When President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law on April 21, 2009, and rallied the nation to service, he spoke of being “possessed by the most American of ideas, that people who love this country can change it.”
Similarly, we have long known that the answers to Pittsburgh’s most pressing challenges cannot come from government alone. Throughout our City’s history, volunteers have played a critical role in providing essential services to residents, and building leadership and capacity among citizens to address community concerns. I am proud of Pittsburgh’s strong tradition of neighbors-helping-neighbors.
ServePGH builds on our City’s rich history of service. It is a comprehensive, citywide blueprint for engaging citizens to solve local challenges. Within servePGH are a number of service initiatives that were created to meaningfully impact Pittsburgh neighborhoods and the lives of Pittsburgh youth.
I would like to invite you to join me as I launch servePGH and kick-off a new era of service and civic engagement in the City of Pittsburgh. The event will be take place on March 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM in the lobby of the City-County Building (414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219). The event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP to Rebecca Kottler-Wein, Chief Service Officer, at 412-255-4765 or firstname.lastname@example.org before March 18, 2011. If you need any special accommodations, please contact the ADA Coordinator at 412-255-2102 at least three days prior to the event.
Thank you for all of the work that you do on behalf of the City of Pittsburgh. Like President Obama, I believe that “people who love this country can change it.” People who love this City can make a difference.