About Community Affairs

On September 10, 2009, the City of Pittsburgh became a founding member of the Cities of Service coalition joining New York and fifteen other cities from across our nation to help achieve the goals of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act. By joining the Cities of Service coalition, the City of Pittsburgh became committed to developing a coordinated strategy to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy for addressing local challenges.

Pittsburgh’s strategy for engaging Pittsburgh residents in service is the Office of Community Affairs, an office dedicated to addressing Pittsburgh’s most pressing needs through impact volunteerism. Through innovative service initiatives, the City of Pittsburgh has engaged thousands of citizens to revitalize City blocks, restore residents’ homes, help middle-school youth navigate life’s challenges, and more.