Pitt in Action
The Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) is ready to empower you to take action. Service and volunteerism is part of the University's mission and as faculty and staff, you carry that mission out every day. We know you have things you really care about or give money to so let's work together to amplify that. Explore different pathways to service using the volunteer portal.
Signature Days of Service
Mark your calendars for annual service opportunities throughout the year. These opportunities bring campus and community together to cultivate pride of place. These signature days include Martin Luther Kind Jr Day (January), Be A Good Neighbor Day (March), Pitt Day of Caring (October), and Christmas Day at Pitt (December).
CANCELLED: Be a Good Neighbor Day
APRIL DISTRIBUTION CANCELLED Produce to People: Pitt staff and faculty can mobilize to help eliminate hunger in our communities by volunteering with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Register as an individual, group, or office for Produce to People, a monthly repackaging and redistribution at the Food Bank’s main location in Duquesne, PA. Free roundtrip transportation is provided, and parking is available on-site for those who choose to drive themselves. Closed toed shoes are required to participate in this event.
What: University of Pittsburgh volunteers sort, package, and distribute food stuffs to patrons of the Food Bank through Produce to People service.
When: The second Thursday of every month. University shuttles depart Bigelow Blvd. by Soldiers and Sailors promptly at 3:30pm and return to the same location at 7:30pm
Where: 1 N. Linden Street, Duquesne, PA 15110
Register: Sign-up using this form and email Tami Hirth if you plan on using the shuttle.
POSTPONED Oakland Adopt-A-Block: Come join the Oakland Adopt-a-Block program to help make a big difference and instill a sense of pride in the Oakland community. Held in partnership with the Oakland Planning and Development Corporation (OPDC), Pitt staff and faculty can register as individuals or teams one Saturday a month to pick up litter and debris along designated blocks throughout the neighborhood.
What: Oakland Adopt-a-Block neighborhood cleanup
When: Saturday, February 22 2020; 10:30am-12:00pm
Where: 235 Atwood Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213
Register: Register to volunteer through OPDC’s website
Vitalant Blood Drive: The greater Pittsburgh area needs an average of 5600 donors per day to meet patient needs. Pitt staff and faculty blookd drives, in partnership with Vitalant, can make a life-transforming impact by becoming a donor during one of our quarterly on-campus blood drives.
What: Blood Drive
In Partnership with the Provost
CGR partners with the Office of the Provost to undertake activities that advance, elevate and celebrate the practices of community engagement.
Three current collaborations that support the University's institutional efforts to deepen and enhance community engagement are to:
- Lead a Staff Community of Practice to convene staff across campus who support outreach and engagement.
- Present the Community-Engaged Scholarship Forum as a platform to present community-engaged work, discover new avenues of partnership, network with those who do similar work and celebrate Pitt's commitment to community engagement.
- Lead a working group to define course attributes that will be used to track community engagement in the curriculum.