Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Organizing and supporting the Northern Berkshire community for over 30 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 Glenda Matos-Carter at 413-663-7588, ext. 20.
National Night Out
The NAMAzing Initiative
The Neighborlies are our twice-annual Community Recognition Awards, which celebrates those who have made a positive difference in our lives or the community. Consider nominating those who have performed acts of kindness or 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 health and wellness.
Anyone can nominate and anyone can be nominated for any purpose, large or small! The Neighborlies are held each spring and fall. Each nominee will receive an invitation to attend our celebration and they will receive a certificate of appreciation presented by Coalition staff.
The next Neighborlies will be held in the fall. Nominate someone now!
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 that 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.
A letter of interest is required to register for the training; however, 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!
The NAMAzing Initiative: This is a collective of actions, art, programs and community events developed to enhance the lovability of North Adams. The group develops opportunities to interact with the city itself, spreading a sense of whimsy and fun into local culture and community identity, and bringing together residents from across North Adams in new and exciting ways.
The Initiative works to execute a wide variety of projects, which include art exhibits, pop up activities, competitions, multimedia pieces, community events, and whimsical enhancements to both the physical city and the culture of North Adams. Members of the Initiative are drawn from many sectors and areas of the City to get the broadest range of stakeholders possible, and to incorporate as much expertise as possible.
To be a part of this NAMAzing group, click the "Contact nBn" tab and send us a message.
You can call the nBn Program Coordinator at (413) 663-7588 ext. 20 or send us an e-mail and we'll reply as soon as possible.