Make Chair Repairs, Don’t Take Lives

Minister Zoe loves the diversity of her neighborhood East Liberty.  She enjoys knowing her neighbors and socializing with them.

staple gun

Minister Zoe owns a gun…a staple gun.  She uses her staple gun to replace the old, worn covers on chairs with brand new fabrics, brightening up her life with fresh looking furniture.

Unfortunately, other guns darken lives by the harm they cause.  The Gun Buyback Initiative is raising funds to get harmful weapons out of our streets and homes.  Learn more and donate at












Make Energy Efficient Windows, Don’t Take Lives

Garfield resident, Jason, uses his caulking gun to make windows air tight.

caulking gunThis reduces energy costs by preventing the loss of heat in winter and a/c in summer through cracks around windows.

Other guns increase costs when they harm another person.  The Gun Buyback Initiative is raising funds to get these harmful weapons out of our streets and homes.  Learn more and donate at













Veterans Event at ENEC

The Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center (ENEC) is proud to sponsor a Veterans event featuring Karen Payne, career advisor and case manager at the Veterans Leadership Program (VLP) of Western PA. She will present on the following opportunities to support veterans’ needs:

· Overview of what services VLP provides to veterans and their families.

· Housing: Seven individual housing programs ranging from 12 months stay up to 36 month.

· Three rental assistance housing programs

· Life skills training, individualized goal setting leading to self-sufficiency, referrals for supportive services.

· Eligibility: Veterans status, low income, proof of homelessness, must have some income.

· Employment program for homeless and non-homeless veterans and their families

· Vocational counseling, resume preparation, job development, workshops, and job fairs.

· Individualized assessment and one-on-one assistance in supporting veterans in their job search.

· Helping veterans remove barriers to employment.

· Some supportive services for transportation, clothing and tools.

· How the Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center will help you with employment.

· Contacts and referrals with many employers.

The event will be held at: Eastside Neighborhood Employment Center, 5321 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224, on Wednesday, July 31st at 10:30 AM. To register, please call 412-362-8580.

Free Produce This Summer for WIC

The Allegheny County Health Department is offering free produce through the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program again this summer as part of its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and children 2, 3and 4years old who are enrolled in the WIC Program are eligible for checks worth $20 in free produce.

Checks are being distributed during quarterly WIC appointments starting in June.  However, clients who don’t want to wait until their next scheduled appointment have the option of picking up the checks early on a walk-in basis by visiting their WIC office on the following dates: Wilkinsburg, Mt. Oliver and Downtown Pittsburgh, June 14; Turtle Creek, June 19; and McKeesport, June 21.

The checks are redeemable through November 30 for Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers Markets and Farm Stands in Pennsylvania.  Sixty-three locations are in Allegheny County and listed on the Health Department’s WIC web site.

Student Career Week

The Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board (3RWIB) has announced plans for its 7th annual Imagine! Career Week, being held from April 22-26. Sponsored by Citizens Bank Foundation, Imagine! Career Week celebrates the diversity of career opportunities available in the Pittsburgh region and helps students consider a wide range of career fields. Imagine! Career Week encourages exploration of career pathways through workplace tours, job shadowing, interactions with employers at job fairs, playing with equipment and tools at trade union training centers, building a robot or attendance at a youth leadership conference. A full schedule of events is available on the website.

Summer Swim Camp

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, along with Neighborhood Learning Alliance, is hosting a Summer Dreamers Swim and Water Polo Camp for elementary and middle-school kids this summer! Young folks can make a splash, cool off, have fun and learn water skills all at the same time. In addition, kids gets help boosting their reading and math skills; transportation is provided. For more information about either working as a counselor or enrolling your children, visit our website.

Homebuyer Education Workshop

NeighborWorks Western Pa. and PNC Bank will co-host a FREE presentation for potential home buyers on Saturday, October 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn how to take the right steps to homeownership! Location: Children’s Home of Pittsburgh, 5324 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Lunch will be provided. To register, call 412-281-9773 or 412-281-1100 x100.


City Council Redistricting

There will be four public meetings held throughout July on the redistricting plan for Pittsburgh City Council. You can read more about the plan and learn how to sign up to speak here. The East End meeting will be held at the Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Avenue, Pittsburgh 15206 on Tuesday, July 24 at 7 pm. Find out how redrawing the Council map affects your neighborhood!