Nonprofit Partner Info Session March 15th

RSVP TODAY!

Nonprofit professionals:  Please join us for lunch, networking, an overview of PULSE and the specifics of a PULSE nonprofit partnership.

On 3/15/17 from 9-10am, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse. To attend this breakfast and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Chris Cooke at ccooke@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

PULSE fellows serve eleven months from the beginning of September to the end of July, 35 hours/week, building capacity, tackling large scale projects and helping your organization succeed.

For the past 22 years, PULSE has invited about 250 talented university graduates to partner with over 125 Pittsburgh nonprofits, contributing some 400,000 hours of service to the city and its residents.

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Participant Story: Joel Norman

 

“My nonprofit partnership has been the most valuable part because it has taught me about how I best function in the workplace and about what kinds of people and what styles of work I like to do.” – Joel Norman

 

Grand Rapids native Joel Norman attended Calvin College, where he attained a Philosophy major and Biochemistry minor. While in school, he was involved as choir president with a capella, played on the Ultimate Frisbee team, and served with the Campus Ministries. He also worked as a scholars program volunteer at the library, tutoring and mentoring elementary school kids. Outside of school, Joel interned with North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, leading youth retreats and facilitating young adult activities through the church. His other community service experiences include volunteering with the YMCA as a food service worker and acting as a personal care assistant to Clark at Home‘s elderly residents. In his free time, Joel likes to play frisbee, read the news, and run. He is serving at Manchester Academic Charter School.

Ivy Keen: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Joel Norman: My nonprofit partnership has been the most valuable part because it has taught me about how I best function in the workplace and about what kinds of people and what styles of work I like to do.

Ivy: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Joel: In my nonprofit partnership, I serve as a teacher’s aid at a local charter school. I assist the teacher with grading, and I am another adult presence in the classroom. I also help with re-focusing children who are in need of a little extra help.

I enjoy working with second graders. I like learning their names, watching them, being with them regularly, and working towards building long-term relationships with them.

Ivy: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Joel: PULSE has put me in the middle of a neighborhood in ways I haven’t cared about before. Now I’m looking at my neighbors and looking at where I live as a person who has a moral conviction to contribute to the community at large. Because of this realization, I have found a sense of purpose in participating and volunteering with the local Northside citizens council.

Ivy: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Joel: I had a nice Sunday morning where I walked down to my church, Allegheny Center Alliance. From there, I took a long walk to a restaurant on 6th Street, got a falafel sandwich, and then caught the bus back.  No one was out in the streets. It was peaceful, and it was altogether quite boring.  But, it was calm and nice. It was a great way to just “be” in the city, and it is something you only do once you’ve lived in a place for a while.

Ivy: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Joel: I love when we make tofu stir-fry because I get to chop all of the vegetables (which I enjoy doing!). Falafel is also a close second!

Story by PULSE Participant Ivy Keen.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

Participant Story: Dave Harris

 

“It was a surprise to live in a house with people from so many different backgrounds. It is comforting to know that there are people who care for each other and can support me in my PULSE experience. ” – Dave Harris

 

A graduate of Yale University, Dave Harris studied theater with a concentration in Playwriting and African American Performance. Four of his plays were produced during his time at Yale; White History was a UMASS Play Lab Finalist, The Promised Land was presented by Yale School of Drama actors at the Annual Festival of New Work, and  Exception to the Rule won the 2015 Yale Playwrights Festival. In addition to his playwriting, Dave was the president of WORD, Yale’s Slam Poetry Team, and was an Artist in Residence at New Haven Arts & Humanities Co-op from 2014 to 2015. He became the youngest winner of the Rustbelt National Poetry Slam in 2015. He enjoys chocolate chip cookies, dancing salsa and blues, and writing anything and everything. He is placed at the Alumni Theater Company.

Kayla Clark: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Dave Harris: The arts community in Pittsburgh has been one of the most welcoming communities I have found in a city, especially as a newcomer. It has allowed me to develop new material in a supportive environment.

Kayla: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Dave: In order for you to do anything you want in the arts world you have to have your own creative control. In some sectors of the art world there are still communities that have not embraced the beauty that comes with including diverse perspectives. So it is hard to find people who want to make the arts more inclusive.

