(Date indicates the year the grantee was last funded)
#4 Block Club, 1996
Formed in 1979 to address the erosion of West Oakland caused by the expansion of the University of Pittsburgh, #4 Block Club works with other grassroots organizations to influence the design and implementation of the university’s 20-year master space plan. With a TRCF grant, the group established a process that allows all neighborhood voices to be heard.
Accessible Transportation Work Group, 1991
This organization promotes public acceptance of a transportation system accessible to people with or without disabilities through educational programs and literature.
African American Women’s Speakers Bureau, 1999
TRCF funds helped in the purchase of literature from the National Cancer Institute to supplement the bureau’s health presentations on the prevention of breast and cervical cancer.
African Americans for Middle East Peace, 1991
Established as a response to the Gulf War, the group sponsored a workshop and rally in Homewood, Pa., to address military spending and poverty.
Afterschool Music Program at the North Side YMCA, 1997
The program focuses on music as an educational, aesthetic and emotional experience for at-risk children in an atmosphere of nonviolence. Through composing, performing, conducting, listening, enjoying, sharing and reacting to music, students can go beyond the mechanics of music and use it as a means of creating, exploring and achieving.
Aliquippa Regional Credit Union, 1997
This credit union, the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, was established by Aliquippa residents to serve the needs of low- and moderate-income members following the collapse of the local steel industry and the loss of businesses and banks.
Aliquippa Youth Council, 1995
TRCF funds helped the council to implement its Youth Development Project, a project conceived by the youth of Aliquippa to provide 3 months of development activities consisting of leadership training, organizational development, an essay contest and a youth-needs assessment survey.
Alle-Kiski Homeless Project, 1996
The project helped establish the Pennsylvania Coalition to End Homelessness. The coalition brings together groups and individuals who are concerned about or who have experienced homelessness, and focuses on how to influence and effectively use housing issues, welfare reform, education and networking ideas.
Allegheny County ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), 2009
ACORN used their grant money to support their work in organizing voters in low-income communities, by doing voter education and registration. They also developed community leadership in the low-income areas, who then conducted campaigns to educate and inform the general public of the community issues faced by low-income and elderly people in their neighborhoods. The community leaders also met with their state and city officials to discuss pressing issues. In 2009, they received funding through the Media Justice Initiative to assist people in low-income neighborhoods with the transition to DTV.
Allegheny County Citizen Advocacy, 1993
Having discovered that many people with disabilities were not aware of or taking advantage of available services, ACCA publicized the existence of various services and made them easier to use.
Allegheny Middle School Community Committee, 1994
Family Fun Night, an after-school program developed by parents, teachers, social service providers and youth, provided a safe, structured environment for children and their families in Northview Heights and Perry Center, in the North Side of Pittsburgh. Classes include Art, Youth Expression, Stepping (drill team), Gymnastics, Health and Nutrition, and Cooking.
Allegheny Unitarian Universalist Church (AUUC), 1994
The AUUC developed a project to employ homeless people to build flower boxes for the homes of low-income residents and vacant houses that are in the process of rehabilitation. Through joint neighborhood cleanups and forums on homeless issues, the group aims to establish closer links between the two operating shelters and surrounding neighborhoods.
Allequippa Terrace Youth Leads Council, 1999
TRCF funds helped to host a community day of beautification between seniors and youth. The Council seeks to increase youth roles in the community while building leadership skills.
Alliance for Progressive Action, 2001
This association of more than 50 organizations was formed to support and provide technical assistance to the progressive movement. Member groups represent labor, religious groups, women, minorities and civic and gay communities. The Organizing Training Project developed and expanded the base of organizing skills in the local progressive movement, especially among low-income, African American and female activists.
American Friends Service Committee, PA State Program, 2010
The National Guard Listening Project used dialogue and listening to raise awareness of the economic and human cost of deploying the National Guard in Iraq, and was part of a state-wide project to bring home the National Guard. A group of trained listeners interviewed members of the National Guard and their families and communities, and documented the concerns and issues around serving overseas. The report generated was used to raise awareness of the cost of the war. In 2008, AFSC received funding to start the program Alternatives to Military Recruiting, which informed students of local career, job training, and college funding opportunities that are non-military related. In 2010, AFSC implemented a Racial Equity through Human Rights program, engaging youth in discussions on human rights, racial justice, and social justice.
