Thousands of individuals connected with nonprofits through the Pittsburgh Cares opportunity calendar last year. Partnering with Pittsburgh Cares allows your organization to engage more individuals, expand service output, and have greater impact on the populations you serve.We welcome all local nonprofits to become Priority Partners, but we do have a few criteria. Your organization must:
Have verifiable 501(c)3 nonprofit status or be a not-for-profit/public school or government organization
Prohibit discrimination in hiring practices or in determining recipients of services based on
an individual's race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or mental or physical disability or any other status prohibited by applicable law
Agree to not use volunteers for activities related to political campaigns or religious proselytization
Nonprofit organizations may
Post service opportunities on our project calendar and website
Track your organization's volunteer history
Become a Nonprofit Priority Partner
In addition to posting volunteer opportunities on our calendar and website, joining Pittsburgh Cares as a Priority Partner allows your organization and staff to:
Be matched with volunteer groups from our corporate partners and youth programs
Search our database for volunteers with particular skills and talents for skills-based volunteer needs
Submit in-kind donation requests on the Pittsburgh Cares Wishlist
Be among the first to know about special programs and workshops, including HandsOn Tech, Toys for Tots, and grant opportunities
Receive announcements about funding opportunities from our corporate partners
Borrow tools for volunteer projects from our Tool Shed
Participate in our Volunteer Coordinator Network
Promote volunteer opportunities to our 20,000+ volunteer network via the eCares newsletter and social media
Be spotlighted in the Pittsburgh Cares website on our Priority Partners page
Priority Partnership Dues
New Priority Partner memberships and membership renewals will be active for one year, upon receipt of annual dues. 2014-15 Priority Partners dues are tiered and based on your organization's annual operating budget:
$0 - $500,000
$500,000 - $2 million
$2 million - $5 million
Less Than $5 million
As a partnership between AmeriCorps, Google and the HandsOn Network
HandsOn Tech Pittsburgh has promoted sustainable and effective technology use within the city's nonprofit community. Started in 2011, this program was intended to be a three-year effort, and like all good things, it must come to an end on August 22, 2014.
We would like to thank our nonprofit partners for supporting our work for the past three years, and we hope that our legacy will continue for many years to come.
In 2011, Pittsburgh Cares partnered with Points of Light, HandsOn Network and Google to be part of a new program to help nonprofits increase capacity through the use of technology.
The mission of HandsOn Tech is to develop the nonprofit sector's effective use of technology to increase community resources and improve outcomes for low-income communities and families. As one of the first seven cities, AmeriCorps VISTAs based in our office worked with over 400 Pittsburgh-area nonprofits to fulfill this mission.
HandsOn Tech expands upon Pittsburgh Cares' focus on volunteerism by matching talented skills-based volunteers with local nonprofits.
These SBVs assist with technical assessments, provide free training on a variety of technologies, and help to implement technology solutions.
Now in its second year, HandsOn Tech has expanded to eight cities and continues its mission of helping local nonprofits better fulfill their mission.
To learn more about HandsOn Tech Pittsburgh, please visit the program website.
Pittsburgh Cares Wishlist
The Pittsburgh Cares Wishlist links individuals, businesses and nonprofits to ensure that donated supplies go to the organizations where they are most needed.
The Wishlist is another way you can do good year-round and help enhance the impact of Pittsburgh Cares' community partners.
Simply browse or search for wish items posted by Pittsburgh Cares nonprofit partners.
If you find an item you'd like to donate, simply click on the wish and fill out the contact form. Someone from the wishing organization will contact you.
Pittsburgh Cares Tool Shed
We understand that purchasing and storing large quantities of tools for occasional or intermittently occurring projects does not often make sense, and we hope the Pittsburgh Cares Tool Shed can make a huge difference for local nonprofits. The Pittsburgh Cares Tool Shed is a resource of our Priority Partners package of services. The Tool Shed is an initiative to provide an inventory of tools to local nonprofit organizations. Available tools include:
Rakes and shovels
Brushes and paint trays
A+ Schools: Pittsburgh's Community Alliance for Public Education
http://www.aplusschools.org. An independent nonprofit advocating for improvement in public education in Pittsburgh.
http://www.aarp.org. AARP enhances the quality of life for all as we age. We champion positive social change and deliver value through advocacy, information and service.
Academy Charter School
http://www.theacademyschools.com. The Academy Charter School's mission is to provide specialized educational services to delinquent youth. The mission of The Academy Charter School is to engage each student in a variety of educational experiences needed to achieve his or her maximum potential as a positive, contributing citizen of a diverse and changing society.
ACH Clear Pathways
http://achclearpathways.org. The mission of ACH Clear Pathways is to provide visual and performing arts programs to urban community at-risk children to nurture their social, emotional and long-term development skills.
http://www.alleghenycleanways.org/. Allegheny CleanWays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2000 to "engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County." Illegal dumping and littering both degrade communities and our quality of life. Illegal dumping creates significant risks to public health and the environmental quality. Litter creates a sense of neglect, reducing property values and inviting property vandalism. Residents and businesses have the power to prevent and eliminate BOTH illegal dumping and litter.
Allegheny Land Trust
http://www.alleghenylandtrust.org. Allegheny Land Trust 's mission is to serve as the lead land trust conserving and stewarding lands that support the scenic, recreational and environmental well-being of communities in Allegheny County and its environs. Allegheny Land Trust is an independent Pennsylvania nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in 1993 to protect land of natural value in and adjacent to Allegheny County. ALT helps local people save local land that contributes to the scenic, recreational, educational and environmental wealth of our communities. We've protected more than 1,400 acres in Allegheny and Washington Counties.
Allentown Senior Citizens Center, Inc
Senior Center in Allentown.
unitedAmerican Diabetes Association
http://www.diabetes.org. Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
American Liver Foundation
http://www.liverfoundation.org. The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is the nation's leading nonprofit organization promoting liver health and disease prevention. ALF provides research, education and advocacy for those affected by liver-related diseases, including hepatitis.
American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania
http://redcross.org/pa/pittsburgh. Our Mission: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The American Red Cross Southwestern Pennsylvania Chapter serves more than 1.6 million individuals in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties. Locally, the Red Cross provides relief to the victims of more than 350 disasters each year, facilitates more than 2,600 emergency messages between our deployed men and women in uniform and their loved ones here at home, as well as trains more than 50,000 individuals in lifesaving skills. The American Red Cross is not a government agency and it relies on the generosity of the people of Southwestern Pennsylvania to fulfill its mission to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters and other lifesaving emergencies.
