Immigrants’ Day in the Berkshires will be held on Saturday, October 19th from 4:00-8:00pm at Morningside Community School in Pittsfield. In the past, over 500 people have attended this event that recognizes and celebrates the diversity of the Berkshires and unites peoples of all cultures and backgrounds.
We are seeking volunteers from Williams College, including some who can arrive earlier at 2:30pm to help set up. Immigrants’ Day is sponsored by the Berkshire Immigrant Center, which seeks to build bridges of understanding and cooperation across cultures, fight against racism and discrimination, and advocate for the rights of immigrants from all backgrounds. Food will be provided by various incredible Berkshire restaurants with international flair, and transportation will be provided! If you’re interested, please fill out the following form:
The goals of the event include:
1. to assemble representatives from a broad spectrum of the community to learn about the lives and contributions of immigrants
2. to provide an opportunity for immigrants and refugees to speak to legislators, access information about the community, and to connect with attorneys, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and local service providers.
3. to build an awareness about the services provided by the Berkshire Immigrant Center
4. to publicly recognize newly naturalized United States citizens
The event includes entertainment provided by a variety of multicultural performers, a special dinner of a variety of ethnic foods, children’s activities, attorney consultations, and information tabling.
Opportunities for volunteering include pre-event planning and day of responsibilities.
1. Food committee – soliciting donations of food – assisting with picking up, serving and clean up
2. Entertainment – arrange for performances, set up stage equipment, and welcome and monitor flow of performers
3. Publicity – placing newspaper advertisements, writing press releases, distributing fliers/postcards, and welcoming and supporting press and special guests
4. Children’s activities – set up a “play room” and plan and conduct activities that educate children about diversity
5. Attorney consultation – helping with registration, providing interpretation
6. Facilities – set up, clean up, directing flow, welcoming
7. Fundraising – soliciting sponsors and underwriters