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So. Pittsburgh groups awarded Love Your Block grants for neighborhood improvement programs

 

Loving their block in South Side are (from left) Leigh Cunningham, Jamin Bogi, Kim Collins, Jonathan Growell and Tom Johnston. The South Side Chamber of Commerce was awarded a city Love Your Block grant to beautify outside the South Side Welcome Center and the parklet across the street at the corner of 11th and East Carson streets.

Several South Pittsburgh area groups were among the 24 recipients who received funding through the fourth round of servePGH initiative’s “Love Your Block” grant program – bringing the total number of projects to 64.

Thanks to the support of The Home Depot Foundation, organizations will be awarded $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment. Additionally, a special $2,000 prize will be given to the organization with the most impressive block transformation.

Spring project implementation began this weekend in South Side and will continue through the end of June.

“With the generous support of our city departments and The Home Depot Foundation, Pittsburgh residents have the resources to make real change in their neighborhoods,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. “As we grow our city’s dedication to volunteerism, these 24 projects will be a testament to the commitment of our residents to serve their communities and transform blight to beauty.”

The Love Your Block revitalization program gives organizations $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment necessary to implement a neighborhood block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers. Organizations also receive support from city services, such as trash collection and graffiti removal.

In choosing the spring recipients, the city gave special consideration to projects that engage local veterans and veteran organizations, and that demonstrate a creative solution to an identified community issue.

South Pittsburgh area grant recipients include:

Beltzhoover Civic Association: Volunteers will create a community green space in Beltzhoover.

Friends of the Riverfront: Volunteers will beautify existing trails with plantings and a clean-up along Eliza Furnace Trail and Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

Neighbors of Grandview Avenue: Volunteers will beautify a main entrance along Grandview Avenue in Mt. Washington.

South Side Chamber of Commerce: Volunteers will revitalize a community center, install planters and clean up along E. Carson St. in South Side.

South Side Community Council: Volunteers will beautify existing green spaces along E. Carson St. in South Side.

Since the launch of servePGH in 2011, resident volunteers have helped to spruce up 150 city blocks, collected over 16,000 pounds of litter, created 127 new community green spaces and more.

Love Your Block is made possible thanks to The Home Depot Foundation, which donated $130,000 to the initiative and enabled the city to increase the number of revitalization projects from 20 to 50 per year.

For more information, visit pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock, email servepgh@pittsburghpa.gov or call 412-255-2280.

 

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