Community & Economic Development
We fund initiatives that 1) assist individuals and families in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to transition from poverty to self-sufficiency, and 2) contribute to community vibrancy and quality-of-life. Priority will be given to:
- Workforce development that links training to family-sustaining jobs. Youth employment initiatives that introduce young people to careers and foster a strong work ethic.
- Business incubators that support emerging resident-owned businesses and link entrepreneurship to market opportunities, resulting in job growth and wealth-building.
- Evidence-based initiatives that help families address the key barriers to self-sufficiency.
- Neighborhood initiatives that enhance community aesthetics and cultural vibrancy.
Stories of Hope
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
One of our young men, V., just secured a great job at Paragon Foods in Warrendale; starting wage $12/hour with room for advancement and benefits in six months. I am sharing this because the ONLY reason he was able to secure this job is that he was able to get his driver’s license through the grant you provided. There is no public transportation from the city to their location. A big thank you — these seemingly “small” things really do make a big difference. We are very thankful that we are able to offer this support to our clients.