The Love Your Block Fall 2013 season was a great success. From Fineview to Lawrenceville, 22 community groups made huge impacts in their neighborhoods. This season, volunteers collected over 5,500 pounds of refuse, impacted 89 city blocks, and dedicated more than 3,200 hours of service.
Check out photos to all of the projects here!
23 City residents were recognized Wednesday Nov. 20 for completing a 10 week course touring 12 City departments.
Check out the pictures from the Fall 2013 CLA sessions here!
Cool Roofs recently wrapped up a very successful first year! Over 230 Cool Roofs volunteers coated over 60,000 square feet on 12 rooftops, to help reduce Pittsburgh’s carbon footprint.
Since February 2013, we have successfully trained over 500 Promise Coaches across Pittsburgh! These Promise Coaches have pledged to increase the number of 'Promise Ready' students and create a 'college going culture' in the City of Pittsburgh.
Stay tuned to the Promise Coaches page for campaign updates coming in the new year.
We believe that the power of volunteers can be harnessed in new and innovative ways to meet the most pressing needs of our time.
Revitalizing our City - block by block
Cleaning up our City's streets
Greening up and growing volunteerism
Restoring homes of vulnerable residents
Making Pittsburgh a greener, more livable City
Making a difference in the life of a youth
Motivate and inspire student success
Inspiring community and civic leadership
Honoring Pittsburgh's Exceptional Volunteers
Special projects to engage volunteers in making positive change in Pittsburgh
Congratulations to Greenfield Community Association!
ServePGH is proud to announce that Greenfield Community Association is the winner of the most impressive Love Your Block Fall 2013 project, and will receive an additional Home Depot gift card valued at $2,000 for a future neighborhood beautification project. This Fall, with the help of community partners, over 100 volunteers helped rejuvenate Magee Park by clearing overgrowth, collecting over 1,400 pounds of litter, and painting multiple degraded surfaces of the public space.
posted 12/03/13 @ 2:18 pm
Michael Brown receives Citizen Service Award
Congratulations to Michael Brown for receiving the Mayor’s Citizen Service Award! As founder of Maestro Frameworks, Michael has demonstrated his passion and commitment to providing Pittsburgh residents the opportunity to overcome their physical limitations and independently ride bicycles. Through this award, we honor the efforts of Michael and his passion for bike building, where he has demonstrated unprecedented creativity by successfully constructing a new and innovative bike to assist residents in need.
posted 12/03/13 @ 1:00 pm
Jeremy Hartzell receives the Citizen Service Award
Congratulations to Jeremy Hartzell for receiving the Mayor’s Citizen Service Award! As a board member of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Jeremy has provided leadership and guidance to a charitable organization that has done great work in increasing awareness and supporting an end to breast cancer in our region. Through this award, we honor the efforts of Jeremy for his incredible support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
posted 10/25/13 @ 12:21 pm
Alberto Benzaquen receives the Citizen Service Award
Congratulations to Alberto Benzaquen on receiving the Mayor’s Citizen Service Award! As executive director of Pittsburgh Hispanic Development Corporation, he promotes diversity and economic development in Pittsburgh. Alberto also organized the first annual Latino Nationality Day at Kennywood Amusement Park. Alberto is a true example of the benefits of civic engagement, and a great asset to our city!
posted 10/11/13 @ 11:00 am
Edible Gardens Harvest Celebration!
Last week, some of Pittsburgh's best community gardeners came together to celebrate the end of the first Green Up Pittsburgh: Edible Gardens growing season with a harvest dinner event at Schenley Plaza. The event featured guest speaker Doug Oster, who provided some urban gardening tips, and donations were collected for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Click here to see photos!
posted 10/08/13 @ 1:44 pm
Civic Leadership Academy Starts Fall Course
The new Civic Leadership Academy class started their first session last night! The energetic class of Pittsburgh residents and business owners from all over the City learned about the initiatives within the Office of the Mayor. The group were also able to meet with Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith of District 2 to learn about City Council. See pictures from the first session here!
posted 9/19/13 @ 10:15 am
Olivet Baptist Church beautifies a community green space through Love Your Block!
On Saturday, August 31st, residents of the Hill District came out to beautify a vacant lot adjacent to the Historic Olivet Baptist Church. The project was supported by the Mayor’s Love Your Block Program. Check out some great event photos here!
posted 9/04/13 @ 12:00 am
Alichia Parker receives the Citizen Service Award
Congratulations to Alichia Parker on receiving the Mayor's Citizen Service Award! Alichia partnered with the North Side Youth Athletic Association to create The Northside Pulse Association, a non-profit organization with the goal of developing confidence in children through athletic and academic programs. Alichia is also founder of the Malaika Learning Center with a mission to support children to achieve greatness, promote family values, and develop a positive sense of self. Through this award, we honor the efforts of Alichia Parker for her work to support young people through mentoring and advocacy.
posted 8/30/13 @ 12:00 am
Welcoming our Fall 2013 Love Your Block Grantees!
