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Partner Story: The Environmental Charter School

Environmental Charter School is a place where education is shared and celebrated. At ECS, they believe in continual innovation that develops students into critical thinkers, thoughtful innovators, and well-rounded scholars. They provide students the tools and educational foundation to become tomorrow’s global citizens, and strive to teach students how their choices impact the world around them.

Nikole Sheaffer is the Director of Innovation of ECS. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

NS: We were looking to build our team, to infuse new enthusiasm and talent in our organization, and to support the growth of some projects that needed attention from a thoughtful, mission-focused individual

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

NS: The fresh ideas, enthusiasm, and intense commitment to our common vision for our organization has re-energized my team.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

NS: We love their input, the connections they have to other local organizations, and their willingness to try something different or push us to think differently.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

NS: PULSE can be an energy shot for your organization! PULSE fellows are not only an investment in your organizational outputs, but a way to re-energize you, build new excitement on your team, and expand your capacity in ways you never thought possible!

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Partner Story: Amachi Pittsburgh

Amachi Pittsburgh empowers young minds to overcome the challenges of parental incarceration and to reach their full potential through one-on-one mentoring, family strengthening and reunification support, and leadership development and youth organizing. They are nationally recognized and award winning as the only organization in the Pittsburgh area with a distinct focus on children of prisoners and promise.

Anna Hollis is the Executive Director of Amachi Pittsburgh. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

AH: There’s a mutual benefit in working with PULSE. We are able to bring on board a highly skilled college graduate to lead a special project without having to commit to a permanent hire. At the same time, we are being able to offer a great developmental and learning opportunity for the PULSE fellow.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

AH: PULSE engages the best and brightest socially-conscious young minds from diverse backgrounds (and regions) to the nonprofit sector. It is very rewarding to benefit from the energy, fresh ideas and new perspectives PULSE fellows bring to the work place.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

AH: PULSE allows our organization to access additional, much needed support for special projects or day-to-day activities with a minimal financial investment.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

AH: Justice TenEyck takes initiative and follows through on assignments with minimal management and oversight. He’s also a great team player, writer and thoughtful in his approach to meeting project objectives.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

AH: PULSE is the place to go to engage highly competent and motivated college graduates/leaders when hiring a permanent employee is not an option.

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Partner Story: POWER

The Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery (POWER)’s mission is to help ‘women reclaim their lives from the disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and to reduce the incidence of addiction in future generations. POWER envisions a day when all women struggling with addiction will embrace the journey and realize the promises of recovery, enhancing and strengthening relationships with children, family, and community’.

Madelon Edelstone is the Associate and Development Director of POWER. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience partnering with PULSE.

CC: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

ME: It’s a great way to bring bright young people into the agency to perform needed, substantive tasks.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

ME: Working with young, smart, committed individuals who want to work in the nonprofit arena is very rewarding.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

ME: We hired the last PULSE member to continue and expand her work as our Outcomes Coordinator.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

ME: We love their energy and commitment.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

ME: It’s a win-win situation for the organization and for the PULSE member!

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Partner Story: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust transformed downtown Pittsburgh into a world-class Cultural District that is a shining beacon of urban revitalization through the arts. “Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in the theaters, galleries, and public art environments. Named “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural district and continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.”

Diana Roth is the Senior Communications Manager of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

DR: PULSE has provided the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with the opportunity to have a PULSE fellow on staff and working together on a variety of projects over the past year has opened the door to mutual exchange of ideas and growth in our cultural connections with the community.

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

DR: Our PULSE fellow is professional, hard working, and a great team member.

CC: What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

DR: I would highly recommend organizations to consider a partnership with PULSE.

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

Partner Story: The Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle was established in ‘Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, and is dedicated to integrating adults with special needs more fully into the broader community. The program engages children and young adults with and without special needs in a full range of social activities. The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships which consequently strengthen the Jewish and greater community’.

Rabbi Mordy is the Executive Director of the Friendship Circle Pittsburgh. In the following interview, he speaks about the experience partnering with PULSE.

CC:  Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

RM: We heard PULSE was a fabulous way to cultivate new talent who would appreciate our mission and that the fellows are, by and large, very capable.

CC: What is the most rewarding part of working with PULSE?

RM: The guidance and assurance we have from the leadership at PULSE have been huge. We also have been extremely fortunate with Kahley (current PULSEr)! She fits the culture of FC and our mission like a glove.

CC: How has your partnership with PULSE impacted your organization?

RM: The programs that Kahley has been involved in have developed astronomically under her leadership. I like to think she has grown a great deal as a person but the organization as a whole, and many specific programs, are better because or Kahley (and PULSE)!

CC: What do you like most about your current PULSE follow and/or other fellows you’ve worked with?

RM: We don’t have much to compare Kahley to, but her friendliness, ability, creativity have all truly enhanced us.

CC:What would you tell other Pittsburgh nonprofits about PULSE?

RM: You certainly have the opportunity to find the right fitting fellow for what you are looking for, but, once you do, you can have the confidence knowing that you are cultivating a leader while getting a dedicated person on board!

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This is part of a series of posts about the Nonprofit Partner experience with PULSE. If you would like to learn more about a Nonprofit Partnership, please visit our Partner Page.

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