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Carrick's Linda Donahue named CPC's Volunteer of the Year


Councilman Corey O'Connor, with Clean Pittsburgh Commission's Volunteer of the Year Linda Donahue of Carrick, and Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak

Volunteers, community groups and neighborhoods were honored at the May 28 Clean Pittsburgh Commission's (CPC) Meet and Greet Mixer at Riverview Park with the "Bob Awards" for their efforts to beautify city neighborhoods.

The awards, a tribute to the late Mayor Bob O'Connor and his dedication to cleaning up the city, were created to recognize local efforts to clean-up, prevent and eliminate litter in city neighborhoods and were presented by City of Pittsburgh councilmembers Corey O'Connor and Natalia Rudiak.

Awards presented at the event included Volunteer of the Year. This award is given to one volunteer each year whose service is exemplary in cleaning and greening. It encompasses not only the actual work done, but also the volunteer's ability to mobilize their community, incorporate city resources, and in general raise the profile of clean and green work done in their community.

The winner of this year's Volunteer of the Year is Linda Donahue from Carrick.

Ms. Donahue is a board member of the Carrick Community Council and co-chair of the Beautification Committee. Her primary focus is to promote environmental cleanliness and beauty in the area. This includes working in conjunction with the Carrick Litter Patrol, working in conjunction with the Carrick Tree Tenders, and Carrick Goes Gardening event including tending various gardens and memorials.

She works with Tree Pittsburgh by restoring and protecting city trees, holds a monthly one-day neighborhood clean-up and beautification project called "Carrick Last Hump of Every Month Clean ups" with community leaders, community groups and volunteers. These projects not only include work on streets, parks and public property, but have spurred community pride and local activism.

Ms. Donahue was also the Tree Pittsburgh Volunteer of the Year for 2014 and has received a proclamation from City Council recognizing her efforts to clean and beautify Carrick and Pittsburgh.

The CPC presented the Neighborhood of the Year Bob Award to Brighton Heights. This award is given to a neighborhood that routinely works on clean and green initiatives. For this award the commission looks at collaboration among community organizations and residents, active clean and green initiatives in the community, and work with other local environmental organizations.

The "Bob Awards" are a highlight of the CPC's annual event honoring local neighborhood leaders who go above and beyond to make their neighborhoods a better place to live.

The event is also a time for the commission to highlight their work over the past year first through presenting of the its 2014 Annual Report which details the activities involving litter prevention, illegal dumping, graffiti, and recycling from the previous year. The report can be accessed online at

The CPC will also highlight their efforts in the commission's first Neighborhood of Focus, Hazelwood while announcing their next Neighborhoods of Focus for 2015, Beltzhoover, Allentown, and Knoxville.


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