Animal Rescue League
Animal Rescue League Wildlife Center
http://www.pawildlifecenter.org. The Animal Rescue League of Western Pennsylvania Wildlife Center, a hospital for native wildlife, is dedicated to global conservation through education, research and professional veterinary care. The center provides leadership to individuals and institutions by fostering an appreciation for wildlife and the environment.
http://assemblepgh.org. Assemble is an open physical space in an urban neighborhood in Pittsburgh. We unite artists, technologists, and makers with our neighbors of all demographics. Assemble provides a platform for experiential learning, opening creative processes and building confidence through making.
http://www.assetinc.org. ASSET Inc. is an independent nonprofit educational improvement organization dedicated to continuously improving teaching and learning through science education. ASSET currently serves 161 school districts, charter and private schools impacting 4,500 teachers and more than 180,000 students across 52 Pennsylvania counties. Established in 1994 by Bayer Corporation and several community partners, ASSET also received substantial funding from the National Science Foundation. Today ASSET has achieved sustainability as a fee-for-service organization with ongoing support from several local and national foundations and corporate partners. Since 2006-07, Governor Edward G. Rendell and the PA Legislature have invested $38MM to allow ASSET to partner with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to improve elementary science education through designing and coordinating the landmark initiative Science: It's Elementary.
http://www.auberle.org. Auberle has been dedicated to the mission of caring for and healing abused, neglected and troubled children throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We have been able to help thousands of children and their families through our residential care, foster care, emergency shelter, in-home intervention, education and community programs. Family preservation, the reuniting of families in a positive home environment and preparing children to be responsible adults are the ultimate goals of Auberle. ONLINE DONATION CENTER The wish list for Auberle: http://pittsburghcares.org/donationcenter/index.php?topic=4.0
Beechview Community Garden
http://beechviewcommunitygarden.blogspot.com. The Garden Mission is to support and promote the development of organic, urban gardening realized through various programs, educational opportunities and hard work.
Cameroon Football Development Program
http://www.cameroonfdp.org. Our mission is to use soccer to improve kids' lives in Cameroon.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
http://carnegielibrary.org. Mission To Engage our Community in Literacy and Learning Vision Statement Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will inspire in the citizens of our region respect and responsibility for life-long learning, citizenship, and civic participation. Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP), founded in 1895, offers library services from 17 neighborhood library locations, the Main Library in Oakland and the Library for the Blind and Physically handicapped. CLP, a public trust and independent organization that receives no financial benefit from the Carnegie Museums, has been central to community life in all of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods.
Central Northside Neighborhood Council
http://www.cnnc-pgh.org. CNNC Mission: To enhance the quality of life for all Central Northside residents. CNNC Vision: By end of 2015, CNNC will transform all of our neighborhood's vacant lots and empty storefronts by filling them with thriving individuals, commerce and families of all kinds.
Children's Museum of Pittsburgh
https://pittsburghkids.org. Children's Museum of Pittsburgh provides innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.
Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc.
http://www.cscfkids.org. The mission of the Children's Sickle Cell Foundation, Inc. (CSCF) is to provide support for children with sickle cell disease (SCD) and their families to help them face the educational, social and economic challenges caused by the disease. Our commitment to sickle cell disease education and community outreach, and support for sickle cell disease research are natural extensions of this mission. CSCF is the sole provider of community based programs for children with SCD in Western Pennsylvania. Some of the programs offered by CSCF are the Family, Educational Support, Learn2Swim and Living Well with Sickle Cell Transition Programs. The strength of CSCF is in our collaborative partnerships. Among the 22 organizations that have partnerships with CSCF are Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Sickle Cell Program, The Children's Institute and Greater Pittsburgh YMCA Allegheny. Though there is promising research, there is NO CURE for sickle cell disease. We help children and support families while we wait for a cure.
Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation
http://www.chris4life.org. To find a cure for colon cancer by funding and facilitating cutting edge research programs across the nation. To improve the lives of patients diagnosed with colon cancer by funding and developing programs to support patients and their caregivers. To increase awareness of the life-saving importance of early screening for colon cancer by using innovative strategies.
Community Human Services
http://www.chscorp.org. Community Human Services Corporation seeks to enhance people's lives and strengthen communities by providing opportunities to develop individual potential and by delivering comprehensive services that maximize the health and well-being of those it serves.
http://www.computereach.com/. Computer Reach relies on a dedicated and constantly growing group of adult and teen volunteers from schools, churches, businesses and community groups to help us install, train and support our computer labs throughout our Western Pennsylvania communities every week. Computer Reach partners with non-profit technology companies outside of Western PA to support our worldwide deployment of recycled computer labs. We use a database-driven web site that can immediately print a comprehensive record about volunteers and how many hours they've worked. This is a useful tool for keeping track of community service or teacher-required volunteer hours.
Earthen Vessels Outreach
http://www.evo-pgh.org. The mission of Earthen Vessels Outreach is to help the 'at-risk' youth and families in our neighborhood with the purpose of transforming such individuals into successful, contributing, and functioning members of society. The fultillment of this mission requires ministering to the whole person (holistic ministry) intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially. We aim to reach out and care for children in the age range of pre-K through high school. The after-school program is geared towards kindergarten through sixth grade. The summer camp registers children pre-K through grade 8. The girls and guys in middle school groups are set up around children in the 6th to 9th grades. The boys' high school basketball team reaches out to youth aged 7th grade through 12th grade. In a nutshell, our goals are to: Meet a person's needs at their level of development and assist them in achieving personal growth. Ensure the intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social components of our holistic models are appropriately incorporated into each of our programs. Network or partner with other organizations that will advance the accomplishments of our mission while avoiding unncessary duplication of services. Maintain the highest standards of financial integrity and stewardship while pursuing diversified sources of income. To implement and advance the 40 Developmental Assets outlined by the Search Institute as being necessary for adolescents to make healthy choieces and avoid risky behaviors as they approach adulthood.
http://www.theeducationpartnership.org. At The Education Partnership, we are dedicated to addressing educational inequities by providing, and enabling access to, the tools and resources necessary to support our teachers and enhance their students' ability to learn and succeed.
http://www.eyouthamerica.org. THE BIG IDEA!!! | Entrepreneuring Youth addresses low academic performance and insufficient preparation for career and economic success by furthering the aspirations and natural talent of youth in economically fragile communities through entrepreneurial learning and business creation. Entrepreneuring Youth ignites possibilities for young people. | Volunteer Needs | Knowing that you've played a part in helping a young person achieve an accomplishment is completely fulfilling. It's even more fulfilling when you know that by helping them achieve that accomplishment you've also helped them to realize their potential, open new doors of opportunity and obtain a brighter outlook on the future. Volunteers for Entrepreneuring Youth get the chance to experience this type of joy often. We offer a number of volunteer opportunities to accommodate various schedules. These meaningful encounters with business leaders like you will positively impact our young people now and for the rest of their lives. We hope that you choose to join us as we motivate learning, inspire confidence and ignite possibilities for our students.
Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central PA
http://www.efwp.org. The Epilepsy Foundation Western/Central Pennsylvania will ensure that people with seizures are able to participate in all life experiences; and will prevent, control and cure epilepsy through services, education, advocacy and research.
