FREE Homebuyer Education Series

There’s been a change in the schedule for the Homebuyer Education Program at the BGC Community Activity Center, 113 N. Pacific Avenue, in Garfield:

This educational workshop for would-be homebuyers, originally scheduled for three consecutive Saturdays (April 30th, May 7th, and May 14th), will now be held in its entirety on Saturday, May 14th, from 9 AM to 4:30 PM.
The change will ensure that those participants who attend the full-day class can receive a certificate of completion. That certificate will then make them eligible for help with their down payment and closing costs – available through various public or private sources.
NeighborWorks of Western PA will present the training program, in concert with Apollo Trust and the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation. Guest speakers will share information on the different facets of the home-buying experience.
The doors will open at 8:00 AM, with a light breakfast to be offered. A mid-day lunch will also be provided to all registrants.

All attendees are being asked to register in advance for the workshop. Click here to register.

For further info, call Jarid Shipley (412-281-9986); email or

The BGC is seeking a Community Engagement & Planning Specialist to join our team!

The Community Engagement & Planning Specialist serves as a primary point of contact for residents,
property and business owners, government officials, and representatives of other public and private
institutions who seek the engagement of the BGC, or desire involvement with the organization in
pursuing improvement in the social, economic or physical environment of the community.

If you or someone you know is interested in the position please click HERE

On behalf of Regina Brown, the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation has started a GoFundMe campaign to help Regina and her daughter recover from a devastating fire that engulfed the house where they lived.

On Monday, March 7th, Regina and her daughter lost all their household possessions with an estimated value between $20,000 – $25,000 in the fire on Dearborn Street in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. These possessions included everything Regina owns, Regina’s daughter’s belongings, and the equipment Regina used to operate her catering business. Regina’s catering business The Fine Feather contributes to the community by providing and distributing free meals during the holidays and assisting other food-based business owners in the community with food safety education.

Regina is known for being there whenever and however for others, and the BGC would appreciate your help to assist Regina in recovering from this catastrophic event. Any monetary donations would help immensely at this time and would be greatly appreciated by Regina, the Garfield Community, and the BGC. Click here to donate.

If you have any questions or want to make any donations of clothing or other physical items, please contact Rick Swartz at or visit the BGC in-person at 113 North Pacific Ave., Pittsburgh PA 15224.

Any monetary contributions will be tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.


The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) exists to improve the quality of life for all in Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods through active community engagement. Community-based and board-driven, one of the BGC’s main goals is to get as many people in the community as possible to participate in the efforts aimed at physical revitalization, an improved economy and strengthened social well-being.

Board meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of every month, at the BGC Community Activity Center (113 N. Pacific Ave.), and are open to the public.

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