Last week, The Love Your Block grantees selected for the Fall 2013 season were joined by various City Departments and local nonprofits for an orientation event at the 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. This is our largest season to date, with 23 grant recipients and a large array of projects including community gardens, art installations, and facade beautification. Check out some great photos here!
posted 8/09/13 @ 1:40 pm
Cool Roofs Celebrates Launch!
This Wednesday, residents of Mt. Washington joined Mayor Ravenstahl and other community leaders to kick off the launch of Cool Roofs! Cool Roofs is a sustainable initiative that aims to reduce Pittsburgh's carbon footprint by applying a reflective white coat to City roofs. Residents were briefed on the impact and significance of Cool Roofs.
posted 6/14/13 @ 12:00 am
Bloomfield Garfield Corporation and Garfield Community Action Team beautify Nelson Mandela Peace Park through Love Your Block
On Saturday, June 8th, residents of Garfield teamed up to create a beautiful butterfly garden in Nelson Mandela Peace Park. This project was supported by the Love Your Block program. To learn more about the program Click Here. !
posted 6/10/13 @ 12:00 am
Cool Roofs Launch Event Postponed
The Cool Roofs Launch Event, scheduled for Monday June 10 at the Charles A. Lewis parklet, has been postponed due to inclement weather. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back for further updates about Cool Roofs.
posted 6/09/13 @ 12:00 am
Watch why Mayor Ravenstahl supports national service!
posted 5/03/13 @ 10:00 am
Are you interested in finding out what it's like to be a Pittsburgh police officer? Do you ever wonder how Pittsburgh’s firefighters train for emergencies, or how the City takes care of its parks and streets?
The Mayor's Youth Civic Leadership Academy is your chance to explore these things, and more! Apply now for the free, 6-session program!
posted 5/01/13 @ 12:00 am
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. Learn more here!
posted 4/22/13 @ 12:00 am
The Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks receives the Mayor's Citizen Service Award!
Congratulations to the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks for receiving the Mayor's Citizen Service Award! Their outstanding efforts to serve those affected by Autism here in the Pittsburgh region have truly impacted local residents and communities and we thank them for their service!
posted 4/19/13 @ 12:00 am
The Love Your Block season is set to start on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 with two great community service projects. Join volunteers as they plant trees in Highland Park with the group Tree Pittsburgh and join the Southside Chamber of Commerce as they love the 1100 block of East Carson Street by planting and installing flowerboxes as well as cleaning up their block on the Southside!
posted 4/14/13 @ 12:00 am
On April 9th, 2013, over 800 bipartisan mayors across the country took the time to recognize the impact of national service in their cities and thank those who serve. Currently, there are more than 1,600 AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers that serve in the City of Pittsburgh, providing vital support to residents and improving quality of life. To read more about the impact of their service here in Pittsburgh, Click Here.
posted 4/09/13 @ 12:00 am
On Wednesday, March 20th, Mayor Ravenstahl and his servePGH team were joined by volunteers and community members to celebrate the 2nd Anniversary of the servePGH Initiative! Volunteers spent the morning in Elliott helping to prepare a garden for spring planting.
posted 3/20/13 @ 3:00 pm
Today Mayor Ravenstahl announced that applications are now available for his spring 2013 Edible Gardens program, an expansion of his successful Green Up Pittsburgh program and servePGH initiativ
For more information, visit pittsburghpa.gov/
posted 1/31/13 @ 10:00 am
Click here to listen to an audio montage featuring Mayor Ravenstahl and others speaking passionately about the power of service to impact our nation's most pressing challenges.
posted 1/29/13 @ 12:00 am
Girl's Math and Science Partnership receives Mayor Ravenstahl's Citizen Service Award
Congratulations to the Girl's Math and Science Partnerhsip for receiving Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's Citizen Service Award! The Girl's Math and Science Partnership, apart of the STEM programming in the Carnegie Science Center, strives to provide young girls with the resources to succeed in the historically male dominated arenas of math and science. Thank you for choosing to mentor our young residents and provide quality programming to assist them in succeeding!
posted 1/18/13 @ 12:00 am
In celebration of National Mentoring Month, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl recognizes the efforts of volunteers who have chosen to dedicate time to mentor young people, ensuring they have the support he or she needs to navigate life’s challenges, in the City of Pittsburgh on Thank Your Mentor Day.
posted 1/17/13 @ 12:00 am
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