As you may have already heard, this summer we received the great news that Pittsburgh was selected to receive a prestigious Cities of Service Leadership Grant. This grant will help the City increase volunteerism and address our City’s greatest needs through service.
Thanks to this grant, the City has been able to hire its first Chief Service Officer, Rebecca Kottler-Wein, who is developing a high-impact service plan to harness the power of volunteers and impact on pressing local challenges, including neighborhood development and educationally-disadvantaged youth. As opportunities to participate are shared in the coming months, I hope that you choose to get involved and serve!
I am proud to say that the Pittsburgh has a strong tradition of neighbors-helping-neighbors. Throughout our City’s history, volunteers have played a critical role in providing essential services to residents, and building leadership and capacity among citizens to address community concerns.
I would like to extend a special thank you to all of you who already volunteer your time to making a difference in the lives of your neighbors. Many Pittsburghers dedicate their time to activities like coaching neighborhood softball leagues, mentoring middle school students or organizing community clean-ups in their communities. It is through efforts like these that Pittsburgh is becoming an even better place to live, work and raise a family.
For more information about the new Cities of Service initiative, please call 412-255-4765.