As a public service, the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh conducts faculty/staff / student blood drives over the course of a calendar year. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate as dates, times and locations are announced in advance of any scheduled blood drive.
The Central Blood Bank of Pittsburgh is a non-profit organization founded in 1951 by a group of Pittsburgh doctors serving 7 hospitals. Today, Central Blood employs over 300 collecting and testing over 160,000 units of blood annually to serve over 40 hospitals in Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.
The Central Blood Bank offers several different programs for those interested in donating. When you donate any blood product, you are automatically a part of the "Community Blood Program". As part of this program, you save up to three lives with each donation. The University is also involved in the "Partners for Life" program to encourage Pitt employees to donate 4 times per year. Pitt employees are also involved in the "G.O.L.D. Club" which stands for Gift of Life Donor.
University of Pittsburgh donors may register on-line by visiting the CBB website. When registering to donate, please use the code CU190020 if you plan to give at the William Pitt Union or, use the code CU 190002 if you plan to give at Victoria Hall. Proper ID is required to donate blood. Therefore, please bring ID with you on the day of the blood drive. Several forms of ID are acceptable such as, picture Military ID, picture driver's license, employee picture ID or Birth Certificate along with a picture ID that includes the donor's full name.
For the past 30 years, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank has been mounting the fight against hunger in the Pittsburgh Region and the need seems to be growing every year as more and more households are seeking assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens. The University of Pittsburgh joined this fight over 20 years ago collaborating with the Scouting for Food program organized by the Boy Scouts of America. Ten years ago, the University while still connected to the Boy Scouts decided to nurture a direct relationship with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank by developing the Pitt Partnership for Food Program. Faculty, staff and students have and continue to participate in this program in large numbers and all food collected through the Pitt Partnership for Food Program is credited to the Scouting for Food Program. The University consistently ranks near the top of a list of corporations participating in the Scouting for food program and have consistently received the Chairman's Award for our efforts. Two years ago, the University was instrumental working with Community Human Services an Oakland based community organization to establish a food pantry in Oakland under the auspices of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Last year, the Student Government Board decided to establish a student Fall Food Drive as a companion program to the spring Faculty/Staff food drive with very promising results.
The University is also part of a regional organization the Southwestern Pennsylvania Food Security Partnership. The objective of this organization is to develop strategies to implement a comprehensive plan across a 12 county region to close the hunger gap in this region.
In addition to the food program for households, the University has implemented a food program for pets. This program titled "Pitt's People for Pets" is designed to help feed local pets in need. We know that some families choose to feed their pets sacrificing their own basic food needs. In collaboration with Chow Wagon, a program sponsored by Animal Friends, the Pitt's People for Pets will provide pet food to area food banks to ensure that families no longer have to choose between feeding their pets or themselves.
The University of Pittsburgh annually conducts a fund drive to benefit community agencies through the United Way of Allegheny County. The kick-off event for the United Way Campaign is an event called the United Way Day of Caring. We average about 400 faculty and staff who give up a workday at the University to work for and with community-based organizations in neighborhoods adjacent to the University on projects identified by these organizations.
Faculty and Staff in Service to Community seek partnerships with community organizations and participates in programs that will have measurable impact in the neighborhoods they serve. The primary resource the University of Pittsburgh brings to community service is the volunteerism of our faculty and staff through the Volunteer Pool. For many years Christmas Day dinners for needy individuals and families have been sponsored by local hotels in the City of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania. In 2006, one of the hotels withdrew from this program because of major renovations. The Salvation Army asked the University to fill in for that hotel and we agreed to sponsor "Christmas Day at Pitt" for needy individuals and families and has done so since that time. Faculty, staff and their families from Pitt and Sodexho give of their time on Christmas Day to this event. In 2011, the University served over 1200 meals, an increase of over 200, to needy individuals and families.