The Andy Warhol Museum, 2001
The Warhol presented the exhibit “Without Sanctuary: An Exhibition of Lynching Photography in the United States” from September 2001 – January 2002. TRCF funds supported Free Tuesdays, waiving admission fees to the exhibit.
Arlington Civic Council, 1997
Using a newsletter and activities for neighborhood children, this group focuses on issues that affect their neighborhood. Teenagers of diverse backgrounds gain work experience and awaken their ability to excel. Youth work involves community gardening, an herb garden for Arlington Meals on Wheels and a pumpkin patch from which neighborhood children carve entries in a jack-o-lantern contest.
Artists Upstairs, 2008
Collaborating with a variety of other organizations, Artists Upstairs (ArtUp) brought an exhibit about the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to Pittsburgh. In addition to the exhibition, they included workshops, speakers, and activities at the Children’s Museum.
Begun as an economic revitalization project of the Brownsville Area Revitalization Corporation in 1991, TRCF funds were used to help ArtWorks repair the interior ceiling of its space, after a harsh winter resulted in its collapse. ArtWorks provides arts education for the high-poverty and unemployment area of Brownsville, in Fayette County.
Azania Heritage International, 2002
AHI uses the creative and performing arts, language, history, and education to empower activists for victory over dehumanization and marginalization based on racial, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic, cultural, and religious or non-religious background.
Baldwin High School Multicultural Club, 1994
Students from Baldwin High School established a multicultural club in order to heighten awareness of and sensitivity to issues of diversity within their school.
Battle of Homestead Conference, 1996
TRCF funds were used to provide scholarships for students to attend an interpretive conference at the former Homestead Works site to commemorate the Battle of Homestead, a pivotal point in American labor history.
Beaver County AIDS Service Organization (BCASO), 2002
BCASO’s Project HOPE provides a peer-based HIV/AIDS prevention and education program in Beaver County with special interest in high-risk populations, including minority women, substance abusers and their sexual partners.
Beaver County Unemployed Committee, 1989
Servicing approximately 1,900 dislocated industrial workers, the committee provided information through a hot line and was a source of advocacy initiatives for Beaver County.
Bethel Community Center, 1999
The center provides for the community at large a computer lab with training classes on resume writing and Internet access.
Black & White Men Together, 1995
The Pittsburgh chapter received a grant to publicize Town Meeting ‘95: A Look at Racism in the Lesbigay Community. The meeting used a panel and audience participation format to address topics such as racism and racial harmony.
Black & White Reunion, 2000
This racially diverse group builds bridges between black and white citizens and communities in Western Pennsylvania, bringing together organizations and individuals currently working to counter racism in an ongoing process of collaboration.
Black Political Empowerment Project, 2009
B-PEP utilized funds to supplement and enhance their operational plan, allowing them to expand their voter registration, education, advocacy, and election protection work, both independently and as a participant in coalitions. They also surveyed voters to find out what their experience was like, and their attitudes toward voting, and sponsored or co-sponsored candidate forums. In 2009, they received a Media Justice Initiative grant to implement a program getting students to analyze news coverage, in addition to an annual grant to continue their voter work.
Black Vietnam Era Veterans, 1994
Funded in 1993, BVEV provides housing, employment and health services while requiring participation in personal growth and development programs.
Blacks United Against the War, 2003
TRCF funds went to a teach-in about the political and economic impact of the war in Iraq on the black community. The teach-in also examined the escalation of racial profiling and the growing threats to civil liberties that the war has produced.
Blair Heights Resident Council, 1997
The Blair Heights Resident Council, in Clairton, Pa., works to develop self-esteem, leadership and technology skills with the children of this housing project. Older children serve as teachers to the young in order to build their leadership skills and increase their sense of community.
Book ‘Em, 2009
This group provides special-request books for prisoners, and, with TRCF’s support, produced and published educational booklets for prisoners in Pennsylvania dealing with law, how to start your own business, and how to write grants. In 2009, they used a grant to update their Pennsylvania Action Directory, a 55-page booklet of resources for prisoners and ex-offenders.
