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When Marisa Smucker joined PULSE in 1994, the program was in its pilot year. She and her seven fellow PULSErs came to understand the challenges inherent in being part of a program’s pilot group. Today PULSE is well known in Pittsburgh, but in 1994 it was thanks to mavericks like Marisa Smucker who forged the...
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The intentional community aspect of PULSE has inspired me to always be mindful about the personalities and needs of people I’m living with. I don’t want those relationships to be shallow. I think it’s important to know the people you’re living with, care about them deeply, and be attentive to times they need some extra...
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              Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh works to revitalize neighborhoods and communities in Allegheny County through homeownership and home repair programs. HFHGP has developed housing in Pittsburgh neighborhoods including East Liberty, North Side, and the Hill District, as well as the broader Allegheny County in Braddock, Duquesne, Etna,...
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“Having majored in religion at a liberal-arts college (Carleton), I still didn’t know what I wanted to do professionally. PULSE gave me the chance to explore several of my interests including art.” This is a quote from Randi Sider-Rose, a mother of three children, Pittsburgh resident, and PULSE 1998-1999 Alumna. While her sentiments seem to...
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      Amizade Global Service-Learning empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service. On November 1st, they will be celebrating their 20th anniversary at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh! The powerhouse of the newly opened Global Switchboard, Amizade designs service-learning and volunteer programs around the world in collaboration with universities, high schools, and community groups. Julia...
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“My favorite part of the PULSE experience has been getting to know new people. You learn about people much faster living in a tightly-knit community. Even though it has only been 8 months, I feel as if I have known this years PULSERs for years.” Jonathan Luginbill grew up and went to college in Bluffton,...
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Joey Nyame, originally from Philadelphia, PA, is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where she spent her time studying Psychology.  In addition to her studies, Joey was a Civic Engagement Officer. While in Pittsburgh, Joey’s placement is with POWER (Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery). Her role is the Outcomes Coordinator where she coordinates the surveying...
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WYEP is a public radio station that offers Pittsburgh a unique variety of music. The station also hosts community events like free festivals, concerts and children’s events. PULSE’s partnership with WYEP dates back over 10 years. This year, Alex Woodring is an Ed. and Community Engagement Asst. He teaches music appreciation, audio production and radio...
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I’ve learned that I enjoy having a variety of tasks to do on a daily basis. I love that my placement provides me the opportunity to be creative and rarely has a dull moment. As a recent graduate, Hannah Geiser has always been busy. Studying Biochemistry at from Goshen College, participating in Goshen’s Sustainability Semester...
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I’ve learned about how much I can really handle. Moving to a brand new city nearly 400 miles from home and diving into an intentional community calls for a lot of resilience on its own.  I’ve found it all to be extremely worth it and I can definitely say that being a PULSEr has shown...
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