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Roundtables, Not Podiums Event

Join to meet and ask questions of candidates for local office

  • Be Heard. Participate in small groups to explore what matters most to you.
  • Why Roundtables? Listen, Learn, Talk with candidates directly.
  • Youth Voices Matter.  Pittsfield Youth Voice invites student participation.

Monday March 6th, 2017 in the Pittsfield Elementary School Gym.

6 pm Refreshments. 6:30- 8:30 pm Program.

Child care available. Transportation available by request. 

RSVP at: https://goo.gl/forms/ZKvYFaUIRCxdzISE2

An opportunity to help make Pittsfield a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play.

Hosted by Pittsfield Listens & the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce.

The Greater Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens are non-partisan and do not endorse any individual candidate.


Strengthening Our Community-

Facing Heroin and Substance Misuse

We heard you!

On Wednesday January 25, 2017 over 65 people attended the Strengthening Our Community: Facing Heroin and Substance Use community dialogue to share their concerns and priorities for addressing the issues of heroin and substance use.  The focus was on prevention, treatment, and recovery and how the Pittsfield community can get informed and take next steps together. Key leaders spoke as part of a panel to share information, followed by facilitated small group discussions. Panelists included: Michele Merritt- Policy Director of New Futures; Dr. Molly Rossignol- Addiction Medicine Physician at Concord Hospital; Audrey Clairmont- Lead Clinician of Choices at Riverbend Community Mental Health; Sergeant DiGeorge- K-9 Officer of the Pittsfield Police Department;  Amber Violette- Student Assistance Program (SAP) Counselor at Pittsfield Middle High School; and Dave Simpson, Firefighter and EMT at Pittsfield Fire Department.

The following information highlights the action ideas that rose to the top. These ideas will inform next steps for the Pittsfield Wellness Coalition, as well as individuals and organizations.  

See the January 25, 2017 Strengthening Our Community Community Dialogue Summary of Themes

And for reference: Small group notes transcribed and the Strengthening Our Community Disscussion Guide

For more information or to get involved with the Pittsfield Wellness Coalition, contact Susan Bradley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pittsfield Youth Voice is growing- apply for the Leadership Team today!

PL Youth Leadership training at The University of NH Durham, 2014








Are you a young person in Pittsfield interested and/or active in youth-driven change in the Pittsfield community and its schools? Apply today to join the Pittsfield Youth Voice Leadership Team!

Pittsfield Youth Voice encourages the power of youth voice on issues and policies that directly affect our education and our life in the town of Pittsfield, NH. We are a proud partner and committee of Pittsfield Listens & Pittsfield Youth Workshop.   
We have space for a few more youth leaders to join in leading the work of PYViiT for the January-June 2017 term. Youth who have participated with Pittsfield Listens or Pittsfield Youth Workshop, as well as those who have not participated before, are encouraged to apply. We will prioritize youth who are enrolled in grades 9-12 at the Pittsfield Middle High School for the 2016-2017 school year. We strive for the makeup of the team to represent diverse perspectives and experiences. 

There will be a small stipend for all youth participants to compensate them for their time spent on the project.  We are offering tiered involvement opportunities each semester- Team Leaders and Core Members- for interested youth who have different levels of time to commit. Please see Youth Leadership Team Information here. Apply online here or download the Youth Leadership Application here, which includes details on where to submit.

Please note: Applications are due TUESDAY JANUARY 3rd, 2017 at  3:00 PM. 

Join us in welcoming Christopher Marcotte as Youth Organizing Fellow with Pittsfield Listens!

A graduate from Pittsfield Middle High School in 2016, Christopher joined Pittsfield Listens in this role for their ‘gap year’ to deepen their skills and experience in community organizing and continue to give back to the Pittsfield community and its schools, before going onto college in Canada.  Christopher is very passionate about music, art, social justice, and community organizing. They love the sense of community in Pittsfield, and enjoy participating in the many community events.

As a founder member and former Team Leader of Pittsfield Listens’ Pittsfield Youth Voice, Christopher brings a breadth of experience in engaging youth and adults with Pittsfield Listens and in the community.  As Youth Organizer, Christopher is helping to build the capacity and organizing efforts of Pittsfield Youth Voice, which encourages the power of youth voice on issues and policies that directly affect their education and their life in the town of Pittsfield.  In addition, they are helping to build capacity of Pittsfield Listens’ intergenerational community engagement efforts.  We are grateful for the energy, leadership, facilitation skills, and creativity that Christopher brings.  

