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City Description

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.

Housing: House
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, initial social services, and orientation into the community where they will reside.  Additional services include youth development, counseling to ensure family cohesion, and immigration services as a pathway towards citizenship for those who are eligible. A volunteer is needed to serve as a case manager. The volunteer will provide case management and service coordination in the first 90 days of their arrival, assisting families in their transition and move towards self-sufficiency.

Site Details

Website: www.ajapopittsburgh.org
Skills: Social Services, Immigration and Refugee Resettlement, Cultural Services, Case Management​

Pittsburgh Mercy Health System

Mission: To serve 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.

Website: www.pittsburghmercy.org
Skills: Health Care, Social Services, Public Health, Nursing, Homeless Outreach

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 provides children with access to self-selected books, creates positive environments that motivate children to develop a life-long love of reading, and engages families in literacy practices in the home. Their research-based programs work to bridge the local literacy gap. The volunteer would serve as an outreach coordinator with one or more of their programs: Books for Keeps coordinates and conducts reading celebrations and other outreach activities;  Storymobile plans and implements literacy-based activities at 40+ sites; and Everybody Wins coordinates a lunchtime literacy and mentoring program.

Website: www.rifpittsburgh.org
Skills: Education, Social Services, Outreach Coordinator, Reading Enthusiast, Activity Planning

REFLECTIONS FROM VOLUNTEERS WHO SERVED IN PITTSBURGH

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