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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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: 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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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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