(PITTSBURGH) March 20, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that the City of Pittsburgh will receive the United Way of Allegheny County's Fred Rogers Good Neighbor Award at a recognition celebration at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty this evening. The City is one of 24 companies and institutions honored for being a community leader in workplace volunteerism, namely its commitment to the United Way’s Be a 6th Grade Mentor program. The award is given each year on Rogers’ birthday, March 20, dubbed “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day,” and celebrates Mr. Rogers’ legacy of neighborliness.
“The future of Pittsburgh lies in the hands of our young people, and through programs like the Pittsburgh Promise and this mentoring initiative, we are charting the course for an even brighter city,” said Ravenstahl.
Since Ravenstahl launched the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative as part of his servePGH program in March 2011, over 50 City employees joined the mayor in mentoring a local middle school student. Through the program, City employees are granted two-hours of leave time to serve as mentors every week.The City is currently the number one employer with the most mentor volunteers. Ravenstahl has also worked collaboratively with the United Way of Allegheny County to encourage local corporations and institutions to offer similar opportunities to their employees.
“Our commitment to the mentoring program allows City staff to make a direct impact on our children and our communities by positively influencing their lives every week," Ravenstahl said. "Thousands of Pittsburghers volunteer each year, and I’m proud to be one and to have many of them working in my office.”
About “Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day”:
Wont You Be My Neighbor Day, instituted by the Fred Rogers Company, is a day to celebrate volunteerism and honor Pittsburgh’s agencies, companies, educators and public servants who work to keep our City as one of America’s best places to live. The award ceremony allows Rogers’ loved ones to acknowledge the ongoing support of his values and help to extend them into a new generation of children, parents and professionals. Rogers would have turned 84 today.
Fred Rogers lived and worked in Pittsburgh most of his life, creating a legacy of service to children and their families. The famed children’s show Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, filmed at Pittsburgh’s WQED and aired on PBS from 1968 to 2001 and re-ran until 2008, taught generations of children how to be a good neighbor every day.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Office of Mayor Luke Ravenstahl
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2626 | facsimile: 412-255-2687