Partner Story: World Affairs Council

The PULSE partnership has been a game changer for us. Isaac has helped us develop our after-school program by laying the foundation and creating a framework that will have permanence. This has been instrumental in getting our project off of the ground and making it successful. In addition, we have benefited from the connections we’ve made with other PULSE fellows and partner organizations.

The World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of key contemporary international issues throughout Western Pennsylvania. Established in 1931, the Council is committed to informing opinion leaders and decision-makers about developments around the world as they unfold – and to educating them about the relevance of such developments to the region.

Annie Prucey is the Vice President of the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

AP:  This is the first time that the World Affairs Council has partnered with PULSE, and the experience has exceeded our expectations! We had heard positive things about PULSE through our nonprofit colleagues. We decided to apply as a partner organization when we were given the chance to develop our Global Leadership Certificate program in the out-of-school-time space. One of our goals is to bridge the global education gap in Pittsburgh. Given PULSE’s commitment to community service, we thought that this would be a mutually beneficial way of adding a service-oriented, thoughtful young leader to our team. We were thrilled when we learned that we were matched with a PULSE fellow!

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

AP:  It has been a joy to work with our PULSE fellow, Isaac, and to see the transformative impact that he is making upon our local high school students as they begin viewing themselves as part of a global community. Isaac serves as a wonderful role model and mentor – he is kind, nurturing, and compassionate. He has made strong connections with his students, as well as with his colleagues at the World Affairs Council. We had a vision of how this partnership could be successful, and to see it unfolding pretty much the way we envisioned is really exciting and rewarding.

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

AP: The PULSE partnership has been a game changer for us. Isaac has helped us develop our after-school program by laying the foundation and creating a framework that will have permanence. This has been instrumental in getting our project off of the ground and making it successful. In addition, we have benefited from the connections we’ve made with other PULSE fellows and partner organizations.

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

AP: In just a few months, Isaac has become an integral part of our team. Honestly, it feels like he has been with us for years! He is extremely motivated and has a ton of initiative. His creativity has encouraged us to rethink the way we have been approaching some of our programming – this has been extremely helpful and eye-opening. He is down-to-earth, personable, and humble – and has a fabulous sense of humor!

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

AP: PULSE provides a wonderful way to build capacity in your organization by engaging high quality, dedicated, and compassionate young leaders. The PULSE team is terrific to work with as well – it’s a great organization!

Listen to Isaac’s Experience at the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh.

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Partner Story: Family House

It is wonderful to see how our PULSE fellow’s growth and hard work is turning into something sustainable.

 

 

 

 

 

Family House provides a special “home away from home” for patients and/or their families who are in Pittsburgh seeking medical treatment. By offering convenient, affordable housing in a home-like environment, Family House reduces the emotional and financial stress for people facing a medical crisis in a city where they may be strangers. Family House provides a special “home away from home” for patients and/or their families who are in Pittsburgh seeking medical treatment. By offering convenient, affordable housing in a home-like environment, Family House reduces the emotional and financial stress for people facing a medical crisis in a city where they may be strangers.

Julia Homa is the Manager of Volunteer Programs for Family House, Inc. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

JH:  We heard about PULSE and people who have completed similar programs and it was such a positive experience for them. We also really needed the help but didn’t quite have the budget to on board a full-time employee.

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

JH: I am able to mentor someone who is growing professionally and that is wonderful since I had so many wonderful mentors in my career.

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

JH: We are able to do high level program development since we have the extra person.

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

JH: It is wonderful to see how our PULSE fellow’s growth and hard work is turning into something sustainable.

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

JH: It is very worth it! I am so appreciative to have the fresh perspective and the extra help!

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Partner Story: GTECH

 

We love partnering with PULSE. Through it’s mission and model, PULSE is able to make a tangible impact on the lives of young professionals year-after-year…Fellows are able to add needed capacity to our team in a variety of ways. Having this capacity allows us to go above and beyond on many of our projects, adding additional components to our work.

 

 

GTECH invests in a process that equips motivated people to help create safe, green, resilient and livable spaces within their own communities. Across Allegheny County, they mobilize residents, local policy-makers, and like-minded organizations to transform vacant spaces into thriving places everyone can enjoy.

James Snow is a Project Manager in Planning and Analysis with GTECH. In the following interview he talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

JS:  We love partnering with PULSE. Through it’s mission and model, PULSE is able to make a tangible impact on the lives of young professionals year-after-year. Through our partnership, not only are we able to increase the capacity of our own organization, but we also wanted to give young professionals the exposure that serves as learning opportunities that will last a lifetime. Working with PULSE allows us to tap into a vast networks of resources and alumni that further enhance our PULSE Fellow’s experience with GTECH.

