Love Your Block grants are a joint program of the City of Pittsburgh and The Home Depot Foundation to revitalize our city one block at a time. The program gives organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and the equipment necessary for a neighborhood block improvement project. The projects must mobilize community volunteers. There are nearly 20 community projects starting Saturday, May 10 and running through June 31. Projects this season range from installing a rain garden, to building an outdoor structure for a farmer’s market, to panting a community mural, to erecting a handicap accessible planter bed.
CLASS (Community Living And Support Services) serves people with disabilities in multiple counties across southwestern Pennsylvania. They support the “the uniqueness, wholeness and dignity of each person,” advocate for their rights, and aid in the the life-long process of personal growth and development. One of the services that they provide is the Community Service Centre in North Oakland which hosts support groups, community meetings, and non-profit programs to help build community. On Friday, May 9th the Centre will hold the “6th Annual Centre Services Art Show.”
Need a long computer table or two or nine? The Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council has nine long computer/workshop tables in excellent condition that they need to get rid of by tomorrow (Friday, May 2nd) or by the end of this weekend at the latest. Each of these tables could hold two computer workstations or two participants at a workshop comfortably.
Mayor William Peduto, the City of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Partnership, are pleased to announce the 2014 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program (PSYEP) and the release of applications. This locally-funded summer employment program has the potential to employ over 500 youth workers, allowing the youth to gain valuable work experience, earn wages and contribute to Pittsburgh’s economic growth. The 2014 Pittsburgh Summer Youth Employment Program is made possible through allocations by Mayor William Peduto and Pittsburgh City Council. Current funding is around $1,300,000. Additional sources are still being sought.
In his “The Revolt of the Cities” piece in The American Prospect, Harold Meyerson explains how cities are “mapping the future of liberalism” by meeting the needs of their citizens that the federal government can’t. You may recall that after the last round of elections in November, President Obama invited a group of newly elected progressive mayors–including Pittsburgh’s own Bill Peduto–to the White House to discuss urban policy. Given the makeup of Congress, proposals such as universal Pre-K don’t stand much of a chance of passing on the federal level. And this is where our urban mayors have been stepping up to try to fill the gap. From education to living-wage ordinances to ensuring oversight of their police, mayors in America’s largest cities are promoting economic and social justice. The article places a heavy emphasis on the City of Pittsburgh and starts out by quoting Mayor Peduto.
Mayor describes ongoing city efforts to promote environmental sustainability
“Earth Day is a reminder for all us to be conscious and considerate of the world around us, and of the impact that we can make.
Free Dogwood seedlings available on Earth Day, April 22
Next Tuesday — Earth Day — the City of Pittsburgh will give away free trees during an event on the City-County Building Portico.
It’s probably a safe bet to say that most Pittsburghers hope we’ve seen the last snowflake and are ready to celebrate the changing of the seasons. If you’re ready to jump into Spring, come on out to the Union Project’s “Spring Thing” on April 25th and 26th.
“When I took the oath of office January 6, I pledged to change the culture of city government. My administration is following through on that pledge, through the hard work, square dealing and good faith I promised that day, and today I am issuing a detailed report on our progress over the first 100 days.
The world is getting smaller and Amizade’s The Global Switchboard aims to facilitate that trend. Pittsburgh has dozens of social-profit organizations which work on global/local connections. The Global Switchboard will provide a shared-space, community-oriented, work center for organizations and individuals involved in global engagement.