servePGH Updates http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/updates.htm Office of the Mayor (c) 2014 | City of Pittsburgh | All rights reserved Love Your Block Program Application Deadline Extended Through July 18th http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/article.htm?id=3302 <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">PITTSBURGH, PA (July 14, 2014) - &nbsp;Applications have been extended for the city&rsquo;s Fall 2014 Love Your Block grant award program until Friday, July 18. The block revitalization program gives organizations up to $1,000 in funds and donated supplies for a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Projects will be implemented from September 15 to November 15, 2014. Applications are available online at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock</a>.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">Along with the mini-grant, selected groups will also receive support from city departments through services such as trash collection and graffiti removal to support their projects, as feasible. A full list of available city services can be found in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/forms/loveyourblock/grantapplication?m=apply" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">Love Your Block application</a>.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">Applicants for the fall 2014 program must be a qualified nonprofit organization or have the support of a nonprofit fiscal agent, and the impacted area must be within city limits. Applications must be received no later than&nbsp;<strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">5 p.m. on July 18, 2014</strong>; late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will be notified of their status by August 2014. A mandatory grantee orientation will take place in late August 2014.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">In addition to receiving up to $1,000 in funds and donated supplies, all qualifying groups are eligible for an additional award. The best block revitalization project will receive an additional $2,000 for future block enhancements based upon judgment criteria listed in the application details.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">To date, grantees have impacted approximately 296 blocks by collecting 28,137 pounds of litter, creating 204 green spaces, leveraging almost $184,000 in donations and recruiting around 3,615 volunteers through the program.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">Love Your Block is supported by Peoples Gas, PNC and The Home Depot Foundation &amp; East Liberty Branch. In addition, this program is supported by the Corporation for National Community Service, the AmeriCorps VISTA program and is based on the Cities of Service Blueprint of the same name.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">About servePGH</strong></p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">servePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize city blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. Over 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date.&nbsp; Additional information is available at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">About Cities of Service</strong></p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">Founded in September 2009 in New York City by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. American cities face serious challenges and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them &ndash; including the time and energy of public-spirited residents &ndash; to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To learn more, visit citiesofservice.org or follow us on Twitter @CitiesofService.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">About AmeriCorps VISTA</strong></p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">The Love Your Block Program is supported by Peoples Gas, PNC, and The Home Depot Foundation &amp; East Liberty Branch, Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. &nbsp;AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:42:20 -0400 MAYOR & THE HOME DEPOT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE $200,000 GRANT TO HELP VETERAN HOMEOWNERS IN PITTSBURGH http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/article.htm?id=3172 <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">PITTSBURGH, PA &nbsp;(June 11, 2014) &nbsp;- &nbsp;Mayor William Peduto today announced that The Home Depot Foundation will provide $200,000 to Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, a partner with the city&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/ship/" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership</a>&nbsp;(SHIP), to expand services to support 28 veterans&rsquo; home repairs in the Pittsburgh region. &nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">Mayor Peduto was joined by Councilman Corey O&rsquo;Connor to kick-off this round of funding at a local veteran&rsquo;s home in the Hazelwood neighborhood. The event included representatives from The Home Depot, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, SHIP&rsquo;s partner organizations and local volunteers.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&ldquo;The Home Depot Foundation has been a key partner of this program, and I&rsquo;m excited to continue this collaborative home repair work to support our residents,&rdquo; Peduto said. &ldquo;We place a high value on serving our city&rsquo;s veterans, and we&rsquo;re ready work hand-in-hand with our partners to ensure we&rsquo;re meeting their most critical needs.&ldquo;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">As part of the City&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">servePGH</a>&nbsp;initiative, SHIP began serving City of Pittsburgh residents in January 2012, after receiving a $500,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation. SHIP has also been funded by the RK Mellon Foundation and the Pittsburgh Foundation. To date, SHIP has engaged over 2,000 volunteers, leveraged over $1M of monetary and in-kind donations, and repaired and weatherized nearly 150 homes.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&ldquo;We&rsquo;re putting our funds and the time and talents of our Team Depot volunteers to work across the country to help address the housing needs of our veterans &ndash; from providing safe housing for homeless veterans to ensuring disabled veterans can maneuver throughout their homes,&rdquo; said Fred Wacker, director and COO of The Home Depot Foundation. &ldquo;Through our efforts, we&rsquo;ve seen that the greatest impact is made when public and private partners work together to make a difference, and we&rsquo;re glad to be a part of that here with Rebuilding Together and the City of Pittsburgh.&rdquo;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">SHIP repairs and weatherizes the homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents in collaboration with local nonprofits and citizen volunteers and is built on the Cities of Service Sustainable Home Makeover Blueprint. The first-ever collaboration of its kind, SHIP allows low-income homeowners access to a variety of services at once. SHIP is a joint effort of the City&rsquo;s servePGH initiative, the City&rsquo;s Urban Redevelopment Authority, and the following organizations: Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, Neighborhood Allies, ACTION-Housing Inc., Nazareth Housing Services, and The Pittsburgh Project. Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is the fiscal agent for this Home Depot Foundation grant. SHIP&rsquo;s supporting agencies are Neighborworks of Southwestern PA and Pittsburgh Community Services. Community partners are Operation Better Block and The Birmingham Foundation. Find more information at&nbsp;<a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/ship/" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">pittsburghpa.gov/SHIP</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong></p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">servePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. More than 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at<a href="file:///C:/temp/pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);">pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh</a>.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong></p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">The Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership, based on the Cities of Service Blueprint, is supported by The Home Depot Foundation, Corporation for National Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA.&nbsp; AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><strong style="outline: none; font-family: RobotoBold;">ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE</strong></p> <p style="outline: none; margin: 10px 10px 5px 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.5em; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">Founded in September 2009 in New York City by former New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. American cities face serious challenges and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them &ndash; including the time and energy of public-spirited residents &ndash; to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To learn more, visit citiesofservice.org or follow us on Twitter @CitiesofService.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:02:40 -0400 Invitation: Beautify Our 'Burgh Sign Unveiling http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/article.htm?id=3035 <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/Invitation.png" style="width: 566px; height: 860px;" /></p> Mon, 05 May 2014 15:37:58 -0400 Mayor's Day Press Release http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/article.htm?id=2911 <p align="center"><strong>Mayor Peduto Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service</strong></p> <p align="center"><em>Pittsburgh, PA</em>&ndash; Mayor Peduto joined more than 1,000 mayors across the country for the second annual Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, a nationwide bipartisan effort that highlights the impact of national service in tackling city problems.</p> <p>&ldquo;National service is a vital resource for our city,&rdquo; said Mayor Peduto.&nbsp; &ldquo;AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our cities better places to live. &nbsp;As Mayor, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens, who are helping make our great city stronger, safer, and healthier.&rdquo;</p> <p>Mayor Peduto was the keynote speaker at an event this morning recognizing the efforts of AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers at the East End Cooperative Ministry in East Liberty. Following breakfast and speakers, members of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps engaged in community service projects in the East End Cooperative Ministry and nearby, including, a community cleanup, serving at a soup kitchen, creating a garden space, and more. This event was made possible through collaboration between Pittsburgh Cares, servePGH, and the East End Cooperative Ministry.</p> <p>Given the many social needs facing communities &ndash; and the fiscal constraints facing government at all levels - mayors are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet city needs.&nbsp; More than 750 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers serve in Pittsburgh, providing vital support by recruiting volunteers, tutoring and mentoring youth or supporting nonprofit organizations<em>.</em></p> <p>In conjunction with the Mayor&rsquo;s Day of Recognition for National Service, the Mayor&rsquo;s Office released a report highlighting the impact of AmeriCorps members in Pittsburgh (<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/AmeriCorps_2013_Impact_Report.pdf">link</a>). According to the report, nearly 19,000 volunteers were engaged in 94,000 hours of service by AmeriCorps programs alone. The time dedicated by volunteers is estimated to value over $2 million. This was made possible by the 361 AmeriCorps members serving in Pittsburgh, including two AmeriCorps VISTA members that currently serve in the Mayor&rsquo;s Office, overseeing servePGH initiatives.</p> <p>The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in cities, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities.&nbsp; &nbsp;The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service, and U.S. Conference of Mayors President Scott Smith, Mayor of Mesa, Ariz. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, mayors hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mayor Peduto is committed to using citizen service in a meaningful way to help tackle some of Pittsburgh&#39;s most pressing needs through volunteer-fueled programs, ranging from mentoring our City&#39;s youth to revitalizing neighborhood blocks through the City&#39;s servePGH initiative. Joining in 2009, Pittsburgh is one of the 17 founding cities to support this effort.&nbsp; Celebrating its third birthday in March, servePGH recently published its &lsquo;<a href="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/Year3report_final_web.pdf">Year 3 Report to the Community</a>&rsquo; highlighting the success of impact volunteering in Pittsburgh. The Peduto Administration looks forward to continuing this rich neighbors-helping-neighbors tradition.</p> <p>For more information on the Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, including background and a list of participating mayors, visit <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice">www.nationalservice.gov/mayorsforservice</a>.</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p><strong>ABOUT CNCS</strong></p> <p>The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, and the Volunteer Generation Fund, and leads President Barack Obama&rsquo;s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nationalservice.gov/">NationalService.gov</a>.