NORTH ADAMS >>The Northern Berkshire Neighbors program of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition seeks community-minded individuals to take part in a free Community Outreach and Civic Engagement training program.

Ideal participants must be committed to strengthening the Northern Berkshires by exploring how they can make a positive impact and learning how to assist residents in accessing available services.

The training will take place over a five-month period and meet from 5:30 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Feb. 16.

Trainees will learn about the many health and human service providers and community organizations in the northern Berkshire region, and engage in workshops and training on topics such as leadership, communication and marketing, professional writing, community organizing, conflict management, and other related topics.

Participants will also create and implement a community service project utilizing the skills and information received during the training that will either meet a community need or build upon an existing asset.

Following graduation, Northern Berkshire Neighbors will serve as community liaisons and support participants as they work towards making positive, impacting contributions to their communities and neighborhoods, and in some cases, the coalition itself.

A letter of interest, due no later than Jan. 22, is required to register for the training.

The letter should briefly detail why you are interested in participating in the training and include your full contact information to 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams, MA 01247 or email


For more information about the program, call Annie or Jess at 413-663-7588 or visit