Family House, Inc.
http://www.familyhouse.org. Family House, a 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation operated by a voluntary board of directors, provides a special "home away from home" for patients and/or families who must travel to Pittsburgh for treatment of serious or life-threatening illnesses. Thanks to the generosity and support of the Pittsburgh community, Family House is able to provide a comfortable haven to help our guests through stressful times.
Family Services of Western Pennsylvania
http://www.fswp.org/. Family Services of Western Pennsylvania (FSWP) provides a wide variety of programs, services and activities for children, adults and families living in the Western Pennsylvania region. For more than 55 years, FSWP has maintained its commitment to the following mission... "To foster the capacities and skills in families and individuals to direct their own lives and create a productive, caring community." FSWP's services are developed in accordance with standards established by The Alliance for Children and Families and Family Services of America. Our certification by the Council on Accreditation means that FSWP's programs and services meet the highest standards for professional performance in human services. Some projects will require volunteers to have Act 33/34 Clearances. Special Projects will specify during recruiting process.
FIRST (US Foundation for Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology)
http://www.usfirst.org. Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
http://www.firsttrinity.net/. First Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church has been proclaiming the Word of God to the greater Pittsburgh area since 1837. We are located in the heart of Pittsburgh's scenic Oakland and Shadyside neighborhoods, which is home to thousands of families and students at several major colleges and universities.
Foundation of HOPE
http://www.foundationofhope.org. The MISSION of H.O.P.E. is to provide intensive discipleship, practical resources, and one-on-one mentoring to men and women incarcerated in the Allegheny County Jail. Through choice awareness and spiritual enhancement training, the program helps offenders rebuild their lives, reconcile to their community, and restore their relationship with God and their neighbors.
Friends of the Riverfront
http://www.friendsoftheriverfront.org. Increase awareness and engagement with the Pittsburgh region's rivers and riverfronts through activities, stewardship and expansion of water and land trails.
Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania
http://www.gswpa.org. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.
Girls Hope of Pittsburgh
http://www.girlshope.org. Girls Hope provides a well-balanced, nurturing home and quality education through college for academically capable girls. We serve children between the ages of 10-18 who are at risk due to poverty, neglect or harmful neighborhood conditions. We give girls a foundation for success by addressing their basic needs and providing enriching opportunities that build confidence and self-esteem. Our focus on academic achievement through college creates a strong foundation that builds a future of hope and opportunity for our girls. Our full-time house parents and other staff serve as role models by providing guidance, discipline and love, instilling values, and encouraging respect and compassion. Founded in 1990, we were the first Girls Hope established in the U.S. and a model for developing other Girls Hope programs across the nation. We provide two stable, family-like homes, each accommodating eight full-time residents, while also serving as a home base for several Girls Hope college students. Girls Hope of Pittsburgh provides services and employment in a nondiscriminatory manner without regard to an individual's race, color, sex, age, religious creed, national origin, ancestry or disability.
Glade Run Lutheran Services
http://www.gladerun.org. A bridge to a brighter future. Glade Run Lutheran Services is just that. A bridge from the past to the future. Glade Run Lutheran Services has held firm to these beliefs since its establishment in 1854, and we have evolved into a multi-service organization providing behavioral health, education, and social services to the communities we serve. With offices in Beaver Falls, Butler, Pittsburgh and Zelienople, Glade Run is able to offer a continuum of services.
http://www.globallinks.org/. Global Links is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare in developing countries through our pioneering approach to recovering and processing surplus medical supplies and equipment for use by targeted healthcare institutions.
Good Samaritan Hospice
http://www.good-samaritanhospice.org. Good Samaritan Hospice is a non-profit organization, founded on the principles of Christianity, comprised of an interdisciplinary team of compassionate and competent professionals and volunteers who attend to the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the terminally ill and their loved ones. In addition, through the flowering and nurturing of community relationships, Good Samaritan Hospice strives to demonstrate the love of God while protecting the dignity and comfort of those served.
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh ReStore
http://www.pittsburghhabitat.org. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells reusable house building and home improvement materials to the public. The store accepts donated goods which are sold at 30%-50% of the retail value. All proceeds from the sale of donations help place families in affordable shelter in the Greater Pittsburgh area. The ReStore provides an environmentally and socially responsible way to keep good, reusable materials out of the waste stream while providing funding for Habitat's community improvement work.
Hollow Oak Land Trust
http://www.hollowoak.org. The Hollow Oak Land Trust is a community-based organization working to preserve and protect greenspace with a focus in the Pittsburgh Airport Corridor by acquiring and managing land and by providing environmental education to the public.
Holy Family Institute
http://www.hfi-pgh.org. Our Mission "In the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching and rooted in the heritage of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, we empower children and families to lead responsible lives and develop healthy relationships built on faith, hope, and love." Children are the heart and future of every family and community. In the right environment and with appropriate support, every child has the potential to make his or her life happy, fulfilling and socially constructive. By helping children reach their highest levels of achievement, we build a sound foundation not only for their futures, but also for the future of our community. Holy Family helps thousands of disadvantaged children by giving them the supportive environment they need, through therapeutic counseling, specialized education, residential care and career preparation. All of our leadership and staff members are involved in developing a healing environment by integrating the Sanctuary Model® to create a trauma-informed culture at Holy Family.
Horses with Hope Therapeutic Riding, Discovery, Growth & Learning
http://www.horseswithhope.org. A faith based organization that provides therapeutic riding and other equine related activities to enhance the physical, mental, social and emotional needs of individuals.
http://www.hosannahouse.org. Mission "People working together providing opportunities that will empower families and individuals to discover, acknowledge and develop their maximum potential physically, spiritually and economically." History Once a thriving borough east of Pittsburgh, Wilkinsburg has absorbed more than its fair share of social and economic dislocation since it was established in 1887. The decline of the steel industry in the 1980s hit the town especially hard and, in 1987, Wilkinsburg was declared a distressed community. In 1987, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Social Work was commissioned by the Wilkinsburg Borough to conduct a community needs assessment. This study concluded that a one-stop human service center would greatly enhance the delivery of service in the Borough. The idea was to offer, all under one roof, the spectrum of essential human services not currently available to much of Wilkinsburg. Due to its strong emerging role in the community, the Covenant Church of Pittsburgh was selected to assume the leadership in developing a plan to open a community center to meet the needs of the Wilkinsburg residents. After a careful review of the University of Pittsburgh study, Covenant Church took a leadership role in forming Hosanna House, Inc., a separate 501 (c) 3 organization which was incorporated in 1989. Leon E. Haynes, III, the first and current Executive Director, was identified to lead the community building process that would initiate new programs and partnerships, and facilitate development of the one-stop shop. Mr. Haynes brought together government, social service, business, community, school and religious leaders to undertake the creation of this community center. In the early 1990's Hosanna House was able to purchase the abandoned former Horner Middle School which is centrally located in the heart of the community. Over the next several years more than 500 volunteers gave of their time helping to renovate the building for use. In 1996 we officially opened our doors as Hosanna House - Community Center of Western Pennsylvania! Today Hosanna House is a multi-purpose community center which serves over 27,000 people a year. We impact youth, families and individuals with quality health and human services. We provide a variety of services and programs that include: early childhood education, youth recreation, tutoring and mentoring, youth and adult technology, men's services, workforce development, health and dental care and permanent supportive housing. All of the services that we provide have been initiated as a response to the needs of the community.
