(PITTSBURGH) April 23, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced the 24 recipients who will receive funding through the fourth round of his servePGH initiative's “Love Your Block” grant program – bringing the total number of projects to 64. From Garfield to Elliott, and Beltzhoover to Spring Garden, resident volunteers will partner with the City to transform blighted lots into community assets. Thanks to the generous support of The Home Depot Foundation, organizations will be awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment. Additionally, a special $2,000 prize will be given to the organization with the most impressive block transformation. Spring project implementation will begin this weekend in Highland Park and the South Side, and will continue through the end of June.
“With the generous support of our City departments and The Home Depot Foundation, Pittsburgh residents have the resources to make real change in their neighborhoods,” Ravenstahl said. “As we grow our city’s dedication to volunteerism, these 24 projects will be a testament to the commitment of our residents to serve their communities and transform blight to beauty.”
Love Your Block is one of 10 innovative service initiatives that are part of Mayor Ravenstahl’s servePGH initiative, which engages volunteers to help tackle Pittsburgh’s greatest challenges. The block revitalization program gives organizations $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Organizations also receive support from City services, such as trash collection and graffiti removal.
In choosing the spring recipients, the City gave special consideration to projects that engage local veterans and veteran organizations, and that demonstrate a creative solution to an identified community issue. Since the launch of servePGH in 2011, resident volunteers have helped to spruce up 150 city blocks, collected over 16,000 pounds of litter, created 127 new community green spaces and more.
Love Your Block is made possible thanks to The Home Depot Foundation, which generously donated $130,000 to the initiative and enabled the City to increase the number of revitalization projects from 20 to 50 per year. It is also supported by the Corporation for National Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
“We are extremely grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for their investment in this program and their national commitment to supporting vibrant and sustainable communities,” Ravenstahl said.
Banksville Civic Association
Beltzhoover Civic Association
Community Alliance of Spring Garden-East Deutschtown
Deutschtown Merchants Association
Elliott Community Group
Fineview Citizens Council
Friends of the Riverfront
Gangsters for God
Larimer Green Team
Neighbors of Grandview Avenue
Oakland Planning and Development Corporation
Oakwood Civic Association
Observatory Hill, Inc.
Pittsburgh Allegheny K-5/Keys Service Corps
Sheraden Kiwanis Club
Soldiers and Sailors Museum
Southside Chamber of Commerce
Southside Community Council
Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard
West Pittsburgh Partnership
Mayor Ravenstahl is a founding member of Cities of Service, a bipartisan coalition of more than 100 mayors from across the country dedicated to engaging more Americans in community service and harnessing the power of volunteers as a serious strategy to address local challenges. Founded in New York City, the coalition and its member cities respond to the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act's historic call to action by finding new and innovative ways to harness the power of volunteers to help solve pressing local challenges.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
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