Community & Economic Development Organizations

Berkshire Immigrant Center

The mission of the Berkshire Immigrant Center is to assist individuals and families in making the economic, psychological and cultural adjustment to a new land, not only by meeting basic needs, but also by helping them to become active participants in our community. The Center also aims to build bridges of understanding and cooperation across cultures, to fight racism and discrimination in all forms, and to advocate for the rights of immigrants from all backgrounds. The Center offers comprehensive services for individuals from more than 80 countries to promote civic engagement, facilitate cultural integration, and assist in navigating the complex U.S. immigration system.

Additional Information & Current Opportunities:

learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/berkshire-immigrant-center/

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Official area-wide planning agency in the Berkshire Region with comprehensive planning responsibilities including economic development, environmental, transportation, regional, community and land-use planning and data and GIS services. Volunteers and interns welcome on various projects.

1 Fenn Street
Suite 201
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-1521
www.berkshireplanning.org

Family Life Support Center Louison House

Family Life Support Center (FLSC) is a private, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that was established in 1990 by local agencies to address the issue of homelessness that had become more pervasive as a result of the economic decline in Northern Berkshire County during the 1980’s. Over the past twenty years, FLSC has provided homelessness prevention and housing services to over 3,500 individuals and families throughout Berkshire County. Today, FLSC is the only comprehensive homelessness provider in Northern Berkshire County offering both housing services (transitional and permanent) and supportive services for the homeless.

P.O Box 54, 395 Old Columbia Street
Adams, MA 01220
413-743-7957
www.flsclouisonhouse.org
[email protected]

Multicultural BRIDGE

Multicultural BRIDGE promotes mutual understanding and acceptance among diverse groups serving as a resource to both local institutions and the community at large.  We serve as catalysts for change through collaboration, education, training, dialogue, fellowship and advocacy.

Services include: Cultural Literacy and Cultural Competence Training, consulting & facilitation. Youth Leadership and Multicultural Education.  Parent Education. Civil Rights & Social Justice Forums & Conferences. Advocacy of diverse groups.

multiculturalbridge.org

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Contact:
Berkshire Resources for Integration of Diverse Groups and Education dba Multicultural BRIDGE
17 Main St, Suite 2
Lee, MA 01238
Phone: 413-394-4029
Email: [email protected]

North Adams Office of Community Development

Advises businesses on all matters related to the construction or rehabilitation of facilities. As well as managing the city’s public works and housing rehabilitation funding and serving as a resource to the city’s Zoning and Planning Boards.

City Hall
North Adams, MA 01247
413-662-3025 x 3025

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

The mission of the Coalition is to improve the quality of life for people in northern Berkshire by organizing, supporting, and empowering the community. The Coalition works to achieve its mission by:

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.

COMMUNITIES MOBILIZING FOR CHANGE ON ALCOHOL (CMCA)

CMCA 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 the Grooove concert series, a Teen Writing Workshop, the Youth Leadership Program, and the “411 in the 413″ Youth Conference.

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.

The Coalition welcomes Williams student volunteers, interns and academic research partners.

61 Main Street, Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247
413-663-7588
Contact: Al Bashevkin, [email protected], Executive Director

The Green

The Green is a re-envisioned village green, or village square. Our hope is to develop The Green into a shared, curated space available to diverse community partners and organizations who want to use The Green for programs, gatherings, and events that cultivate important aspects of individual and community life, such as:

  • Work & Collaboration
  • Food & Health
  • Creativity & The Arts
  • Spirituality & Faith

87 Main St
North Adams, MA
[email protected]
thegreennama.com