Back in March, a group of Pittsburgh bloggers organized a March Madness bracket challenge – we all agreed that each blog would write a post about the winning bloggers favorite nonprofit organization.
Kate Stoltzfus (aka the brains behind the blog Yinzpiration) had the winning bracket and her nonprofit of choice is PULSE. I am more than happy to write about PULSE as I think this is one nonprofit that has been quietly making a big impact on some Pittsburgh neighborhoods and is well positioned to continue to do more for the city.
PULSE stands for Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience. Each year PULSE takes a group of college graduates, gives them a place to live and matches each person with a Pittsburgh nonprofit. To provide housing for the participatns, PULSE has been rehabbing and improving homes in different Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
From the PULSE website:
We have a three-pronged model for accomplishing this purpose:
- NONPROFIT WORK PLACEMENT – Invite talented, university graduates to partner with nonprofits for a year of service and leadership
- COMMUNITY LIVING – Cultivate community by having participants live together and share meals, household tasks, finances and learning experiences.
- TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT – Train and equip participants to become servant leaders in Pittsburgh by providing regular, personal and professional development opportunities.
I’ve learned more about PULSE because some of my favorite Pittsburgh things have a link to PULSE. The Union Project – yep, that was the idea of some of the PULSE participants. Have you checked out Kate’s blog Yinzpiration? Kate came to Pittsburgh to participate in PULSE, now she writes great interviews with Pittsburghers at Yinzpiration and she is one of the founders of Propelle. You can read some of the other PULSE alumni stories here.
If you would like to learn more about PULSE or support the PULSE programming you are in luck. This Friday, April 12, 2013 is their annual fundraiser PULSEations which will be held at the Union Project from 7-10pm.
I have been wanting to share the invite to PULSEations – I kind of wish this could be the logo for IheartPGH, city skyline.
The event features food, drink, fun and an auction which includes:
- Cooking Class/Lunch with Kevin Sousa at NaCl
- Weekend in Chautauqua from John and Milonica Stahl-Wert
- Weekend in Myrtle Beach from Chris and Kelly Cooke
More info about the auction is available here. I will be there and I would love to see you there too!
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Here is what others are saying about PULSEations on Twitter…
I’m not kidding when I say #PULSEations is one of my favorite nights of the year. Love you @pulsepittsburgh! pulsepittsburgh.org/news-events/pu…
— Maggie Graham (@magsg) April 5, 2013
Whew… Just ordered tickets for @pulsepittsburgh #PULSEations this Friday! Looking forward to seeing so many great people in one room!
— Cara Rufenacht (@cararufenacht) April 9, 2013
@iheartpgh @pulsepittsburgh is what made me fall in love with the city, meet great people, and stay here almost 4 yrs!
— Erica Weston (@ericajlweston) April 10, 2013
@iheartpgh @pulsepittsburgh Proud sponsor of Friday’s #PULSEations @ Union Project; looking forward to local ales and cool silent auction.
— Stephan Bontrager (@RiverlifePgh) April 10, 2013
.@iheartpgh @pulsepittsburgh participants have given over 250K hours of service to Pittsburgh! Many cool Burghers came here through PULSE.
— Maggie Graham (@magsg) April 10, 2013
@iheartpgh So awesome! One reason to attend is you get to meet the PULSE participants who are doing great things for PGH. @pulsepittsburgh
— Kate Stoltzfus (@yinzpiration) April 10, 2013
@iheartpgh @pulsepittsburgh brings innovators to Pittsburgh. They live, volunteer, invest, stay, start businesses & help make PGH better
— Cara Rufenacht (@cararufenacht) April 10, 2013
Thank you so very much, Lindsay! You did a great job describing PULSE, and it is so cool that you have many personal connections to the program. Hopefully I will see you Friday at PULSEations!