Braddock Field Historical Society, 1997
The Choose Right Program for Teenage Girls, a 12-week project for girls ages 12 to 15 from Rankin, North Braddock and Braddock, was designed to provide mentors for the girls to openly discuss problems they face as well as the positive solutions and choices available to them.
Braddock Housing Task Force, 1992
The task force, made up of volunteer community residents, business people and clergy, promotes neighborhood revitalization through its Rehab for Resale program, rehabilitating vacant or tax delinquent homes and selling them to first-time buyers.
Butler County PFLAG, 2010
This new local chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays) began in the fall of 2009. They received a TRCF grant to hold a planning retreat for leadership and chapter members, to strategize on how best to operate.
Carrick HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America), 1998
Carrick HOSA is a local chapter of HOSA, a national student organization that provides leadership development, motivation and recognition to its members while promoting and strengthening health occupation education.
Center for Sacred Partnership, 2001
TRCF funds were used to help finance a public lecture and workshop by Sobonfu Some aimed at decreasing racism, increasing appreciation of cross cultural wisdom and providing black and white women in Pittsburgh a unifying experience that transcends differences.
Central North Side Neighborhood Council, 2007
CNNC used their most recent grant to establish a community dialogue about racism and race relations to provide neighbors an opportunity to talk about race in a safe environment that supports constructive engagement and encourages collaboration and action to address local race-based concerns.
Century Community Association, 2000
TRCF funds were used to expand recreational activities for the growing teen population in Clairton and form a community youth council.
Chain of Hope (COH), 1998
This recreational and vocational center in Wilkinsburg was established by and is still run by mental health consumers. The group produced a 25-minute video addressing mental illness and self-help that has been shown both nationally and internationally, and distributed across Pennsylvania by the Office of Mental Health. A manual developed by COH is being used to establish similar drop-off centers in other parts of the country.
Chatham Baroque (Pittsburgh Early Music Ensemble), 1996
Designed to teach children that conflict is normal and that there are ways to solve it, Chatham Baroque presents its conflict resolution program, interPLAY!, in local elementary schools. The program is a drama in which four musicians, who must cooperate in order to make music, are beset with conflicts related to prejudice and inconsiderate behavior. The students help the musicians define and overcome their problems in order to prepare for a concert.
Christians for a Better Community, 1992
This multi-racial group in Braddock, Pa., is involved in prison and family support and helps ex-offenders to reenter the workplace.
Citizen Power, 1997
TRCF funds were used to hold three educational forums to let Duquesne Light customers understand how electric restructuring (due to the passage of The Electric Generation Customer Choice and Competition Act) would impact their lives.
Citizens’ Budget Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1996
The CBC began a grassroots-based educational program on inequalities in the U.S. economic system and how families and communities are impacted. They hosted Focus on Inequality workshops, based on a model of Boston’s Share the Wealth, using TRCF funds.
Citizens Coal Council, 2007
CCC addresses the environmental and social problems precipitated by the full coal cycle. The cycle includes the mining, processing, and burning of coal, in addition to the dumping of power plant waste. Their goals include halting irresponsible mining practices, strengthening the federal Abandoned Mine Lands program, monitoring power plant waste regulation, and educating the public about what they can do to stop pollution due to all phases of mining.
Citizens for Police Accountability, 2002
TRCF funding helped to protect and expand the effectiveness of the Citizen Police Review Board and develop a community-based response network as well as provide key information on citizens’ rights when they encounter the police.
Citizens Wanting Accessibility, 2003
This Washington County-based organization examines accessibility issues in Washington, Greene, and Fayette counties, and then gives recommendations to the proper officials on how to make the communities more accessible.
Clairton Community Development Corporation, 1991
Founded in 1988, the CDC set up a tool lending library to assist citizens renovating their neighborhoods.
Clean Water Fund, 2007
The fund’s work most often benefits low- and moderate-income people and people of color because their environments are more likely to expose them to toxic chemicals. CWF educates local labor and environmental activists on the relationship between environmental and economic issues, and works to reduce the amount of toxic chemicals used in local industries. CWF also started the Pesticide Safety Organizing Project to reduce pesticide exposure and improve the health of students and teachers, and the Cumulative Impact Project to develop a comprehensive regulation ensuring that no community in Allegheny County is subject to a disproportionate level of health-threatening air pollution.
