Partner Story: Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

Pittsburgh Cultural Trust transformed downtown Pittsburgh into a world-class Cultural District that is a shining beacon of urban revitalization through the arts. “Hundreds of artists, thousands of students, and millions of people expand their horizons in the theaters, galleries, and public art environments. Named “the single greatest creative force in Pittsburgh because of its spirit of reinvention” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Trust is the catalyst behind Pittsburgh’s thriving Cultural district and continues to enrich the region’s vibrancy and prosperity.”

Diana Roth is the Senior Communications Manager of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

DR: PULSE has provided the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust with the opportunity to have a PULSE fellow on staff and working together on a variety of projects over the past year has opened the door to mutual exchange of ideas and growth in our cultural connections with the community.

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

DR: Our PULSE fellow is professional, hard working, and a great team member.

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

DR: I would highly recommend organizations to consider a partnership with PULSE.

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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.

Alumni Story: Sara Alvarez

Sara Alvarez is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview she discusses her experiences in PULSE in regards to moving to a new city, living in community, serving in a nonprofit and growing as a leader.

 

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

I loved the idea of moving to a new city and doing volunteer work while getting a built in community of friends and connections through the program.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

I fondly remember having a great nonprofit partnership and wonderful housemates and other PULSE fellows. I had opportunities to explore a lot of Pittsburgh and participate in a lot of fun events and activities.

What did the PULSE experience teach you about yourself?

PULSE helped me learn more independence and helped me grow up.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

I always look back fondly at my time in PULSE. I really enjoyed getting to know my PULSE fellows. It felt like a great transition after college.

What kind of work do you do now?

Content Marketing Director at Everence.

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

I wouldn’t say that PULSE prepared me directly for my job, but nonetheless it served as an enriching experience in my life.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I read some of the material on social media and mailings.

 

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Partner Story: The Friendship Circle

The Friendship Circle was established in ‘Pittsburgh’s Jewish Community in 2006, and is dedicated to integrating adults with special needs more fully into the broader community. The program engages children and young adults with and without special needs in a full range of social activities. The Friendship Circle aims to enrich the lives of all participants through mutually advantageous interactions, creating lasting friendships which consequently strengthen the Jewish and greater community’.

Rabbi Mordy is the Executive Director of the Friendship Circle Pittsburgh. In the following interview, he speaks about the experience partnering with PULSE.

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

RM: We heard PULSE was a fabulous way to cultivate new talent who would appreciate our mission and that the fellows are, by and large, very capable.

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

RM: The guidance and assurance we have from the leadership at PULSE have been huge. We also have been extremely fortunate with Kahley (current PULSEr)! She fits the culture of FC and our mission like a glove.

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

RM: The programs that Kahley has been involved in have developed astronomically under her leadership. I like to think she has grown a great deal as a person but the organization as a whole, and many specific programs, are better because or Kahley (and PULSE)!

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

RM: We don’t have much to compare Kahley to, but her friendliness, ability, creativity have all truly enhanced us.

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

RM: You certainly have the opportunity to find the right fitting fellow for what you are looking for, but, once you do, you can have the confidence knowing that you are cultivating a leader while getting a dedicated person on board!

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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.

Alumni Story: Johnny Erevia

Johnny Erevia is a 2012-2013 PULSE alumnus. In this interview he discusses his experiences in PULSE in regards to living in the city, serving in a charter school, and cooking meals in his community.

 

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

When I graduated from college, in rural northwest Ohio, I knew that I wanted an urban experience. PULSE was so attractive because it presented the opportunity to explore a vibrant city with a group of like-minded and adventurous people.

What was the best part of your PULSE experience?

The best part of my PULSE experience was exploring Pittsburgh with my fellow PULSErs. I truly got to experience a lot: outdoor concerts, banjo night, ultimate frisbee, athletic events, and the gatherings at our own Stanton house. Also, I relished in the weekly joy and challenge of cooking a meal we sat down to share as a family.

How were you impacted by your PULSE experience?

PULSE was my first extended urban experience. It was what I desired after moving to Pittsburgh from rural northwest Ohio and it didn’t disappoint. I still love being a young professional and living in the city. I like living only a few blocks from past and current PULSErs, friends I’ve had for a long time and friends I haven’t met yet.

What kind of work do you do now?

I am currently in my fourth year as a Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Officer. I work patrol in Zone 5 (the east end from Bloomfield to East Hills) and am a new Field Training Officer. I ride with probationary officers as a they work patrol for the first time and instruct/coach them along the way. I am also a member of the Special Response Team (SRT) with which I respond to mass gatherings and hazardous material incidents.

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

My PULSE nonprofit partnership was at a charter school working as a truancy officer. In this position I routinely communicated with parents and guardians about their youth’s habitual absences. I developed truancy elimination plans and saw non-traffic citations for truancy brought before the local magistrate. This required me to interact with the population of the school and its families. I helped them find the pulse of what was causing dysfunction in their families or community and try to provide a helpful resource.

How have you stayed connected with PULSE?

I enjoy the PULSE emails and stories about past or current participants and their nonprofit partnership. I also routinely see PULSE alumni from my year and others.

