Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition The nbCC mission: Empowering the Northern Berkshire region to enhance the quality of life through our efforts at connecting, convening, and supporting all facets of the community.
Our Vision is to be the catalyst for a healthy, empowered, engaged community. Community Dialogue: We engage residents and stakeholders in community conversations to resolve local concerns from an asset based community perspective. Health and Wellness: We help our community make healthy eating and active living the easy choice, as well as create opportunities for access to health and wellness services. Leadership Training: We train adults and youth to be leaders within their community and build capacity to make positive change in our region. Substance Use Prevention: We develop strategies to delay youth alcohol/substance use and support community efforts for addiction recovery. Building Connections: We connect residents to local service agencies and provide opportunities for social engagement. Family Support: We provide families within our community the resources, activities, and group support needed to maintain a strong and resilient family. Parent Education: We provide workshops and classes for all parents to develop stronger skills to become the best parent they can be for their children. Youth Development: We actively build a positive youth development culture by encouraging youth to grow and realize their full potential. We also support those who work with youth through networking and training efforts.
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It's Fun Food Friday and these are not only cute, they are delicious! When craft time can double as snack time not only ...
06/05/2020
When your craft is also your snack!

It's Fun Food Friday and these are not only cute, they are delicious! When craft time can double as snack time not only can kids express their creativity, but they get excited about eating what they made!

When craft time can double as snack time not only can kids express their creativity, but they get excited about eating what they made.

It's Crafty Thursday! Save those toilet paper rolls you usually throw away to make these cute little butterflies today! ...
06/04/2020
Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly Craft for Kids

It's Crafty Thursday! Save those toilet paper rolls you usually throw away to make these cute little butterflies today! They are super easy, and it only takes a few steps to turn old toilet paper rolls into adorable butterflies.

Use those toilet paper rolls you have sitting around to make this cute little DIY butterfly craft with your kids.

06/03/2020

Info for families who received P-EBT cards in the mail on Friday, May 29, but are having trouble activating their card!

How to Activate (PIN) a P-EBT Card:

You will need the letter DTA sent you in the mail to activate the card. The Massachusetts EBT vendor was not able to change the automated prompts you hear when you call to PIN a card, and unfortunately, some of the automated instructions are inaccurate for P-EBT cards. Instead, please follow the steps below:

Call the EBT card phone number on the back of your P-EBT card: 800-997-2555.

Enter your P-EBT card number (it is an 18-digit number).
You will then be prompted incorrectly to enter the last four digits of your Social Security number. Do not enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. For the P-EBT cards, you must enter the last four digits of your child's case number that was provided on the DTA letter you received in the mail.
Then enter your child's date of birth using a two-digit month, two-digit day, and four-digit year (example: 04/06/2005).

For more information, visit: map-ebt.org. Questions? Call Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 800-645-8333.

06/03/2020
CBeebies | Andy's Wild Workouts | African Savannah

It's Wacky Workout Wednesday! Andy heads to Africa and meets some incredible creatures along the way. He prowls with lions and swings his trunk with a herd of elephants. Have some fun while getting some exercise!

Andy heads to Africa and meets some incredible creatures along the way. He pronks with springbok, prowls with lions and swings his trunk with a herd of eleph...

Community Legal Aid has announced the expansion of their Education Law Project into Berkshire County. Their education la...
06/03/2020
Get Help - Community Legal Aid

Community Legal Aid has announced the expansion of their Education Law Project into Berkshire County. Their education law attorney will provide advice and assistance with the myriad Covid-related and other education issues families face now and in the future as schools reopen, including:

1) accessing technological devices and internet connection for remote learning;
2) accessing materials and information in the parent’s preferred language (information, notices, and academic materials);
3) accessing special education instruction, accommodations, and services for students who are struggling, whether or not they have been diagnosed with a disability;
4) disciplinary proceedings (such as suspensions and expulsions) or other removals from learning time;
5) bullying; and
6) barriers to school enrollment (such as lack of necessary documentation).

Families can apply for services by calling 855-CLA-LEGAL (855-252-5342) or applying on line at https://communitylegal.org/get-help/.

Apply by Phone Things to know before calling Call: (855) 252-5342 | (855) CLA-LEGAL Because of the large number of…

06/02/2020
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

It's Storytelling Tuesday! This story is about a beautiful glittering fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions.

Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976 Copyright Disclaimer under section 107 of the Copyright Act of 1976, allowance is made for “...

nbCC's Family Resource Center has begun to offer workshops using social distancing guidelines. Because of this, there is...
06/02/2020

nbCC's Family Resource Center has begun to offer workshops using social distancing guidelines. Because of this, there is a limit of 5 participants in our large conference room. Please bring your own mask, but if you do not have one, please let us know when you register. To Register, contact: Bri Rousseau at (413) 663-7588 or [email protected]. We hope you'll join us as we transition through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mayor Tom Bernard
06/01/2020

Mayor Tom Bernard

#Census2020

Everyone counts. Everyone deserves to be counted.

The Census Bureau has restarted field work in Berkshire County, but I also want to encourage everyone in North Adams to complete their census questionnaire as soon as possible, if you haven’t already.

Here’s some data on current Census response rates:
US: 60.4%
Massachusetts: 62.5%
Berkshire County: 55.1%

And within the Berkshires:
Adams: 65.3%
Dalton: 73.8%
Great Barrington: 51.9%
Lee: 55.0%
Lenox: 54.0%
North Adams: 58.6.%
Pittsfield: 64.0%
Williamstown: 64.7%

And so, North Adams friends and neighbors, I appeal to your competitive spirit. With a concerted effort and shared commitment I know we can have one of the top response rates in the Berkshires (and beat the state and national rates in the process).

Remember as always that completing the Census online, by phone, or by mail is easy, confidential, and important. Visit 2020Census.gov for more information. -TWB

06/01/2020
Be the Pond | Cosmic Kids Zen Den - Mindfulness for kids

It's Mindfulness Monday! Here is a short mindfulness video for kids. In this episode of Cosmic Kids Zen Den learn a kid-friendly way that we are separate from our feelings. They come and go - and we can observe them - without getting swept up by them. There's a really clever way of remembering this - our mind is like a pond full of fish. The fish are our feelings. If we remember to Be The Pond, we'll let those feelings just swim by. Be the Pond!

A short mindfulness video for kids. In this episode of Cosmic Kids Zen Den I explain in a kid-friendly way that we are separate from our feelings. They come ...

Food resources for today:*Please wear a mask or cover your face when picking up food.School Food Distribution:North Adam...
06/01/2020

Food resources for today:
*Please wear a mask or cover your face when picking up food.

School Food Distribution:

North Adams Public Schools Grab and Go Sites (Lunch and Breakfast for the next day):
Brayton School- 11:00-12:00
Greylock Valley Apartments- 11:00-12:00
UNO Community Center Parking Lot- 11:00-12:00
Colegrove School- 11:00-12:00
Mohawk Forest- 11:00-12:00
*The Grab and Go is for 18 and under

Greylock Elementary School
4:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner service is now available as part of the grab and go meal distribution program. Dinners for North Adams children 18 or younger will be available via curbside pick up.

McCann Technical School
4:00pm-5:00pm
Drive up Grab and Go Dinner with Breakfast for the next day. Please pick up in front of the school. Open to youth 18 and under from North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Lanesboro, Williamstown and towns in the North Berkshire School Union.

Hoosac Valley Elementary School (14 Commercial Street Adams)
9:00 - 11:00
*For children 18 and under. Grab and go breakfast and lunch. Please go to the back door of the cafeteria near the playground to pick it up. There is no Grab and Go Tuesday. Meals for 2 days will be received today.

Williamstown Elementary School
9:30-10:30
*Anyone in Lanesborough or Williamstown wishing to participate in the program is asked to call and leave their information at 413-458-9582, Ext. 1195, or email [email protected]. The district asks that potential recipients respond in advance so it can plan for the proper number of meals. Delivery is available for seniors who ask in advance; leave a call back number when you notify the district. Residents who need breakfast items are asked to leave that information in their message.

Meal Site Food Distribution:

Berkshire Food Project: 11:30-1:00
Beginning on Monday, June 1, 2020, we will be moving the meal distribution inside. Meals will still be take-out only, for home enjoyment. No rest room facility is available. Traffic will be one way, entering through the breezeway and exiting directly from the dining room onto Summer Street. Masks (properly worn so they cover your nose and mouth) are required to be in line outside and to enter the building. Masks are available if you don't have one. Social distancing required. Only eight people will be allowed in the building at one time... each time a person leaves, another person will be able to enter. Doors will be opened for you - no need to touch door knobs. The only thing you will need to touch is the food you are taking home. As with any change, we will all learn as we go. There may be adjustments to the process as we figure it all out. Please bear with us. Our focus is to feed everyone while keeping everyone safe. THANK YOU!

