“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.
City resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Of course, Pittsburgh had to be resilient after the collapse of the steel industry. However, as noted by Mayor Peduto, “But we don’t know what the challenges of tomorrow will be. We can start to prepare for them, but what it does require is that as we develop and as we grow that part of that planning process involves resiliency and sustainability at the core of that decision-making process.”
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.
On Friday, November 6th, you have the opportunity to watch art being created and then bid on that very art the same night! RawDraw is a high-impact drawing event happening at Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center in East Deutschtown. Over 40 local artists have been invited to create original works before your eyes, which will then be sold via a silent auction.
The ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is a “living fossil”–meaning that it’s similar to a species which is otherwise known only from fossils and has no close living relative. The ginkgo tree species in particular dates back some 270 million years. The tree is native to China, where some trees planted at temples are believed to be over 1,500 years old! Ginkgos adapt remarkably well to the urban environment–tolerating pollution and confined soil spaces–which is why they are widely planted along many city streets. Ginkgos have various uses in traditional medicine and as a source of food.
On Tuesday, November 3rd Democrats across Pennsylvania have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the direction of the state for a generation.
For the first time in our Commonwealth’s history, 3 of the 7-member Supreme Court Justices will be elected on the same day. A sweep by our 3 candidates will ensure Democratic values control the high court.
You’ve probably heard “all elections matter” many times. This is something that’s easy to forget when so many are focused on next year’s presidential race. But local elections can have a far more direct effect on your day-to-day life. And, even when your favorite candidate may be a shoe-in to win, it helps to show there’s a mandate. All that said, the election on November 3rd has some very crucial races.
The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh’s (YPA) slogan is Give life to history®. Representing younger voices in historic preservation, they use community engagement and education to advocate for the preservation of historic sites and structures in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Each year, they release their list of “Top Ten Preservation Opportunities.” Over the course of a decade, they’ve had many successes including the Dormont Pool, Connellsville Aaron’s Building, and the Cork Factory in the Strip District.
The Greater Pittsburgh Interfaith Coalition (GPIC) was formed to build bridges of trust, understanding, cooperation and respect, especially at the neighborhood level, in the Greater Pittsburgh region. GPIC’s mission is to serve as a model of interfaith harmony. Committee members represent various faiths and organizations that have a strong belief in interfaith dialogue. On Sunday, October 25, they will present a panel discussion, “Exploring Compassion Through Multi-faith Lenses” at Carlow University.
The mission of the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is to build the next generation of conservation leaders. They engage young people (age 15 to young adults) in hands-on service to the environment in order to inspire lifelong stewardship of the land. They target high school and college students, or recent graduates interested in green careers from all 50 states and from all socio-economic backgrounds.