Partner Story: Allegheny Cleanways

Allegheny Cleanways LogoAllegheny Cleanways works to engage and empower people to eliminate illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County. Illegal dumping and littering both degrade communities and our quality of life. Illegal dumping creates significant risks to public health and the environmental quality. Litter creates a sense of neglect, reducing property values and inviting property vandalism. Residents and businesses have the power to prevent and eliminate BOTH illegal dumping and litter. PULSE has placed six fellows at Allegheny Cleanways over the past five years.

Myrna Newman is the Executive Director of Allegheny Cleanways. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

MN:  We decided to work with PULSE because we were short-staffed and short on funds. I was the only employee at the time and we needed someone to manage our programs, so that I could concentrate more on fund raising and strengthening the organization.

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

MN: By far the most rewarding part of working with PULSE has been the quality of the young adults they recruit. I have been repeatedly impressed with the passion, empathy, leadership, ability, sense of service, and heart for justice of the PULSE fellows we’ve hired as well as those I’ve interviewed. I have also appreciated the support and training that PULSE provides to the fellows.

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

MN: Our partnership with PULSE has allowed us to grow our organization. We were only able to fund a part-time fellow our first year working with PULSE, but that provided us the bridge we needed for growth. We hired another fellow (full-time) the following year and two the next year. In total, we’ve had 6 PULSE fellows in 5 years. Each one helped us to expand, refine and strengthen our programs; and enabled us to grow from a staff of one to a staff of eight, enabling us to better serve the greater Pittsburgh area.

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

MN: Our most recent PULSE fellow was Samantha Weaver (who is now working for us part-time). Like previous PULSErs we’ve had, Sam is smart, capable, and hard-working. She also has an amazing sense of self and the integrity that goes with that. In addition, she is self-motivated and creative. I was particularly impressed with her work on the Recycle Right Project that she initiated, developed, funded, implemented, and promoted this past year.

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

MN: PULSE is a great organization which attracts quality young people who have the passion and ability to truly transform Pittsburgh. PULSE provides these young people with the necessary support, you just need to provide them the opportunity and guidance. They want to make a difference and they will.

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Partner Story: Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

PULSE is known for recruiting some really outstanding young adults who care deeply and genuinely about serving the Pittsburgh community.

The Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse promotes resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. They achieve their mission through community initiatives including their SHOP and through their hands-on creative PROGRAMS

 

Nora Gilchrist is the Creative Education Manger of the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. In the following interview she talks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

NG:  PULSE is known for recruiting some really outstanding young adults who care deeply and genuinely about serving the Pittsburgh community.

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

NG: We have had PULSE fellows serving in our organization for the past two years, and the rumors we heard were true! Both Nate and Isy are such wonderful, intelligent, and skilled human beings. Also, they bring the PULSE community with them. Through both of our PULSE fellows we have gotten to learn more about the awesome things that are happening in the ever-expanding world of non-profits in Pittsburgh.

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

NG: PULSE Fellows have been instrumental in expanding and streamlining our volunteer program, as well as stepping up our social media game and web presence. Also, our reach to other organizations has expanded via our PULSE connections.

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

NG: Isy and Nate are different people with very different personalities and sets of skills but some things they have in common are kindness, desire to learn, ability and desire to lead, and genuine care for community.

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

NG: I would tell others in Pittsburgh that PULSE made of a great group of humans who are dedicated to helping make Pittsburgh and the world a better place.

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PARTNER STORY: TREE PITTSBURGH

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Tree Pittsburgh is an urban forestry organization that restores and protects Pittsburgh’s trees through partnership with community volunteers. They serve Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods with planting, education, and maintenance projects, preserving and growing the city’s vital urban forest. Offering classes in tree tending and identification, as well as volunteer opportunities to plant and restore trees, Tree Pittsburgh works with the arc of its Urban Forest Master Plan–a road map for the future of Pittsburgh’s urban forestry–in mind.

Rachel King is PULSE’s current fellow with Tree Pittsburgh, where she serves as a Program Assistant and coordinates tree stewardship activities with Tree Tenders and volunteers. She also plays a central role in the organization’s outreach, acting as an ambassador to communities and encouraging their involvement in Tree Pittsburgh’s work.

Jen Kullgren (pictured above) is Tree Pittsburgh’s Community Forester. She offers technical support to neighborhoods engaged in urban forestry projects and shapes strategies with communities to plant and care for trees.

Olivia Pandolfi: Why did your organization decide to work with PULSE?

Jen Kullgren: We were looking to increase our capacity and PULSE seemed like a good fit. We knew other non-profit organizations that have had former PULSErs and they spoke highly of their fellows and their experience.

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

JK: Seeing our PULSE fellow grow throughout the position, adapt to a new city and new experiences, and learn more about the work we are doing at Tree Pittsburgh.