Adams COA-Monday-Friday-Grab and Go Congregate meals-must call ahead

Cheshire COA-Monday-Friday-Grab and Go Congregate meals-must call ahead

North Adams COA-Monday-Friday- Grab and Go Congregate meals-must call 664-9826 one day ahead to reserve.

Food Pantry Distribution:

The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 Bridges Road, Williamstown, has food and are more than willing to distribute it. Here is the information for the pantry. They are open to give out food every day. Just call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience

Food Transportation:

The Adams COA offers rides to grocery stores and for food access.

Local Food and Farm:

The North Adams Farmers Market is online and mobile. Delivering to North County ONLY. A limited amount of orders will be taken Monday during Grab and Go Lunch Distribution at the Berkshire Food Project, 11:30-1:00 or Wednesday at the Al Nelson Friendship Food Pantry at St. Elizabeth’s Parish. Delivery will be on Friday and Saturday. You can use Credit card and debit orders if you would like to order online.
EBT payments will be accepted in person during the pre-order opportunities, and doubling up to $30 in benefits. Orders will be taken in person and payments must be made in person upon delivery. There will be FREE delivery for EBT customers. This was made possible by a generous grant from the Berkshire United Way's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund for Berkshire County. For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/NorthAdamsFarmersMarket/
For Questions Call: 413-664-6180 or Email: [email protected]

The Williamstown Farmers Market is online. Williamstown Farmers Market – Essentials! is accepting orders at www.WFMEssentials.org starting Mondays and open until 7PM on Wednesday May. From 11am – 1pm on the following Saturday, you can come to Williamstown Elementary School to pick up your pre-bagged, pre-sorted order. You will not be able to shop or make purchases at the pick-up site. The market is PRE-ORDER ONLY. Safety is our #1 priority. Your cooperation and thoughtfulness is key to the success of this initiative. We ask that our pick-up customers please follow the “6-1-1” rule: 6 feet apart, 1 mask per person, 1 person picking up. We are also pleased to announce that we are offering delivery on a LIMITED basis. If you are unable to access transportation, cannot reach the pick-up site between 11am-1pm on Saturday, feel unsafe leaving your home, or are currently experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you may choose to have your order delivered. We are offering delivery within a 7-mile radius of WES, which covers all of Williamstown, and most of North Adams. Please, only use delivery if you cannot pick-up so we can continue offering this vital service. For more information email: [email protected]

Roots Rising-Berkshire County Virtual Market: https://www.rootsrising.org/virtualfarmersmarket

Food resources for today:*Please wear a mask or cover your face when picking up food.School Food Distribution:Hoosac Val...
05/30/2020

Food resources for today:

*Please wear a mask or cover your face when picking up food.

School Food Distribution:

Hoosac Valley Elementary School (14 Commercial Street Adams)
10:30-11:30
Grab and Go meals from local restaurants will be available for pick up for families of the school district. Please go to the back door of the cafeteria near the playground to pick it up.

Meal Site Food Distribution:

Call or message The Wigwam Western Summit by 8:00pm tonight to pick up a free homemade meal made by the owners. The meal can be for yourself or someone else that may be in need. Pick up is tomorrow (Sunday) from 11-1. page: https://www.facebook.com/wigwamwesternsummit/ Phone Number: (413) 663-1527

LOCAL FOOD RESOURCE:

Hoosac Harvest Seed Swap: annual seedling swap will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, in Mass MoCA’s main parking lot. Community members are invited to Wear MASKS and gloves, keep your Social Distance and bring seedlings to swap, or to come without seedlings and just choose offerings for their spring gardens. All seedlings are free--you don’t need to bring some to swap to take some home. Donations to Hoosac Harvest are encouraged. Contact Hoosac Harvest via [email protected] more information or visit hoosacharvest.org

MISC. Food Resource Information:
Project Bread Food Source Hotline- 1-800-645-8333

05/29/2020
May 29, 2020

Newly planted trees require more frequent watering than established trees. If you received a free tree through the North Adams Tree Initiative last year or this spring, it's time to get watering! Here's a reminder from Bret on how much water your young tree needs.

