The City of Pittsburg, in collaboration with Peoples Gas, a natural gas distribution company, is seeking to promote transformative changes within its community, by engaging its citizens in the “Love Your Block Program” initiatives. Under the program, grants are awarded towards the accomplishment of selected neighborhood projects. In the process, the city is renovated “block by block.” The program also seeks to build unity and capacity for collaboration through fruitful collective service:
Nonprofit organizations from across Pittsburgh are invited to propose projects to transform their blocks with up to $1,000 in funds and the support of key City Departments. Competitive projects will be selected, after which City agencies will engage with awarded group members and listen to their block improvement requests. They will then proceed to carry out the requested services, as feasible. With grant money, the selected groups purchase equipment and supplies, engage their neighbors, and roll up their sleeves to carry out their own brand of block beautification and repair.
Contributor: Sarah Mirembe, Pepperdine School of Public Policy, MPP Candidate ’16.