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.
Friday, April 29th is Arbor Day — a holiday in which we’re all encouraged to plant and care for trees. It was founded in 1872 and an estimated one million trees were planted on the very first Arbor Day. This Arbor Day, Tree Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, will be celebrating the holiday by holding a tree seedling giveaway in Pittsburgh’s Market Square!
Of course most of you will be voting in Pennsylvania’s primary race on Tuesday, April 26th, but after that, you have another chance to vote. MIT Enterprise Forum Pittsburgh will be holding Pitch Fest at Duquesne University also on the 26th. Pitch Fest is their annual Elevator Pitch event (an elevator pitch is a pitch which can be delivered in the time span of an elevator ride, say if you happened to run into someone important there). Pitch Fest provides entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their business ideas and then receive constructive feedback from a panel of investors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
Is your dream start-up pastoral rather than high tech? Do you want to be the kind of entrepreneur who gets their hands dirty — literally, and up to the elbows? Well then do we have a class for you! “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” is an upcoming Penn State Extension course that starts on May 3rd (with a registration deadline of Tuesday, April 26th). The class will help to answer the question, “Is starting an agricultural business right for you?”
April 22nd is Earth Day, but here in Pittsburgh, we’ll be celebrating citywide from Thursday, April 21st to Sunday, April 24th! This year’s theme is “Steel to Sustainable” — honoring our transformation from Steel City to a thriving home for green innovation. Come out and help celebrate all the advancements made in sustainability, technology, and innovation where people live, work, and play!
You see them in pretty much every neighborhood. Weed-filled or strewn with garbage. A waste of space and energy. We’d all like to see vacant lots properly maintained. GTECH is currently partnering with UrbanKind Institute (Dr. Jamil Bey), Fourth Economy Consulting, Pitt’s University Center on Social Urban Research (UCSUR), A. Phillip Randolph Institute, City Source Associaties, KRJ Contracting, Landforce, the Hilltop Men’s Group, and YouthPlaces to help redesign and relaunch the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s (URA) vacant land maintenance process.
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…
Did you know that Homewood was voted “Favorite Neighborhood on the Course” by runners in the 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon? It was number one because of the great community support on race day including their water station. For this year, Homewood will build up to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon by holding a series of community focused events. These three events are a creative collaboration by six organizations in Pittsburgh including: Operation Better Block, GTECH Strategies, Repair the World, Whistle, Homegrown (a program of Phipps Conservatory) and Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. You’re cordially invited to participate in any or all of them to help Homewood bring home the gold again!
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!