2014 Berkshire Trip Summaries

General

What organizations are working to better the lives of Berkshire residents? How can you be a part of these ongoing efforts?

Our first ever Berkshire Break Out Trips (B-BOTs) will help you navigate the larger Berkshire area, volunteering in your own backyard. Join us as we learn together what amazing organizations are at work, the difficulties they face, and how you can be an active contributor. Trips are divided into two tracks (Education and Social Services). The program will include both track-specific, small-group and larger B-BOT-wide activities, providing the opportunity to not only focus on your personal interest, but also to see how people and organizations across these sectors must work together to meet the needs of our community!

Programming will run the duration of the day and after dinner from 5:00pm on Friday, March 21st through Wednesday, March 26th.  It includes on-campus housing, transportation (either via van or public transport), and meals (some of which we will be cooking together!). Participants visit several local organizations, do significant amounts of volunteer work, and have discussions with a wide variety of community members.

Education

Engage in local school and education systems, establishing relationships for opportunities in which you could participate over the course of the academic year! Spend time volunteering in North Adams elementary schools as well as with various organizations to learn more about the essential role education and training plays in working towards equity. Participants engage with children, local organization leadership, and do significant amounts of volunteer work.

Cost: $25

Social Services

Engage in the local food and housing programs, exposing yourself to opportunities that could provide ongoing engagement with the community. Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and agencies working to support the basic needs of Berkshire residents, learning how government and non-profit agencies work (and sometimes fail to work) together to provide for a community. Participants visit several local organizations, do significant amounts of volunteer work, and have discussions with a wide variety of community members.

Cost: $25