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
Energy Innovation Center Institute
T. experienced a personal and heart-breaking tragedy that compelled her to want to be a better role model to her daughter. She decided to apply to the Energy Innovation Center Institute Environmental Services Training Program. She excelled in the training program. T. was a reliable and hard worker with an outgoing personality. She was placed at UPMC Shadyside hospital where her enthusiasm shined.
T. found a real connection with the patients she serves, and she will often go in on her days off to sit with patients and even bring them small gifts to make them feel loved and not alone in their battle. T.’s kind-hearted gestures have resulted in her receiving three “Above and Beyond Awards” from UPMC. She is so great with patients that a vice president of UPMC came to meet her and now treats her to lunch occasionally. T. vows to keep doing great at UPMC because she wants to make the Energy Innovation Center proud.