Unblurred is Back IRL

Unblurred First Friday Art Crawl is Back in Person!!!

Painted cars, performances, mixed media in windows, neon lights, giant paintings, fiber arts, photography and more! May brings the return of in real life Unblurred First Friday Art Crawl. Spring back into things with some outdoor and socially distance indoor art experiences. Irma Freeman Center for Imagination will have the Fiber Arts Guild from 6:30-9:30 and will be open for walk ins as will The International Children’s Art Gallery. Most Wanted Car Club will be on the Corner of Winebiddle with Art Cars. Spak & Taquitos will both be open for munching. Moving on down you can catch artwork in the windows of multiple locations including Boom Concepts! The Opportunity Fund hosts a curious alien who wants to learn what it means to be an Earth Human. 

FULL LISTING: https://www.pennavenue.org/unblurred


Still not ready to venture out into public? That’s ok you can experience Unblurred online and see performances with the help of this year’s Pittsburgh Fringe! Pittsburgh Glass Center will have a virtual Hot Jams which are an important part of PGC’s history and 20th anniversary celebration.

May 6-9, the Pittsburgh Fringe, one of the first fringes worldwide to go virtual because of COVID last year, is back again for Spring 2021, and still virtual.  This year’s Pittsburgh Fringe will be showcasing over 50 different shows: some local and some from all over the world.  The international flavor this year in part stems from being entirely online, which means artists don’t have to worry about visas and expensive travel.  This means the Pittsburgh Fringe has been able to book many more international shows. This will be an interesting opportunity to see local Pittsburgh artists right alongside shows from around the world.

The virtual performances will be on a wide variety of platforms: Zoom, Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, and even Twitch.  Some performances will be live and interactive through platforms like Zoom, and only happen a few times during the festival; other shows are pre-recorded, and can be watched at any time over Pittsburgh Fringe weekend. A select their prices, so there are free shows, suggested donation shows, and charged shows (mostly $5 and $10, but one $25).  This year none of the artist’s money is going through Pittsburgh Fringe, but it is going STRAIGHT to the artists immediately through their own payment systems.

Spring into Free Fun Saturday May 1st

Spring into Fun: Saturday May 1, 2021 | Noon-4pm 

Location: Pittsburgh Glass Center (parking lot)

5472 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

Join us for a fun filled day outside!

Celebrate Arbor Day weekend with nature and art with the Penn Ave Arts & Commercial District! A variety of groups will have tables and activities for all ages to enjoy.

Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation shines the sun on the Garfield Greenzone with tote bag giveaway for kids with maps and activities to get involved in the community. Use the bag to go on an adventure and gather giveaways from other participating groups.

Reading Ready Pittsburgh will have free books for children.

Glowing Glass with the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Hot Wheels!  Hot Wheels is an outreach vehicle that allows furnace-fired fun and glassblowing demonstrations to travel far beyond the walls of our Penn Avenue building. Fun for all ages as artists make glass art right in front of you!

PGC will have a Mosaic Stepping Stone kit giveaway for kids! This take home kit will allow you to create your own custom mosaic stepping stone to display in your garden, accent a flowerbed, or add to a path. Arrange colorful pieces of mosaic glass on a concrete mix to produce a unique piece of your own design. Makes a perfect gift just in time for Mother’s Day.

Wissmach Glass Factory, an art glass producer in West Virginia since 1904, is opening a Pittsburgh office and glass showroom. We’re kicking this off with a glass sale! Stained glass and mosaic glass will be available. A portion of all sales will be donated to the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Come see us at 5431 Penn Ave, just a block away from the Glass Center.

Assemble will have activity kit giveaway! Children will get arts and craft supplies in a to go bag for making at home. Assemble is a community space for arts + technology. Assemble envisions a diverse community that creates, connects, and learns through the experience of art and technology. Assemble is dedicated to fostering learning and creativity. They build confidence through making by uniting communities of artists, technologists, makers, and learners both in our space at 4824 Penn Ave and beyond. 

