Situated between 3 rivers, Pittsburgh is the official “City of Bridges,” housing a total of 446 bridges in the city, and miles of riverfront trails. The rolling hills offer a beautiful landscape with everything that a big city can offer while maintaining a friendly hometown atmosphere. The many different neighborhoods offer rich pockets of culture and a diverse community. Hearing the common tongue of Pittsburghese makes getting acquainted all the more fun. With multiple universities, countless museums, 3 professional sports teams, and wonderful community initiatives, many who enter this Steel City become Pittsburghers for life.
Transportation: 2 cars and public
Number of Volunteers: 4
Service Site Descriptions
Acculturation for Justice, Access and Peace Outreach (AJAPO)
Mission: To provide a continuum of care which empowers refugees and immigrants residing in the Greater Pittsburgh Communities and Allegheny County to become self-sufficient and better integrated into our communities.
AJAPO serves refugees and immigrants from about 20 countries around the globe. AJAPO provides housing, all the initial social services, and orientation into the community where they will reside. in the US. AJAPO’s services also include youth development as well as cultural orientation and counseling to ensure family cohesion. Immigration services are provided as a pathway towards citizenship for all those who are eligible to become United States citizens. Two volunteers are needed to serve as case managers in different capacities. One volunteer will provide case management and service coordination to clients to improve their quality of life and increase the capacities of refugee individuals/families to become self-sufficient. Another volunteer will be a case manager focused on employment and support services to clients with the goal of attaining economic self-sufficiency.
Skills: Social Services, Immigration and Refugee Resettlement, Cultural Services, Case Management
Social Justice Institutes at Carlow University
Mission: To provide access to under-represented groups and to close educational, socio-economic, and leadership gaps, particularly those that disproportionately affect women.
Through collaboration between Carlow University and the community at large, the Social Justice Institutes focuses on research, education, community engagement, and service to meet local social justice issues. This is accomplished through change-oriented research projects, interdisciplinary coursework, and links with community-based organizations. A volunteer will work as a program assistant within the Institutes’ Women of Spirit Institute and Center for Community-Engaged Learning. The volunteer will focus on defining learning outcomes, developing program application, implementing community-based recruitment strategy, and assisting with logistics. Through this work, the volunteer will build bridges between grassroots, community efforts and the resources in academia.
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Mission: We, Pittsburgh Mercy Health System (PMHS) and Trinity Health, serve together in the spirit of the Gospel as a compassionate and transforming, healing presence within our communities.
Operation Safety Net (OSN) is Pittsburgh Mercy’s award-winning medical and social service program for the unsheltered homeless population in Allegheny County. Operation Safety Net strives to address the circumstances that undermine the mental and physical health of persons served by creating avenues for homeless people to access the social and health services that are necessary to improve their quality of life. Two volunteers are needed within OSN: an outreach specialist and community health nurse. Volunteers will assist and support individuals experiencing homelessness or who are near homelessness in identifying and being connected to a wide variety of resources and supports, including healthcare, public benefits, housing, mental health treatment, drug and alcohol treatment, and vocational and educational resources.
Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh (RIF)
Mission: To provide children with the resources, motivation, and opportunities to develop a life-long love of reading.
Reading is Fundamental (RIF) is addressing the needs of the community by providing children with access to self-selected books, creating positive environments that motivate children to develop a life-long love of reading, and engage families in literacy practices in the home. RIF’s research- based programs work to bridge the local literacy gap. A volunteer is needed to serve as an outreach coordinator in one of the following positions: 1.) Books for Keeps: coordinate and conduct reading celebrations and other outreach activities 2.) Storymobile: plan, coordinate and conduct visits and literacy-based activities at 40+ sites 3.) Everybody Wins: assist with the lunchtime literacy and mentoring program.