 

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Partner Story: Homewood Children’s Village

Homewood Children’s Village’s mission is to ‘improve the lives of Homewood’s children and simultaneously reweave the fabric of the community in which they live’. Homewood, once a vibrant section of the city of Pittsburgh faces the challenges of poverty, isolation and disinvestment today. The Homewood Children’s Village supports the children, families, and overall community of Homewood, creating ‘opportunities for children to succeed throughout their life’.

Dr. Shannah Tharp-Gilliam is the Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation for the Homewood Children’s Center. In the following interview, she speaks about the experience of partnering with PULSE.

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

STG: HCV needed support as we restructured our research office. We wrote a very specific job description for a data analyst and submitted it to PULSE in hopes of perhaps finding a match.

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

STG: We were able to attract Jimson (current PULSEr), who had just the skills we needed. This year, Jimson helped to bridge the gap as we restricted and found a more permanent solution

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

STG: Jimson’s quirky and upbeat attitude fits right in here at Homewood Children’s Village. He has a passion for people, which I think is a hallmark of the type of person who would apply for a PULSE position.

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

STG: Give PULSE a try.

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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.

Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows

Meet the 2017-18 PULSE Fellows!

PULSE is excited to welcome these 34 participants for the 2017-18 year. Hailing from 14 states, the young adults serving with PULSE next year bring an exciting mix of talents and interests to the table. Their investment in service and community, as well as the vast array of experiences and passions they represent, are only a few of the incredible things they have to offer Pittsburgh and its residents. You can read about them and their accomplishments here.

Come to the PULSE End of Year Celebration Party

PULSE End of Year Celebration Party. Come one, come all to a lunch celebrating the 2016-17 PULSErs!

 

Please join us for a time of celebration, lunch, networking, and recognition of the outstanding achievements of the 35 PULSE fellows in the 2016-17 PULSE year.

35 PULSE Fellows contributed over 50,000 hours to the city and its residents.  Come and give thanks for the many great ways our fellows have contributed to a better Pittsburgh. Hope you can make it.

Learn more about our fellows and nonprofit partners this year!

Date: Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Time: 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Location: Vietnam Veteran’s Pavilion (Schenley Park)

RSVP. Please get your free tickets here.

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Katie Robb Sewall Joins PULSE!

Katie Robb Sewall Joins PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to welcome Katie Robb Sewall to the PULSE Team. Katie is the new East End Program Coordinator for PULSE.

As Program Coordinator, Katie works with Northside Program Coordinator Wayne Younger to coordinate all aspects of the PULSE program, including orientation, seminar, and retreats.  In addition, she develops PULSE’s East End outreach efforts, including volunteer opportunities.

Katie Robb Sewall first became passionate about service while getting her BA in Psychology from Messiah College in 2008. After graduating, she started to dream about making a difference locally. She and a few friends created an intentional community in Harrisburg, PA where they lived together, invested in their neighborhood, and worked in public service. She moved to Pittsburgh to get her Masters in Professional Counseling from Carlow University and then did family counseling with low-income families. For the past 3 years she has been in Erie, PA, focusing on coaching college students on career development at Penn State Behrend.

When she is not at work, Katie is either drinking coffee, hiking in the woods, watching Netflix, or laughing with someone that she loves. Katie is excited to move back to Pittsburgh and join PULSE as the East End Program Coordinator. She deeply believes in the values of PULSE: the importance of relationships, the power of service, and the potential of the city.

Please give Katie a warm PULSE welcome.

Two New PULSE Associates Join PULSE this Summer!

Allie Bustin and Regan Curry Join PULSE!

PULSE is pleased to announce that Allie Bustin and Regan Curry have joined PULSE this summer as associates.

Allie is the Recruiting and Partnership Associate while Regan is serving at the Marketing and Communications Associate.  We are delighted to have both of them provide much needed support over the summer.  Both have tremendous gifts and talents and we are excited to see the ways that they will continue to enhance the PULSE program.

Allie states, “I’ve heard great things about the program as a whole, from outsiders and volunteers alike, and it seemed like a good fit – a passion for service and passion for Pittsburgh. I’m looking forward to meeting and engaging new graduates in public service in Pittsburgh, connecting with new non-profits in the area, and furthering my own knowledge of non-profit and volunteer management”.

Check out their bios below and give them a warm PULSE welcome.

Allie Bustin grew up in Lancaster County, but calls Pittsburgh home. After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Linguistics in 2012, she completed a year of AmeriCorps VISTA service with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh. She continued her pursuit of public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica. After completing her service in 2016, she returned to Pittsburgh to begin graduate school, pursuing degrees in both International Development and Law. She is passionate about service and cross-cultural communication, and spends her free time designing prints and greeting cards while trying to keep her array of plants alive. She is excited to continue engaging volunteers in Pittsburgh through PULSE, and hopes to aid in cultivating a community of service and innovation.

 

Regan Curry is currently a senior at the University of South Carolina, where she is majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in English. Regan has called Pittsburgh her home her entire life, and is excited to be able to give back to the community that helped shaped her to be the person that she is today. Regan is looking to pursue a career in Environmental Law, and thus is excited to be a part of cultivating a community of servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh, focusing on specific environmental aspects that will transform the city’s productivity.

 

Nonprofit Partner Info Session June 8th

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 6/8/17 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Design Center. To attend this lunch 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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