Explore your park’s possibilities with the City Park Rangers! The rangers will be there to give away park swag, show off some skins and skulls of animals in our local parks, and share activities to get folks of all ages excited about going outside. There will also be more information about how parents and educators can use the online and in-person educational resources the ranger program offers.

All giveaways will be socially distanced and while supplies last. All visitors must wear masks to participate in the day’s activities.

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Development Activities Meeting: 5525 Columbo St


Development Activities Meeting: Environmental Charter School’s field site at 5525 Columbo St

Join us on Wednesday Feb 3rd at 6pm for this important Development Activities Meeting! This meeting will be hosted on Zoom. Email Nina@bloomfield-garfield.org for the zoom link.

Projects discussed at this meeting will be:  Ethos Collaborative, the engineering consultant who is making improvements (site plans attached) to the Environmental Charter School’s field site at 5525 Columbo St, is presenting at this Development Activities Meeting (DAM) with the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and the Garfield community. The DAM is required because they’re going to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) for a hearing on two special exceptions and are constructing a new parking lot with over 10 stalls.

SEE THE PROPOSAL HERE: 2020-12-09 Environmental Charter School – Field Improvements

The City aims for universal access at all public events. If accommodations are necessary for effective communication or a modification of procedures to participate in this meeting hosted by the City of Pittsburgh, contact the City ADA Coordinator, Hillary Roman, as soon as possible but no later than two business days before the event at Hillary.Roman@pittsburghpa.gov or by phone 412-301-7041.

Purpose of the Meeting:

To give citizens, property owners, business owners, and stakeholders an opportunity to learn about the proposal and resolve concerns at an early stage of the application process.

News: Offensive Insignia on Subcontractor’s Truck

BGC Issues Statement on Hate Symbolism in Garfield

On December 29, 2020, it was brought to the attention of the Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC) that a vehicle – belonging to the employee of a subcontractor who was working on our office building – displayed insignia that we consider offensive, inappropriate, and in total opposition to the values of our organization.

The BGC’s executive director immediately got in touch with the general contractor, informing him that this display of hate symbolism is absolutely unacceptable. The architect in charge of the project was also contacted and made aware that, if the vehicle’s owner did not leave the work site, the project would cease. The subcontractor left and has not since returned to the work site.

We apologize for any harm that seeing this truck and the insignia might have caused our community members. The BGC recognizes and values the diversity of the neighborhoods that we serve, and while we support the idea of free speech, we will not tolerate hate speech or any related symbolism when it comes to the work that we do inside and outside of our community.

Over the summer, the BGC released a statement outlining our support for Black Lives Matter and our commitment to combating racial injustice. The BGC has served Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods since 1975 and we remain committed to fighting for racial justice – in our local community, and in Pittsburgh as a whole. Our community is actively working towards the changes that are needed, and we are proud of what our neighbors have been able to accomplish thus far. The BGC’s statement can be found on our homepage.

We’ve been in communication with both our architect and general contractor to ensure that this subcontractor will not appear on our premises in the future. All have been made aware that anyone depicting offensive slogans or insignia will be asked to leave our site immediately, or the project’s work will cease to continue.

East End Holiday Free Market For Kids

FREE Holiday market set up for children to “shop” inside for free coats, free toys, and free “gift for family” section.

Open to Children in Zone 5:

Bloomfield, East Liberty, Friendship, Garfield, Highland Park, Homewood, Larimer, Lincoln/Lemington, Morningside, & Stanton Heights

In order to make sure for social distancing we are asking for the community to register to participate in the market.