Kayla: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Dave: It was a surprise to live in a house with people from so many different backgrounds. It is comforting to know that there are people who care for each other and can support me in my PULSE experience. It has been an incredible experience interacting with people I can bond and relate to.

Kayla: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Dave: My favorite family meal has been Damilola’s chicken pot pie. It was a comfort food classic that was seasoned and tasted great.

Kayla: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Dave: The best part is the stability that comes with not having to worry about rent and other finances. This allows me to get involved in activities where I can develop and create art. It allows me to get involved within the Pittsburgh community without having to focus on doing things for money.  I can get involved in activities because I want to and not because I have to.

Story by PULSE Participant Kayla Clark.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

Participant Story: Lucas Driediger

 

“I’ve enjoyed the connection to different nonprofits and networks throughout Pittsburgh, the opportunity to learn about a variety of fields and interest areas through the other PULSE fellows.” – Lucas Driediger

 

Lucas Driediger comes to Pittsburgh by way of Hamilton, Ontario. Lucas received his degree in Peace-building and Development from Eastern Mennonite University. He served as an assistant with L’Arche Hamilton and did his practicum with Creciendo Juntos, a community development NGO in Bogotá, Colombia. In his downtime, he enjoys reading, writing songs, and playing soccer. He is serving at the Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization.

Damilola Onakomaiya: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Lucas Driediger: I’ve enjoyed the connection to different nonprofits and networks throughout Pittsburgh, the opportunity to learn about a variety of fields and interest areas through the other PULSE fellows. I have also liked how there is almost always something to do when you are a part of a group this large.

Damilola: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Lucas: I enjoy having the leeway to work on some of my own projects in the community development field and the way that my nonprofit is based in community engagement and involvement. I love how my nonprofit partnership,  the Sharpsburg Neighborhood Organization, is new and forming an identity within the revitalization efforts of the town.

Damilola: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Lucas: PULSE has inspired me to love my housemates as people. It has also got me interested in real estate and its complexities.

Damilola: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Lucas: I have the spirit of an adventurer and I want to experience as much of life as possible by traveling to new cities.

Damilola: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Lucas: I like to make a one-skillet sweet potato hash with rice and chorizo sausage and red pepper.

Story by PULSE Participant Damilola Onakomaiya.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

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.

Check out more great Partner Stories.

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.

Participant Story: Chris Steiner

 

“As someone who comes from a fairly small town in rural Ohio, living in a community has made moving to a city a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience.” – Chris Steiner

 

Originally from Kidron, Ohio, Chris Steiner graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2016 with a degree in Biochemistry. He was involved in the school’s Community Adviser program, in which he held a leadership position in his underclassmen dorm, planning weekly activities and facilitating community among residents. He also participated in the Middle East Cross Cultural study abroad program, where he studied the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, among other issues. His hobbies include all forms of athletic competition, hiking, and biking. He is serving at East End Cooperative Ministry.

Brigid O’Hara: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Chris Steiner: I would say that communal living has been the most valuable part of PULSE so far. Living with a bunch of people that have similar goals and aspirations helps you to individually shape a goal of your own and be inspired to work toward it.

Brigid: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Chris: As someone who comes from a fairly small town in rural Ohio, living in a community has made moving to a city a much more comfortable and enjoyable experience. Another positive aspect of living in a community is the family meals that we share together. Our family meals are good ways to get together, enjoy each others company, and to de-stress at the end of the day.

Brigid: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Chris: My go-to meal is always Thai green curry. My roommate in college used to make it all the time and I loved not only the taste of it but its simplicity.  I thought I would bring it to my PULSE community and so far it has been a crowd pleaser!

Brigid: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Chris: I definitely was surprised at how many events and ways to stay busy there are here, not only on the weekends but also during the work week!

Brigid: What is the most interesting/fun adventure you’ve had in Pittsburgh so far?

Chris: I have been to a couple really cool concerts such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Brass Spectacular, and attended a Hilary Clinton rally at a local high school.

