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Northern Berkshire Community Coalition focuses on strengthening neighborhoods and community life, preventing alcohol and substance abuse, fostering economic development,  mitigating poverty, supporting positive youth development, supporting and educating families, encouraging and promoting wellness and building bridges between residents and service agencies.

Its current programs include:

Monthly Meetings:
Provides a platform for all to exchange opinions and voice concerns regarding communal affairs. Meetings are held the second Friday of each month, from September through May.

Nb21:
Standing for “not before 21”, Nb21 is committed to reducing teens’ access to alcohol and other drugs by changing community policies and practices and educating the community on the social and health consequences of underage substance use.

The Family Place:
Supports families with children from the ages 0-18 by creating a safe and welcoming space for parents and guardians to find information, resources, and support to help them address the needs and concerns they have for their family.

Rx/Heroin Work Group:
This diverse group includes community leaders, medical and mental health professionals, first responders, people in active recovery, and family members who have suffered from the substance abuse disorders of loved ones. The group develops substance use prevention/support resource materials, provides community education, including reducing stigma, advocates for access to naloxone, and works to address the need for appropriate aftercare when persons in recovery come out of detox.

Mass in Motion:
A state sponsored initiative that promotes a healthier lifestyle by eating better and being more active at home, work, and in the community.

UNITY:
This program encourages young people to strive for personal and artistic growth in a safe and supportive environment through our Teen Writing Workshop and our Youth Leadership Program.

Community Outreach Volunteer Program:
This nationally recognized program trains participants to be effective agents of change by working with residents and neighborhoods to promote health and wellness and community engagement, connect people to valuable resources and most importantly, connect to each other.

Community Health Workers:
nbCC is a partner with other entities in Berkshire County to reduce tobacco use, hypertension, diabetes, and falls among the elderly in Northern Berkshire. Our Community Health Workers work with community residents to provide basic health education, screening and facilitate referrals to local health and wellness resources.

Contact information:

61 Main Street, Suite 218
North Adams, MA 01247

phone: 413.663.7588
fax: 413.663.9877
email:ahinds@nbccoalition.org
web: www.nbccoalition.org

 

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