WHERE:  113 N. Pacific Ave Pittsburgh PA 15224

WHEN: Two Days of Free Market Hours:

Friday Dec 4th (First Friday) 6pm-8pm

Saturday Dec 5th 1pm-4pm

To Donate Coats/Toys/Time, REGISTER CHILDREN, Or for Questions Contact
Nina@Bloomfield-Garfield.org    412-441-6950 x 17

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The Bulletin: Garfield Gators Youth Football

Never-ending Story of the Garfield Gators in 2020

Story by Bob Jones, B.A.S.E., Gators Football Coach

Garfield – In a year of chaos and uncertainty, and with no Garfield Gators youth football, the Gator family has been able to stay engaged by following the exploits of a few of our brothers on high school and college football fields across the country.
Listed to the right are 47 Gators who are currently playing football for their respective high schools, universities, and colleges. Some of our post-secondary Gators are playing, and some are not due to seasons being cancelled or pushed back to 2021.
As the culture surrounding youth football in the city of Pittsburgh changes, the one thing that will always stay intact is the culture of the Garfield Gators. We will continue to expect success, both on and off the field. We will continue to preach Gator pride, and respect for others. We will continue to seek excellence in the classroom, and push ourselves to be productive leaders in anything and everything we do.
Not only are Gators serving as captains of their respective teams, but now we also see some of our alumni Gators coaching high school teams. Our expectation of excellence goes beyond the football field; our alumni are currently serving as CEOs, organizational leaders, entrepreneurs, corporate sales managers, firefighters, police officers, and local political figures. We are adamant about maintaining a strong presence, and high profile, throughout the Pittsburgh region, so we do our best to help our athletes become potential high school and college standouts.
Most, if not all, of our coaches played high school football; many of us played college football as well. As coaches, we always tell each Gator that it takes hard work, discipline, and focus to be find success as a student athlete at the next level. We believe that the game of football can prepare our Gators for life, so we also teach and preach what it takes to be successful in their lives away from the football field.
So, what does it mean to be a Gator? It means that you are a member of a unique group of men and women that, for the past 26 years, has made a serious impact in the lives of many local families. It also means you are a member of a team, a group, a family. All members of our Gator family know that no one is more important than the team.
One of our weekly sayings to hype all the kids up is “everyone will and must play this week.” We play those who work hard, and have the skills to be on the field. It is impossible to win as many games and championships as we have by running a team in any other way.
We have averaged three teams in league championship games for 25 of the last 26 years. From the big team down to the “Baby Twerps,” every coach emphasizes how important it is for their players to work hard, and pay close attention, in order to get out on the field during game day.
We play to win, and we want every Gator to embrace that same attitude in their journeys beyond football. Our student athletes know that, no matter where life takes them, one thing is for certain: “Once a Gator, always a Gator.”

ABOVE: Nikhai Hill-Green, who now plays for the Wolverines at the University of Michigan, will always be a Garfield Gator at heart.


High School Gators [Name – High School]

*TyJuane Abram – Westinghouse
*Nehemiah Azeem – Our Lady of Sacred Heart
*Camden Branch – Our Lady of Sacred Heart
Daniel Cain Jr. – Obama-Sci Tech-Milliones
*Mark Fancher – Cornell
*Malik Harvey – Westinghouse
*Michael Harvey – Westinghouse
*Paul Helvy – Obama-Sci Tech-Milliones
*Michael James – Woodland Hills
Terrell James – Allderdice
*Noah Johnston – Allderdice
*Solomon Johnston – Allderdice
*Keylan Kenney – Westinghouse
*Darren Keys – Woodland Hills
*Jairon King – Westinghouse
Kaden Latham – Westinghouse
*Maxwell Martin – Scioto (Dublin, OH)
Brandon Massey – Allderdice
*Keyshawn Morsillo – Westinghouse
*Allen Parker – Penn Hills
Aki Parker – Penn Hills
*Khi’Lee Patterson – Fox Chapel
Ramon Poindexter – Westinghouse
Leonard Sherrod – Gateway
*Daron smith – Our Lady of Sacred Heart
*Donte Taylor – Westinghouse
*Da’MonnTaylor – Woodland Hills
*Claude Vangelus – Penn Hills
*Deontae Williams – Woodland Hills
James Williams – Pittsburgh Central Catholic
Musa Bangura – Westinghouse
Samir Grayson – Westinghouse
[* denotes current starters at their position(s)]