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

JK: Rachel has done a great job of taking on a project to reach out to past volunteers and Tree Tenders to try to re-engage them. She also wrote a grant to plant a fruit tree orchard in a focused neighborhood and worked with Manchester Academic Charter School (another PULSE nonprofit partner) to plant the trees. Rachel has allowed us to do more work throughout Pittsburgh and has played a vital role in supporting staff when needed. She has helped us move forward on tracking volunteer events and providing follow ups after each event.

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

JK: Rachel is very hard-working and thoughtful. She is willing to jump into a new situation and think ahead to anticipate any challenges or opportunities. Rachel has done a great job of fully immersing herself in Tree Pittsburgh to learn more about what we do and she is always active after work with volunteering or becoming involved in something new. She has been a great asset to Tree Pittsburgh and we greatly appreciate all of her hard work.

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

JK: I would definitely recommend the program. PULSE is set up to have enough support to run an effective and smooth program. The fellows that I met are passionate and dedicated to positively contributing to Pittsburgh’s community. The PULSE program is helpful with allowing for flexibility and freedom to tailor the position to our needs.

Story by PULSE Associate Olivia Pandolfi.

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Partner Story: Center for Research on Healthcare

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The Center for Research on Health Care at the University of Pittsburgh (CRHC) provides a forum for talented multidisciplinary investigators from throughout the university community to collaborate in high-quality health services research and train future investigators in methods and practices critical to the conduct of rigorous and exemplary research.

Menna Abaye (featured far right in photo) is the current PULSE fellow serving at CRHC and is working on a kidney transplant fast track study.

Larissa Myaskovsky, PhD, focuses on using social and behavioral science methods and techniques to understand and reduce health and healthcare disparities. Below she reflects on CRHC’s partnership with PULSE.

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

LM: We learned about the program and the high caliber of fellows from a colleague. We were excited to work with a person with the kind of work ethic and motivation that is characteristic of PULSE fellows.

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

LM: They do an outstanding job of screening applicants and accepting top notch candidates for the fellowship. The fellows are friendly and open, as well very professional and socially conscious. This is a rare combination in recent graduates. PULSE made our job of identifying the right candidate for our needs much easier.

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

LM: Our PULSE fellow is outstanding and has really helped our project in many ways! She has accomplished a number of research tasks on our project. She takes a personal interest in our research participants’ well-being and it shows in her work. For example, she independently put together a follow up protocol to help ensure participants’ understanding and engagement with the intervention materials. Throughout all of her work, our PULSE fellow has conducted herself with tremendous grace and enthusiasm, looking forward to new tasks and challenges.

ET: What do you like most about your current PULSE fellow?

LM: I have been very impressed with how she balances her time between working on our project and the number of volunteer opportunities she completes with PULSE. Our fellow is hard working and very reliable. She has an outgoing and friendly personality combined with a professional attitude. She is very dedicated to service and self-improvement. She has become a key member of our team, and we are very grateful for her help!

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

LM: Apply to be a PARTNER, and hope that you get selected! The PULSE fellows are gems, and PULSE does all the hard work of finding them for you.

Story by PULSE Associate Emma Toner.

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Partner Story: Pittsburghers for Public Transit


MollyNicholsPPTPittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) raises awareness about the importance and value of public mass transit. By working together directly with transit riders, drivers and supporters, PPT maintains the Transit Bill of Rights as a basic, essential form of mobility and an important part of residents well being in the Pittsburgh area.

Casy Stelitano is the current PULSE Fellow serving at PPT as a program coordinator.

Molly Nichols, the community organizer for PPT, reflects on PULSE in the interview below.

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

MN: We have just one full-time staff person and were looking to increase our capacity before we had the resources to hire a second full-time staff person. We were excited about having a PULSE fellow who was versatile, enthusiastic, and ready to learn about, support, and eventually help lead our community organizing–which is at the heart of PPT.

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

MN: Having such a great PULSE fellow (see below) and knowing that she is getting support, resources, and other valuable learning experiences through the PULSE program.

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

MN: Without Casy, PPT never would have been able to conduct the 3 community campaigns for bus service this fall. She was instrumental to their success–quickly taking on key leadership roles to facilitate and organize. She has played a fundamental role in our communications–helping to lead the launch of our new website and to increase our social media reach. She initiated our online fundraising campaign, developed our real-time campaign, and has developed a handbook and workshop as resources for community groups advocating for more bus service.

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

MN: Casy is versatile and excellent at completing a variety of tasks. She has taken risks doing new things and has always done them well. She is also reliable and hardworking. Casy consistently thinks critically about our work and comes up with new ideas for how we can be more inclusive, progressive, and effective as organizers. To sum up: Casy is awesome.

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

MN: I highly recommend becoming a partner organization with PULSE. Working with them has gone very smoothly. I know if I ever have a concern or question, Chris and Amanda are available to address it.

Story by PULSE Associate Emma Toner.

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