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PULSE Nonprofit Partner Info Session June 5th

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 6/5/18 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. To attend this lunch and info session, please RSVP

If you have any questions about a partnership with PULSE, please contact Amanda Duncan at aduncan@pulsepittsburgh.org or 412-361-0124.

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

For the past 23 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.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

 

Alumni Story: Rebecca Dyck

Rebecca Dyck is a 2013-2014 PULSE alumnae., and joined PULSE for a second year in 2014-2015. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh.

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

I decided to do PULSE after I finished my undergrad degree because I was still searching for what career path I wanted to pursue. I was looking for an opportunity to gain experience in the non-profit sector and explore my interests, and PULSE was the perfect way to do this.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The relationships I built with my fellow PULSErs were the best part of my PULSE experience. Through shared meals, exploring Pittsburgh together, and good conversations I developed lifelong friendships, had tonnes of fun, and learned a lot about myself. Shout-out to PULSE years 13-14 and 14-15!

 

What did the PULSE experience teach you about yourself?

My time serving with non-profits through PULSE taught me about my strong abilities to be effective in the workplace. Coming out of PULSE, I knew the value I could bring to an organization and how I could be an agent for change.

What kind of work do you do now?

I am currently a gradate student, about to finish my Masters of Public Policy degree at the University of Toronto. My capstone research project is focused on how to use policy to advance gender equity in Canada.

 

Story by PULSE.  Read more Alumni Stories.

Partner Story: Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA)

Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging (SWPPA) is a 27-year-old, volunteer-led organization with over 300 members who represent over one million older adults across 10 counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania. They act as a catalyst to promote policy, program and systems change that improves quality of life for all people, particularly for our oldest generations. They provide a neutral forum for collaboration, education, networking and advocacy.

Laura Poskin is the Director of Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, an initiative of SWPPA. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

LP: We love the kind of engaged, community-minded leadership PULSE promotes, and we really needed help getting Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh off the ground! We knew that PULSE could help us build capacity—in the form of a smart, passionate, nearly full-time staffer —around the work.

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

LP: I love learning about all of the organizations and projects involved! It’s awesome to be in this network that’s all about building a brighter, healthier, more inclusive tomorrow for Pittsburgh.

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

LP: Our partnership with PULSE has allowed us to grow in ways we couldn’t have imagined just months ago. Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh, an initiative of SWPPA, is part of the World Health Organization’s international Network of Age-Friendly Communities, but it’s brand new to this area. We’re basically a start-up! PULSE has helped our small team work at maximum capacity, and connect with other organizations that care about livable communities for all ages and abilities.

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

LP: Our current PULSE fellow Shayna is so fantastic. How do I even pick what I like most?! I will have to go with her sincere passion for the work. Shayna hit the ground running when she started working on Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh. Her studies and background fit so perfectly with our mission, which is something we learned (and were blown away by) in her interview. PULSE fellows are passionate people who truly care—about a multitude of issues. What’s cool is that through the matching process, fellows and organizations find their way to each other through that passion. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better fit. More specifics about Shayna that reveal other superhero qualities: She’s an excellent communicator, a driven self-starter and a fast learner who goes above and beyond until a project is complete.

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

LP: PULSE is an incredible asset to your organization and to Pittsburgh. PULSE attracts top talent from across the country—except it’s more than “talent.” It’s talent combined with passion, creativity and community mindfulness. I’d say they are our future leaders, but the truth is PULSE selects people who are already leaders. The program is an opportunity for us to learn from each other and create the Pittsburgh we want to see.

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.

 

Serve.Live.Run. For Pulse in the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 6th

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Serve. Live. Run. For Pulse

Join us to raise awareness and support in the Pittsburgh Marathon, Sunday, May 6th, 2018.  We are currently looking for marathoners, half-marathoners and relay marathon runners to join the “PULSE Team”. If you would like “Serve. Live. Run. for PULSE” in 2018 please fill out our INTEREST FORM.

JOIN THE TEAM!  Runners who agree to run for PULSE are encouraged to set a minimum fundraising goal:

  • Relay Team Members:  Raise a minimum of $200 for PULSE (minimum $1000/team)
  • Half Marathon: Raise a minimum of $300
  • Full Marathon:  Raise a minimum of $400

 

In return, runners will receive:

  • A PULSE Marathon Shirt
  • Invitation to our Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, May 5, 2018
  • Invitation to our Cool Down Party following the Marathon on Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • A personalized fundraising page on our Crowdrise page
  • Templates to use on social media and e-mail
  • Fundraising Tips
  • Training guides & options to train with other PULSE runners

Individual runners who raise $350 for PULSE receive all of the above plus a PULSE Marathon runner’s hat & water bottle.