College Gators [Name – Secondary School]

Rashod Allen – Lackawanna College
Chance Battle – McDougle Technical Institute
Samuel Fairley – Slippery Rock University
Paris Ford – University of Pittsburgh
George Freeman – Washington & Jefferson College
Konota Gaskins – Bowling Green
Ray Harvey – Edinboro University
Nikhai Hill-Green – University of Michigan
Kevonte Simpson – Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
Jamaine Stevens – California University of PA
Erick Taylor – West Liberty University
Brendan Walls – Edinboro University
Dorial Walls – Toledo University
Kameron Williams – California Univ. of PA
Maurice Satterwhite – Univ. of Mount Union



The Bulletin: People’s Indian restaurant

People’s Indian: Feeding Garfield Families in Uncertain Times

Story by Andrew McKeon, The Bulletin

ABOVE: Kulwant Pabla (left) and his son Harpreet are ready for the lunch rush at People’s Indian restaurant. Photo by Andrew McKeon.

Garfield – In 1987, the Pabla family opened People’s Grocery store at 5136 Penn Ave. The store’s opening represented a milestone for Kulwant Pabla, who had recently moved to Pittsburgh while everyone else was busy leaving town.
Building on the grocery store’s success, Kulwant and his brother, Kuldip, opened People’s Indian restaurant (5147 Penn Ave.) across the street in 1995. The rest is history, but the restaurant’s origin story is still unknown to many customers.
The Pabla family hails from Lasara, a small town in the Punjab region of northwest India. Kulwant’s son – Harpreet Pabla, who manages the restaurant – compares the footprint of his father’s hometown to that of the Gators’ home neighborhood.
“Lasara is a little place that’s actually about as big as Garfield,” he explained. As a Sikh growing up in a Hindu-focused India, life was not easy for Pabla’s father. “[Kulwant] is one of four brothers and two sisters, a strong family raised in a third world country. To them, Garfield is literally a ‘land of opportunity,’” he said.
Upon moving from India to Pittsburgh at the age of 11, Pabla had no idea what to expect. “When I moved here in 1993, Garfield was very different than what you see now,” he told The Bulletin. “You had all kinds of gang activity. There used to be an ATM right there [southeast corner of Penn & Evaline]. One time, during a shootout, one of the bullets went though the ATM,” Pabla recalled, “and it travelled all the way to where my uncle and I were standing in the [People’s Grocery] store.”
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit home in March, the Pabla family was already leaning in a charitable direction. Working tirelessly for four months, the family provided upwards of 4,500 free lunches to those in need.
“If you look at relief efforts in every part of the world, Sikhs have been feeding people left and right,” Pabla said. “A few weeks ago, The New York Times ran a headline that was something like ‘If you want to learn how to feed people, learn from the Sikhs.’”
From March through June, the Pablas’ restaurant received all sorts of calls for help. Most of the orders came from local families facing real hardships, but some callers seemed to be exploiting the charity of People’s Indian.
When the restaurant ran out of chicken, on account of national food shortages during the pandemic, the Pablas did not expect people to turn their nose up at free vegetarian food – but they were in for a surprise. “You’d be shocked by how many people said they didn’t want it. They’d say ‘No, I don’t want that, but when you have chicken curry again, let me know,’” Pabla noted. “If you’re choosing, you don’t really need it.”
In 1984, the Indian government sent troops to the Golden Temple – a place of worship – and massacred Sikh women and children en masse. For the next 10+ years, throughout India, young men were regularly “disappeared” by not-so-mysterious agents of the federal government.
“For us, when it comes to Black Lives Matter [BLM], this really hits home,” Pabla said. “As Sikhs, our war has always been against oppression.” The Pablas recently devoted an entire face of their building [at the corner of S. Evaline & Penn] to the BLM movement. “When people say there’s no racism, that’s only because it doesn’t affect them,” Pabla noted. “If you’re not black, and you’re not being hunted, your reality is very different from theirs.”
Although he never knew the Indian caste system while living there, he soon found out in Fox Chapel – as a result of a classroom conversation. “Growing up in India, I had friends from many different castes, which is socially unacceptable,” Pabla said. “My parents wanted me to have a more human perspective that wasn’t shaped by the caste system.”
Pabla still finds it hard to reckon with the dividing lines of American society. “In the Sikh holy book, there are different writings by all sorts of holy men, including Hindus and Muslims,” he explained. “There are members of lower and higher castes whose writings are part of the same foundation. It’s very inclusive.”
Much to the delight of its loyal customers, People’s Indian launched its new pizza menu on Jul. 24. Six gourmet pizzas, including “Singh is King” and “Striaght Outta Punjab,” aim to combine traditional Indian flavors with American tastes.
Pabla knew his pizza concept could succeed, but he never could have predicted the kind of volume that it has generated for People’s Indian. At this point, the restaurant is making 50-60 pizzas every day, which taxes its kitchen.
“I’d love to get some more kitchen space so that we could start something like an Indian bakery that serves cakes and pastries,” Pabla revealed. “It’s a very different flavor; the icing is lighter and it’s not as sugary as American cakes.”
He is excited to support Chislett St. Market, a grocery that his cousin just opened in Morningside – the neighborhood where a teenage Harpreet came of age in the ‘90s. From cake-icing to “life mantras,” Pabla is certain of one thing: “If you put good out there into the world, then good comes back to you.”