Human Services Center Corporation
http://www.hscc-mvpc.org. The Human Services Center Corporation improves the quality of life for children, adults, and families in the Mon Valley area. It fulfills this mission in four ways: - Serving as a collaborative leader by promoting and supporting a network of providers within and outside the walls of its multi-purpose center. - Serving as a bridge between human service organizations and those who develop policies and funding that impact the quality of life in the Mon Valley area. - Monitoring community needs and initiating innovative strategies to fill service gaps. - Providing essential services to both community members and human service organizations. The Human Services Center was created in 1982 under an initiative of the Allegheny County Commissioners. As a private, non profit 501c3 organization, the Center is owned and operated by the Human Services Center Corporation (HSCC). Currently, over 750 people receive services daily.
In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh
http://www.oyhs.org. In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh (formerly IVC) is a part of the Open Your Heart to a Senior (OYHS) initiative of the United Way of Allegheny County. Seniors who need some extra support to live independently at home and feel connected to their community are matched with volunteers in their neighborhood. Volunteers are able to have flexible/self-service scheduling through an online program which allows volunteers to view and select activities that they would like to do. Some of the activities available are grocery shopping for or with an older adult, providing rides to an appointment, friendly visiting, helping with simple yard work, special events and more! In Service of Seniors: Pittsburgh (ISOS) partners with local religious congregations, universities, community groups, families and individual volunteers. ISOS/OYHS is a program of Family Services of Western PA with a mission "to maximize the independence and overcome the isolation of the frail elderly in Allegheny County." www.olderadults.fswp.org www.oyhs.org
http://www.IntersectionsWellness.com. Intersections Wellness brings the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and other wellness practices into our community to populations that may be at-risk for physical or mental health problems and do not have easy access to these practices. Our goal is to strengthen our community by sharing the skills that people need to manage stress, practice physical and mental self care, and form supportive connections with others.
Junior Achievement of Western PA
http://www.jawesternpa.org/. Junior Achivement It is the world's largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. Junior Achievement programs help prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, how to create jobs which make their communities more robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students put these lessons into action, and help strengthen their communities.
Kane Regional Ross
http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/kane/ross.asp. Long term care facility.
http://www.lvpgh.com. To act as a catalyst and consuit for responsible growth and reinvestment in the Lawrenceville community.
http://www.lunited.org. Lawrenceville United is an inclusive, resident-driven community based non- profit organization focused on improving the overall quality of life for Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders through community engagement, organizing, advocacy, planning and development. Growing from its modest roots in 2011, Lawrenceville United has made great strides over the past few years, and has also demonstrated the ability to not only deliver on the targets and objectives described in an original business plan, but have also demonstrated the ability to take on new, community-driven programs that align with the mission of the organization. The mission and goals have stayed the same, but as the neighborhood evolves, new and creative ways of reaching those goals and carrying out that mission of improving overall quality of life have been and will continue to be explored and implemented. Lawrenceville United's direct connection to the residents makes the organization unique in their ability to create and deliver programs that address the high priority concerns and needs of the residents. Lawrenceville is currently experiencing an incredible revival, and its growth is due in no small part to the work of the community organizations that have worked diligently to re-establish this neighborhood as a place. Nowhere in this region can a neighborhood claim so many historical assets, involved and engaged residents, economic development projects and opportunities, sustainability and green initiatives, and bona fide examples of substantive business community growth. We are one of the largest neighborhoods in the City, yet have experienced a remarkable reduction in crime over the past few years: a 56% drop between 2002 and 20010. Investors and developers are approaching Lawrenceville with proposed projects and plans, and houses are selling and renting faster than in previous years, despite the challenging economic times. Despite the organizational and community success, there is still much to be done in Lawrenceville. Dilapidated and vacant buildings, large tracts of vacant underutilized land, struggling main street businesses, potential plans waiting for implementation, a myriad of quality of life issues and standard of life issues are constant reminders that organizations such as Lawrenceville United are crucial to the continued success and revitalization of the community.
Ligonier Valley Rail Road Association
http://www.lvrra.org. Preserve the legacy of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. Conserve the vestiges of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. Collect relics and memorabilia of the Ligonier Valley Rail Road. Educate the public about the history of railroading in the Ligonier Valley.
Lutheran Service Society
http://www.lsswpa.org. To provide services that empower our neighbors to lead independent, dignified and secure lives.
McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation
http://www.mckeesrocks.com. The mission of the McKees Rocks CDC is to facilitate investment and restore community pride to attract and retain residents and businesses.
Millvale Community Library
http://www.MillvaleLibrary.org. The Millvale Community Library is dedicated to establishing the community involvement, financial support, and environment of learning to realize a public library space in Millvale. Our direction is driven by community needs, and we especially recognize our responsibility to serve our children, as a place to discover new ideas, read, and become informed.
Mon Yough Community Services
http://mycs.org. Mission To foster hope, renewal, healing and wellness for those who face the challenges of mental health, substance abuse disorders and developmental disabilities.
Mount Washington Community Development Corporation
http://www.mwcdc.org/. MWCDC's mission is to cultivate growth, development, and community investment in Mount Washington and Dusquesne Hieghts. Our organization - its board, staff, members and volunteers - develops and implements strategic plans for multilevel improvements to our neighborhoods. A number of committees have been formed to accomplish specific tasks. Each committee takes great pride in making Mt. Washington and Duquesne Heights a wonderful place to visit and an even better place to live. MWCDC is helping to develop the 257-acre Emerald View Park, Pittsburgh's newest regional park, that connects historic park spaces with wooded hillsides and ravines.
Neighbors in the Strip
http://www.neighborsinthestrip.com. Recognizing a need for more than just business promotions, a group of Strip District stakeholders united their efforts to form an organization that would "promote economic development opportunities, while preserving the personality, integrity and character of the Strip."
New Century Careers
http://www.ncsquared.com. New Century Careers (NCC) contributes to the economic health of Southwestern Pennsylvania through meeting manufacturing workforce needs by working to deliver a capable workforce to employers of the region. NCC seeks to improve the lives of individuals through the development of skills that lead to good quality family wage jobs and careers.
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
http://www.ninemilerun.org. To ensure the restoration and protection of the Nine Mile Run Watershed through citizen engagement, demonstration projects, and advocacy.
Off The Floor Pittsburgh
http://www.offthefloorpittsburgh.org. To strengthen families and to reduce the pain and indignity of extreme poverty in the Greater Pittsburgh Region by recycling used furniture in good condition and delivering it free of charge to families in deepest need.
