"I am so inspired by all the residents of this community. They all want Pittsfield to be its best. And while we know the city has come so far, I believe that work still needs to be done. I’m ready to listen & to work for the people of Pittsfield."
Helen Moon, a Critical Care Registered Nurse at Fairview Hospital in Great Barrington, has been a Pittsfield resident since she moved here from Longmeadow, Mass in 2009. She moved to the Berkshires to attend nursing school at Berkshire Community College. She continued with her nursing degree, completing her Bachelors of Nursing at Elms College in 2015. Since then Moon has formed a personal and professional community in the Berkshires. Recently, Moon was recognized with professional advancement at Fairview Hospital because of her leadership in educating the South County community about heart disease at an annual Heart Night Event held at Berkshire South Regional Community Center.
Prior to moving to the Berkshires, Moon has spent her personal and professional life advocating for the youth and under served. While studying American Studies, with a concentration in Asian American Studies and the Civil Rights Movement, at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, Moon lived in an intentional house in Dorchester, Mass. The purpose of the intentional house was to work collaboratively to improve the area with community outreach. Collectively, they worked together to establish a community center, employ at-risk youth with growing and maintaining the community garden, as well as host weekly movie nights for the neighborhood. In addition to volunteering her time with the community center, Moon was also employed through a work-studies program to the Little House to be an educational coordinator for the at-risk youth in an after school program in Dorchester.
After UMass Boston, Moon stayed in the Boston area and was employed as a residential and school councilor at Germaine Lawrence in Arlington, Mass. While a councilor, Moon worked to establish a therapeutic home and school environment for adolescent girls with severe emotional and behavioral issues, through evidence-based cognitive-behavioral practices.
Throughout her time in Boston, Moon has partnered with various organizations to impart lasting changes to the youth in Boston. In addition, Moon has contributed her time with Korean-American youth groups, as well as working weekly at a food pantry in Somerville. Known as Loaves and Fishes, the local food pantry distributed hot meals, groceries and conversation to homeless individuals, many of whom were veterans.
It is her love of children and people, from all walks of life, that has lead Moon to travel abroad. She has spent summers in Oaxaca, Mexico, teaching English in youth summer camps. Another summer was spent in Cairo, Egypt where she participated in women's empowerment groups. Probably her most impressionable trip was to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked for a summer as the director of a Somalian refugee children's summer program in 2007. It was there that she learned the meaning of leadership through service. While organizing a group of volunteer activists, Moon designed a summer camp for Somalian kids ranging from ages 5-18, with limited English abilities. Through her leadership, the refugee children participated in classes that included art, math, computer competency, English as a second language, and interpretive dances.
Now, as a Critical Care Nurse at Fairview Hospital, and a resident of Pittsfield, MA, Moon hopes to utilize her skills in communication, collaboration, and critical thinking to listen to Ward 1 residents, and help shape the conversation for the future of Pittsfield. It is through her dedication to hard work, and her intersectional background, empowered by her life experiences that Moon moves forward in offering Pittsfield "A New Voice".