Welcome, Christopher!






4th Annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2016

Thursday August 18 at Dustin Park 

6 pm Awards Ceremony, followed by a celebration BBQ & Potluck

Hosted by Pittsfield Listens

Let’s recognize the outstanding individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses who help make Pittsfield a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, & play. Nominate your choice of one in the following categories:

  • Individual 
  • Town Employee
  • Community or School Event
  • Local Business
  • School employee at PES
  • School employee  at PMHS
  • Mentor
  • Youth Grades K-6
  • Youth Grades 7-12
  • Civic/Community Group
  • Volunteer
  • Act of Kindness

Click here to make your nomination online now

Click here to download a nomination form and submit it to:

Mail: Pittsfield Listens P.O. BOX 206 Pittsfield, NH, 03263

Email: info at pittsfieldlistens.org

Drop it off at Pittsfield Listens- 72 Main Street or Pittsfield Youth Workshop- 5 Park Street


Come celebrate with music, food, and good times with neighbors!

Thursday August 18 at Dustin Park. 6 pm Awards Ceremony, followd Celebration w/ BBQ & Potluck. 

*You're invited to bring a side dish or dessert to share.


Posted Jan. 6, 2016

Listen, Learn, Talk with School and Community Leaders

Two opportunities to help make Pittsfield a great place for everyone to live, learn, work, and play.

Register Now for Both “Roundtables, Not Podiums” Meetings


Meet Mike Wolfe, Pittsfield School Board Chair

Thursday, January 14, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center

Bonus: Student-led tour of PMHS




Meet Eric Nilsson, Board of Selectmen Chair

Thursday, January 28, 2016

6:00 – 7:30 pm

Pittsfield Town Hall, 85 Main St.

Bonus: Tour of Town Hall


It’s Your Town, Your School, Learn How…

- Board action affects you and the youth of Pittsfield 

- Budgets impact the resources in our community and its school

- Decisions are made and policies are implemented

- Voting and participation guarantees your stake in successful outcomes

Bonus: You can register to vote at both meetings. **See below for details

Light refreshments provided. Childcare and transportation available upon request. Each event is open to the public. 

RSVP helpful for us to plan, but not necessary. Hosted by Pittsfield Listens

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**To Register to Vote: You can register to vote if you are an American Citizen who lives in Pittsfield and 18 years or older on election day.

To register to vote, you’ll need a photo id and proof of address.  Examples:  Driver’s License, non-drivers ID card issued by NH DMV or motor vehicle agency of another state, photo ID card for “voting identification only” issued by NH DMV, US armed services identification card, US passport or passcard or NH student ID card.  If the ID card does not have their Pittsfield address on it,  you’ll need to bring another proof of residency- such as a current motor vehicle registration, copy of a utility bill in your name, or a copy of a rental agreement.

You can register to vote anytime at the Town Office during regular business hours prior to January 30th, 2016.  The next day to register to vote after January 30th will be Presidential Primary Election Day, February 9, 2016.

Posted Dec. 1, 2015

Welcome, Mo!


Pittsfield Listens is growing- we welcome the newest member of the team Mo Baxley! 

Mo joins us as our new Assistant Director/Organizer. She brings experience working on issue based public education and community organizing. She has worked in organizations at the local, state, and national level, in grassroots organizing, coalition building and legislative/policy efforts.

Look for Mo around town as she joins us in this exciting work. Introduce yourself and say Hello! 




Posted Oct. 20, 2015

Workshop with Class Action

Saturday December 12, 2015

In this interactive workshop, Class Action supports safe space to engage on how exploring class can transform our lives, our work, and our communities. 

What can we gain by talking about class?

  • How class identities affect our lives, how we work and who we work with
  • What are the invisible obstacles within our own communities
  • How can we become more class inclusive (and why we should)
  • How can we celebrate the differences from all class backgrounds to build community

Who should attend?