Operation Walk Pittsburgh/AMD3 Foundation
http://www.OperationWalkPgh.org. The mission of the AMD3 Foundation is to promote education, research medical missionary efforts and other related charitable activities in patient and family centered care.
Persad Center Inc.
http://www.persadcenter.org. Strengthening the region's LGBTQ communities and their allies, Persad Center seeks to increase the well being of sexual minority persons, all persons affected by HIV/AIDS, and the family members and significant others of these persons. As a community counseling organization, we will achieve this through: counseling and therapeutic services for our target populations. prevention and well being services for the community. advocacy and support for individuals and groups affected by discrimination. training and education and research to increase understanding The agency shall be client-directed and non-judgmental. We view those whom we serve to be the focus which provides direction for the board of directors, the administration, the staff and our volunteers. Persad Center, Inc. is the nation's second oldest licensed mental health center specifically created to serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. In addition, Persad Center is an AIDS Service Organization providing counseling to persons with HIV Disease. Persad Center is committed to helping LGBT and HIV+ individuals and the people who love them. Our staff of mental health professionals are trained to respond to the emotional needs of the LGBT community in a caring way that is sensitive, non-judgmental and culturally specific. Persad Center offers a variety of Clinical Programs and Services to fulfill our mission to increase the well-being of the community. Founded in 1972, Persad Center has been providing quality services to the community for over 30 years. Through strong commitment by the Board of Directors and from the generosity of the community, and many programs are provided regardless of ability to pay.
http://www.picttheatre.org. Incorporated in 1997, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre (PICT) is the third largest professional theatre company whose mission is to produce innovative interpretations of dramatic literature in the classical and Irish tradition. As the Professional Theatre in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, PICT performs in the landmark Stephen Foster Memorial theatres for audiences surpassing 15,000 each season. With an operating budget of just over $1.1 million, PICT is a lean and entrepreneurial company with a fiercely devoted following.
Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children
http://www.paeyc.org. Serving Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington and Westmoreland Counties The Pittsburgh Association for the Education of Young Children (PAEYC) works to support high-quality care and education for young children from birth until age nine across 10 counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania. PAEYC provides professional development, community resources and advocacy for the needs and rights of children, their families and the individuals who work with them. PAEYC works to Educate parents, individuals working in the field, and other stakeholders about the best practices in early childhood education, and to help improve the quality of services provided to the children of our region. Communicate the value of early childhood education, so that, as a community, we can make wise investments in the future of our children. Elevate the status of professionals working in the field of early childhood education, so we can continue to attract and retain individuals who are highly skilled and committed to children and their optimal development.
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
http://www.pittsburghbotanicgarden.org. Our mission: To build a 460 acre botanic garden. Inspiring people to grow. To accomplish this mission, we will: o Develop and nurture partnerships between people and plants; o Serve as a catalyst for learning through the study of the horticultural world; o Foster an appreciation of nature and respect for the environment through the responsible application of horticultural technology and practices; o Promote wellness of body, mind and spirit through association with plants; o Create a forum for the enjoyment of all things green. We make this pledge to the citizens of this region in the belief that plants have the power to improve well being; effect positive change in our surroundings; and enrich with their beauty.
Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
http://www.pccr.org. Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse (PCCR) promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse.
Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
http://www.downtownpittsburgh.com/. Since 1994, the PDP has been marketing Downtown as the premier location to live, work, shop, dine, play and visit. Formed by Downtown businesses, professionals, civic organizations, foundations and residents, the PDP fosters a clean, safe, accessible and vibrant Downtown through a wide range of strategies and advocacy for actions that will strengthen the city, enhance its beauty and vitality...and make it a better place for business and pleasure.
http://www.pittsburghharlequins.org. For the Youth of our community, for the love of sport.
Pittsburgh North Optimist Club
http://www.pittsburghoptimist.com. "To foster an optimistic way of life, through a network of optimists, dedicated to the full developement of their potential in order to provide ever-expanding service to youth, the community and the world"
Polish Hill Civic Association
http://www.phcapgh.org/. Our mission is to respect and preserve the sense of community in Polish Hill while promoting economic and housing development opportunities and improving the quality of life for our community.
Providence Connections, Inc.
http://www.providenceconnections.org/. Providence Family Support Center, sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence, is located on the North Side of Pittsburgh. The facility is a modern building which enables us to strengthen families and enrich their lives by providing multiple opportunities for ongoing learning, family support and hope for the future. PFSC established in 1994 continues to provide quality care and learning for both children and adults that promote individual growth, education and opportunities to reach one's full potential and become successful members of society, which is our hope for tomorrow. We will succeed in accomplishing this because we believe in enabling "one family at a time" to be strengthened and enriched at PFSC. We aim high because we believe that every person who comes to our site will be enriched by their experiences and also will leave with a high esteem of who they are and what they still aspire to become.
http://www.pulsepittsburgh.org. PULSE, the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience, is an organization committed to cultivating a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh. We mentor a new generation of urban leaders who understand and appreciate the importance of the city for the world's future.
Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh
http://www.rifpittsburgh.org. Our mission is to provide children with the resources, motivation, and opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh
http://www.rmhcpgh.org. Guided by its core values of compassion and giving, the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh is committed to helping children and their families lead happier, healthier, and more productive lives. In carrying out this mission, the Ronald McDonald House Charities offers services and programs which: Provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving medical care at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and other area hospitals.
Run Around the Square
http://www.runaroundthesquare.com. Run Around the Square is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that holds an annual fundraising event. Proceeds from the event are used to maintain, promote, and advance the betterment of the Regent Square Community.
Sarah Heinz House Boys & Girls Club
http://www.sarahheinzhouse.org. To empower all youth, especially those who need us most, to Laugh, Learn and Lead.
Satchels of Caring Foundation
http://www.satchelsofcaring.org. To make a positive difference in the lives of women in Western Pennsylvania who are receiving chemotherapy and, through community outreach, to foster awareness of the importance of early detection of breast and other cancers
http://www.scottconservancy.org/. The Scott Conservancy is a non-profit organization and land trust dedicated to environmental and historic preservation based in Scott Twp. The organization has been in existance for 20 years and has 77 acres under protection in Scott Twp. We have developed trails open to the public for walking and enjoyment of nature on 44 acres of the property. The area had historical significance during the Whiskey Rebellion and is the theme used as we developed. trails. It is also used routinely for environmental education.
http://www.pa-ementor.org. Smart Futures' mission is to make career education a part of every Pennsylvania classroom to use the prospect of a rewarding, well-paying career to motivate student achievement. Smart Futures' unique approach uses cutting edge technology to provide innovative and affordable career education resources to the education and training community throughout Pennsylvania. Ultimately, Smart Futures vision is a Pennsylvania known for the quality of its workforce.
Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc.
The Sonny Pugar Memorial, Inc. strengthens the region's cultural workforce and economy by ensuring a vibrant contemporary music scene. To further our mission, we underwrite live performance music therapy in local hospitals, sponsor showcases to spotlight original music and creative interpretation, and pursue opportunities that encourage a sense of community among local musicians.
