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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."    ~ Margaret Mead
 
 
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from servePGH!
 
 
Be an Angel This Year!

 

Snow Angels matches neighbors with neighbors to shovel the walks of those who are unable to do this on their own. Volunteers impact lives in our community by ensuring our more vulnerable neighbors continue to have access to essential services such as home-delivered meals and medications during the harsh winter months. Sign up here and become a Snow Angel today!

Congratulations to Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council!

ServePGH is proud to announce that Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council is the winner of the Love Your Block "best block transformation" award for the fall 2014 season. Volunteers transformed a vacant lot,  revived a community garden, building scaffolding for raspberry vines, adding a new neighborhood sign and planting a spruce tree that they plan to decorate for the holidays every year. See all the pictures here!

City Council and Mayors Office Staff Come Together with servePGH and WPC to Winterize Gardens at Point State Park

 

On Thursday October 2nd, The Office of Mayor William Peduto and City Council members and staff demonstrated their volunteer spirit by partnering with The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to complete an end-of-season gardening project at Point State Park.

Juan Castellanos receives Mayor's Citizen Service Award

Congratulations to Juan Castellanos on receiving the Mayor’s Citizen Service Award! As the Community Outreach Specialist through the Kingsley Association, Juan empowered residents in the Larimer community by connecting them to essential services. Juan also works with the Urban Green Growth Collaborative (UGGC) and has planned community meetings which addressed issues of beautification, storm water management, and urban farming. Juan is a true example of the value of civic engagement, and a great asset to our city! 

posted 12/01/14 @ 9:46 am
Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council Enhances a Community Garden

On a sunny November afternoon, community members came together to enrich an existing garden in Beltzhoover. Volunteers planted flowers, winterized vegetable gardens and painted the new neighborhood sign.  Smiles were plentiful as old friendships enhanced and new ones formed as this team came together in a jovial atmosphere to complete the project.  See all their great work here!  

posted 11/14/14 @ 12:00 am
Borland Community Garden Extends the Growing Season with Love Your Block

On Sunday October 19, 2014,  local residents of all ages came together to build a cold box, extending the growing season for a local community garden. Utilizing a Love Your Block grant, volunteers created an 18 foot long planter that is accessible for all community members.  They are planning a planting demonstration for area gardeners in the next few weeks. Check out their hard work in these photos!

posted 10/22/14 @ 3:17 pm
Lawrenceville United Revitalizes 54th Street Steps

On Saturday October 18, 2014, Lawrenceville United (LU), through a Love Your Block grant, engaged local volunteers to clear overgrowth and painting the railing of the 54th street stairs. Additionally, prior to the work day LU worked with the Department of Public Works to repair damaged portions of the steps. This collaboration allows local residents to reclaim these steps once again.

posted 10/22/14 @ 3:16 pm
Southside Community Council Enhances Armstrong Playground

On Saturday October 18, 2014, a blustery fall day, local residents and volunteers came together to revitalize Armstrong Playground. Teams worked together to plant flowers, repair benches and clean the veterans memorial. Local youth now have a renovated playground that they can enjoy!

posted 10/22/14 @ 3:15 pm
South Pittsburgh Development Corp Rejuvenates Brookline Blvd through Love Your Block

Approximately 60 volunteers descended on Brookline Saturday October 18, 2014. They picked up trash, planted trees and refreshed Cannon Memorial Park. Their effort impacted over 8 blocks and refreshed the local downtown area. Click here for photos!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:16 pm
Troy Hill Citizens Beautify a Local Park through the Love Your Block Program

On Saturday October 18, 2014, a chilly fall morning, 40 community residents and volunteers helped to weed tree pits, plant flowers, and install a natural playground for the Troy Hill Community. Additionally memorial plaques were installed to honor local veterans.  See the transformation in photos here!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:15 pm
A Love Your Block grant funds Beechview Community Garden's Winterization Project

Over 50 local volunteers helped to winterize a popular community garden on Saturday October 18, 2014. Tasks were completed in record time as a result of a concerted effort of all volunteers. Click here to see photos!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:14 pm
Northside Coalition for Fair Housing Builds Dream Playground

Over 250 volunteers came together on Thursday October 16, 2014 to build a playground in less than 6 hours. Local students assisted in planting and painting projects made possible by a Love Your Block grant. Four community groups came together to complete this amazing feat! Check out the transformation here!

posted 10/22/14 @ 2:13 pm
City Council and Mayors Office Staff Come Together with servePGH and WPC to Winterize Gardens at Point State Park

On Thursday October 2nd, the Office of Mayor William Peduto and City Council members and staff demonstrated their volunteer spirit by partnering with The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy to complete an end-of-season gardening project. Thank you to the Office of Mayor William Peduto, Councilman Daniel Gilman, City Council members and staff, City employees, The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Coffee Tree Roasters, and Dulcinea Bakeshop for making this service event possible!

posted 10/03/14 @ 2:20 pm
The Promise Coaches Campaign Breaks 600!

