The East End Cooperative Ministry (EECM) helps hundreds of people in Pittsburgh’s East End communities–from infants and children to a growing number of seniors–who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This interfaith ministry’s Hunger Services programs include preparing and providing home-delivered meals to home-bound residents every weekday, operating a food pantry that provides emergency groceries and supplies and offers information on assistance programs, and a community kitchen which serves hot, free lunches every Monday through Friday.
No matter where your interest lies, there’s a volunteer opportunity out there to match it. Pittsburgh Cares gathers dozens and dozens of volunteer opportunities from their regional nonprofit partners and lists them on their website. They make it easy for anyone to volunteer by allowing you to search by date through their calendar, or by keyword, or by proximity, or various other criteria.
This Monday, January 20th, is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day–a day when we honor this great leader for his non-violent fight on behalf of civil rights and social justice. While MLK Day has been observed for nearly 30 years, it was signed into law as a Day of Service 20 years ago by President Clinton from a bill initiated by Pennsylvania’s own U.S. Senator Harris Wofford along with Atlanta Congressman John Lewis.
Are you passionate about creating jobs and strengthening the middle class? Do you want to fix our broken immigration system? Will you fight climate change? Do you yearn to prevent gun violence? Do you want to get the facts out about ObamaCare? Will you work to protect women’s rights and ensure marriage equality? If advocating on behalf of progressive issues like these is where you heart lies, you have until January 12th to apply for an Organizing for Action Spring Fellowship.
The Transition Committee of Mayor-Elect Bill Peduto, Building a New Pittsburgh, released details today regarding the schedule of activities for Inauguration Day on Monday, January 6, 2014.
For over three decades the Pittsburgh Partnership for Neighborhood Development (PPND) has served as a clearinghouse between funders and CDCs; providing vision, strategy and technical assistance — along with capital — to local community development efforts. PPND was one of the nation’s first community development intermediaries. While Pittsburgh has undergone a real transformation in those decades, the positive changes have, unfortunately, not been citywide. In recognition of this inequality, PPND will transform itself into Neighborhood Allies early next year and is seeking an Executive Director to lead the way.
When Congress let the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expire on the first of November, 47 million people nationwide — and over 85,000 households here in Allegheny County — saw cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This meant that local food banks and food pantries, which were already straining to help families hurting in this economy, have had to ratchet up their aid to families suffering under the SNAP cuts.
“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.”
– Nelson Mandela
Vibrant Pittsburgh and the Urban Affairs Foundation (part of the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh) are seeking diverse, nonprofit community groups which work to create opportunities for civic engagement, community involvement and volunteerism. The Mini Grants Initiative: 2014 Civic Inclusion & Engagement Fund’s goal is to fund projects that, over time, “will result in stronger, more connected diverse communities that support one another’s efforts and collectively work to grow a welcoming and inclusive Pittsburgh region.”
Many are familiar with ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council). ALEC is a corporate-backed organization which produces conservative model bills that lawmakers can customize for their own communities and states. ALEC model legislation includes controversial restrictive Voter ID laws being passed by various states as well as ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws. ALEC has been around for nearly 40 years and is responsible for some 200 such model bills becoming law each year. While most of us have heard of ALEC, how many have heard of ALICE?