South Pittsburgh Development Corporation
http://www.brookline-pgh.org. SPDC's mission is to aid the growth and development of the Brookline area through organization, promotion, design, and economic restructuring.
Special Spaces SWPA
http://www.specialspacesswpa.org. Our mission is simple but zealous... We create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. This is a place that only the child can dream or imagine while addressing their medical needs. Our focus is answering one question; Where does a child go when battling a serious illness to find peace and comfort? Special Spaces was founded in July 2004 on the precedent that children battling life-threatening illnesses need their own special space. This is a place of hope and inspiration, and a special space to find peace and comfort. As of today, Special Spaces has created hundreds of bedrooms across the country. It is the vision of our organization to have a Special Spaces Director everywhere there is a child in need.
The CREW Missions
http://www.crewmissions.org. The Crew Missions is faith-based non-profit volunteer program that helps homeowners with small projects in and around their home. We help families, senior citizens, and single-parent families who are facing financial hardships, taking care of terminally ill residing family members or just have a true need. We help homeowners with small projects such as: painting, yard clean up, weed whacking, trimming hedges, plant flowers,or other small projects requested by homeowner. We are looking for volunteers who are able to help out once a month up to 4 hours on a Saturday in April - October. Youth groups, Boys/Girls Scouts, College Students, Non-profit groups are welcomed to volunteer.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Western PA Chapter
http://www.nationalmssociety.org. Founded in 1946, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is a nonprofit, voluntary health organization guided by a single mission: End the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis.
http://www.toonseum.org. The mission of the ToonSeum is to celebrate the art of cartooning. Our goal is to promote a deeper appreciation of the cartoonists and their work through hands-on workshops, community outreach, cartoon-oriented educational programming, and exhibitions of original cartoon art.
http://www.treepittsburgh.org. Tree Pittsburgh's mission is to protect and restore Pittsburgh's urban forest through community tree planting and care, education, and advocacy.
Unity A Journey of Hope
http://www.unityajourneyofhope.org. To grant wishes to adults with a life-limiting illness.
Veterans Leadership Program of Western PA
http://NeverForgetVets.org. The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania provides essential housing, employment, and vital support services to eligible veterans, service members and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability, and quality of life.
Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard, Inc.
http://veteransplace.org/default.aspx. At Veterans Place, our mission is to improve the lives of America's homeless Veterans. We do this through supportive housing and services that empower Veterans for recovery. Through partnership with the Veterans Administration and other community organizations, we work to end homelessness, one Veteran at a time.
Vincentian Collaborative System
http://www.vcs.org. Compelled by the love of Christ, Vincentian Collaborative System nurtures and sustains a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.
Visionary Performing Arts Academy
http://www.visionaryperformingarts.org. The mission of the Visionary Performing Arts Academy is to provide quality arts training at an affordable cost to all youth, with special emphasis on the economically disadvantaged and communities that lack access to the arts. The organization is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, and/or scientific purposes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Ward Home, Inc.
http://www.wardhome.org. Ward Home's mission is to train at-risk young adults in practical life skills in safe, nurturing environments in order to live independently as effective, contributing members of the community.
Western PA Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation
http://www.wsccpgh.org/. The Purpose of the Wilkins School Community Center is to preserve and maintain the Wilkins School Building as a focus of community activity and civic pride. Educational, recreational and cultural programs at the Wilkins School will be responsive to community needs and will promote the expressive arts as a form of communication.
http://www.wqed.org. WQED creates, produces and distributes quality programs, products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world. The Education Department conducts outreach events for children in early childhood, Head Start and primary grades. We offer PBS programs and community engagement events.
http://www.wqed.org. WQED Multimedia creates and distributes quality products and services to engage, inform, educate and entertain the public within its community and around the world.
Regardless of the size or scope of your customized employee volunteer program, we will work with you to create a meaningful project that creates lasting change in the greater Pittsburgh region. Business Cares enables the Pittsburgh corporate community to meet critical needs in our city while strengthening their own organizations by engaging employees in volunteer service. Being Pittsburgh's premier volunteer organization, Pittsburgh Cares is the place where companies of all sizes can turn to for their corporate volunteering efforts. Standard Offerings:
Volunteer organization & management
Program planning & execution
Communications & public relations
Customized evaluations & reporting
Opportunities to participate in year-round partnership activities
Pittsburgh Cares sponsorship opportunities provide business and corporations the chance to showcase their leadership in galvanizing impact of corporate-driven volunteerism. Through various sponsorship opportunities, it is our goal to profile leaders in the Pittsburgh corporate sector, raise awareness and mobilize hundreds of volunteers to demonstrate the power of service.
Do Good Dash, October
National Days of Service
Our Day of Service programming receives media attention at a local, regional, and national level. Sponsoring one of our annual Days of Service not only brings service to thousands of individuals annually and improves the capacity of local nonprofits and schools to improve the lives of our community, it also gives your company excellent exposure by demonstrating that you value community engagement.
Martin Luther King, Jr Day of Service, January
National Volunteer Week, April
Global Youth Service Day, April
September 11th National Day of Service & Remeberance, September
Make a Difference Day, October
Family Volunteer Day, November
Seasons of Service, November & December
Additional Sponsorship Opportunities
Create a customized partnership with the city's leader in volunteerism that aligns with your company's community engagement goals and showcases your leadership in our community!
Youth Engaged in Service Mini Grants Program
Corporate Volunteer Council of Pittsburgh
CVC (Corporate Volunteer Council of Pittsburgh)
Welcome to the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) of Pittsburgh! The CVC is the only association in the region dedicated to helping companies of all sizes begin, build, and grow their internal volunteer and civic engagement programs. Representatives from companies of all sizes and ranges of industry are invited to join us as members in the spirit of community engagement.
Professional Development Meetings
Partners are invited to attend Professional Development Meetings held at Pittsburgh Cares' offices in Lawrenceville. These meetings are a great venue for businesses to learn from our guest speakers and to share effective best practices.
Special Service Opportunities
The Corporate Volunteer Council offers several service-based opportunities for members to meet other professionals in the community who are also working to strengthen their internal volunteer programs.
Our partner directory not only tells you who else is involved, but enables networking among members. Directory is exclusive to dues-contributing members.
Highlights from previous meetings and events with updates from those putting shared information into practice. News and notes about upcoming meetings and other events pertinent to the CVC. Publicize your company events, projects, and press releases here, too!
Through Council service projects, social media exposure, press release and article sharing, Council partners can share in everyone's successes.
Become a member
When you join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Pittsburgh, you're joining forces with Pittsburgh companies dedicated to the community and leading the way in volunteerism. Annual Membership Levels:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Corporate Volunteer Council?
The Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) of Pittsburgh is a local coalition of companies that promote and participate in employee volunteerism.
Who can join the CVC?