  • Community-serving organizations or volunteers
  • Municipalities or municipal board members
  • All interested community members
  • Everyone!

Saturday December 12, 2015

Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center

23 Oneida Street, Pittsfield, NH

10am – 5pm | Lunch provided

All workshops are on a sliding scale, $75 – $20. Scholarships available.   If childcare or transportation assistance is needed in order for you to participate, let us know upon registering.

Register: www.classism.org/exploring-class-NH/ 


Sponsored by 


This workshop is one of 4 workshops across New Hampshire. Sponsors include the American Friends Service Committee, Investing in Communities Initiative, NH Charitable Foundation, NH Listens, and more! Visit www.classism.org/exploring-class-NH/ to learn more. 

Posted Sept. 4, 2015

Announcing the Pittsfield Listens Family & Community Engagement Working Group!

Pittsfield Listens Family & Community Engagement Working Group

Our focus- to support student achievement and school improvement through a thriving family-school partnership.   Members: Teresa Jackson, Laura Isabelle, Emmanuel Ham-Ying, Diana Levesque (Team Leader), Jennifer Cheney (Team Leader). Not pictured: Nathaniel Jackson, Kristin Lewis, and Michelle Hill. We are beginning by building a base for our work together, and soon to enter our research phase to learn more about the experiences of parents, families and community members of Pittsfield (that's you!) and the Dual Capacity-Building Framework as a way to strengthen the family-school partnership.  Stay tuned for updates throughout our progress in the months to come! 


Posted July  21, 2015

Now Accepting Application for the Family & Community Engagement Working Group

Pittsfield Listens is working in collaboration with the Pittsfield School District (PSD) to increase students success through a thriving Family-School Partnership, with the hope of strengthening this partnership through use of the Dual Capacity-Building Framework (DCF). Pittsfield Listens will coordinate a Family and Community Engagement Working Group comprised of parents, family, youth, and teachers/staff to research DCF, develop an implementation plan, and outreach to district and community stakeholders with the goal of building understanding of DCF in the PSD and wider community.


  TEAM LEADER                                             CORE TEAM LEADER

                   Goal: 2 Adults                                               Goal: 5 Adults, 1-2 Youth

                   10-12 hours / month                                   5-6 hours / month

                   August-January                                           August-January

                   $ 1000 total                                                   $ 500 total    


What is A Dual Capacity-Building Framework (DCF) for Family/School Partnerships?

The DCF lays out a process to guide school and district staff to engage parents and families and to help parents and families work successfully with the schools to increase student achievement. Among many outcomes: staff who can honor and recognize the wealth of knowledge that families possess, which can in turn assist schools with their educational work and families that can negotiate multiple roles, as supporters, monitors, advocates, and decision makers for their children. 

The FACE Working Group Application Deadline is Friday August 7.  To learn more about the working group opportunity, how to apply, and about the DCF and its use in districts across the country, see the FACE Working Group Information sheet here. Apply online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/PL_FACE_Workgroup or see the FACE Working Group Application here and send to: e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), drop-off (5 Park St. at Pittsfield Youth Workshop), or mail (P.O. Box 206 Pittsfield, NH 03263). For questions, contact Molly with Pittsfield Listens 603-312-6980 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Posted April 3, 2015

When Opportunity Stops Knocking

NH's Kids and the American Dream






Thursday May 7 at the Pittsfield Community Center- 75 Main Street

5:30 Doors Open, 6-9 pm Roundtable Discussions 

See the report from this statewide conversation examining the Opportunity Gap in NH here. Compiled by NH Listens for Our Kids New Hampshire

Join us for a statewide conversation to share ideas with neighbors, hear the latest research, and inform the presidential primary campaigns about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams. 

This May, NH Listens is hosting twelve local conversations across the state- including in Pittsfield- that will engage residents in an important conversation about the growing opportunity gap and its effect on the next generation.

Refreshments Provided. Childcare available upon request.

