Category: Social Justice

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

Calling All Veterans in Southwestern PA: Seeking Your Voice to Improve Services

A needs assessment report on local veterans commissioned by the Heinz Endowments, and conducted by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), found that southwestern Pennsylvania is home to approximately 235,000 veterans. About a fifth of these veterans are from post-9/11 conflicts with more than 5,000 moving to our state each year. Gulf War-era veterans (those whose service started in 1990) are expected to become the largest segment of the veteran population in our area.

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.”

“Writing Away the Stigma” Free Writing Workshop

“Writing Away the Stigma” Free Writing Workshop

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults in America experience a mental illness. That’s 43.8 million adults in a given year. Yet the stigma of mental illness somehow remains, leading many to live with their condition in shame and silence. The “Writing Away the Stigma” program was started in 2013 to address this problem by giving people who suffer with mental illness the opportunity to write about how mental illness has affected their lives.

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.

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.

Mayors of Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Place Friendly Wager on Saturday’s NFL Playoff Game

Mayors of Pittsburgh & Cincinnati Place Friendly Wager on Saturday’s NFL Playoff Game

PITTSBURGH, PA (Jan. 7, 2016) – In honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals NFL Wild Card Game on Saturday, Jan. 9, Mayor William Peduto of Pittsburgh and Mayor John Cranley of Cincinnati have placed a friendly wager that also will benefit local charities.

For Thanksgiving, Add Your Name to Help End Food Insecurity

For Thanksgiving, Add Your Name to Help End Food Insecurity

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.

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 […]

ALCOSAN Customer Assistance Program (CAP) Public Hearing

ALCOSAN Customer Assistance Program (CAP) Public Hearing

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.

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.