Nonprofit Partner Info Session June 8th

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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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Nonprofit Partner Info Session May 17

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

On 5/17/17 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Manchester Citizen’s Corporation. 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.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

Nonprofit Partner Info Session May 2

RSVP TODAY!

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

On 5/2/17 from 12-1pm, PULSE will be having another prospective nonprofit partner info session at the Green Building Alliance. 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.

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

LEARN MORE ABOUT A PULSE PARTNERSHIP

Participant Story: Lily Rybarczyk

 

“It’s hard to find a balance between communal and individual living, especially in your post-college years. Especially in a group setting like PULSE, there are a lot of opportunities for FOMO (fear of missing out), but I’m also at a time in my life when I need to make a lot of personal decisions for myself. I am learning when to push myself to be more involved in group activities and when I need to take time to myself for self-care. I’m learning that I need and enjoy the PULSE community’s support. I really value the individual relationships and friendships I’ve made, and it helps to always have people to talk things through with. ” – Lily Rybarczyk

 

Lily Rybarczyk, originally from Monroe, Washington, graduated from Franklin University in Switzerland with majors in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and French. She traveled extensively as part of her studies, visiting Oman, Malawi, Morocco, Scotland, Iceland, and the countries of the Former Yugoslavia, to name a few. She had the opportunity to study everything from sustainable agriculture to local musical and artistic traditions along the way. After college, Lily worked with several organizations, including PROVAIL, which provides employment opportunities, education, and programming for disabled children and adults, and The World Is Fun, a nonprofit that pairs volunteers with organizations for events and projects in the Seattle area to serve communities in need. She is serving at the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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

Lily Rybarczyk: The most valuable part has been living in community. Living with my three housemates has taught me a lot about compassion, caring, reliance…and patience. All of the different perspectives have brought our house together.

The greater PULSE community is also a great support structure. We are all at similar points in our life but on different paths, and it’s incredible to be able to share our experiences, grow (and occasionally commiserate) together.

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

Lily:  It’s hard to find a balance between communal and individual living, especially in your post-college years. Especially in a group setting like PULSE, there are a lot of opportunities for FOMO (fear of missing out), but I’m also at a time in my life when I need to make a lot of personal decisions for myself. I am learning when to push myself to be more involved in group activities and when I need to take time to myself for self-care. I’m learning that I need and enjoy the PULSE community’s support. I really value the individual relationships and friendships I’ve made, and it helps to always have people to talk things through with.

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

Lily: I enjoy working with the arts and seeing the variety of ways in which it impacts people and the city overall. The Cultural Trust has had a huge impact on Pittsburgh; it has been the driving force behind a lot of the economic growth downtown. It has been an incredible learning experience to see how art can tangibly impact other sectors.

Rebecca: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Lily: The city pride! I expected a lot of Steelers, Penguins and Pirates pride, but Pittsburghers are really passionate about their city! A lot of people I talk to have been born and raised here, they are excited about the work being done here in Pittsburgh and the direction the city is headed in.

Rebecca: What is your favorite ‘family meal” recipe for the hosue?

Lily: I love brinner! Ben makes great arepas, too. I can’t think of a meal we’ve had as a family that I haven’t liked. We’ve also budgeted to order out a couple of times, which is really fun and special.

Story by PULSE Participant Rebecca Marcucci.

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: Alaa Mohamed

 

“I am learning how to burst the bubble of academia and enter the real world and the flood of emotions that comes with having to deal with that transition. ” – Alaa Mohamed

 

Alaa Mohamed comes to Pittsburgh by way of Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. Alaa received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Bachelor of Philosophy in Global Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as Co-Founder and Co-President for Project Potter, a philanthropic service organization that uses youth passion for the Harry Potter series to encourage college students’ investment in their local community via fundraising and volunteering. Alaa also wrote her thesis on female genital mutilation in Egypt for her Bachelor of Philosophy degree and had the opportunity to travel to Egypt, interview Egyptian women, and write and defend her thesis. In her down time, Alaa enjoys reading, binge-watching TV, and sleeping. She is serving at The Global Switchboard.

Shruti Revankar: How has PULSE inspired you to live/act/think diffently?

Alaa Mohamed: I think PULSE has really ingrained in me the importance of service in every aspect of my life. I’m learning to give and take in home in order to make others comfortable. I’m learning to live on a budget and the reality of that for myself and for a lot of people in this country and world. I really appreciate that awareness that comes through PULSE.

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

Alaa: I am learning how to burst the bubble of academia and enter the real world and the flood of emotions that comes with having to deal with that transition.

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

Alaa: I enjoy the fact that we are a co-working space. It enables me to get to know all the different organizations inside the space as well as people who come for meetings with those organizations. I get exposure to a new person almost every single day.