Coalition of Concerned Citizens, 2006
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens works for voter education, registration, and mobilization of ex-offenders in Allegheny County. They aim to increase ex-offenders’ political and civic involvement by hiring ex-offenders as outreach workers to go into their communities and encourage other ex-offenders to get active in the political process.
Coalition to Establish an Office for People with Disabilities, 2005
This coalition was started to establish a state-level Office for People with Disabilities, to enable persons with disabilities and their families to access services that are available, to improve inadequate programs, and to develop new ones.
Coalition for Healthy Urban Habitat, 2000
The coalition worked on the development and distribution of a cultural/historical map of the Hill District community.
Coalition for United Clairton, 1994
This Mon Valley organization produced a monthly newsletter identifying and publicizing social and community services and activities involving city government and schools. It also hosted informational workshops on gang awareness, anti-gang alternatives and tough-love parenting.
Coalition To Stop Welfare Cuts, 1995
This organization held a conference in Pittsburgh to educate people and encourage those affected by the proposed welfare cuts to understand the issues and become involved in the dialogue surrounding the cuts.
Committee for Appropriate Acknowledgment, 1999
The TRCF grant supported the second free public talk in Pittsburgh advocating for German companies to acknowledge their Nazi-era participation with slave workers, featuring two speakers from Germany.
Committee for Racial Equality, 1999
TRCF funds supported Where Intolerance Ends, a workshop to increase participants’ understanding of the mechanism and effects of intolerance and to increase skills for intervening against intolerance.
Committee to Support the Center for Constitutional Rights, 2004
TRCF funds were used to host a speaking session with Jules Lobel, a Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, as the keynote speaker. Topics discussed included civil rights and liberties education and outreach, the impact of current Supreme Court cases involving civil liberties, human rights, and international law concerns.
Community Media, 2001
TRCF funds were used to help with the production costs of the video documentary “Jonny Gammage: Enough is ENOUGH.” The video addresses issues of police brutality and racial profiling as well as the community-based efforts to resolve conflicts between the criminal justice system and minority and marginal communities.
Compassionate Chaplaincy, 1999
Funding was provided for billboards advertising the availability of compassionate guidance and counseling for the terminally ill.
Concerned Residents of the Yough (CRY), 1993
Instrumental in the formation of the Pennsylvania Environmental Network, which promotes environmental justice through shared resources, this organization was established in 1985 to combat Mill Services, Inc., to which it attributes environmental problems in the community.
Conference on Economic Realities and Economic Development, 1997
The conference brought together local activists at the Community of Reconciliation to explore the possibilities of an inclusive political program for economic and social justice, and to strengthen a new progressive force in the labor movement.
Conflict Resolution Center International, Inc., 2003
CRCI trains peace and community activists, through interactive seminars, in how to deal with people who hold contrary views, whether they be people on the street, family, or work-mates.
Conroy Music Association (CMA), 1998
CMA is dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and community building for people with mental retardation. In 1998, mentally challenged choral students traveled to and participated in an interactive theatrical performance of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Conscience Pittsburgh, 2003
This area group supports any individual, who by an act of conscience, objects to personally participating in combat activities of our nation’s military forces. They do this through counseling, legal support, organizing public solidarity with the objectors, outreach, and educational activities on the alternatives to war and military participation.
Consumer Health Coalition, 2010
In 2009, the CHC instituted the program “Living Together is an Art,” to foster empowerment and learning for people with disabilities, as well as to advance public dialogue via the arts about disability rights. In 2010, they received funding to host a cross-disability conference, with sessions on health, advocacy, employment, transitions, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Council of American Islamic Relations – Pittsburgh, 2008
Media Justice Initiative funds went to implementing a comprehensive program encompassing workshops on racial and ethnic phobias in America and the constitutional rights of both media and citizens; a toolkit to enable responses to media attacks; and the production of a DVD and study guide by Muslim youth to be used in educational facilities.
Cross-Cultural Service Learning Center, 1996
This organization at California University of Pennsylvania brought Native American activist and actor Russell Means to southwestern Pennsylvania to discuss government policy, poverty, race relations and community organizing. The TRCF grant reduced ticket prices, benefiting students and local organizers.
