So. Pittsburgh groups among those receiving Love Your Block grants
Mayor William Peduto announced five South Pittsburgh organizations are among those that will receive funding for the 2017 season of the City of Pittsburgh’s Love Your [Resilient] Block grant program.
Through the Love Your [Resilient] Block revitalization program, the City of Pittsburgh, People’s Gas, and Cities of Service award $1,500 grants to applicants that submitted a block improvement project plan. The award money is used to purchase supplies and tools necessary to implement the projects, as awardees mobilize community volunteers to transform blighted lots into community assets and increase resilience within their neighborhoods.
An additional award of $3,000 will be given to the organization that carries out the most successful block transformation, per identified criteria. Project implementation runs from March 1 to August 31.
To date, the program (formerly known as Love Your Block) has impacted more than 400 blocks by collecting over 35,000 pounds of litter, engaging over 9,000 volunteers, who committed nearly 60,000 hours of service, and leveraging nearly $500,000 in donations since its inception in 2011. This season is the first to pair the program with Resilient Pittsburgh as a part of the newly launched Resilience Strategy, ONEPGH.
Love Your [Resilient] Block is made possible through donations of $25,000 each by Peoples Natural Gas and Cities of Service. The program is guided by the Cities of Service Love Your Block Blueprint and the goals of Resilient Pittsburgh.
Spring 2017 Love Your [Resilient] Block Grant recipients from South Pittsburgh are:
Beltzhoover Neighborhood Council: Volunteers will enhance existing community space by adding shrubs and mulch, restructuring rotten flower beds, and adding a rain barrel.
Cobden Street Block Watch: Volunteers will enhance an existing community space by installing a garden, picnic table, and a grill for block parties and potlucks.
Neighbors on the Mount: Volunteers will replace trees in three locations throughout Mt. Washington and plant flowers in an existing community parklet.
Overbrook Community Council: Volunteers will take part in a lighting event that will focus on energy efficiency. There will also be a beautification event in their local garden.
South Side Community Council: Volunteers will work together to address blight, and improve the gardens and lot of the Ormsby Recreation Center.
For more information, visit http://pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/loveyourblock or contact Ernest Rajakone at: firstname.lastname@example.org.