Following Thursday's training at the Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center, the Promise Coaches Campaign has prepared 601 adults in the Pittsburgh area to serve as academic coaches geared towards increasing graduation rates and fostering a college going culture within the City of Pittsburgh. Would you like to get in on the action and become a Promise Coach? Visit the Promise Coaches page for information on attending an upcoming trainings or setting up a training of your own!

posted 9/26/14 @ 12:00 am
The Deadline for the Mayor's Mentoring Initiative Has Been Extended!

The deadline to sign up for The Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative has been extended to Friday, October 10th!  All full-time city employees are eligible to receive up to 2 hours of paid administrative leave during their regular work week to serve as a mentor through either Be a Middle School Mentor or Everybody Wins! Co-mentoring is also an option. Simply click here to visit our webpage and access our application.  

posted 9/25/14 @ 8:43 am
West End Alliance Beautifies a Green Space with Love Your Block

On Sunday September 21, residents of Fairywood came together to turn an overgrown vacant lot at the community entrance into a beautiful garden and usable green space.  The project was supported by the City of Pittsburgh's Love Your Block program. Check out some great event photos here!

posted 9/23/14 @ 8:56 am
Grow Pittsburgh Creates a Community Garden Resource Center with Love Your Block

On Saturday September 20, Grow Pittsburgh and residents of Homewood teamed up to turn a vacant lot into a thriving tool lending library and garden resource center.  The project was supported by the City of Pittsburgh's Love Your Block program.  Check out some great event photos here!

posted 9/23/14 @ 8:54 am
Love Your Block Fall 2014 Projects Starting

The Love Your Block season is set to begin this week with four great community service projects. On Tuesday, September 16th Observatory Hill, Inc. will improve a highly visible section of the neighborhood by planting perennials and updating a community gateway sign. On Saturday, September 20th both Grow Pittsburgh and the YWCA have projects. Grow Pittsburgh will reclaim a vacant lot by turning it into a thriving garden tool lending library and materials resource center. The YWCA will recruit volunteers to beautify a vacant property in Homewood. On Sunday, September 21st the West End Alliance will recruit volunteers to remove overgrowth and plant flowers in a vacant lot. Check out all 13 upcoming projects here!

posted 9/08/14 @ 4:07 pm
Love Your Block Fall 2014 Grantees Orientation a Success!

On Thursday August 28th, the Fall 2014 Love Your Block grantees had the opportunity to meet with various City departments and local nonprofits to learn more about the program and explore available resources for their projects. Grantees will now begin work on their projects, and will finish by November 15th, 2014. Stay tuned for further project updates and the $2,000 Best Block Transformation award announcement, which is given to the most impressive block transformation and is used for future site improvements.

posted 8/29/14 @ 3:52 pm
Welcoming our Fall 2014 Love Your Block Grantees!

This week, The Love Your Block grantees selected for the Fall 2014 season will join various City Departments and local nonprofits for an orientation event to kick off the seventh round of projects. Orientation is scheduled for Thursday August 28th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Schenley Ice Rink. This orientation is a great way for our grantees to learn more about the program and about valuable resources to support their projects. We are excited to get started!

posted 8/27/14 @ 1:41 pm
Mayor William Peduto announces Fall 2014 Love Your Block Grantees!

Today Mayor William Peduto announced the 14 recipients who will receive mini-grants through the seventh round of the city’s Love Your Block (LYB) grant program. To date, LYB has implemented 118 projects throughout the city. This year's projects include installing chalk murals, transforming a vacant lot into a garden resource center, and repairing a set of iconic Pittsburgh steps. To read more about Love Your Block and this year's grant recipients, please click here

posted 8/11/14 @ 4:23 pm
Congratulations Carrick Regency Tenant Council!

ServePGH is proud to announce that Carrick Regency Tenant Council is the winner of the most impressive Love Your Block Spring 2014 project, and will receive an additional $3,000 in funds. This Spring, residents, volunteers, Boy Scouts, and numerous other community partners, erected handicap accessible raised planter beds, planted greenery and shrubs, and dedicated a memorial stone to local military veterans.

Thanks for all of your hard work, Carrick Regency Tenant Council! 

posted 7/25/14 @ 12:14 pm
Mayor's Mentoring Initiative Applications now OPEN!

Did you know City of Pittsburgh employees are eligible to receive up to two hours paid administrative leave to mentor a local student? Get involved and check out this great opportunity to mentor through the Mayor's Mentoring Initaitive. Applications are due September 26, 2014.

posted 7/21/14 @ 2:18 pm
Extended Application Period, Informational Session For Love Your Block Program

On Wednesday, July 9, 2014, City of Pittsburgh representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions about the fall round of Love Your Block applications. The application period has been extended until July 18.

This season, the City will award up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project. There are minor changes to program delivery this season and this is an opportunity to field any questions or concerns from applicants. Read more here.

WHERE: City-County Building, CitiStat conference room 646, 6th floor, Grant Street side, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 9, 2014

posted 7/03/14 @ 11:45 am

This round, Love Your Block gives 14 organizations up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers.  With support of key City departments and services, engaged residents can roll up their sleeves and transform their community – block by block. Click here for more information.