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

JS: The most rewarding aspect of working with PULSE is the demonstrable impact our PULSE fellow is able to have during their nonprofit partnership. In our experiences, each fellow has brought a unique set of valuable skills and perspectives to GTECH. Theses assets have added to the depth and diversity of the projects we have been able to complete in communities across the county.

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

JS: Fellows are able to add needed capacity to our team in a variety of ways. Having this capacity allows us to go above and beyond on many of our projects, adding additional components to our work. Whether it be an extra pair of hands at a volunteer day or support crafting a policy paper, PULSE Fellows contributions are always appreciated. In addition, we’ve hired PULSE fellows as full-time employees after their fellowship.

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

JS: Tom has been a solid addition to the GTECH team. He has a keen eye for design and an acute attention to detail. Tom is always a team player who is eager to learn, take on new challenges and contribute innovative ideas to the team. Tom takes pride in the work that he does and cares for the communities with which he works.

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

JS: Partner with PULSE! Take a second to read through their website or reach out to anyone on their amazing staff. I promise you won’t regret it.

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Partner Story: Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization

All of the PULSE Fellows I’ve worked with, including our current PULSEr, Lucas, have been intelligent and hardworking, but first and foremost they are kind people who respect others and see the inherent dignity and value in each person they meet.

 

 

Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization (SNO) was founded in 2014 as an association of residents and community stakeholders interested in improving the community through volunteer projects and initiatives. Their work focuses on improving the quality of life for residents in Sharpsburg by targeting projects, funding, and partners that prioritize community engagement and support our four guiding priorities.

Brittany Reno is the Executive Director of  Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

BR:  I’ve crossed paths professionally with various PULSE Fellows over the years, and every one of them has impressed me with their diligence, intelligence, and positive approach to doing impactful community-building work. Each PULSE Fellow I’ve worked with in the past has been insightful, inquisitive, and highly community and team oriented, so I knew that I wanted to bring that passionate energy and conscientiousness to the work we’re doing in Sharpsburg.

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

BR: I got my own jumpstart in the nonprofit sector from a program similar to PULSE, Public Allies Pittsburgh, so I know first-hand the impact that service leadership programs can have on the professional opportunities of a young person who wants to do good in the world but doesn’t know where to start. PULSE meets its participants where they are and helps them become the individuals they want to be, equipping them with the tools to help others do the same along the way.

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

BR: Having a PULSE Fellow on staff has brought new and deeper connections for our organization and expanded our network of nonprofit organizations working toward similar visions for a sustainable and equitable greater Pittsburgh area. We’ve also been able to spend more time researching best practices and innovative ideas in community development from across the country (and world!) and brainstorming ways to try those ideas out here at home.

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

BR: All of the PULSE Fellows I’ve worked with, including our current PULSEr, Lucas, have been intelligent and hardworking, but first and foremost they are kind people who respect others and see the inherent dignity and value in each person they meet. They are curious and inquisitive and hungry for personal/professional growth, but above all else they are concerned with being a humble, collaborative force for good and working directly with community members to help them achieve their own vision of what their town should be.

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

BR: The creative partnership and collaborative impact potential of the PULSE network is immense. If your organization is working to build its capacity or to expand social capital for the people impacted by your work, a PULSEr will be a strong addition to your team. The PULSE team is easy to work with, flexible as a partner, and eager to help facilitate new partnerships across the nonprofit sector.

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Partner Story: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

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I have said it a number of times and will continue to say that some of my best employees started as PULSE fellows.

 

The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy protects and restores exceptional places to provide our region with clean waters and healthy forests, wildlife and natural areas for the benefit of present and future generations. The Conservancy creates green spaces and gardens, contributing to the vitality of our cities and towns, and preserves Fallingwater, a symbol of people living in harmony with nature.

Art Demeo is the Director of the Community Greenspace Services of The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. In the following interview he talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

AD:  We had an employee that was a PULSE fellow. She suggested we look into it.  We met great candidates. The costs worked within our budget. We were hooked.

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

AD: The most rewarding part is seeing PULSE fellows become a part of the team. They have integrated well in the Community Greenspace community at Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  It is also great to see them stay in Pittsburgh and become a permanent part of the community.

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

AD: Many PULSE fellows have become employees at Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  They continue to help my programs go, providing much needed capacity building in the organization.  Each one has helped me take our work to the next level by bringing new ideas and solving problems.  All of this has enabled me to do my job better. 

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

AD: I personally don’t have a PULSE fellow this year in my department, although PULSE Fellow Brian Charles is serving with Community Forestry and TreeVitalize of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.  Last year’s fellow, Jessie Smucker has become one of my most reliable field staff. PULSE fellows’ ability to solve problems and work as a part of the team always stands out to me when I think about them.

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

AD: I tell them that PULSE is an amazing program. PULSE fellows are intelligent, grounded and provide much needed support and capacity-building to organizations.  I have said it a number of times and will continue to say that some of my best employees started as PULSE fellows. I look forward to partnering with the program for a long time.

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