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May 12, 2021
 
Staff Honored, Named Neighborhood Fellows; Sites Renamed

April 13, 2021 — Eight honored for nonprofit work in western Massachusetts. Nonprofit professionals named Boston Neighborhood Fellows. Trustees of Reservations renames two western Massachusetts sites.

Eight Honored for Nonprofit Work in Western Massachusetts

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires (NPC), based in Great Barrington, which serves as an information clearing house for local nonprofits, last week recognized eight local nonprofit leaders and staffers for their accomplishments and dedication to the nonprofit sector.

“The sheer number of excellent nominations made inspiring but tough work for the judges,” said Liana Toscanini, NPC executive director. “Nonprofit folks all stepped up to meet a myriad of challenges during this pandemic. They all deserve to be honored and thanked for their commitment and resilience.”

Recipients of the fourth annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards, from 98 nominations, are:

Nonprofit Professionals Named Boston Neighborhood Fellows

The Boston Foundation last week announced that 13 nonprofit professionals and two other community leaders were named to the 2021-2023 class of Boston Neighborhood Fellows, a program which provides funding and other resources to local leaders doing grassroots work to support the Boston community.

Fellows receive support valued at $30,000, consisting of a $5,000 stipend, monthly learning, events, retreats, and coaching.

“Black, Latinx, indigenous, queer and non-binary identities are strongly and proudly represented in this year’s class,” said Vetto Casado, who oversees the fellows program at The Boston Foundation. “We look forward to the group’s engaging and collaborative monthly meetings and insightful conversations with our senior management team and staff, as well as their ideas and perspectives on how this city and its resources become more available and accessible for all.”

Following were named as fellows:

Also named as fellows were Mea Johnson, a community organizer and worker/owner at Olio Culinary Collective, and Yara Liceaga, a poet/writer and educator.

Trustees of Reservations Renames Two Western Massachusetts Sites

The Trustees of Reservations, a Boston nonprofit that is the country’s oldest conservation nonprofit, which cares for 120 places across the state, last week announced it changed the names of two of its properties in western Massachusetts, removing terms that it said are considered offensive.

Indian Monument Trail has been renamed “Mohican Monument Trail” and Squaw Peak is now called “Peeskawso Peak,” which means virtuous woman in the Mohican language. Both are located at Monument Mountain in Great Barrington.

The Trustees said the name change had been discussed for more than a year with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohicans “in general acknowledgement that the term ‘Indian’ is considered offensive, and ‘squaw’ is an ethnic and sexist slur.”

Heather Bruegl, director of cultural affairs for the Stockbridge Munsee Community, said, “Being able to rename these areas in our homelands is a great honor but also an opportunity to take back our history and to right a wrong. By removing offensive language, it gives us an opportunity to correct the historical narrative.”

The Trustees is currently reviewing property names and tributes across its entire portfolio of properties.

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