Application Deadline: July 18, 2014 (Deadline Extended)

posted 6/19/14 @ 3:42 pm

The Civic Leadership Academy is a free, 10-session course about Pittsburgh local government. Click here to apply for the fall 2014 session. Session will be held each Wednesday evening from September 10 through November 12.

Academy participants will have an opportunity to meet with a different city department every week for interactive presentations and tours explaining each department’s role.

Application deadline: July 11, 2014

posted 6/18/14 @ 2:55 pm

On June 16, 2014, City of Pittsburgh representatives will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions about the fall round of Love Your Block applications. This season, the City will award up to $1,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project. There are minor changes to program delivery this season and this is an opportunity to field any questions or concerns from applicants.  Read more here.

WHERE: City-County Building, CitiStat conference room 646, 6th floor, Grant Street side, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA, 15219

WHEN: 6-7 p.m., Monday, June 16, 2014

posted 6/12/14 @ 3:58 pm

The Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership received a $200,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation to support 28 veterans’ home repairs in the Pittsburgh region. Mayor Peduto, Councilman O’Connor, representatives from The Home Depot, Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh, SHIP’s partner organizations, and local volunteers, came together to kick-off this round of funding at a veteran’s home in Hazelwood that is receiving repairs thanks to SHIP. Read more here

posted 6/11/14 @ 2:04 pm

Mayor Peduto unveiled a new sign and name for the former Redd Up Zone program, which will now be called Beautify Our ‘Burgh! The Mayor was joined by Council President Kraus and Chief Operations Officer Guy Costa at the  CCI Center in the South Side.  After the event, volunteers came together to hold a litter cleanup of PRC’s Beautify Our ‘Burgh zone, which is the first to receive new signs!

Read More Here

posted 5/15/14 @ 4:29 pm
Application Opens for 3 AmeriCorps VISTA Positions

Mayor Peduto has announced that the City is seeking three year-round AmeriCorps VISTA members to support the City’s servePGH program! The accepted VISTAs will be managing service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, ranging from home repair to blight reduction to mentoring and beyond. VISTAs serving in the Mayor’s Office have the unique experience working directly with City leaders, community organizations, and various nonprofits to address some of our City’s most pressing needs.

Read More Here or Apply Here

posted 4/08/14 @ 10:14 am
Happy 3rd Birthday, servePGH!

In celebration of our birthday last month, servePGH published its 'Year 3 Report to the Community,' highlighting the successes of the past year.  From beautifying city blocks to mentoring Pittsburgh's youth, servePGH has engaged 8,700 volunteers in over 57,000 hours of service. 

We want to thank of all of our community volunteers and look forward to many years to come! 

Read the Report Here

posted 4/03/14 @ 2:29 pm
Impact of AmeriCorps in Pittsburgh

The Impact of AmeriCorps in Pittsburgh Report is now available! The servePGH office has compiled the metrics from AmeriCorps programs operating in Pittsburgh to highlight the great work being done by AmeriCorps members. 

servePGH has enjoyed the support from the Corporation of National and Community Service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program. VISTA members are crucial in managing servePGH's initiatives.

Read the Report Here

posted 4/03/14 @ 2:27 pm

On April 1st, Mayor William Peduto spoke to over 150 Senior Corps and AmeriCorps members at the East End Cooperative Ministry. He recognized the service of these volunteers and thanked them for their commitment to improving Pittsburgh. Following breakfast and speakers, members of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps engaged in community service projects throughout East Liberty.

posted 4/03/14 @ 2:26 pm
Application Deadlines for two servePGH Programs Friday 3/7!

Applications for the Civic Leadership Academy and Love Your Block programs are closing this Friday March 7!

Love Your Block: An opportunity for community organizations to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project through a $2,000. Click here for more information!

Civic Leadership Academy: A free, 10-session course about Pittsburgh local government. Participants meet one-on-one with city departments once a week to better understand their City. Go here for more information or apply here!

posted 3/06/14 @ 12:16 pm
Application Period Extended for Love Your Block Program

The application period has been extended for the spring 2014 Love Your Block season. Applications will now be accepted until Friday, March 7

This season, the block revitalization program will give organizations $2,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers.

 

posted 2/27/14 @ 2:36 pm
Winter Volunteering Opportunity!

With frigid temperatures and snow showers still upon us, many Pittsburgh and Allegheny County residents are still in need of snow shoveling assistance this winter. It's not too late to help a neighbor-in-need by signing up as a Snow Angel this season!

To sign-up as a volunteer Snow Angel, please contact our partners at the United Way of Allegheny County's Open Your Heart to a Senior program at 412-307-0071, or email Allegheny@oyhs.org

If you would like a Snow Angel volunteer: Contact Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers at 412-345-7420. Volunteers are assigned on a first-come first-serve basis.

posted 2/18/14 @ 2:06 pm

The Civic Leadership Academy is a free, 10-session course about Pittsburgh local government. Click here to apply for the Spring 2014 session. Session will be held each Wednesday evening from March 26 through May 28.

Academy participants will have an opportunity to meet with a different city department every week for interactive presentations and tours explaining each department’s role.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more info.

Application deadline: March 7, 2014

posted 2/05/14 @ 9:38 am
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Phone: 412-255-2280
Email: servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov

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