So. Pgh. groups get Love Your Block grants
Fourteen organizations that will receive funding for the seventh round of the Love Your Block (LYB) grant program, a servePGH initiative.
Through the block revitalization program, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, Peoples Gas and PNC, the city awards $1,000 to purchase supplies and tools to implement a block improvement project that mobilizes community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets. Additionally, a special $3,000 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.
South Pittsburgh organizations receiving Love Your Block grants include: Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council volunteers will beautify a community gathering space with trees, benches and solar lights and South Side Community Council volunteers will beautify a veteran’s monument and surrounding area in Armstrong Park.
“I am happy to announce that Love Your Block is once again uniting neighbors, community members and volunteers to improve their neighborhoods by turning blighted properties into usable green space,” said Mayor William Peduto. “These projects exhibit the sense of pride and spirit of volunteerism that are regularly demonstrated by so many citizens that live in the unique neighborhoods of Pittsburgh.”
Love Your Block is made possible thanks to Peoples Natural Gas, the PNC Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation. Peoples Natural Gas donated $15,000 and the PNC Foundation added an additional $10,000, while The Home Depot Foundation is providing $9,100 worth of supplies. LYB is also supported by the Corporation for National Community Service, the AmeriCorps VISTA program and it based on the Cities of Service Blueprint of the same name.
While all the projects this past spring were impressive, Carrick Regency Tenant Council was selected to win the “Best Block Revitalization Project” and will receive an additional $3,000 for future block enhancements. The group, made up of residents, volunteers, Boy Scouts, and numerous other community partners, erected handicap accessible raised planter beds, planted greenery and shrubs, and dedicated a memorial stone to local military veterans.
“Our neighborhood has extended beyond our building thanks to the [Love Your Block] grant,” said Janice Myers of the Carrick Regency Tenant Council. “Unseen lines that had been drawn between our Hi-Rise and our neighbors have been erased as a result of the work that the residents were doing to fix up the property. Working outside our building has established a whole new sense of neighborhood for us.”
For more information, visit pittsburghpa.gov/loveyourblock email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-255-2280.