Dear BRIDGE community:


I am so honored to host the US Attorney’s office and to have all of you attend this Berkshire County Civil Rights Conference. BRIDGE has been successful in its 7 years with the support of community members like you. Our mission is to engage and provide educational opportunities for everyone in Berkshire County and we aim to catalyze integration of all of our diverse communities successfully in the fabric of Berkshire County. Our strategies are working across all sectors and generations of our community towards cultural proficiency and equity. We are a minority and women run non-profit organization (M/W/NPO) of the Governor’s Affirmative Market Program as a Supplier Diversity Program (SDP.) Those of you with federal and state contracts can partner with BRIDGE on our certified core competencies of cultural competency and diversity training and facilitation, education, translation and interpretation, and multicultural awareness consulting.

With your generous participation, support and spreading of the good word, BRIDGE will be able to continue its work on behalf of our community and beyond.

Our work is recognized by social psychologists nationally as we have proven our customized trainings to be evidence-based through applied research. We will be included in the criminal justice textbook, Understanding Hate Crime: Acts, Motives, Victims, Offenders, and Justice, published in 2015. BRIDGE is publishing its first Living History Project, The Berkshire Mosaic to be launched also in the Spring. During our journey we were also cited as a best practice in Community Policing in 2009 for Massachusetts Police Chiefs Association and our trail of successes goes on. We have touched hundreds of lives in our County and impacted thousands. Our doors are always open to individuals falling through the cracks in our community and we inspire other communities to empowerment and activism.

We have strong collaborations and partnerships as well AND what BRIDGE needs now to come full circle as a successful non-profit is your donation and engagement. Help us by donating to our mission and being a part of our success. And if you have a friend that believes in social justice and equity, tell them about Multicultural BRIDGE and our work.

Berkshire County is the incubator for many successes and together we can do social justice and equity RIGHT! We can integrate our diverse needs and come out a stronger community.

Grab an envelope now and donate to our second year of our Social Justice in Action fundraising campaign.


In earnest,

Gwendolyn



Staff list:

Gwendolyn VanSant, Co-founding Executive Director
Donna Rotondo, Executive Assistant
Emily Vigiard, Engagement Coordinator
JV Hampton-VanSant, Youth Coordinator
Emma Sanger Johnson, Family Engagement Coordinator
Miguel Silva, Interpreter and Spanish Teacher
Stephanie Wright, BRIDGE Trainer/Facilitator/Educator,
Lina Silva, Interpreter and Teacher
...and many other part-time BRIDGE employees serving as facilitators, interpreters, translators, and teacher.

Sample List of Current 2014 Partnerships/Clients:

Berkshire Hills Regional School District
City of Pittsfield
Pittsfield Public Schools
Construct, Inc.
Lenox Public Schools
Railroad Street Youth Project
Berkshire Regional Planning Commission/BOAPC Berkshire Opiate Abuse and Prevention Collaborative
Eagleton School Caring Together Program
Andover Public Schools
King Arthur Flour
Massachusetts Partnership for Diversity in Education
Berkshire Chamber of Commerce Non-profit Business Network
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Massachusetts Bar Association
….and building!