Community Engagement

The University of Pittsburgh Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) maintains relationships with all levels of government, including Federal, Commonwealth, County, and City, while also leading Pitt’s community-facing work through collaboration, communication, and facilitation of University engagement with its broader communities. CGR is responsive, bringing neighborhood voices, policy awareness, and issue based activity together by bridging internal and external stakeholders to forge new collaborations. As part of this effort, CGR leads Pitt’s Neighborhood Commitments, which are long-term commitments of investment, infrastructure, programming, and dedicated staff in the neighborhoods of Oakland as well as the Hill District and Homewood, in which Pitt’s Community Engagement Centers are located. These commitments are grounded in mutually beneficial relationships that support the neighborhood’s agenda while strengthening the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service.

Pitt in Action

Pitt aspires to be a University that strengthens our communities. In fulfillment of that mission, CGR invites faculty and staff to participate in service and volunteerism opportunities. Collectively, we can mobilize for mission and connect to community. Sign up to receive our monthly volunteer newsletter here.

Signature Day of Service: Day of Caring

Join us for the annual Pitt Day of Caring, held in partnership with the United Way. Day of Caring is one of the signature days of service CGR hosts for University faculty and staff is a great team building opportunity while contributing to the University's mission.

Details: A day of service throughout Pittsburgh supporting our community partners. Faculty and Staff will be transported from Soldiers and Sailors to a community organization and complete a service project in support of the organization's goals. Projects have included painting, landscaping, general cleaning, and this year, CGR will offer a new on-campus opportunity. Work materials, lunch, and a Day of Caring t-shirt will be provided.
When: Friday, October 18, 2019. 8:30am-4:30pm
Register: Please register here

Please contact Jamie Ducar, director of community engagement, with questions.

Monthly Faculty and Staff Service Opportunities

Looking for a way to give back and get involved with the Pitt and Pittsburgh communities? The second Thursday every month is a repackaging and redistribution event at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The University provides a shuttle from Bigelow Blvd. by Soldiers and Sailors leaving promptly at 3:30 p.m. Parking is also available at the Food Bank if you choose to drive yourself. The Food Bank is located at 1 N. Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110. Closed toed shoes are required to participate in this event.

Register for September 12th here. Please email Tami Hirth at hirth@pitt.edu if you are planning on using the shuttle.
Register for October 10th here. Please email Tami Hirth at hirth@pitt.edu if you are planning on using the shuttle.