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Best Block Transformation Award Winner!

 

The Best Block Transformation Award Winner is Spring Hill Civic League!  SHCL and volunteers landscaped a highly visible lot at the community entrance. They weeded, planted flowers and scrubs and layed mulch to a vacant lot that is home to a mosaic art piece exhibiting the history of the Spring Hill nieghborhood.

 

Congratulations Spring Hill!

Another Great Season!

 

The Spring 2015 Love Your Block Season has been amazing!  We completed 15 great transformation projects across the city.  The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Pittsburgh!  Thank you to all the great organizations and  volunteers for all your hard work!  

 

Check out all the photos here

Making an Impact!

 

"The project looked enormous when we first started and there were doubts expressed that we would complete it in time. [But] We did it, and the high-fives showed the feeling of accomplishment everyone was feeling."

 

- Christina HowellBloomfield Development Corporation

Getting Things Done!

"We have a new sense of community responsibility - where we are all accountable for creating a better Pittsburgh."

- Tera McIntosh, The Hazelwood Initiative

 

"This program helps tear down the barriers between what neighborhood groups may want to do and lets them actually accomplish it."

Ben Soltesz, Spring Hill Civic League

Creating Community Involvement!

"With the volunteers, the transformation of the site would not occur without many hours and days of continued efforts. They arrived in numbers and helped transform the site quickly. The best part of the event day was using it to foster excitement for the future of Beechview and bringing people together.."

- Joe Wingenfeld, Beechivew Business Distric Revitalization Project

 

 

Love Your Block - Guidelines

Most importantly, call us with questions. We’d love to speak with you! Our number is 412-255-4773.

Please consider the following in planning your project:

  1. All projects must benefit the public. All sites should be visible from the street or another public space.
  2. There are different guidelines for private vs. public property.
    • You can check who owns your proposed project site here.
    • If you would like to work on private property, we will need written permission from the property owner. A sample property permission is here.
    • If you would like to work on City property, give us a call and tell us your project idea. We’ll help inform what the City will permit or what challenges may pop up.
  3. We encourage community art projects, however we do not recommend art projects on City property under the LYB program.
  4. All structures, on City or private property, are subject to the receipt of permits from Zoning and the Bureau of Building Inspection. Structures include fences, sheds, walls and signs, which must be illustrated on a scaled site plan, at a minimum.  In addition, if you require a permit, the project site must have an address. But don't worry; we will help you!
  5. Many projects on City property will be subject to Art Commission approval. If you’ve never attended a public hearing, this is a great opportunity for you to learn how that process works!
  6. Grantees may be eligible to purchase equipment with the Home Depot gift card, however the equipment must remain under the ownership of a community group. Final approval of your budget is always subject to City approval.
  7. While faith-based organizations may participate in Love Your Block, the City will not fund projects involving inherently religious activity or practices. Make sure your proposed project would be inclusive and welcoming to all residents.

In planning for strong and successful projects, consider the following:

  1. Build strong partnerships
    • Consider having local businesses come out and lend a hand or donate food or materials. Recruit volunteers from a local VFW post, or have a service-learning component for youth.
  2. Leverage donations
    • Consider having residents donate plants, compost material, or food for your volunteer event day.
  3. ‚ÄčMake sure it’s feasible
    • We love creative ideas- but don’t bite off more than you can chew! If you have a huge idea, make Love Your Block a first step in the right direction and secure some other partners that can assist with your plans for the future.
  4. ‚ÄčEngage neighbors
    • While your volunteers can come from anywhere, we’ve found that the most impactful projects utilize volunteers within close proximity to the project. People like to be a part of what’s happening next door, and are more likely to maintain and sustain the project afterward if they helped plan and implement it.

 

Contact Us
servePGH Office:

servePGH
City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov

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