(PITTSBURGH) March 21, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s Office and nearly one-hundred community members today celebrated the first anniversary of the Mayor’s citizen-service initiative, servePGH, after dozens of volunteers completed a “Love Your Block” vacant lot revitalization project adjacent to the Pittsburgh Project, located in the City’s Perrysville neighborhood. At the initiatives first “birthday party,” the City released servePGH’s first annual report to the community, highlighted the program’s successes and charted the course for 2012’s service initiatives that will engage even more citizen volunteers to help solve the City’s most pressing challenges.
“This community-service initiative has made valuable and noteworthy contributions to Pittsburgh’s Third Renaissance,” said Ravenstahl. “Neighborhood leaders and volunteers, with guidance from my staff, have really transformed some of our City’s most blighted sites and, as a result, have created a greater sense of community pride. I’m proud of our accomplishments, and look forward to achieving even more in the year ahead.”
ServePGH is comprised of seven high-impact service initiatives including: Civic Leadership Academy; Love Your Block; Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative; Redd Up Zone; Snow Angels; Sustainable Home Improvement Partnership; and Mayor Ravenstahl’s Citizen Service Award. Since last March, servePGH has empowered more than 1,000 community members to beautify 47 City blocks; weatherized and restored more than 22 homes of veterans, seniors and disabled residents; cleaned litter at 20 half-mile zones of City streets; and mentored 55 local middle school students.
After receiving a competitive grant from the Cities of Service Coalition, Ravenstahl implemented the high-impact servePGH service plan on March 22, 2011. The grant encourages cities to utilize impact volunteerism as a significant municipal strategy to address local challenges.
In the coming year, Ravenstahl will strengthen current programs and expand on new, high-impact volunteer opportunities in order to meet the pressing needs of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods and youth. Each of the seven servePGH programs will utilize more volunteers, increase their impact and expand their partnerships. The City will continue to work cooperatively with community groups and volunteers by providing services and supplies to carry out each service project.
With additional supportive partnerships, the Mayor expects to:
To read Mayor Ravenstahl’s servePGH Year One Report to the Community or to volunteer, please visit: servepgh.pittsburghpa.gov.
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