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See our recent newsletters for additional information on more upcoming events:
IDEA Training for Executive Leadership: New Training offering for BRIDGE clients, members, and partners!
We begin with a refresher on core BRIDGE courses in Cultural humility, bias, Equity and systems of oppression followed by a 3-part IDEA training focused on organizational leadership in Equity and Inclusion with a gender, race and poverty analysis. We center on organizational strengths building capacity and strategy for leaders, administrators and decision-makers in their respective coalitions, organizations and corporations. This 2022 training session is guided by best practices in justice and equity as well as cultural competence. Over the sessions, we are building cross-sector and interdepartmental connections speaking to accountability in a confidential learning environment. As you look to engage successfully with vendors, partners, and new employees of underrepresented groups in your workplace or sector, this will be a useful tool and continued resource hub.
If you would like to participate, please email Registration@Multiculturalbridge.org with the subject line: RSVP for IDEA Training for Executive Leadership.
2022 May Engagements with BRIDGE:
BERKSHIRE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE
WILL BE PRESENTING:
Keeping Kids Safe and Secure Online: A Project Safe Childhood Presentation for Parents
Childcare and Dinner will be provided!
RSVP Required for meals and childcare
Please RSVP to Stephanie at nbCC by:
Friday, March 25
(dinner will be from 5:45 pm – 6:25 pm - The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm)
Wednesday March 30th, 2022
Drury High School
1130 Church Street
The Presentation will include:
NEW RESEARCH PROVIDES INSIGHTS ON THE VALUE OF ARTS & CULTURE, AND IDEAS FOR CHANGE
Please join us for a virtual presentation and discussion of Culture + Community research findings for the state of Massachusetts and Berkshire County on Thursday, March 31, from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m
This research shares insights from thousands of Massachusetts residents and provides statewide and local findings on:
Culture + Community in a Time of Transformation: Focus on Massachusetts is a specialized report from Slover Linett Audience Research and commissioned by the Barr Foundation. It extends learnings from national Culture + Community research to the state and county level.
The session will be a deep dive on Berkshire County, with a presentation of key findings followed by a discussion on how to act on them in the county's arts and culture sector and beyond. Guest speakers will include Margaret Keller (Community Access to the Arts), Thasia Giles (Jacob’s Pillow) and Gwendolyn VanSant (BRIDGE).
THE WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS HEALTH EQUITY NETWORK PRESENTS MOSAIC: FILM, CONVERSATION AND COMMUNITY
Thursday, May 5th at 6 pm
FREE, Registration required
The Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network in conjunction with Multicultural BRIDGE presents an evening of cultural exploration, performance, and intergenerational conversation centered on the screening of the new Western MA film, Mosaic, a film that the Network commissioned to highlight the transformational work of local leaders of color and other voices from the Connecticut River Valley to the Berkshires. A regional group of young and old helped create the content and guide the process of the film’s focus on the intersection of racism and health.
What would a world without racism look like?
What would it be like if quality healthcare were accessible to all?
How can we embrace and support wellbeing in all its manifestations?
What could healthy communities look like…and accomplish?
Join as these questions and more are explored in an open, supportive, creative environment.
Upcoming BRIDGE training
Building cultural competency is a foundational journey that organizational employees take, because the end result is a more inclusive, connected and effective organization through developing awareness, tools and resources for professional education, sector and professional bias awareness and cultural knowledge.
Rooted in cultural humility, BRIDGE’s award-winning, transformational and interactive training has been designed to support businesses and nonprofits in proactively developing a diverse, integrated positive workplace environment that allows your organization to thrive.
Food sovereignty and sustainability has always been a part of BRIDGE’s programming! Starting 10 years ago, BRIDGE has had a long-term partnership with Gideons Garden (stewarded by Grace Episcopal Church at Taft Farms) for our Happiness Toolbox summer programming for youth. Over the years, Happiness Toolbox youth participants have participated in a summer Seed to Harvest planting ceremonies in the Spring and harvesting for their families, and visiting the farm. Taft Farms with Gideons Garden have also provided healthy snacks for Happiness Toolbox for a decade along with their harvests.
Our Women to Women participants and their children enjoy nutritious meals twice a month for 10+ years uninterrupted.
Donate to Support the program!
Thursday’s- Resource kit prep/office support in Lee 2-4pm
Friday’s First Congregational Church in Great Barrington
10:30-12:00 Sorting & Packing items
12:00-3:00 Finish packing, assist loading vehicles
Afternoon Deliveries (times assigned individually between 12 - 2:30) Delivery drivers can sign up to drive after earlier shifts, or to pick up items to deliver in the afternoon.
Friday’s - BRIDGE Mutual Aid Distribution pick up in Lee
New volunteers are welcome; please take a moment to complete the BRIDGE Volunteer Form if you haven't already.
save the dates
April 2nd: Honoring Rev Ester Dozier With Clinton Church and NAACP and family
April 22nd: Celebrating Earth Day with Happiness Toolbox, Women to Women and MVP Care GB. Details to come.
May 21st: Great Barrington History Project With Delano Burrows
2022 APRIL ENGAGEMENTS WITH BRIDGE:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 17, 2022
Hybrid Event: Berkshire South Community Center & Zoom
Join BRIDGE, Berkshire South, Berkshire National Resources Council and the Office of the Berkshire District Attorney as we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
MLK Day of Service January 17th presented by BRIDGE, Berkshire South, and the office of the Berkshire District Attorney. This hybrid event will be hosted at Berkshire South Community Center where folks will have the option to pick up bagged lunches and project kits for the Civil Rights cloud and Valentine's day card activities. Please complete the form linked below to let us know if you will be picking up bagged lunches and/or project kits.
Please bring negative tests and/or vaccination cards.
You can pick up art kits, 7 Am - 12 noon at Berkshire South on Saturday and Sunday.
Register by emailing RSVP@multiculturalbridge.org for service assignments, Zoom link, and bagged lunch registration. You can also fill out the RSVP form linked below.
Events posted here are hosted by or sponsored by BRIDGE.