Visit PeoplesIndian.com to learn more.

Garfield Survey

Garfield Community Input Needed


ATTN: Garfield residents, we’d love to hear from you!

Garfield Technology and Wifi Survey 

The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation and Assemble are looking into finding access to Wifi as well as computers for the community. In reaching out, we want to get an idea of what people have and what people need. This will help us to then reach out to organizations that will able to connect us to FREE computers for YOU!


Garfield Public Safety Survey

The BGC is polling residents to gather feedback on public safety issues, as well as future plans for the neighborhood’s “Green Zone” (trails/parks management).

We also want to hear from local youths, so we’re encouraging them to fill out the Garfield kids’ survey. Please feel free to share these surveys with your neighbors!

Covid-19 Resources: Get Help!


Local Help is Available during the Covid-19 Social Distancing Initiative

Garfield NEIGHBORS IN NEED FUND– A fund to help individuals & families facing a hardship. Typical grants average $0-$500. Bloomfield Garfield Corporation: 412-426-5329 or email PAM@bloomfield-garfield.org

APPLY ONLINE Garfield Neighbors in Need Crisis Fund Online Application: 


Donate to the East End Neighbors in Need Crisis Fund! This fund exists to give financial assistance to people in our community who are going through an unexpected crisis.Want to DONATE to this fund?: click here and CHOOSE NEIGHBORS IN NEED


Care Packages Delivered: A volunteer service delivering packaged meals to those in need in Garfield. Garfield Jubilee: 412-277-4616

Free Meals for Pick up– Everyday’s a Sunday has partnered with BGC using 412FoodRescue donations to provide free meals to those in need in the community. 4919 Penn Ave Pittsburgh PA 15224, Available for Pick Up Wed-Fri 11am to 2pm, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 6pm to supplies run out.

Receive ‘Grab n Go’ Meal Bags on your doorstep Mon/Fri between 2:30 – 4:00Local non-profit located on the corner of Friendship Ave. and S. Pacific Ave delivering daily lunches door to door. Must contact to fill out distribution form EVO FOOD DELIVERY WaiverMarilyn Chaney at Earthen Vessels Outreach Call: 412 – 214-0862 or email: earthenvessels98@gmail.com

GARFIELD Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank Distribution Site-3rd weekend (Sat) April at 9am Morningside Church of God in Christ-5173 Dearborn St, Pittsburgh PA 15224. Residents of GARFIELD (15224, 15206) can be issued food boxes at this church location and must bring proof of residence and source of financial income to register. 

