindness or have made a positive difference in your life, neighborhood or community in one of these categories: neighborly acts, young people taking the lead, business/agency support, groups pulling together on a project or the support of the health and wellness of our community.
Acknowledge all the good deeds you see throughout the year. There is no recognition too big or too small! This is a great way to praise the neighbor that plowed your driveway all winter, the youth on your street for running an errand, the local business that donated food or items to your event, or a group making a positive impact or advocating for what you believe in. All who are recognized for these voluntary acts will receive an invitation to attend our celebration and they will receive a certificate of appreciation presented by Coalition staff and other community leaders.
2020 Neighborlies Recipients
These people are good neighbors who have helped others out in lots of different ways.
George & Nancy Canales
Marilyn Honig/ Berkshire Helping Hands
Community Health and Wellness
This category celebrates those who have helped to make their community a healthier place to live.
This category celebrates those that have advocated and/or supported family units in a variety of ways.
Mary Jo Belanger
Businesses & Groups Pulling Together
These agencies/businesses and groups have contributed to help a neighborhood or the wider community, working together for the benefit of others.
Robert Bouquet/Northern Berkshire Adult Education
Program at MCLA
North Adams Public Schools
Dwyer’s State Line Beer & Liquor Store
Youth Taking the Lead
These young people are making a positive difference in their community.
Our Neighborhoods: At the core of what Northern Berkshire Neighbors (nBn) does is neighborhood development. It is our belief that strong neighborhoods are essential to having a healthy community. Neighborhood development can be as simple as plugging in your coffee pot and informally gathering with your neighbors monthly or as advanced as forming a neighborhood association that tackles neighborhood-based concerns and projects, such as road safety and beautification efforts. At the end of the day, neighborhood development is all about positive and supportive relationships between neighbors, and nBn aims to support each neighborhood’s unique goals for their development.
Currently, nBn supports the following neighborhoods: UNO (United Neighborhood Organization), West End Neighborhood Association, Greylock Valley Apartments, and Brayton Hill Apartments.
The Community Outreach Volunteer Training is a free 6-month training offered once a year in mid-February to anyone who lives in northern Berkshire that is interested in helping their neighbors, making a difference and becoming more engaged in their community.
As part of the training, participants will learn about many of the health and human service providers and community organizations in the northern Berkshire region; engage in workshops and training on topics such as styles of leadership, accessing local government, public speaking, conflict management, and other related topics; complete a project that addresses or meets a community need.
Click here for more facts about this training and to apply for the training; no prior education or experience is necessary.
For more information on this training, click the "Contact nBn" tab and send us a message.
Neighborhoods throughout the northern Berkshires participate in this nationwide crime and drug prevention event.
National Night Out is held on the first Tuesday of August and is designed to:
(1) Heighten crime/drug prevention awareness;
(2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts;
(3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
(4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Residents throughout North Adams are asked spend the evening outside with neighbors, police, fire and ambulance. Neighborhoods throughout North Berkshire joined the North Adams Police, Fire, and Emergency Departments to host a variety of special events such as cookouts, games, contests, music and more!
You can call the nBn Program Coordinator at (413) 663-7588 or send us an e-mail and we'll reply as soon as possible.