Mayor applauded for ‘city of service’ initiative
Our community’s health can be measured by our success at caring for our vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, especially children and youth and the elderly. So it was heartwarming to hear about Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s initiative to establish Pittsburgh as a city of service.
Supported with grants of $200,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Mayor has enrolled Pittsburgh as one of 17 cities, including New York, to establish and promote volunteerism and youth mentoring programs among our citizens.
Under the banner of ‘ServePGH,’ he is calling for Pittsburghers to join programs to help young people and contribute to the city’s revitalization through volunteerism designed to encourage the continued development of healthy neighborhoods. The Mayor has promised to get involved personally as a mentor, and he’s giving all city employees two hours of paid leave each week to do likewise.
Volunteerism and youth mentoring are two-way streets, benefiting both those giving their time and individuals receiving help. It also sets new dynamics in motion that enliven and invigorate a community, and we have come to understand the beneficial results of that as ‘doing well by doing good.’
Pittsburgh prides itself on its sense of community, supporting the notion that self-esteem is earned by doing esteemable things. It is more critical than ever that we inspire and encourage our families, friends and coworkers to participate as nonprofits continue to struggle to meet ever-increasing demand for their services with ever-depleting resources.
Congratulations to Mayor Ravenstahl. This initiative will serve to help build a better community now and for the future, further enhancing Pittsburgh’s reputation as a premier city to live and work.
President and CEO
The Pittsburgh Foundation