GARFIELD Greater Pittsburgh Community Foodbank Distribution Site Friday April 3rd at 11am. Valley View Presbyterian Church- 601 N Aiken Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206 Stay in your car and volunteers will place bosses in their cars.  If you cannot drive then they will deliver to your doorstep. Must call ahead 412-708-6158 Please include your Name and address if need delivery, and how many live in home. No documents needed. Additionally the last three Thursday’s of the month Valley View offers delivery of food. call 412-708-6158


A City wide Buddy program is organized by Pittsburgh Cares. If you would like to sign up to be a “buddy” for someone, or are looking to find a “buddy”, email info@pittsburghcares.org, or call 412-471-2114 x200 and someone will get back to you.

A “Buddy” program to match Lawrenceville, Bloomfield & Garfield volunteers with seniors and others at high risk for phone calls / check-ins, grocery/prescription runs, meal deliveries, etc. To sign up for a buddy or be a buddy go to  https://tinyurl.com/CovidBuddy

To sign up for a buddy’s help call: Bloomfield Garfield Corporation: 412-426-5329, Lawrenceville United: 412-802-7220, or Bloomfield Development Corporation: (412) 681-8800


Rent and Mortgage Relief Fund
Renters and homeowners who were financially impacted by the economic slowdown related to the coronavirus pandemic will be able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief NOW OPEN https://www.phfa.org/pacares/

RENT & UTILITIES-Housing Stabilization Program  The Housing Stabilization Program (HSP) is a housing crisis intervention program that provides one-time or short term (up to 4 months) financial assistance to renters who are facing a temporary, non-reoccurring housing crisis. CALL 412-227-4163


    • The new Coronavirus, or COVID-19*, was identified in December 2019
    • It produces flu-like symptoms–fever, cough, shortness of breath, but is more contagious.
    • In about 15% of cases, it can lead to severe respiratory illness, such as pneumonia
    • There is no vaccine and no antiviral treatment at this time.
    • The virus is fatal in about 2% of reported cases–more than the seasonal flu.
    • If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may be at risk for COVID-19, please call your doctor’s office or 24/7 Nurse line first before going to be seen by a Doctor.
    • You can also contact one of the following sources with questions:
      • Allegheny County Health Department at (412) 687-2243
      • PA State Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258.
    • For answers on Coronavirus, the flu, or any health-related questions, call your doctor.
    • Call 24/7 Nurse Line for help in understanding your condition
      • In the Pittsburgh area call (412) NURSE-4-U
    • If you don’t have a doctor, find a doctor now, call (412) DOCTORS or (814) SAMEDAY
    • If you are in a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
    • All Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP recipients will have testing and treatment covered.’
  • UPMC, Highmark, and Aetna will waive applicable deductibles, copayments, or other cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered by a member’s treating medical provider.
  • Uninsured:  Metro Health Clinic (sliding scale); iHealth Clinic in East Liberty ($35 flat fee)


  • In order to best serve residents with questions and concerns about COVID-19, Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
  • We are working hard to ensure that you have the best and most current information. Stay up to date by signing up for Allegheny Alerts (www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts) and subscribing to COVID-19, follow the Health Department on Facebook (@AlleghenyCountyHealth) and Twitter (@HealthAllegheny), and visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus.
  • FOR ANY GENERAL ASSISTANCE: United Way helpline (help connecting to all kinds of resources), call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 or visit PA211sw.org


  • People experiencing abuse in their homes during the pandemic are encouraged to read this resource guide for victims of domestic violence. The comprehensive guide identifies common abuse types and offers tips on emergency planning, tech safety, and how to maintain safe living conditions. It also lists support programs for housing, immigration, and financial independence.

