Did you know that while approximately 70,000 kids in Allegheny County qualify for free/reduced school meals, only a little over 10,000 kids participate in the Summer Food Program on a given day? The Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank’s Summer Food Program offers free food and fun to anyone age 18 and under all summer long. And, there’s no paperwork required!
PennFuture and Stay Positive Clairton will hold an Air Quality Expo in Clairton on Sunday, May 15th. There will be games and informational resources from various environmental and public health groups so that residents and other attendees can learn more about the air quality in the Clairton community. Food and beverages will be available served. Featured at the expo will be the premier of PennFuture’s documentary, “Clairton Coke Works, Clean Up Our Air.” PennFuture produced the short film that spotlights local residents who share their stories on how the air quality in the Mon Valley affects them. Matt Brosey directed and edited the film.
Applications for the Learning Garden Program is Friday, May 13th (emailed or post-marked). Nonprofit organizations, Grow Pittsburgh and The Kitchen Community, have partnered to build the first five of 50 Learning Gardens in Allegheny County over the next four years. The program was approved by the Pittsburgh Public School (PPS) board. Grow Pittsburgh has had school gardening programs for the past 10 years. The Kitchen Community has built and supported 300 Learning Gardens across four regions nationally and will use their experience to assist in expanding the current work. Learning Gardens are outdoor classrooms that are adaptable to any schoolyard and are designed to fit the space and needs of each school.
What will the future of housing in Lawrenceville be? With approximately 1,000 market-rate residential units in the planning or construction phase, will there be responsible growth and affordability for all? Lawrenceville Corporation (LC) and Lawrenceville United (LU), along with residents, property owners, developers, and elected officials are seeking a “housing for all,” strategy as a priority. Tomorrow, LC and LU will host an event focused on the state of housing in Lawrenceville at Goodwill of Southwestern PA.
St. Joseph House of Hospitality — located in the Hill District on a bluff overlooking the city — is the only facility in the region that provides year-round single room occupancy housing to low-income men over the age of 50 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. It is a program of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Tonight, the 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert for St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands in service of this 79-year old institution.
Stand Against Racism is the YWCA’s signature racial justice campaign. Each year, events take place in over 750 locations across the United States. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh annually participates as their mission is to work to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. As part of YWCA Greater Pittsburgh’s 2016 Stand Against Racism, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are inviting all staff and visitors to participate in a group #STANDAGAINSTRACISM photograph on Friday, April 29th. Museum admission is NOT required to participate.
Back in 2014, more than 1,300 young people applied for only 500 available jobs through Pittsburgh’s Summer Youth Employment program. So in 2015, Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh joined with Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) to launch the “Summer of Learn and Earn” program. The new program delivered paid summer work experience to nearly 2,000 teens and young adults; providing more than $1.3 million in wages to the local economy. Participants also received soft skills and other work-readiness training during the program. Now, youths aged 14 to 21 can apply to participate in this year’s program.
While our city has been rightly celebrated in numerous articles and “best of” lists, Mayor Peduto — and others — have lamented that there are “two Pittsburghs.” While Pittsburgh my be “most livable” for some, there is disparity with people being left behind in this new economy. Grant Oliphant, president of the Heinz Endowments, has been blogging his ideas about what a “Just Pittsburgh” would look like…
The Women and Girls Foundation’s Equal Pay Rally is tomorrow, April 12 at Noon in Market Square. When the Women and Girls Foundation first began its efforts to raise awareness of the wage gap and work to remedy this issue in Southwestern PA, women were making less than 70 cents for every dollar a man was making in this region. Since then, WGF has worked with city and county leaders throughout the region to pass wage equity legislation and to support the issue of fair pay for women. Today women are making 75 cents to a man’s dollar. So, there is much more work to do!
The I-579 “Cap” is intended to be a transformative project that will reconnect the Lower Hill District and Downtown neighborhoods of the City of Pittsburgh. The I-579 Crosstown Boulevard highway created a trench that separated the Hill District from the economic and cultural life of downtown. The “Cap” would be a structure spanning over the existing highway — an approximately 230 foot wide structure between the Centre Avenue Bridge and Bigelow Boulevard Bridge. It will create a new urban public open space of approximately three acres with accessible pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Moreover, it will incorporate much needed sustainable stormwater and energy strategies.