The Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and Goodwill Team Up for the “Give A Little Love” Holiday Clothing Drive & Community Service Project December 1 – December 31, 2015

Beginning on Dec. 1, two well-known and well-respected nonprofit organizations, the Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania and Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, are teaming up this year for the holidays. Together, they will conduct the “Give A Little Love” Holiday Clothing Drive and Community Service Project during the month of December. Girl Scouts will be collecting gently used items for donation to Goodwill for the winter months when donations are needed most. Items donated will be sold in Goodwill stores to support the agency’s mission to provide job training and education to help people with barriers to gain employment.

“We are so very pleased to work with the Girl Scouts on this donation drive project,” said Danielle Hardy, Community Donations Specialist at Goodwill SWPA. “They have been a wonderful partner of Goodwill for decades because of their commitment to the community.  Their support this year is greatly needed.”

During the “Give A Little Love” Holiday Clothing Drive and Community Service Project, Girl Scouts will distribute donation bags to family, friends and other partners throughout the community. Later, they will collect the donation bags and deliver them to their local Goodwill store and donation center by December 31st. Goodwill SWPA and the Girls Scouts Western Pennsylvania are calling on the public to support the project by cleaning out their closets to help to Girl Scouts fill the donation bags.

Participating Girl Scouts will have the opportunity to earn a patch provided by Goodwill recognizing their fulfillment of community service. Additionally, the top three Girl Scouts who collect the most donations will win a paid trip to camp; courtesy of Goodwill SWPA.

“Thanks to local organizations like Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Girl Scouts have opportunities to keep their promise to help others and make the world a better place,” said Patricia A. Burkart, CEO of Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania.  “Even our youngest Girl Scouts in kindergarten can participate in this project, putting them on a path of service and engagement that will last their entire lives.”

For more information on the Give A Little Love Holiday Clothing Drive and Community Service Project, or to receive general information about how to partner with Goodwill on a community donation drive, visit or contact Danielle Hardy at 412-632-1875 or

The Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase II Community Scoping Meeting

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Join us for
The Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase II Community Scoping Meeting
Thursday, October 8th!

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation invites you and your neighbors to discuss the scope of Phase II of the Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project (Evaline to Graham Sts.) with the Department of Public Works.

Head over to the BGC Activity Center (113 N. Pacific Ave.) this Thursday at 6 p.m. to take part in the discussion.

To learn more or RSVP, contact Deputy Director of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, Aggie Brose, at 412-441-6950 (ext. 15) or

Penn Avenue Reconstruction Project Phase II Community Meeting

Tonight, at 6pm, the BGC hosts a community meeting for local residents to voice their opinions about the Penn Avenue reconstruction project and learn more about its second phase of planning. The meeting, which is open to the public at the BGC Activities Center (113 N. Pacific Ave.), will give neighbors and business owners a chance to speak with city officials and construction experts.  This dialogue is crucial to ongoing planning efforts for Phase II, so everyone is encouraged to input their suggestions at tonight’s meeting.

Penn Avenue Community Meeting Photo

Arsenal 360 Night

Get ready for a special family fun night at Arsenal Elementary and Arsenal Middle School on Wednesday, May 6th at 5:30 PM. In partnership with A+ Schools and the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the PEP Rally Program will be  jointly hosting Arsenal 360 Night, a special evening designed to celebrate diversity and showcase the many stories and cultures of Arsenal families. This event has been made possible through the Sprout Fund’s Global Switchboard Community of Practice grant.  Everyone is encouraged to extend this invitation to other families and anyone else who might be interested in this multicultural event. Below are some flyers printed in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, and Arabic!







Garfield Night Market!

Are you partial to moonlit walks in the springtime? Do you enjoy browsing outdoor markets? Well, you’re in luck because the Garfield Night Market is here to satisfy your good-weather whimsy with some homemade foods and crafts tonight (5/1) on N. Pacific Ave. As part of the monthly Unblurred gallery crawl, the Garfield Night Market functions as a small-business incubator in a community-oriented environment; neighbors become vendors for the night by offering specialty goods to gallery crawlers in the pursuit of craftiness. To learn more about this ‘First Fridays’ event, visit  or follow the market on Facebook.

Garfield Night Market

Thanks for Walking with Us!

Thanks for helping us demonstrate our community’s grocery needs yesterday! Such neighborhood support is essential to furthering our conversation about the future of 5200 Penn Avenue. We must continue joining forces to maintain this momentum, and effect real change, for a grocery store in Garfield.

If we don’t stay committed to the possibility of a Penn Avenue grocery store, then ALDI might just sell the building to the highest bidder (read: commercial developers with no stake in our community). Nobody wants another auto-parts chain popping up within a local ‘food desert,’ so please help us turn the oasis of a grocery store into a reality for Penn Avenue!IMG_20150318_180336911


Aldi, “Won’t you be our neighbor?”


Aldi is deciding whether or not to open a new grocery store at the former Bottom Dollar location (5200 Penn Avenue). We are organizing a show of support for this initiative, a demonstration of Garfield’s neighborhood buying power. Come join us this Wednesday (3/18) at 6pm.

Neighbors will congregate at the former Bottom Dollar location and proceed, en masse, walking down to the Aldi on Baum Blvd. Together, we can show Aldi just what kind of loyal customers they are missing out on if they refuse to build a store at 5200 Penn Ave. We are planning for a leisurely walk, but will also be offering transportation services as needed.

The more neighbors who walk together next week (to keep a grocery store in the community), the less distance we’ll have to walk in the future (to meet our grocery needs). Please help our neighborhood ‘turn out the tote’ bags on Wednesday. Let’s get to walking! #Walk2Aldi

For more event information, and to sign up, call 412-206-9849

ALDI flyer

Garfield Green Zone Meeting

Green Zone Meeting photoThank you to everyone who attended last night’s “Garfield Green Zone” meeting. We greatly appreciate your input on the potential for green spaces in Garfield. As it is up to the community to decide how to proceed, we invite you and your neighbors to please give us more feedback on local ‘green’ initiatives. Let us know what you think of the proposals and feel free to contact the BGC with any questions or concerns. Thanks for showing up and voicing your opinions!

Pancakes in the PM


Join the East End Cooperative Ministry at Pamela’s Diner in the Strip District tomorrow, March 5th, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for an all-you-can-eat buffet of their famous pancakes and breakfast fixin’s. Plus, a not-to-be-missed Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar!

Because of Pamela’s generosity, the entire ticket price benefits EECM’s hunger programs!

For more information and to reserve your seat at the table, visit:


Green Zone meeting

We would like to welcome community input on the creation of ‘green spaces’ in Garfield, so we’ve decided to entice you with free pizza. Please join us this Wednesday, March 4th for a “Green Zone” meeting facilitated by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The meeting will begin at 6 PM at the BGC Activity Center (113 North Pacific Avenue). Bring your opinions and your appetites!