Pharmacy delivery services:

    • Wilson’s Pharmacy (412.621.6471) offers free delivery typically 4:30-7 p.m. Call ahead. 
  • Shop N Save Pharmacy (412.784.8600) offers free delivery during regular hours (9a-7p weekdays, 9a-2p weekends). Call ahead. Can order over-the-counter medications that are out of stock and include that for delivery with day’s notice.
  • The Rite Aids in Lawrenceville (412.682.6970) and Bloomfield (412.621.9987) offer delivery of prescriptions on weekdays in the later afternoon. Call ahead. There may be $3 delivery fee. Possibly will include over-the-counter meds with prescription.

Food donations: 

  • Meals on Wheels: 412.350.5460 or 412.350.4234
  • Garfield Jubilee- delivering care packages to Garfield residents: 412-277-4616
  • People’s Indian Restaurant- those with out can pick up an individual meal CALL 412-661-3160 | 5147 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224
  • Receive ‘Grab n Go’ Meal Bags on your doorstep Monday – Friday between 2:30 – 4:00 Marilyn Chaney at Earthen Vessels Outreach Call: 412 – 214-0862 or email: earthenvessels98@gmail.com
  • Lawrenceville Healthy Active Living (Senior) Center: 100 pre-packaged meals given out 11a-1p on M/W/F to seniors who are registered with the program.
  • Pittsburgh Community Services Inc: 412.904.4700.
  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (412) 460-3663
  • Food Bank Locator and Grab N Go Sites https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/get-help/
  • East End Cooperative Ministry community lunch – EECM’s daily community lunch from 12:15-1:15 pm will not be served in their dining room but rather as take-out only. Clients can pick up take-out bagged hot lunches and other food items at Entrance G of EECM’s building.
  • 412 Food Rescue- Food donation inquiries: (412) 277-3831
    • Local distribution sites:
        • Garfield Jubilee: 412-277-4616
        • Fridays: Lawrenceville United. Call (412) 802-7220 before noon.
        • Lawrenceville Family Care Connection: (412) 784-8683
        • IW Abel: (412) 687-7120
    • Just HarvestOver-the-phone COMPASS applications: (412) 431-8960
  • Food Pantries
      • St. Mary’s Lyceum (Lawrenceville): 412.682.3877 – M & Tu 11a-12:30p
      • East End Cooperative Ministries: 412-345-7149.- M-F
      • Morningside Church of God in Christ 3rd weekend (Sat) April at 9am
      • Valley View Presbyterian Church Must call ahead 412-708-6158 Friday April 3rd at 11am  

Utilities/Internet/Phone: Contact each provider

Childcare- Circles – Greater Pittsburgh

If you need a babysitter in order to go to work, please contact Tammy Thompson via email: tthompson@Circlespgh.org.
Please provide the following: 1. Number of children you need care for    2. Age of child/children   3. The hours that you need care for them   4. Name of Employer 5. Community you live in

Older adults

VOTING: Absentee and Mail-in Ballots: https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx


  • A Peer Support and Advocacy Network is available from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. 1-866-661-9726 | Crisis Services available 24/7 call 1-888-796-8226
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website. The agency’s Disaster Distress Hotline is 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. People with deafness or hearing loss can use their preferred relay service to call 1-800-985-5990


  • The PA Housing Alliance is keeping an updated list of housing resources that includes mortgage loss mitigation and financial bridge loans, among other information.