Co-hosted by NH Listens and Pittsfield Listens.  For more information and to register, visit nhlistens.org/when-opportunity-stops-knocking

Pittsfield Meet the Candidates Night

Posted March 12, 2015

Photo Credit: Cameron Johnson of the Concord Monitor












On March 2nd, Pittsfield Listens and the Greater Pittsfield Chamber of Commerce hosted a community conversation with candidates running for local office.  In total, fourteen candidates running for various positions were in attendance (Nicholas Hayes, Denis Beaudoin, Clayton Wood, Daren Nielsen, Daniel Greene, Roland Carter, Pat Heffernan, Dan Schroth, Harry Vogt, Erica Anthony, Gary Mullen, Jeffery Swain; including two write-in candidates- Linda Freese and Art Morse)Four candidates were unable to attend (Cara Marston, Paul Metcalf, Bill Miskoe, William Tahnk ). Pittsfield Listens facilitators supported small group discussions at five separate roundtables. For the second year in a row, the Pittsfield Listens Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.) hosted a youth voice table reserved for students of Pittsfield.  Approximately 60-70 members of the community participated. In addition to the opportunities for community members to ask questions directly of the candidates at roundtables, everyone shared their ideas on the question: What are the critical issues you think are a priority for our next elected leaders?  

See the summary of themes here.  

Also, check out the photos from the evening here and the Article in the Concord Monitor from March 2: "In Pittsfield, Candidates' Night is at roundtables, not podiums"

Congratulations to our newly trained facilitators!

Posted February 25, 2015


Pittsfield community members joined for a day of practice and skill building at the Facilitating for Public Engagement Training on  Monday February 23rd, hosted by Pittsfield Listens and NH Listens. Thank you to everyone who participated! We appreciate your energy and interest, and look forward to having you as part of our facilitator network.

Pittsfield Listens stands for roundtables, not podiums. We seek to bring people together for productive conversations that lead to informed community solutions. The process we use for community dialogues offers a way for everyone's unique perspective and experience to contribute to decisions and changes that affect the Pittsfield community. Visit What we Do on our website to learn more.


Posted February 2, 2015

Monday March 2nd
6:15-6:30 pm Refreshments, 6:30-8 pm Program
in the Pittsfield Middle High School Cafeteria

Join to meet and ask questions of candidates for local office, and share your priorities for Pittsfield.

Community voice- All participants are invited to join in small groups (8 to 12) for the opportunity talk about what matters most to you for the Pittsfield community.

Engage with candidates for local office- As the candidates rotate among the participant groups, they interact directly with all participants over the course of the event. In this way, voters have a chance to hear all candidates respond to their questions and measure the candidates on their own standards.

Youth Voice- Middle and high school aged youth are welcome to join the youth only table, sponsored by the Youth Organizing & Action Committee (Y.O.A.C.).

Chilcare available upon request. For more information or to RSVP, contact Molly at molly (at) pittsfieldlistens.org or 603.312.6980.

Hosted by       

The Greater Chamber of Commerce and Pittsfield Listens are non-partisan and do not endorse any individual candidate.

Posted January 29, 2015


















Monday February 23rd from 9:30 am- 4:30 pm

at the Pittsfield Middle High School Media Center

This daylong workshop is designed to give participants an understanding of the critical role of facilitators in the broad spectrum of public engagement work. We spend time locating the work in local and statewide projects, walking through a typical “talk to action” process, and emphasizing the principles that guide our work. Prior facilitation experience is helpful but not necessary. Dress is casual and meals, refreshments, and training materials will be provided. Childcare available upon request.   Free for Pittsfield community members- including Pittsfield residents, PMHS students, and people who work in Pittsfield. $40 fee for non-Pittsfield community members. 

Space is limited. Pre-registration required. Contact Molly for more information 603-312-6980 or molly (at) pittsfieldlistens.org

Hosted by    &     


Pittsfield Community Impact Awards 2014

Posted December 15th, 2014

Congratulations to all the nominees and awardees of the 3rd Annual Pittsfield Community Impact Awards, hosted by Pittsfield Listens! It was a packed house for Awards Night at The Scenic Theater on the snowy evening of Thursday December 11th. From the beautiful stage decked for the holidays and being joined by the 2012 or 2013 Community Impact Awardees to help present the awards to this years recipients, it was a very special celebration of the Pittsfield community. The festivities continued with food and friends for a post-ceremony celebration at Jitters Café. Thank you to everyone who joined to celebrate the incredible people and many efforts that are having a positive impact on the Pittsfield Community! Read more here

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