Cross Current, 1999
TRCF helped to subsidize free performances by Cross Current at strikes, rallies and/or benefits of other social and economic justice organizations.
Cultural Awareness Project (CAP), 1996
Two local churches, the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, a predominantly European congregation, and St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, have initiated this project to address persistent racial divisions within the local community.
Diversity Project with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 1997
This project fosters dialogue and community among all sexual orientations. A community-wide day-long educational seminar was its first venture, and included four workshops on topics related to forming community among diverse gender minority groups. The TRCF grant supported the purchase of a computer to organize contact information.
Dorothy Day Parenting Program, 1995
Dorothy Day Apartments, a facility that provides housing and support for single parents, hosted summer math and science classes for children ages 5 through 12 in the Lincoln-Lemington community. While children were engaged in the learning activities, parents attended bi-monthly classes on subjects such as discipline vs. punishment, child development, nutrition and nurturing.
Dreams of Hope, 2009
Dreams of Hope is the first lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and allies youth performing arts group. All performance material is taken from the youth’s life experiences and are written and performed by the youth. Each show is followed by a candid question and answer period with the audience.
East Liberty Arts Council, 2002
TRCF funds were used to create the East Liberty ArtPark, a place where children can develop their imaginations, in a misused piece of city land.
East Liberty Concerned Citizens, 1992
This organization of primarily African American individuals and church groups was founded in 1983 to improve the availability of low-income housing and to combat community deterioration and crime in East Liberty.
East Liberty Park Summer Youth Program, 1995
TRCF supported the Summer Youth Baseball League for children from East Liberty Park Public Housing. Parents, grandparents and volunteers served as coaches and staff, providing family-oriented, positive activities that build self-confidence, leadership, motivation and teamwork.
Enough IS ENOUGH Project, Thomas Merton Center, 2006
The video documentary, “Enough IS ENOUGH: The Death of Jonny Gammage,” uses as its framework the incident in which Gammage was killed during a “routine” traffic stop. It examines issues of racial profiling, police misuse of force, and criminal justice, and offers examples of grassroots activism and constructive solutions. TRCF funding was used to help distribute the video, including submitting it to film festivals and planning local screenings.
Fair Housing Partnership Greater Pittsburgh, 2007
Seeking to eliminate housing discrimination in Pittsburgh since 1975, FHP has promoted fair housing through collaborative undertakings in education, research, legislative reform and community involvement.
Family Growth Center, 1997
Using a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant, members of the Family Growth Center were able to attend the National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution at Duquesne University. Both young people and adults attended workshops and planned to use the information and skills to enhance the work of their North Side neighborhood organization.
Fayette County Complete Count Committee, 2000
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant helped underwrite a strategic planning meeting to outline a complete approach for a full census count for 2010.
Federated America Coalition of Tenants, 1994
This group received a grant to host a regional conference with officials from Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Representatives from 10 local housing communities discussed the impending end to Section 8 vouchers, due to federal time limitations. The Community Technical Assistance Center helped organize the event.
Finding Out: Creative Arts Empowerment for Women Offenders, 1997
This project encouraged female offenders to explore and share their personal life stories through performance art and written journals that were used as tools for problem solving and life planning.
Fineview Citizens Council, 1998
This grassroots, community-based, North Side group promoted a Greenway Project to restore and retain green space in the community.
Free Ride!, 2006
Free Ride! hosts a Youth Earn-A-Bike Program, a 12-hour course in which young people (ages 10-16) learn bike repair, maintenance, and safety, as well as basic principles of environmental sustainability. Each youth chooses a bicycle to learn to repair, and ultimately keep. Funding helped this group develop and strengthen partnerships with local youth organizations and to expand the environmental curriculum of the program.
Friends of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest, 2008
FPUF used its grant to implement programming in Homewood that empowered and engaged residents to increase tree canopy cover and improve the health of existing trees so that the community could experience the full benefits that trees provide.
Friends of the Riverfront, 1995
This group brought together youth from two similar at-risk urban neighborhoods, Central North Side and Rosedale Block Cluster, which have been historically conflicted. The three-month Trail Care project allowed the youth to participate in a program that educated them on environmental issues, provided employment opportunities and created a sense of ownership of the riverfront.
