August 6, 2013 | Vol. 74 No. 2

South Side Chamber of Commerce receives Love Your Block Grant

Twenty-three organizations, including the South Side Chamber of Commerce, will receive funding through the fifth round of his Love Your Block (LYB) grant program, a servePGH initiative.

Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, the city awards $1,000 to purchase supplies and equipment to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $2,000 prize will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, according to identified criteria.

Fall project implementation will take place from August 31 to October 31.

“Love Your Block continues to provide an opportunity for residents to serve their communities by carrying out creative block revitalization projects and encouraging community spirit throughout Pittsburgh,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. “Over the past two years, Love Your Block volunteers have beautified approximately 200 city blocks, collected over 20,000 pounds of litter and created 150 new community green spaces.”

Love Your Block is one of nine innovative service initiatives that are part of Mayor Ravenstahl’s servePGH initiative, which engages volunteers to help tackle Pittsburgh’s greatest challenges. In addition to receiving funds to purchase necessary supplies, organizations also receive support from city services, such as trash collection and graffiti removal.

In choosing the recipients for the fall, the city gave special consideration to projects that engage local veterans and projects that beautify local business districts. Applications for the next round of spring grants will be available early next year.

The South Side Chamber of Commerce’s project includes having volunteers install dog waste stations along with cleaning up litter in the neighborhood.

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. It is also supported by the Corporation for National Community Service and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

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