Shruti: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Alaa: Well, I went to the University of Pittsburgh for undergrad so I was familiar with the city. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see how interconnected the nonprofit world in Pittsburgh is–the city has a “small town” feel. Everyone seems to know each other and seems to have worked with each other in some capacity–I love it!

Shruti: What is your favorite ‘family meal” recipe for the hosue?

Alaa: Anything chicken because that’s all we eat at jackson house. 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:

Meet and Greet with Amanda

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Current, Past and Prospective Nonprofit Partners: Please join us for drinks and a chance to meet our new Recruiting and Partnership Coordinator, Amanda Duncan on Monday, March 20th, anytime between 4:30-6:30pm. RSVP.

Amanda is no stranger to PULSE, having served as a Program Coordinator the past two years. We are delighted to have Amanda serve in this new role. Amanda loves PULSE, has a tremendous work ethic, is detail-oriented, has a background doing extensive recruiting at the University of Pittsburgh.

She is moving to Erie, PA (exact date to be determined) and will be working remotely with trips down to Pittsburgh. Please stop by the Sharp Edge (grab a drink on us), connect with Amanda and Executive Director Chris Cooke, network with current nonprofit partners and learn more about a PULSE nonprofit partnership.

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

 

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.

Current Partners: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/partner-with-us/current-partners/

Partner Stories: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/category/stories/nonprofit/

Learn more about a PULSE Partnership: http://pulsepittsburgh.org/partner-with-us/

CURRENT PARTNERS

PARTNER STORIES

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Participant Story: Kelsey Thompson

 

“PULSE has allowed me to live differently than I would have outside of the program. I am now living a more minimalistic lifestyle, budgeting with my housemates as well as evaluating what might be a need or a want. This is a good thing because it is causing me to think about others needs before my own.” – Kelsey Thompson

 

Kelsey Thompson, originally of Honey Brook, Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Administration Justice with a concentration in Adult and Juvenile Corrections, while minoring in Political Science. Kelsey was a member of Delta Phi Epsilon, holding a term on the executive board as Vice President of Recruitment and serving as a choreographer for Greek Sing competition. She also underwent training and served as a peer educator on sexual assault through Pitt’s health program, educating student organizations about what it means to be an active, positive bystander in the event of sexual assault. Outside of work and academics, Kelsey enjoys spending time at Phipps Conservatory, dancing, and dog watching in the park. She is serving at Best of the Batch Foundation.

Isaac Cason: How has PULSE inspired you to live/act/think diffently?

Kelsey Thompson: PULSE has allowed me to live differently than I would have outside of the program. I am now living a more minimalistic lifestyle, budgeting with my housemates as well as evaluating what might be a need or a want. This is a good thing because it is causing me to think about others needs before my own.

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

Kelsey: I enjoy the dual dynamic of work and fun that my partner site provides! At any point during the week I could be spending a half day doing office work: sending emails, program planning, etc.. The second half of my day is spent with kids. I enjoy being around the children because they are super fun, hilarious, and curious about life and learning. It has been extremely rewarding to serve as a mentor.

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

Kelsey: Going up the incline during the PULSE orientation was a moment that I got to check off of my Pittsburgh bucket list!

Isaac: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Kelsey: Even though I went to Pitt, being in PULSE has allowed me to see Pittsburgh in a whole new light. Viewing the different districts and neighborhoods; the various opportunities that are offered has given me a new appreciation for the city.

Isaac: What is your favorite ‘family meal” recipe for the hosue?

Kelsey: Equiana’s bomb breaded chicken with rice and beans. I don’t have the words necessary to describe this ethereal experience.

Story by PULSE Participant Isaac Cason.

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: Ivy Keen

 

“The most valuable part has been interacting with people who are different from me, thus expanding my view of the world.” – Ivy Keen

 

Originally from Bellaire, Texas, Ivy Keen attended Hope College, where she studied Psychology and Business Management. At Hope, she served as the treasurer of the Psychology Club and secretary of the Asian Prospective Association, and was involved with the International Relations Club. She also worked as a tutor and writing associate, a capacity in which she assisted students with the writing process and other work for classes. She also traveled to Port-au-Prince in Haiti on a service trip, and studied abroad in Sydney, Australia at Macquarie University. Ivy has served a great deal with churches in Holland, Michigan, assisting in trips and events. She has also long studied instrumental music and plays the flute, piccolo, and oboe. She is serving at PittServes.

Joel Norman: What do you enjoy most about your nonprofit partnership?

Ivy Keen: I enjoy working with students and seeing them take on leadership roles. I’ve also enjoyed developing training programs and gaining valuable skills in planning and coordination.Lastly, I’ve really enjoyed being in a college setting. It allows me to see how much goes on behind the scenes to provide students with good college experiences.