Story by PULSE Participant Brigid O’Hara.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

Participant Story: Jimson Mathew

 

“I think the best part about living in community is probably coming home after work and being surrounded with people that I enjoy living with, and being able to talk about my day and interact with people outside of work..” – Jimson Mathew

 

Jimson Mathew of Abu Dhabi, UAE received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Saint Joseph’s University. He served as a tutor at the school’s Learning Resource Center and did mathematical research in the Summer Scholars Program. His service experience includes involvement with The Philadelphia Project, where he assisted with home repair, and his leadership of the Ignite Freshman Retreat for Saint Joseph’s. Jimson has also been involved with faith communities in his volunteering with Citylight Church and as a leader of the DTP Christian Fellowship, where he facilitated weekly meetings with 65 students to promote their spiritual development. THis hobbies include journaling, reading, and chirography. He is serving at Homewood Children’s Village.

Shruti Revankar: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Jimson Mathew: The best part of the PULSE experience is its emphasis on humility, openness, and learning. Some of my best experiences involves talking with the PULSE staff. Hearing about their lives and experiences when they were my age or hearing them answer the questions I have with utmost openness and honesty is something that is very much counter-cultural. It is easy to seclude oneself to one’s own world and merely exchange pleasantries with another person. The staff at PULSE are very open about answering poignant questions. They consider you to be family. Seeing that level of openness and honesty has created some of my best experiences in PULSE.

Shruti: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Jimson: I am learning the importance of self-care in my life. Often times when I don’t get enough sleep or exercise, I notice that I am feeling down. As someone who is quite accustomed with being melancholy, not having sleep or exercise can exacerbate my mood. I am thankful that PULSE had a seminar on self-care with Val–I liked how she pointed at different aspects of self-care. It helped me a lot. Getting enough sleep is something that is required for me.

Shruti: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Jimson: I enjoy the folks at my nonprofit partnership, Homewood Children’s Village (HCV), the most. These are individuals who are very passionate about seeing their community revitalized. When they are given a task, they don’t merely see it as a job to be completed…they go one step further and see who is impacted by the work. They are very people-centric. I am in awe of how selfless my co-workers are. They are humble and give me advice on what I can improve on which I appreciate. I love the “learning culture” that we have at HCV. Also, they seek to know what you’re interested in and how you can use the talents that you possess to impact the community around you. Our CEO grew up in Homewood and his passion for revitalizing the community is a genuine one-honestly that permeates through the entire organization. That energy of wanting to enact change is something I really appreciate.

Shruti: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Jimson: The history of Pittsburgh with the steel mill industry surprised me. I didn’t realize how rich a history it possessed. When we went to visit Carrie Furnace, I appreciated seeing the history behind everything–how the past was still preserved in the present. In addition to that, the other thing that surprised me, was the hope that people have for Pittsburgh. People are very much galvanized to see Pittsburgh grow. Seeing the heart of individuals who want Pittsburgh to transform was amazing. I hadn’t thought of that before until I saw the passion folks had for this city. I am in awe of the people at my nonprofit partnership because of how much they care for their community. There are those who have seen Homewood in its heyday and they have that passion to restore Homewood to its former glory. Seeing that passion and that fervor is at once inspiring and surprising to me.

Shruti: What’s your favorite “family meal” recipe for the house?

Jimson: I don’t want it to seem like I have a favorite cook or a favorite recipe that trumps all other recipes. So, I’m not exactly sure? To err on the side of caution, I think I would say…I’m not sure. ALL of the food we have and wil have has been wonderful. There isn’t one recipe that rules them all. Haha.

Story by PULSE Participant Shruti Revankar.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

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!

Check out more great Partner Stories.

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.

Participant Story: Brian Charles

 

“It is great to have a support system of people who are going through similar challenges as I am after just graduating from college.” – Brian Charles

 

Brian Charles, a native of State College, Pennsylvania, graduated from Goshen College with a degree in Sociology. Brian completed his senior thesis on social values within food cooperatives, which involved reaching out and working within the local food system of Goshen. He also was a member of the Goshen College Tree Care Committee, helping his campus gain membership for Tree Campus USA for the first time. Brian is excited to be a part of PULSE and the Pittsburgh community. In his free time, Brian enjoys playing sports, hiking, and hanging out with friends. He is serving at Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

Equiana Brown: Tell me somthing you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Brian Charles: I have become more aware of my position in society. I thought before coming into PULSE that I had a lot of real-world experience, but I’ve realized I only knew a certain kind of people. In Goshen I was living in the Mennonite bubble.  I now get to be around people of all backgrounds.

