Thinking of applying for a Pivotal Streets facade renovation grant? Come to one of our information sessions!

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Questions about your Pivotal Streets Facade Renovation Grant application?  Need advice to make your application a real winner?  Come to Lili Cafe to get more information for homeowners interested in applying for the Polish Hill Pivotal Streets Facade Renovation Grant.  Kalie Pierce, Leslie Clague and Alexis Miller will be at Lili Cafe on Monday, February 17 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, March 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Drop in any time!  We’d love to talk about your project.

The goal is for homeowners to learn how they can make a strong application and tips on working with contractors.  PHCA staff/board members will provide advice, and we’ll have application forms and other grant materials. Kalie Pierce, a grant winner from last year, will be on hand to share her experience.  If you have photos of your house or a draft of your application, bring them along, or just bring a pen and paper to take some notes.  For more information call 412.681.1950, or email us at

(Above:  one of the 2013 grant award projects)

Vendor applications now available for the Polish Hill Arts Festival

We’re just beginning the planning for the 2013 Polish Hill Arts Festival — and first step is to find the artists and craftspeople who are one of the most important parts of the festival.  We try to put together an artists market that represents a varied mix of work and artists. And although many artists and creative people from Polish Hill participate in the festival, it isn’t a requirement.

The festival will take place on Sunday, July 21 from 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Here is the application and information sheet. Please call us at 412.681.1950, or email if you have any other questions.

Check out the festival information page for more details and photos from previous years.

(Above:  artist Joseph Holtz has been showing at the festival since it first began in 2008.  Photo by Leslie Clague for the PHCA)

City seeking AmeriCorps VISTA members to support servePGH

The City is seeking four qualified year-round AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members to support the servePGH program. These positions will involve management and hands-on work on a number of service initiatives designed to impact Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods, ranging from reducing blight to mentoring youths to providing fresh produce to underserved neighborhoods. Applications will be accepted until April 30th, 2013, or until the positions are filled.

Full-time applications are being accepted for a Youth Service Associate, Community Engagement Associate, Neighborhood Service Associate and Civic Engagement Associate. These associates will serve full-time in the Mayor’s Office of Service and Civic Engagement (servePGH) for one year, beginning July 2013. Successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to gain professional experience in City government, community organizing, partnership building and neighborhood revitalization. The four available positions were made possible through a successful application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Applicants must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, strong written and oral presentation skills, experience in project management, and commitment to collaboration and problem solving.  A basic living allowance of $946 per month, a $5,550 education award or a $1,500 end-of-service stipend upon completion of a year of service, and basic health coverage is provided by the CNCS.

To view additional requirements and to find out how to become an AmeriCorps VISTA, click here. Applications will be accepted until Tuesday, April 30.

Looking for a job?

Pepper’s Performance Eyeware, whose world headquarters are located right here in Polish Hill, is looking for people to tag and package sunglasses. The job starts immediately, can be full- or part-time, and the schedule is M-F. Please contact Randy Agonda with inquiries. You can reach him at —

Randy Agonda
Pepper’s Performance Eyeware
3001 Pulawski Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Art out of the box: call for artists

Samantha McDonough had a great idea for a project in which artists could set up in temporary outdoor studios in different neighborhoods and make work out in public.  She applied for a Sprout grant for this idea, and they liked it, and gave her a grant.  So this summer there will be little outdoor art studios in five different neighborhoods:  Friendship, Lawrenceville, Central North Side, South Side, and…Polish Hill.

Samantha designed a nifty portable studio (pictured above), and now she’s looking for artists to participate.  Check out the Art Out of the Box website for more information and a download-able application.  We also have information sheets at the PHCA office.

We’re excited to see what Art Out of the Box has in store for Polish Hill this summer!

Reshaping Your Future Career Conference

PA Women Work’s annual career conference is coming up and we would like to invite all job seekers to register for this day long event. UPMC and PNC Bank will be there recruiting, but it is MORE than a job fair – it is a full conference with speakers, workshops, mock interviews, resume review, chair massages, shopping and BREAKFAST and LUNCH! Only $5 for all day. Preregistration deadline is March 15th.

Reshaping Your Future Career Conference
Sat. March 27, 2010
8 am – 2:30 pm
PNC Firstside Center, 500 First Avenue, Downtown Pittsburgh
Registration/Questions – 412-281-9240
Career Conference 2010 registration form

Power of 32

The Power of 32, launched in May 2009, is a two-year process to provide an opportunity for every resident of the 32-county, 4-state region to participate in creating a shared vision for the region’s best future. The 32 counties included in the visioning project- fifteen in southwestern Pennsylvania, ten in northern West Virginia, five in eastern Ohio, and two in western Maryland – represent the economic region centered on metropolitan Pittsburgh.

Power of 32 is a regional visioning initiative that will involve tens of thousands of people across 32 counties in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia in creating a shared vision for the region’s future. Through the Power of 32, we can think differently about our region’s challenges – our role in the global economy, our quality of life, and our opportunities – and act in ways that set a new direction for the future. Every one of the 4 million people in our region can participate in the process and have our voices heard. Power of 32 will work with you to make tough choices to create a prioritized regional agenda, and work together to make positive change.

In the next month, the Power of 32 will also be looking for people to help coordinate the project across our region. They will be looking first for regional points of contact to help with outreach. The description/application link for the Outreach Coordinator Opportunity is here.

If you would like to be involved in this very important endeavor, please contact Selena Schmidt by phone at 412-807-1933 or 412-648-9474 or by email at

Nominate Pittsburgh!

Image attributed to Virginia Montanez

Did you know that Google recently opened offices here in Pittsburgh? Isn’t that wonderful?

Google is launching a test in just a few markets to install ultra high speed intenet access. Form their site —

Our networks will deliver Internet speeds more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have access to today, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections. We’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 and potentially up to 500,000 people.

Now, that’s fast! The company is asking for your input in the form of nominations for your community. You may also provide a nomination for the municipality in which you live. You can fill out your nomination here. Google is asking for information about your current service, so be prepared with information about your download and upload speeds. Google will be collecting this information through March 26, 2010.

Recruiting for Census2010

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting temporary, part-time census takers for the 2010 Census. These short-term jobs offer good pay, flexible hours, paid training, and reimbursement for authorized work-related expenses, such as mileage incurred while conducting census work.The jobs are available in your neighborhood and scheduling is flexible.

You can find out more on the site, including online applications and sample tests. The recruiter for Census jobs will be testing in Polish Hill at —

West Penn Recreation Center
470 30th Street
Jan 28 Thursday 10 am
Feb 3 Wednesday 10 am
Feb 10 Wednesday 10 am
Feb 17 Wednesday 10 am
Feb 24 Wednesday 10 am