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT SERVEPGH</strong></p> <p>servePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. Over 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</strong></p> <p>servePGH is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently more than 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</p> <p><strong>ABOUT CITIES OF SERVICE</strong></p> <p>Founded in September 2009 in New York City by New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and 16 other mayors from across the nation, Cities of Service is a bipartisan coalition of mayors committed to addressing critical city needs through impact volunteering. American cities face serious challenges and many mayors want to take advantage of every resource available to them &ndash; including the time and energy of public-spirited residents &ndash; to address those challenges. But in cities across America today, citizen service is often an underutilized or inefficiently utilized strategy by municipal governments. By leveraging citizen service strategies, Cities of Service helps mayors address local needs and make government more effective. To learn more, visit citiesofservice.org or follow us on Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/CitiesOfService" target="_blank">@CitiesofService</a>.</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:43:52 -0400 Mayor's Day of Recognition 2014 http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/article.htm?id=2837 <p><strong><span style="font-size:16px;">Pre-register <a href="http://www.pittsburghcares.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Search_Page?p=Spl&amp;veNm=a0MA000000HhBCBMA3">here</a> for the Mayor&#39;s Day Celebration and Service Event!</span></strong></p> <div><a href="http://www.pittsburghcares.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Search_Page?p=Spl&amp;veNm=a0MA000000HhBCBMA3"><img src="http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/mayor/serve-invite-3-14-14.jpg" /></a></div> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:40:55 -0400 MAYOR ANNOUNCES APPLICATION PERIOD FOR SPRING CIVIC LEADERSHIP ACADEMY CLASS http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/article.htm?id=2747 <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6000f628-fe64-1d03-8891-7f3dd77582d1" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;">PITTSBURGH, PA &ndash;&nbsp;</span><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">Mayor William Peduto today announced that applications for the spring 2014 Civic Leadership Academy (CLA) are now available. Pittsburgh residents and business owners are invited to apply to this free 10-week course to learn about City government. The CLA meets every Wednesday evening from March 26 to May 28, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Applications are available online at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application?m=application" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application?m=application</span></a><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;and must be submitted by&nbsp;</span><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;">March 7</span><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">&ldquo;By offering this class for citizens, we hope to grow a crop of civic-minded leaders who will step up to the plate and help create the Next Pittsburgh,&rdquo; said Mayor Peduto. &ldquo;The CLA is a win for the participants as well as the City. We are excited to continue the program this spring.&rdquo; &nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 8pt 8pt 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">Participants interact one-on-one with City department directors and staff members through tours, interactive presentations and hands-on demonstrations. Session topics include urban redevelopment processes, city planning and park services, protection of waterways and rivers, public safety efforts, and more. To date, the City has held seven classes with nearly 140 graduates.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">Following the 10-week course, the civic leaders implement a service project. Previous classes have led river cleanups in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Water and Sewage authority, raised money for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, and planted native plants at the Larimer Community Garden.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">Applicants must be at least 18 years old and live within City limits and/or be a business owner who operates within City limits.&nbsp;</span><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;">Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 7.</span><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">&nbsp;For more information and to apply, visit&nbsp;</span><a href="http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application" style="outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(10, 88, 167);"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(17, 85, 204); text-decoration: underline; vertical-align: baseline;">http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/cla/application</span></a><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline;">CLA is supported, in part, by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA program. This is one of the initiatives from servePGH, an initiative of the City of Pittsburgh in partnership with the Cities of Service coalition.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">Mayor Peduto joins more than 150 mayors from across the nation in continuing the tradition of impact volunteerism in their respective cities. By recently signing the Cities of Service Declaration of Service, Mayor Peduto commits to using citizen service in a meaningful way to help tackle some of Pittsburgh&#39;s most pressing needs through volunteer-fueled programs, ranging from mentoring our City&#39;s youth to revitalizing neighborhood blocks through the City&#39;s servePGH initiative. Joining in 2009, Pittsburgh is one of the 17 founding cities to support this effort. The Peduto Administration looks forward to continuing this rich neighbors-helping-neighbors tradition.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;">ABOUT SERVEPGH</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">ServePGH was launched in March 2011 to engage Pittsburgh&rsquo;s citizens in service and answer President Obama&rsquo;s national call to volunteerism. Through innovative servePGH initiatives, citizens have been engaged in volunteer-fueled solutions to revitalize City blocks, restore homes of vulnerable residents, help middle-school youth navigate life&rsquo;s challenges, and more. Over 8,700 volunteers have committed nearly 57,000 hours of service through servePGH to date. Additional information is available at pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh.</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline;">ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA</span></p> <p dir="ltr" style="outline: none; margin: 0pt 10px 0pt 0px; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.15; padding: 0px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: RobotoRegular, sans-serif;"><span style="outline: none; font-family: Arial; vertical-align: baseline;">The Civic Leadership Academy is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for one year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently more than 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.</span></p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 11:26:04 -0500