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Strategic Initiatives

We at Berkshire Community Action Council, embrace our role in the community to act as a catalyst to help alleviate the most immediate, destabilizing effects of poverty in the lives of individuals and families.Over the years we have interpreted our mission broadly to include all needs impacting the quality of life of our low-income neighbors. Our ultimate goal is to help secure the future prosperity of the Berkshire community. It compels us to work collaboratively with other agencies and businesses to find creative and sustainable solutions to break down the barriers that keep our neighbors from fully experiencing a stable and self-sufficient future and to offer innovative solutions to the problems facing our community.

To accomplish this, we performed an extensive Community Needs Assessment throughout all the regions of Berkshire County. Since poverty takes on different characteristics throughout the County, we focused our efforts on the Northern-Central-Southern Regions. The process included holding televised community conversations in Northern, Central and South County. We conducted surveys regarding community needs and ascertained that the responses fairly represented a cross-section of that area’s population. Numerous meetings were held with the Strategic Planning Committee to analyze the data and to seek other data to fill gaps before we used the information in our goal setting and planning. We reviewed the indicators provided by external sources to better understand and draw correlations to the data we collected.

Our data revealed that although varying slightly in order of importance, throughout the county the primary needs emerged as Transportation, Workforce Development and Financial Stability.

Financial Stability

Monthly a group of stakeholders meet to discuss and work towards the following goals:

  • GOAL 1: Berkshire Community Action will connect families with resources within the community to aid in their achievement of financial stability
  • GOAL 2: Increase training opportunities for front line staff in areas of financial staff in the areas of financial literacy, budgeting and the referral network
  • GOAL 3: BCAC will increase outreach for our programs and our partners’ programs to the full community to maximize participation and utilization of services available to aid in the achievement of financial stability

Transportation

Monthly a group of stakeholders meet to discuss and work towards the following goals:

  • GOAL 1: Berkshire Community Action Council will commit to increase the facilitation of community discussion with state, local and federal delegations regarding transportation need of our rural communities
  • GOAL 2: We will seek to increase affordable transportation options for low-income residents
  • GOAL 3: We will partner with other groups working on transportation to enhance awareness and effectiveness in addressing the issue

Workforce Development

Monthly a group of stakeholders meet to discuss and work towards the following goals:

  • GOAL 1: Berkshire Community Action will develop job training through volunteerism program
  • GOAL 2: Through outreach, BCAC will expand awareness of the community training programs available throughout the county
  • GOAL 3: BCAC will connect families to job training and educational opportunities to prepare them for better employment options
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