Category: Neighborhoods and Community

BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

BetaBurgh Seeks Innovative Ideas for Downtown Pittsburgh

Are you a local entrepreneur? Do you have a local for-profit/non-profit organization, a startup, or a small business? Most important, can you come up with a high-quality, innovative approach to activating spaces in Downtown Pittsburgh?

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Elsie Hillman Through Service

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Elsie Hillman Through Service

The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County, is celebrating the life and legacy of Elsie Hillman this spring. Upon her passing, Mayor Bill Peduto remarked about her, “Elsie was a pioneer who spent a lifetime changing things for the better. She was also gracious and down-to-earth, and did all she could to make Pittsburgh a better place for all. Thousands in our city and far beyond were touched forever by her goodness.”

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Pittsburgh Schools Take the “Be There” Attendance Challenge

Did you know that students who miss roughly two days a month of school starting in kindergarten average lower reading and math levels as late as the 5th grade? Moreover, according to United Way in an article in The Northside Chronicle, student attendance is significantly lower in the month of February. This is why the United Way of Southwestern PA has launched their “Be There” campaign initiative which is focused on increasing student attendance during the month of February–and, hopefully, beyond.

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

Join the Union Project at their 14th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

As part of their mission to have a neighborhood space where people can come together to connect and create, the Union Project holds an annual celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This will be the 14th year for this event which honors his legacy and helps to continue his work by bridging gaps between communities and promoting nonviolence. It will take place on Monday, January 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm, with doors opening at 2:30.

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

Your Input Wanted in the Search for Next Pittsburgh Superintendent of Schools

With the departure of current Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Linda Lane set for June, the search is on for the next superintendent. The board of Pittsburgh Public Schools is using the month of January to gather community input on what constituents want to see in the next Superintendent. They have a variety of ways that you can voice your opinions, including holding public forums. The forums are for everyone — community members, students, parents, teachers, administrators, elected officials, business partners, foundations, etc.

Four City Warming Centers Open Today

Four City Warming Centers Open Today

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 13, 2016) With low temperatures and wind chills persisting this morning, the City of Pittsburgh advises that four Citiparks Senior Healthy Active Living Centers will available for use as warming centers today.

Join Charlie Batch for the 10th Annual “Batch A Toys” on Tuesday!

Join Charlie Batch for the 10th Annual “Batch A Toys” on Tuesday!

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 […]

Volunteer to Help with the “Get Stuffed With Love” Thanksgiving Meal Program

Volunteer to Help with the “Get Stuffed With Love” Thanksgiving Meal Program

“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.

Join the Conversation: Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men

Join the Conversation: Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity for African American Men

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.

Neighborhood Allies Announces Those Selected for Inaugural Community Leadership Forum

Neighborhood Allies Announces Those Selected for Inaugural Community Leadership Forum

In July, we wrote about Neighborhood Allies’ grassroots effort to recruit leaders for their Community Leadership Forum. The forum will not only give residents an opportunity to have their voices heard, but have the power to influence change, gain exposure to community leaders, have access to capital and input on grant allocation, attend professional development workshops, and get experience in community development. The group will also contribute to Neighborhood Allies gaining a more well-rounded understanding of their target neighborhoods by giving them the awareness, experiences, and knowledge of everyday neighborhood leaders.