PULSE has also made me money conscious. It has also made me think about living in community and all the challenges and joys it has. It takes effort to live in community because you have to be conscious of other people.

Equiana: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Brian: It would be easier to say what I don’t like because it would be a much shorter list. I love my nonprofit partnership with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy! I have amazing co-workers who have been extremely helpful in helping me get to know my position. I love planting trees, being outside, and talking with volunteers.

Equiana: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Brian: I have enjoyed connecting with people and building friendships. There is never a dull moment in PULSE because most people are always willing to go out, explore and do things. It is great to have a support system of people who are going through similar challenges as I am after just graduating from college. It is easy to come home to three other people who are going through similiar things adn can cheer you up when you aren’t having the best day. Another plus is getting good meals.

Equiana: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Brian: Pittsburgh is up and coming. There are so many museums, bars, events and things to do. Pittsburgh is really re-inventing itself and it is really cool. I am also surprised about how small the city is. It makes it easy to explore multiple different neighborhoods in a day. Also the hills! Pittsburgh is hiller than I thought.

Equiana: What is your favorite family meal?

Brian: Spencer made a mulled wine stew with beef and carrots (mashed potatoes on the side).  It was just after the first really cold day.

Story by PULSE Participant Equiana Brown.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

Participant Story: Rachel Bowman

 

“Coming from college, I was accustomed to being constantly on the move – juggling school, work, friendships, club involvement, internship, etc. But PULSE has inspired me to learn how to be still – keyword “inspired.” ” – Rachel Bowman

 

Rachel Bowman, a native of Archbold, Ohio, completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Mennonite University with a major in Psychology. During her time in school, she was involved with the University Accord office, developing programming related to Restorative Justice education and facilitating Restorative Justice processes with students. She was also Co-President of the Peace Fellowship Club at Eastern Mennonite University and presented research at the Intercollegiate Peace Fellowship Conference in 2013. In her free time, Rachel enjoys trying new restaurants, traveling, and dancing. She is serving at Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

Nathan McKnight: How has PULSE inspired you to live/think/act differently?

Rachel Bowman: The first thing that comes to mind is that PULSE has really inspired me to slow down. During orientation there was a definite emphasis on being engaged in our community but that was balanced with the encouragement to simply slow down and be present in this experience. Coming from college, I was accustomed to being constantly on the move – juggling school, work, friendships, club involvement, internship, etc. But PULSE has inspired me to learn how to be still – keyword “inspired.” I’m not there yet but I’m learning!

Nathan: What has been the most valuable part of the PULSE experience so far?

Rachel: One of the most valuable aspects of the PULSE experience has been the work I am involved with at my nonprofit partner, Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board. I’ve been involved in such a wide range of activities related to workforce development, grant management, and research all of which are great opportunities to better understand the world of public policy!

Nathan: Tell me something you are learning about yourself through PULSE.

Rachel: Being in PULSE has reminded that I am energize by novelty. I’ve enjoyed being in a new city and getting to know this community. I’m surprised how quickly this place started to feel familiar!

Nathan: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Rachel: Beyond having stellar coworkers, I’ve loved the opportunity to learn about our initiatives related to reentry. Specifically, I was able to help staff an Expungement Day event that convened lawyers volunteering their time and nearly 400 folks looking to expunge their criminal records. It was an amazing day filled with hope that people could finally put their record behind them.

Nathan: What have you enjoyed most about living in community?

Rachel: The laughter! I love the nights when my housemates and I end up just standing in our little kitchen talking, debating, and laughing. 

Story by PULSE Participant Nathan McKnight.

Read more Participant Stories from Fellows about their experience in PULSE. If you would like to learn more about the PULSE program, please visit our Serve with Us page.

Also, check out other Stories of Transformation:

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