G-20 Media Support Team, 2009
Formed to be an information clearinghouse and media center for supporting dissent around the Group of 20 Economic Summit, held in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009. Funds were used to create media packets, a hub website for all groups to publish media, press materials, and a banner for use at press conferences.
G-6 Billion, 2009
An interfaith group organized to represent the rest of the world not at the Group of 20 Economic Summit’s table, for their march and call for peace at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and an interfaith prayer vigil at St. Mary’s of the Mount on Mount Washington to mark the UN International Day of Peace.
Gang Peace Council of Western Pennsylvania (GPC), 1993
GPC representative Khalid Raheem attended the Urban Peace Summit in Kansas City, Mo., that dealt with gang activities, and reported on its impact on local communities.
Garfield Community Farm, 2010
The Garfield Community Farm used Special Opportunity Grant funds to construct a hoop house (an inexpensive greenhouse), which extended their growing season by almost four months. They also received an annual grant to support their internship program, providing jobs for residents in this blighted neighborhood. In 2010, using TRCF funds, they instituted a CSA (community-supported agriculture) program, providing low-cost fresh vegetables and fruit to the residents of Garfield.
Garfield Rowhouse Tenants, 1991
Located in the East End of Pittsburgh, the association is an advocate for public housing tenants’ rights.
Gateway Senior High School, Service Program, 2000
United We Stand … A MUST Multicultural Program was developed by the Gateway Service Program to provide a safe, comfortable forum for high school students to share and learn about multicultural issues. The student workshop facilitators have presented the program to students in area schools and won the Louis Caplan Human Relations Award in 1996.
Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Pittsburgh, 2010
Established in 1984 to facilitate the development of individual and community resources to meet the needs of sexual minorities, the center serves as an information resource and a secure, drug-free meeting space. In 2001, they used a TRCF grant to increase the center’s ability to reach out to and communicate with disabled members of the LGBT community with the purchase of a TeleTypewriter and the creation and distribution of audiocassettes of the center’s newsletter and other community publications. In 2010, noting an increase in the number of aging people who identify as LGBT, they conducted an aging study to address any problems and seize any opportunities that will be seen from this emerging social problem.
Gay and Lesbian Neighborhood Development Association (GLENDA), 2002
GLENDA organizes LGBT members to participate as volunteers with other organizations in the community through its Partnering Projects, bringing people together and altering anti-gay attitudes through cooperative interaction.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, Pittsburgh, 2010
GLSEN develops and purchases educational materials for workshops that make schools safe and inclusive environments for all students. Both teachers and students go to their workshops, where they learn about the negative effects of stereotyping, bullying, and name-calling. GLSEN also is implementing the “Safe and Respectful Schools Project,” which will be a series of region-wide programs that prevent discrimination, harassment, and violence against children perceived to be different by their peers. In 2009, GLSEN held the first Unified for Youth (U4Y) Conference, a weekend-long event consisting of workshops and discussions on LGBT issues, supported by a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant. It was so successful that, in 2010, they received a TRCF annual grant to expand the U4Y Conference.
Gay-Straight Alliance, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
TRCF provided funds to bring in Daniel Roberts, from MTV’s “The Real World – New Orleans” and a LGBT icon, to be a keynote speaker during National Coming Out Week.
Given Wings, 1992
This organization of people with disabilities and their parents works toward innovative independent housing and support services for the disabled.
Global Connections, 2002
Global Connections used TRCF funds to build a membership-based coalition of organizations and individuals working for progressive change in America’s relationship to the developing world.
Good Little Girls Zine, 2002
TRCF provided funds for production costs to the independent women’s- and gender-issues magazine.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, 1997
As an advocate for grandparents who are rearing their grandchildren, GRG works to keep grandparents informed and be a voice to state and federal agencies on relevant issues.
Greater Pittsburgh Alliance of Black School Educators, 2004
This organization hosted a Fall Forum, consisting of workshops and a keynote speaker, to provide information to all individuals interested in the achievement of African American students. They also provided materials and programs for parents to become more informed decision-makers for their children.
Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership, 2007
Funds went towards the continuation of GPNP’s Voter Engagement Initiative. The VEI continued via support for pilot participants to build the “supervoter” population and to expand the program by offering it to more members.