Joel: Describe a typical day at your nonprofit partnership.

Ivy: In the morning I go through my email, communicating with my supervisor, the student leaders I manage, and our elementary school partners. In the afternoon I visit our partner schools with the tutor teams assigned to that day. On Friday afternoons, I lead America Reads team leader meetings. The seven team leaders and I reflect on how the week’s tutoring went and look ahead at the schedule for the coming weeks. Throughout the week, I also communicate with our Big Brothers, Big Sisters team regarding activities and food orders for their Saturday sessions.

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

Ivy: The most valuable part has been interacting with people who are different from me, thus expanding my worldview. It has been valuable finding commonalities as well, and I have had many great conversations with PULSERs that have challenged me to think more deeply about certain issues

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

Ivy: Living in community has made me a better cook and communicator. Not only does living in community foster a feeling of joint responsibility, but it also creates a shared experience that will be remembered for many years to come.

Joel: What surprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Ivy: I’m surprised by how hilly it is. I’ve never been in a city that was built on such steep terrain. I’ve also been surprised by the unique qualities of each neighborhood, and how each is distinct from the others.

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: Brigid O’Hara

 

“The best part about PULSE so far has definitely been becoming close friends with all the other PULSErs. I have formed relationships within PULSE that I am confident will last far beyond just my time at PULSE.” – Brigid O’Hara

 

Brigid O’Hara, a native of Mt. Lebanon, is no stranger to the Pittsburgh region. She spent her college years at the College of Wooster where she studied Political Science and earned a minor in Education. Brigid participated on her school’s track and field team since her junior year, serving as captain and holding a leadership role throughout her involvement. She also was invited to the Propel Ohio Conference in Fall 2015, which gathers leaders from colleges in the state to discuss solutions for Ohio’s largest problems, such as food security, sex trafficking, and mental health. Outside of her interest in running and physical activities, Brigid enjoys photography and outdoor adventures. She is serving at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group.

Chris Steiner: What is the best part of the PULSE experience?

Brigid O’Hara: The best part about PULSE so far has definitely been becoming close friends with all the other PULSErs. I have formed relationships within PULSE that I am confident will last far beyond just my time at PULSE.

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

Brigid: PULSE is helping me learn exactly where my interests lie and what I am passionate about.

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

Brigid: I have really enjoyed being able to get to know not only my house members and my cohort but all PULSErs through our community events, meals and activities.

Chris: What has suprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Brigid: As a native of Pittsburgh I had thought I already knew everything the city had to offer However, since beginning at PULSE, I have been pleasantly surprised how greatly I had underestimated the extent of what all Pittsburgh has to offer.

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

Brigid: Anything my housemate Julia cooks. Some of my personal favorites are beef stew, butternut squash soup, vegetable lasagna or really anything else she is able to put together.

Story by PULSE Participant Chris Steiner.

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: Damilola Onakomaiya

 

“PULSE has helped me reexamine my notion of nonprofit work and the different ways it intersects with community life and its role transforming a city and creating cross cultural connections.” – Damilola Onakomaiya

 

Damilola Onakomaiya grew up in Ibadan, Nigeria, and attended the College of Wooster where she earned a degree in Philosophy. She served as a trip leader in 2016 for a service trip in West Virginia and also earned an award for Distinguished Achievement in Biology in 2014 at Green Mountain College. In her free time, she enjoys reading, yoga, and meditation. She is serving at East Liberty Development, Inc.

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

Damilola Onakomaiya: I really like my nonprofit partnership. It is a good mix of office work and field exploration. I get to visit abandon properties and be part of the process that brainstorms best uses for the properties to create stable mixed-income neighborhoods.

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

Damilola: PULSE has helped me reexamine my notion of nonprofit work and the different ways it intersects with community life and its role transforming a city and creating cross cultural connections.

Lucas: What are you learning about yourself through PULSE?

Damilola: I’m learning that I really enjoy learning about city planning, the court system, and real estate. These are areas I didn’t know too much about before PULSE.

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

Damilola: This. Laughing with strangers.

Lucas: Whathas suprised you most about Pittsburgh?

Damilola: I really didn’t know Pittsburgh before I got here. It’s a really special city, I think. I remember towards the end of our orientation week we took a boat ride around the three rivers and learned about the history of the city. Pittsburgh is a wonderful mix of old and new in a way I haven’t quite experienced in the U.S. It has this postindustrial creativity that I’ve become slightly fascinated with, like the way you feel when you walk around Carrie Furnace. It’s a really cool scene here.

Story by PULSE Participant Lucas Driediger.

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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