2018 Runners:

Maryem Aslam
Alex Auyeung
Alexa Bartel
Maura Bell
Bernie Good
Mia Good
Nathan Good
David Hogan
KeAndra Hollis
Ryan Johnson-Evers
Jaclyn Kuyers
Cecilia Lapp Stoltzfus
John Lowe
Heather Marra
Mark Medrano
Joel Norman
Katie Robb Sewell
Justice TenEyck
Emily Vogt

JOIN TODAY!!!

Registering with PULSE

Half-Marathon & Marathon Runners

Relay Runners

  • Fill out The PULSE Marathon Registry Form.
  • Send a check for $60.00 to PULSE at 5615 Stanton Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15206
  • Once we have received your check, PULSE Staff will complete your registration and send you directions for joining your relay team.
  • The PULSE Staff will then contact you to get you started with your fundraising kit!

WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Pasta on the Patio

Join us for Pasta on the Patio, Saturday, May 5th from 5-7pm at the PULSE Stanton House (5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206). Free to attend.

Post Race Cool-Down BBQ

Stop by the Stanton House (5615 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206) from 12-3pm after the race on May 6th for burgers, dogs, and lawn games as we celebrate our team members. Free to attend. Guests welcome.

Marathon Training Plan
Half-Marathon Training Plan
Relay Training Plan

Questions, please email info@pulsepittsburgh.org

Support a Runner

Donate

Also, check out our Crowdrise page.

2018 Schedule of Events

Saturday, May 5th – Pasta Dinner – Stanton House – 5pm
Sunday, May 6th – Marathon & Cheer Station
Sunday, May 6th – Cool Down – BBQ & Refreshments – Stanton House – 12pm

Cheer

Join us at our cheering section for coffee and donuts:

Northside: Meet at the corner of Middle & East Ohio Streets at 8am

East End: Meet at the corner of Stanton Avenue and Negley Avenue at 9am

 

 

 

Alumni Story: Jenna Baron

Jenna Baron is a 2014-2015 PULSE alumnae. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh.

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

I had only lived in Pittsburgh as a Pitt student, so I was excited that PULSE would give me the opportunity to experience the city in a new, professional way.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The best part of the experience was living with the 3 other fellows at Beatty house. We had a lot of late nights reminiscing on our college days and freaking out together about our next steps in life. I’m still so grateful for those memories and our friendship.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

The opportunity to work at the United Way was invaluable. I continued working there for 2 years after my PULSE year and I got to learn so much about non-profits, grant making, and collaborating with partners. I also made a lot of really close friends who help me on regular basis with running ARYSE.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

I’m the executive director of an organization called Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education. We organize programs that support immigrant and refugee youth living in Allegheny County. As an ED of a start-up organization, I pretty much do everything – development and fundraising, program development and management, financial management, and establishing a foundation and culture for the organization that reflects our values.

 

Story by PULSE.  Read more Alumni Stories.

Partner Story: Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank

Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank recognizes the importance of breast milk to optimize the health and well-being of all babies, especially medically vulnerable infants. When mothers’ own milk is unavailable, Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank provides donor human milk, which is collected and processed according to the guidelines set forth by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. They also aim to facilitate research and education in human lactation.

Denise O’Connor is the Founder and Executive Director of Mid-Atlantic Mothers’ Milk Bank. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

DO: We heard wonderful things about the program from other non-profits. The milk bank is a startup organization and PULSE seemed like an excellent way to help build capacity. We love the idea of having young adults just starting their careers learning about donor milk too.

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

DO: Working with Koehler! Our PULSE Fellow is a perfect match for our organization. We have benefited greatly from her skills. She brings a fresh perspective too. Throughout her time with us we have coordinated opportunities for her to shadow clinicians and have other experiences that will benefit her as she makes career decisions.

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

DO: It has allowed us to build capacity and visibility.

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

DO: Koehler is an extremely intelligent and motivated employee that quickly became an important member of our team. Her most prized skill is the ability to autonomously lead new projects- a must in a startup environment like this!

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

DO: Apply! You will not regret it. Wonderful program.

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.

 

PULSE is Hiring! – Program Coordinator. Apply Today!

APPLY TODAY!

PROGRAM COORDINATOR:

PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) seeks a high-energy individual able to coordinate the PULSE program and help develop a small-sized nonprofit organization as it grows. This position is a unique opportunity to play a vital role in a dynamic, vibrant non-profit with a track record of success, proven impact model, strong mission, staff and board.

The Program Coordinator reports to the Executive Director of PULSE and is responsible for the organization’s consistent, high-quality execution of its program.

The Program Coordinator coordinates all aspects of the PULSE program, including creating activities that both develop the fellow and serve the community.

More information, including the job description can be found at:

www.pulsepittsburgh.org/jobs

If you or anyone you know is interested, please read the  job description and send a cover letter and resume to jobs@pulsepittsburgh.org by April 29, 2018.

Alumni Story: Jodi Beyeler

Jodi Beyeler is a 2000-2001 PULSE alumnae. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to creating community, developing leadership skills, serving in Pittsburgh.

