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Proud To Be From Pittsburgh: Little Free Libraries

This video originally appeared on WPXI on June 12, 2015


Colorfully decorated and each with a different design, small wooden boxes popping up across the city of Pittsburgh are the newest chapter encouraging people to read more.

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The Limitations and Possibilities of Jewish Service

This post originally appeared on eJewish Philanthropy on June 2, 2015

By Rabbi Seth Goren

Over the past several decades, Mitzvah Day has become the default event for Jewish volunteering and service. A focal point and climactic staple of annual Jewish communal social justice calendars, Mitzvah Day typically solicits participants to go to a local not-for-profit organization and take on a particular project, such as beautifying a public space, delivering canned goods or collected clothing, donating school supplies, or preparing and serving food.

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Little Libraries Putting Books On The Streets Of Pittsburgh

This post originally appeared on Trib Live on June 1, 2015

By Bob Bauder

Amanda Singleton can find her summer reading material right next door, at one of the neighborhood libraries popping up around Pittsburgh as a result of support from nonprofits, volunteers and residents.

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Beer, Art and Social-Justice Talk in a Nonprofit’s West Philly Office

This post originally appeared on My CityPaper on May 11, 2015

By Kelan Lyons

A nonprofit group called Repair the World (RtW) discussed the impact of the city’s Mural Arts Program in the latest of its “Cocktails with a Conscience” evenings, an event that drew nearly 70 people to a night of free food, drinks and discussion.

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Protests and Peace

This post originally appeared on Baltimore Jewish Times on May 7, 2015

By Melissa Gerr and Marc Shapiro

Following the announcement on May 1 from Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby that six police officers were charged in the death of Sandtown resident Freddie Gray, downtown streets were host to several demonstrations and rallies, each demanding a follow-through of justice and calling for calm and peace to return to a fractured city.

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RTW in The Jewish Chronicle

This post originally appeared on The Jewish Chronicle on April 16, 2015

By The Jewish Chronicle

Two hundred sixth- through 12th-grade area teens, along with 15,000 Jewish teens in 80 communities across 16 countries, will participate in a day of community service and improvement projects, as they take part in J-Serve: International Day of Jewish Youth Service on Sunday, April 19.

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Higher Achievement Celebrates Students Through Poetry

This post originally appeared on The Pittsburgh Courier in April of 2015

By Courier Newsroom

Higher Achievement, a non-profit academic program that works with middle school students in Homewood and the Hill District, presented its third annual Literary Love Poetry Performance last month, which was sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Twelve Higher Achievement middle school scholars  participated in a reading of original poems on at the Hill House’s Hillman Auditorium.

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Philly Farm Crew Digs Into Food Justice Issues

This post originally appeared on My City Paper on April 2, 2015

By Kelan Lyons

The Philly Farm Crew launched its second season last weekend when 35 volunteers turned out to help local farmers spread compost, prep growing beds and turn over soil for planting at the Urban Roots Farm, Heritage Farm and Greener Partners Guild House West.

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Volunteers Plough Through Philly Farm Crew Service Day

This post originally appeared on Jewish Exponent on April 1, 2015

By Amishai Gottlieb

Thirty-five volunteers and five farmers joined forces to participate in the Philly Farm Crew’s second annual service day on March 29.  Philly Farm Crew is a joint partnership between the nonprofit organizations Repair the World and The Jewish Farm School, along with a variety of urban farms and gardens in Philadelphia.

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Pittsburgh Changemaker: Zack Block

This post originally appeared on Kelly Strayhorn Theater on March 19, 2015

By Trevor Miles

Kelly Strayhorn Theater is presenting local leaders that have been changemakers in Pittsburgh. Mentors, teachers, artists— KST acknowledges these pioneers. This is Our Story: KST Recognizes Pittsburgh Changemakers.

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