The CVC is open to businesses and corporations with any number of employees that have existing workplace volunteer programs or an interest in starting workplace volunteer programs.
About The CVC
The Corporate Volunteer Council of Pittsburgh, powered by Pittsburgh Cares in partnership with The Jefferson Awards for Public Service, is dedicated to helping business representatives respond to community needs through volunteering. This dedication is demonstrated by: Serving as a resource for companies expanding or developing volunteer programs. Providing best practice sharing in an open forum for volunteer program leaders. Collaborating with member organizations on community activities that meet social needs. Promoting and recognizing volunteer efforts within Pittsburgh's business community.
CVC Mission & Vision
The mission of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Pittsburgh is to advocate, support, and grow workplace volunteerism to improve our community. The vision of the Corporate Volunteer Council of Pittsburgh is to educate partners in methods that strengthen internal volunteer programs by offering a forum to share ideas, outlets to practice theories, and methods to gauge successes.
When are CVC meetings?
Regular meetings, service projects, and social events can all be found on the calendar section of our website.
What's covered in the regular meetings?
Meetings serve as a networking tool, providing a way for companies to share ideas, exchange best practices, and obtain assistance regarding employee volunteer programs. They also provide a forum where member companies can learn about community needs for employee volunteers. Different speakers from leading organizations are invited to speak and present on current topics relating to corporate volunteerism.
Who should represent my company?
Your representative(s) should possess the authority to engage employees in volunteer activities and receive the support of corporate leadership. Attending individual(s) will also represent their company at any and all additional CVC events.
Businesses of all sizes prosper when being engaged in the community from increased employee loyalty and retention to positive customer relationships employee volunteer programs benefit the bottom line. We encourage you to partner with us today and connect with Pittsburgh's corporate community leaders. The CVC will help enhance your company's reputation as a good corporate citizen and will help you gain personal insight on community issues.
How do I join?
To join the CVC of Pittsburgh, simply complete a membership application form and submit membership dues via PayPal or mail to: Pittsburgh Cares, c/o CVC 3505 Butler St. Pittsburgh, PA 15201. If you have additional questions or would like to know more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org call 412-471-2114.
American Eagle Outfitters
Dick's Sporting Goods
Merkle | Impaqt
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh
Youth Engaged in Service
Youth Engaged in Service (YES) provides youth between the ages of 5 and 21 with enriching service experiences and leadership development opportunities. By partnering with youth groups, educators, schools, community organizations, and our national office, YES provides the resources and expertise that inspire young people to become more aware of social issues and the tools and resources they need to respond and become part of the solution. Check out all of the great ways to get involved and give back!
Save the Date
Join millions of children and teens during moments of service to make our world a better place by volunteering with us on MLK Day, Global Youth Service Day, National Family Volunteer Day, and Seasons of Service.
Turn your service ideas into reality.
Youth Advisory Council
A group of young, energetic, and civic minded teen service leaders who help to develop and execute YES key initiatives, and serve as ambassadors for the power of all kids to make their mark in our region.
Family Volunteer Days
Parent and child teams volunteering both their time and treasure.
Professional Development Series
The PD series is for educators, youth workers, parents, and our agency partners to implement philanthropy education in their community.
The most convenient type of service solutions ever for the makers, creators, designers, and crafty youth!
Mobilizing middle and high schools students to understand and proactively address social stigma through advocacy and service learning projects.
Engages middle school students and educators in innovative STEM service experiences through educator professional development and hands-on student service learning projects.
A nationally recognized Leadership, Education, and Development program for middle and high school youth being implemented across the country by only a handful of certified trainers, is now being offered here in the Pittsburgh region. Youth participants grow as leaders through service while developing critical leadership skills and planning a capstone service project. Contact us to learn how to bring a goLEAD Institute to your school, community, or OST program.
Customized Service Experiences
Interested in getting your whole school or group involved in service? Let us customize it for you. Samples of types of customized service contracts include, Days of Service, Leadership & Service Workshops, Leadership and Service Learning Curriculum and Support, Professional Development Workshops, and Events, Fairs, or Guest Speakers.
Current On-going Customized Programs, Include
YES has made exemplary progress during the 12-13 program year: engaging 3,321 youth in service, completing 13,809 hours of service, engaging over 297 youth and adults in leadership and service learning workshops and professional development opportunities, awarding 13 mini-grants for youth-led service projects, and providing 71 DIY service kits to requesting schools and OST programs.
Young Leaders Academy
Provides high school students with opportunities for their voices to be heard, time to explore and challenge their potential, and the resources to create change. Students participate in various leadership development workshops and volunteer projects focusing on several different social issues. Curriculum design and support relating to leadership, service, and awareness is a compliment of the program. (4 years of implementation).
Leadership through Service in Our City (9th Grade Nation Partnership)
Trains high school student leaders and civics teachers across 10 high schools in the service learning process, provides support and consultation services, and produces a Civics & Service Learning Newsletter highlighting programs, tools, resources, and grant opportunities. (5 years of implementation).
SVP Pittsburgh Kids
Creates awareness among elementary aged youth of the responsibilities and rewards of giving both time and money to non-profit organizations. The child-parent team model creates positive experiences for families and also create a platform for conversation at home, beyond the confines of the program. (5 years of implementation).
Service Remix (Summer Dreamers Academy)
Empowers elementary and middle school students to add service to the activities that they enjoy! This program puts a fun mix on service while providing engaging activities that are age appropriate. (4 years of implementation).
Youth & Family
Youth Advisory Council (YAC)
Pittsburgh Cares' Youth Advisory Council is a leadership development program comprised of a core group of diverse, talented, and civic-minded youth that are committed to creating positive social change in their schools and community.The YAC develops and implements YES key initiatives while serving as youth ambassadors, acting as the voice for youth in the community, and inspiring others to do the same. Youth Benefits:
Platform to voice matters and concerns important to youth.
Participate in decision making processes for the betterment of Pittsburgh Cares and the community.
Personal and professional development opportunities, including recommendations for higher education and/or employment.
Opportunities to participate in trainings and workshops provided by Pittsburgh Cares and partner agencies.
Networking opportunities with other area youth, nonprofit professionals, and civic leaders.
Family Volunteer Days
Family Volunteer Days give Pittsburgh families the opportunity to volunteer side-by-side with other caring families to better the 'burgh!
Join us for National Family Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 23rd at the Lincoln Park Community Center.
Join us for Joy Makers
Winter Family Volunteer Day on Tuesday, December 3rd at Guardian Self Storage Unit on Liberty Avenue in the Strip District from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. We will be hosting a wrapping party for parent-child teams to get into the holiday spirit by decorating holiday cards, making holiday crafts, and wrapping 100 toys that will be donated to children in need.
Pittsburgh Cares requests a donation of $5 per volunteer to be a part of Family Volunteer Days.
Funds not only provide necessary supplies, materials, and tools for the event, but also ensure that the work Pittsburgh Cares does in neighborhoods throughout the city can continue beyond Family Volunteer Days. All donations are tax deductible.
