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“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.

By | January 21st, 2016|Arts and Culture, Bill Peduto, Social Justice|10 Comments

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

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

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.

Don’t Miss the Application Deadline for AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup!

AlphaLab was founded in 2008 to accelerate the growth of promising startup technology companies in the Pittsburgh region. The AlphaLab Gear National Hardware Cup is a pitch competition that is open to early-stage startups that create at least one physical product. Any company with a physical product component is eligible to apply (including Manufactured Products, Internet of Things/Connected Devices, Health/Medical, Consumer Products & Consumer Electronics, Food, Fashion, Robotics, etc.), so don't let the term "hardware" throw you off. The contest encompasses nine cities over the course of four months with a $50,000 Grand Prize! And, the deadline to apply for Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. is Wednesday, January 13th.

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.

Complete Streets Public Meeting Tonight: Making Our Streets Safer for Everyone

A reminder that tonight, the City of Pittsburgh is holding a Complete Streets public meeting at 6:30 p.m., hosted by University of Pittsburgh. The Department of City Planning and the National Complete Streets Coalition will kick off the discussion around Complete Streets for Pittsburgh. Presentations include City Planning Director Ray Gastil; Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition; and Jeff Riegner, Complete Streets Expert and Workshop Instructor.

By | December 1st, 2015|Bill Peduto, Public Safety, Transportation|2 Comments

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.

By | November 25th, 2015|Bill Peduto, Social Justice|56 Comments

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 new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages on Tuesday, December 1st. Charlie and his elves will be on site at the US Steel Building for the 10th Annual Batch A Toys! The goal this year is to collect 5,000 toys. The Best of The [...]

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.

By | November 19th, 2015|Bill Peduto, Neighborhoods and Community|14 Comments