It's Fun Food Friday! Here’s a homemade baked flautas recipe that’s an easy spin on that tasty Mexican rolled tortilla t...
05/29/2020
Easy Baked Flautas (Taquitos!) – A Couple Cooks

It's Fun Food Friday! Here’s a homemade baked flautas recipe that’s an easy spin on that tasty Mexican rolled tortilla treat! The filling is vegetarian, a mix of refried beans, cheese, salsa, and spices. It makes for a snack that’s seriously tasty (and kids love them). Ready to get cooking?

These oven baked flautas are filled with a zesty refried bean and cheese filling! Similar to taquitos, they can be made with either flour or corn

Food resources for today:*Please wear a mask or cover your face when picking up food.School Food Distribution:North Adam...
05/29/2020

Food resources for today:

*Please wear a mask or cover your face when picking up food.

School Food Distribution:

North Adams Public Schools Grab and Go Sites
Brayton School- 11:00-12:00
Greylock Valley Apartments- 11:00-12:00
UNO Community Center Parking Lot- 11:00-12:00
Colegrove School- 11:00-12:00
Mohawk Forest- 11:00-12:00
*The Grab and Go is for 18 and under.

Greylock Elementary School
4:00pm-5:00pm
Dinner service is now available as part of the grab and go meal distribution program. Dinners for North Adams children 18 or younger will be available via curbside pick up. Weekend dinner meals can be picked up on Fridays between 4:00 and 5:00 pm, along with Friday's dinner.

McCann Technical School
4:00pm-5:00pm
Drive up Grab and Go Dinner with Breakfast for the next day. Please pick up in front of the school. Open to youth 18 and under from North Adams, Adams, Cheshire, Lanesboro, Williamstown and towns in the North Berkshire School Union.

Hoosac Valley Elementary School (14 Commercial Street Adams)
9:00 - 11:00
*For children 18 and under. Grab and go breakfast and lunch. Please go to the back door of the cafeteria near the playground to pick it up.

Williamstown Elementary School
9:30-10:30
*Anyone in Lanesborough or Williamstown wishing to participate in the program is asked to call and leave their information at 413-458-9582, Ext. 1195, or email [email protected]. The district asks that potential recipients respond in advance so it can plan for the proper number of meals. Delivery is available for seniors who ask in advance; leave a call back number when you notify the district. Residents who need breakfast items are asked to leave that information in their message.

Food Pantry Distribution:

The Community Bible Church Food Pantry, 160 bridges road, Williamstown has food and are more than willing to distribute it. Here is the information for the pantry. They are open to give out food every day. Just call Phyllis Babcock (413) 663-6094 and she will meet you at church at your convenience.

Meal Site Food Distribution:

Berkshire Food Project- 11:30-1:00
*We will have two meals prepared each of these days - so you will still be able to access a meal for Tuesday and Thursday, just the day BEFORE. Meals will be picked up for to go only - from under the tent at the back kitchen entrance. There will be no entering the building.

Adams COA-Monday-Friday-Grab and Go Congregate meals-must call ahead

North Adams COA-Monday-Friday- Grab and Go Congregate meals-must call 664-9826 one day ahead to reserve.

Cheshire COA- Monday-Friday-Grab and Go Congregate meals-must call ahead

Meals on Wheels are delivered Monday through Friday. Call Elder Services for more information:(413) 499-0524.

It's Crafty Thursday! If you’re looking for a fun and simple craft for kids – check out these printable animal masks. Ki...
05/28/2020
Printable Animal Masks | Kids' Crafts | Fun Craft Ideas | FirstPalette.com

It's Crafty Thursday! If you’re looking for a fun and simple craft for kids – check out these printable animal masks. Kids can print and color the templates provided, or use them as inspiration to draw their own animal! They can even make up their own mythical creature!

https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/printable-animal-masks.html

Print, color, cut out, and wear these easy paper masks. Our printable masks include thirteen animals—bears, bunnies, cats, dogs, elephants, foxes, goats, lions, monkeys, mice, owls, pandas, and tigers.

Address

61 Main St Ste 218
North Adams, MA
01247

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(413) 663-7588

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Downtown Bike Around celebrates Halloween in the West End with a community ride this Thursday!
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There is a new mural in NA! Check it out TONIGHT!
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TOMORROW!
Celebrate the 4th of July riding your bike! Downtown Bike Around's 4th of July Ride!
THIS THURSDAY!
Cub Scout Pack 35 of North Adams is having a spring recruitment for girls and boys grades K-5 that might be interested in joining Scouts. Join us at Brayton Elementary School in the Gym from 5-7pm tomorrow, Monday 6/17 and learn more about Scouting and the Pack. Look forward to seeing you all there.