What about the PULSE program was attractive to you? Was there anything about it that surprised you?

I was really drawn to the rich combination PULSE offered of community living with other young adults, a service placement that was tailored to my interests and skills, and educational enrichment that enhanced the experience in this urban setting. I had never lived in a city before, so I was surprised how much I came to love and appreciate Pittsburgh and its rich history, unique cultures.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

Besides meeting Mr. Rogers in his last year of creating his show, the best part was the community of people I got to know in deep and rich ways: my housemates, my work colleagues and the broader PULSE community of alumni and supporters.

What kind of work do you do now?

I am the Director of Communications at Goshen College, my alma mater.

How did PULSE prepare you for what you are doing now?

It was a year that shaped the questions I think about in terms of how I want to live my life, who I want to be, how I want to relate to my community and the broader world. I am so grateful for the many people who walked with me in those meaningful conversations.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I still stay in touch with many of the people I got to know that year. I encourage college students that I get to know and who would be a good fit for PULSE to consider it as an opportunity after graduation. And I am a donor because I am thankful for the rich experience I had and want to help make that possible for others.

 

Story by PULSE.  Read more Alumni Stories.

Participant Story: Ashish Bibireddy

“I learned that there are hidden jewels in neighborhoods that are not noticeable on the surface, but being a resident and getting involved helps uncover some really cool things.” – Ashish Bibireddy

A graduate of University of Pittsburgh, Ashish Bibireddy majored in Neuroscience and Urban Studies while minoring in Chemistry.  He was heavily involved in university research and teaching at Pitt. He worked with Dr. Michael Glass as an Urban Studies research assistant, with Dr. Julie Fiez as a Chancellors Research Fellow, and as a Human Physiology teaching assistant with Dr. Laurel Roberts.  He also served extensively in Pitt committees on Body Wellness and Sexual Assault Technology. Additionally, Ashish worked as a Patient Evaluator with UPMC Canterbury Place and with the Pittsburgh Downtown Community Development Corporation.  Ashish’s hobbies include sports of all sorts, traveling spending time with friends and family, photography, movies, camping, and trying new things.  He is a part of the Northside cohort, and is serving at the American Heart Association.

Dan: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Ashish: I wear many hats at my nonprofit partnership with the American Heart Association. I am responsible for bringing and coordinating wellness program throughout Allegheny County. I build relationships with nonprofits, I teach heart health classes, I help improve the efficacy of our curriculum, I analyze the health outcomes data, I help out communities with their own wellness programs, and anything else that comes up!

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

Ashish: It inspired me to be more intentional about including social justice initiatives in my endeavors. Many PULSErs are passionate about advocating for some of the prevalent issues today. This energy is contagious and has inspiring as well.

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

Ashish: PULSE is supportive of everyone’s strength and recognizes talents. During this year, I am reminded that by being my true self, I can make a positive impact. My unique story is capable of making a difference.

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

Ashish: Building relationships with my neighbors, the local non-profits and being able to immerse myself in the wealth of opportunities the Northside has to offer. I learned that there are hidden jewels in neighborhoods that are not noticeable on the surface, but being a resident and getting involved helps uncover some really cool things.

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

Ashish: Building close relationships with individuals in my community has been really great. Learning new recipes or supporting each other’s service programs is awesome. Also, having someone you can share your experiences with and navigate obstacles with them has been very beneficial. It is also nice to have a supportive environment.

Story by PULSE Participant Dan Shaffer.

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: American Heart Association

To improve the lives of all Americans, the American Heart Association provides public health education in a variety of ways. They are the nation’s leader in CPR education training. They help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices.  They also educate lawmakers, policymakers and the public as they advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.

Jesabel Rivera-Guerra is the Community Health Director of the Pittsburgh Metro office. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

JRG: We were not only looking for someone to complete the tasks, but a leader who can understand the community and to be able to build rapport with the people. We trusted PULSE to provide this leader and we were not disappointed!

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

JRG: For ambitious goals and an ambitious vision, you need to have the right people in place to make the meaningful impact in the community. It is rewarding to see that we are achieving that ambitious and in the process, we are building meaningful relationships.

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

JRG: Partnership with PULSE have made things possible and achievable! PULSE fellows come in with the expertise, with their passion, but also with their connections and collective impact approach. This sentiment PULSE brings is contagious and helps build a culture of collaboration internally and externally.

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

JRG: Ashish and I have very clear (and high) expectations for each other. It has been a huge help the fact that he is committed to the mission and the organization goals are his goals. But most importantly, I like the most that he understands social determinants of health and he uses that to empower participants, demand more accessible processes and develop meaningful partnerships.

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

JRG: PULSE has been the best thing that could ever happen to our project and organization. Don’t be afraid of taking that big goal or program and decide to address it by partnering with PULSE. They are truly a factory of agents of change!

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.

 

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