On this uniquely American holiday, we gather with our loved ones to count our blessings large and small. And of course, most sit down for a bountiful meal. Some will volunteer at soup kitchens to help ensure that even the needy are without want on this special day. But, what about the other 364 days of the year? In Pennsylvania, one in seven people struggle with hunger–and nationwide, more than 48.1 million Americans are food insecure. There are members of our community who must make heart-wrenching choices between buying groceries and paying utilities, rent or even medical expenses. Still others live in urban food deserts where they simply don’t have access to the healthy food their families need.
Winnie wishes you a Merry Christmas!, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from NathanC835’s photostream There are many in our community that are in need–and it’s felt the hardest during the holiday season. You can help families in the Pittsburgh area by accepting Charlie Batch’s challenge and help him stuff a giant, inflatable present with […]
“Stuffed With Love” provides free, hot, and delicious traditional Thanksgiving Day meals to people who really need them. On Thanksgiving morning, Pittsburgh Police Officers and volunteers deliver these much needed meals to those who apply. Last year–with the support of the Rotary Club of Bethel-St. Clair–the program served over 3,000 hot Thanksgiving Day Dinners to needy Pittsburgh families and seniors.
City resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Of course, Pittsburgh had to be resilient after the collapse of the steel industry. However, as noted by Mayor Peduto, “But we don’t know what the challenges of tomorrow will be. We can start to prepare for them, but what it does require is that as we develop and as we grow that part of that planning process involves resiliency and sustainability at the core of that decision-making process.”
Some of you may be familiar with customer assistance programs (CAP) by electric and gas utility companies that offer bill payment assistance to qualified, low-income customers. However, there has been no such CAP programs to assist with water and sewage bills–until now. The Allegheny County Sanitary Authority (ALCOSAN) has committed to creating a customer assistance program to help low and fixed income customers with their sewer bills and will be holding a hearing on Monday, November 16th to allow the public to give input on creating the best, most accessible program for our community.
PITTSBURGH, PA (November 13, 2015) – The City of Pittsburgh announced today that a three-day Pothole Blitz will take place next week, starting on Monday, November 16 and lasting through Wednesday, November 18.
A study by the Washington, D.C.-based Urban Institute and funded by the Heinz Endowments found that because of longstanding structural barriers, Pittsburgh has been overlooking the assets and potential of African American men in the region. Many of these men face real obstacles when trying to access employment opportunities or when they try to obtain development support for business. The report analyzed these structural barriers and has come up with recommendations for government, business and philanthropic sectors to help ensure that black men are included in our region’s efforts to create a more innovative and sustainable economy.
“Economy for All” order also calls on city contractors to pay workers $15 hourly wage
PITTSBURGH, PA (November 10, 2015) Mayor William Peduto signed an executive order today requiring that all full-time City employees be paid no less than $15 per hour.
On Friday, November 6th, you have the opportunity to watch art being created and then bid on that very art the same night! RawDraw is a high-impact drawing event happening at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center in East Deutschtown. Over 40 local artists have been invited to create original works before your eyes, which will then be sold via a silent auction.
The ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is a “living fossil”–meaning that it’s similar to a species which is otherwise known only from fossils and has no close living relative. The ginkgo tree species in particular dates back some 270 million years. The tree is native to China, where some trees planted at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old! Ginkgos adapt remarkably well to the urban environment–tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces–which is why they are widely planted along many city streets. Ginkgos have various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.