Schools & Youth Groups
The Youth Engaged in Service customized programs of Pittsburgh Cares will provide an opportunity for youth voices to be heard, time to explore and challenge their potential, and the resources to create change... these are the elements that make the Youth Engaged in Service (YES) customized programming an experience to remember. The YES team customizes project opportunities and days of service throughout Allegheny County in partnership with schools and youth organizations. The customized model comes in several forms based on the needs and interests of the partnering group. Sample Customized Programming Partnerships:
Days of Service
unitedLeadership & Service Workshops
Leadership and Service Learning Curriculum and Support
Events, Fairs, or Guest Speakers
Professional Development Series
The YES PD Series is for
educators, youth workers, out-of-school time providers, parents, volunteers, and community based organizations to implement service, service-learning and philanthropy education in their community. The workshops aim to equip its participants with the tools that they need to plan, implement, and evaluate service learning with youth.
A number of training options and styles are offered to meet your needs, from easy to register off-site seasonal workshops to on-your-site workshops tailored to your needs and brought straight to you.
If you would like to bring the workshop to your school or organization, group discount rates are given.
The PD Series provides participants with an opportunity to learn, connect, and be inspired through a wide range of exciting sessions, informative panels, and hands-on workshops.
Over 180 adults, and 1,200 youth in our region received service related training last year through Pittsburgh Cares!
Become part of the civic engagement movement and contact Holly McGraw to find out how!
Do It Yourself (DIY) Toolkits
Are you looking to give back, but don't know where to start? Perhaps you don't have the time or resources to give back in the way you want to. Or maybe you have students who want to volunteer but you can't take them off of school grounds for a service related field trip. If this sounds familiar, then you might be a perfect recipient for our DIY Toolkits. We can provide you with helpful instructions on how to do on-site projects at school or in your home. We will also provide you with information on how to collect supplies that you need while also giving you resources that will help engage others in some hands-on service. Giving back can take a lot of planning, but we want to help you get started and complete enjoyable and educational service centered projects that will make a difference. If you are interested in any of the following DIY Toolkits please "Request Toolkit" below to begin the process of giving back. Available Toolkits:
Headbands for Hope
Bookmarks for Bookworms
Birthday in a bag Drive
Can the Principal
YES Mini Grants
Pittsburgh Cares Youth Engaged in Service will be offering two rounds of mini-grants to engage youth throughout our region in volunteer and service-learning projects that meet some of our city's most pressing needs. We know that when we put dollars into the hands of motivated young people, teachers, and nonprofit leaders, great things happen! Through our mini-grants program, we plan to make an investment in youth-led solutions for stronger communities.
Eligibility & Criteria
Eligible applicants: Eligible applicants include: students at K-12 public schools, youth service learning coordinators, educators, administrators, youth organizers, schools, non-profit groups, 501(c)3 corporations, and small community groups. Grants may be awarded to individual youth without official 501c3 status, but will require a fiscal agent. Only proposals that take place in Western PA will be considered.
Pittsburgh Cares and the Pittsburgh Pirates are once again teaming up to combine two great all-American pastimes: baseball and volunteerism. By joining the 2014 Pittsburgh Cares All-Stars, you'll experience the power of volunteering, and to show our appreciation for your service, you'll receive Pirates a pair of tickets to cheer on the team!
Note Some Rules Apply! Sorry, No Exceptions!
Limit one form per volunteer.
You MUST register for a one-time calendar project using your unique Pittsburgh Cares account and unique email address.
Eligible volunteers must be 15 years of age or older to be eligible.
All orders are due one week (5 business days) prior to desired game date.
No walk-up orders accepted!
All tickets will be sent by mail and should arrive prior to the game.
So How Does It Work?
REGISTER or LOG IN to your existing volunteer account at www.pittsburghcares.org.
QUALIFIYING PROJECTS will be announced via our social media outlets, so be sure to "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop!
REGISTER TO VOLUNTEER for a qualifying project for a total of at least four (4) hours (at one or multiple qualifying projects)
sometime between March 1, 2014 - June 30, 2014.
RECEIVE YOUR VOUCHER once your hours are verified via our website.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will email you a voucher that you can use to claim your pair of tickets, and indicate your preferred game dates. Complete and return the voucher as instructed.
Mayor's Day - Community Cleanup
Teams of Volunteers will be working in tandem with ServePGH on two "Love your Block" Redd up Zones within walking distance of EECM. Activities include: picking up trash and debris, raking and organic material (leaves and weeds) removal, and general urban beutification. Due to the outdoor nature of this project, come dressed appropriately. This project will be cancelled if the weather is severe. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Mayor's Day - Community kitchen Lunch Assistance
Volunteers will be assisting with the daily lunch that is served to clients of the EECM. Volunteers will be wiping down trays, wrapping silverware, and greeting clients as they enter and exit the dining room. Registration for this volunteer project counts as your registration for Mayor's Day of Recognition. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Mayor's Day - Community Garden
Volunteers will be assisting EECM in jump starting a brand new community garden located at EECM. Volunteers will be assisting in the construction of 10 garden beds. This garden will be utilized and maintained by the clients of EECM. Due to the outdoor nature of this project, please come dressed accordingly. This event will be cancelled if weather is severe. Registration for this volunteer project counts as your registration for Mayor's Day of Recognition. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Mayor's Day - Letter Writing Campaign
Volunteers will be assisting with a letter writing advocacy campaign aimed at bringing recognition to the great work of National Service initiatives. Registration for this volunteer project counts as your registration for Mayor's Day of Recognition. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Mayor's Day - Volunteer Photographer
Volunteers are needed to help us document the the fun and excitrement on Mayor'd Day of Recognition. Volunteers will be asked to provide a digital camera. Registration for this volunteer project counts as your registration for Mayor's Day of Recognition. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Mayor's Day - Library Sort
Volunteers will be assisting in the organizing, cleaning, and care of the community library located at the EECM. The Library serves community children and other community literacy endeavors. Registration for this volunteer project counts as your registration for Mayor's Day of Recognition. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Mayor's Day - General Attendance
Register here to attend only the speaker and breakfast portion of the Mayor's Day of Recognition. Doors open for registration confirmation and breakfast at 9:00am, and the speakers portion of the event will start at 10:00am. By registering here you are confirming that you wish to stay for only the beginning of the event and not the volunteering portion which will commence following the conclusion of the speakers. Mayor's Day of Recognition will be held at the East End Coopertive Ministry. EECM: 6140 Penn Circle North Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Issue Areas: Civic & Community. Population Served N/A; Activity Type: N/A; Requirements: Age Minimum (with Adult) - 5, Minimum Age - 14+, Skill Category - N/A.
Pittsburgh Cares' mission is to maximize the impact of our regional nonprofit partners by mobilizing volunteers and engaging the community.
We envision Pittsburgh as a national leader in growing a sustainable culture of volunteerism and community involvement.