HEN Meeting Report, 3.26.202

  • FREE COMPUTER– Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that many students will be completing their schooling online for the foreseeable future, and not every student may have access to a computer at home. We are giving out desktop computers to families that may not have one so that students can continue to be successful in their education. In order to receive a computer, we are asking that you, the teacher/administrator, PLEASE FORWARD ALONG THE GOOGLE FORM LINK BELOW.  An adult family member of your student/s must fill out the Google Form in order to receive the computer (IDs will be required at desktop takeout location at Computer Reach located at 1 DRV Drive, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221


Supplies are limited and at this moment the first 200 families that respond will be guaranteed a desktop computer. Following requests will be fulfilled as soon as feasible.Thank you for supporting this coordinated effort to ensure your students a successful end of the school year, The Education Partnership Computer Reach The Fisher Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation

Small business and service industry support


PA Small Business Assistance AVAILABLE NOW!!! GRANTS!

* Be a PA business
* Annual revenue of $1 million or less prior to COVID-19
* 25 or less full-time employees prior to February 15, 2020.
* Business in operation on February 15, 2020 and if required, paid income taxes to the state and federal government, as reported on individual or business tax returns
* COVID-19 has had an adverse economic impact and makes this grant request necessary
* The grant will be used cover COVID-19 related costs
* During the period beginning on June 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020, the applicant has not and will not receive another grant under THIS state program

The following list of items will be needed to apply. Additional items may be specified later:
1. Government Issued Photo ID
2. Business financial information:
* Revenue from March 1st to May 31st for 2019 and 2020
* Most recently submitted Federal Tax Return. 2018 or 2019 business and personal tax returns including Schedule C
* If startup between January 1-February 15, 2020, Internal Profit & Loss Statement
3. Proof of Business Registration with PA Dept of State, as applicable:
* Articles of Incorporation (for corporations and LLCs); or
* Fictitious Name Registration/“DBA” (Sole Proprietors); or
* Business License (if applicable).
4. Bank Account Information

Here’s a list of the Western PA CDFIs facilitating applications:

The Progress Fund

Bridgeway Capital

Northside Community Development Fund

Reinvestment Fund


SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Advance
Program Reopened to All Eligible Small Businesses and
Non-Profits Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic
To further meet the needs of U.S. small businesses and non-profits, the U.S.
Small Business Administration reopened the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance program portal to all eligible applicants experiencing economic impacts due to COVID-19 today. https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
PA 30 Day Fund is a volunteer-powered nonprofit with all funds raised going directly to small businesses in desperate need to protect jobs NOW. 
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  • Life Sustaining Business FAQs 5.7(1)
  • CARE ACT: https://www.uschamber.com/co/start/strategy/cares-act-small-business-guide
  • Borrowers can receive a $10,000 emergency grant cash advance that can be forgiven if spent on paid leave, maintaining payroll, increased costs due to supply chain disruption, mortgage or lease payments or repaying obligations that cannot be met due to revenue losses.
  • The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans for small businesses with fewer than 500 employees, select types of businesses with fewer than 1,500 employees, 501(c)(3) non-profits with fewer than 500 workers and some 501(c)(19) veteran organizations. Additionally, the self-employed, sole proprietors, and freelance and gig economy workers are also eligible to apply. Businesses, even without a personal guarantee or collateral, can get a loan as long as they were operational on February 15, 2020.
  • THE CARE ACT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE SBA disaster loan program (Please note: SBA Advises that you apply using THESE FORMS. The online portal is overwhelmed and doing a physical application will end in a faster result)
    US Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center
    14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155
    FORMS: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RhpbtFu2J9B8MANFLF_IuGx8Q08OE5ro?usp=sharing


 General Links


  • Gov. Tom Wolf has requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration implement a disaster declaration to provide assistance to small business and non-profits in the form of loans. The application process is to-be-announced.
  • National Updates and Resources for Housing/Homelessness Advocates
  • Organizations in the city, who have joined this outreach effort: Bloomfield-Garfield Corp, Morningside Church of Christ in God, Garfield Jubilee, Valley View Presbyterian Church, Brothers and Sisters Emerging, Boom Concepts, Earthen Vessels Outreach, Lawrenceville United, Garfield Community Farm, Assemble, Bloomfield Development Corporation, Thomas Merton Center, Action-Housing.