Greater Pittsburgh Student Voices, 2006
GPSV used their funds to enhance their voter outreach and education drives through more emphasis on high school registration events and a voter education-focused Civics Fair, where students will compete with peer education, service-learning, and media production projects relating to voting issues. The Civics Fair has become an annual event. They have a network of over 100 teachers and 43 high schools, and have existing collaborations with 10 organizations and offices.
Green Millennium Children’s Garden, 2003
Begun in 1999, the GMCG is a place for children from primarily economically disadvantaged families to put their energy to work. The garden provides a green space for youth to connect with the earth through gardening, and learn about ecology, nutrition, and art.
Greene County Arts Council, 1995
Greene County at-risk children were sponsored to attend the Greene County Arts Council Summer Arts Kids Kamp. Scholarships and busing were provided for youth who would have been excluded because of poor socio-economic conditions and driving distance.
Greene County Network for Kids with Special Needs, 2003
Funds from TRCF were used to organize, present, and purchase equipment for an interactive disabilities fair to be brought into schools to sensitize students and educators about people with disabilities.
Group Against Smog and Pollution, 2008
This group implemented a Diesel Education and Monitoring Project in the East End of Pittsburgh. Local activists were trained on how to measure air pollution levels and to report them to the proper authorities. They also took Allegheny County residents to an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on proposed changes that would weaken the current standards for soot in the air. In 2008, their grant implemented the Pollution Patrol team, made up of residents of Allegheny County who were educated on various air quality issues and trained in using air monitoring equipment, enabling them to be powerful advocates in their communities.
Growth Through Energy and Community Health (GTECH) Strategies, 2009
GTECH Strategies used its funds to implement a series of lessons at after-school programs to teach youth about environmental and social issues surrounding vacant lots, while allowing them to explore solutions as a way to empower them in their own communities.
Haiti Solidarity Committee, 1996
This project links St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Wilmerding with a parish in Haiti, providing an opportunity for the Wilmerding community to address and overcome racial prejudices and become more aware of economic injustice in developing countries.
Hamnett Place Neighborhood Association, 2001
The group is working to organize and build membership in order to serve as a catalyst for community development within Wilkinsburg. Plans include a community picnic and neighborhood cleanup day as well as the publication of a newsletter.
Harambee, Pittsburgh, 1991
This Black Arts Festival, held annually in Homewood, Pa., since 1984, is the largest such festival in the tri-state area. TRCF funded a mural art project to involve students and artists in the community.
Health Care for All, 1994
Formed in 1992, HCFA is a citizen-based educational and advocacy organization which proposes a health care system based on universal access, comprehensive benefits, enforceable and effective cost-control measures, and removal of financial barriers to care. The TRCF award was part of the project’s effort to secure a $10,000 grant from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which required a local match of $3,500.
HEArt-Human Equity Through Art, 1997
HEArt promotes the role of artists as human rights activists, encourages artistic expressions that address racial, gender, sexual and other forms of discrimination, and seeks public recognition of the relevance of art as a vehicle for social reform. The group also publishes HEArt Quarterly, a journal of literature, visual arts and reviews.
Hi-View Gardens Tenant Council, 1999
TRCF helped to send tenant council officers to the National Alliance of HUD Tenants Conference and to repair the “tot lot,” a source of children’s injuries at Hi-View Gardens.
Holocaust Education Project: Born to Remember, 2002
This interactive program goes into schools to educate teens about the Holocaust and encourage them to use the past to positively influence the decisions they make today.
Homewood North Tenant Council, 2000
TRCF provided funding for a Summer Community Day of information and networking about tenants’ rights to safe, decent and affordable housing.
Human Rights Coalition, Fed Up! Chapter, 2008
Funds helped stage a showing of Hurricane Season, a production of Climbing PoeTree, exploring critical issues facing humanity during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
Hunger Services Network, 1989
The network was the central coordinating agency for all food pantries in the region. As part of its educational efforts, the network developed a videotape on using the federal food stamp program.
I Dream a World: African American History through Poetry, 1992
Launched in March 1991, I Dream a World raises cultural awareness of low-income, African American youth through poetry performance and creative expression workshops on African American history.
In Sisterhood: The Women’s Movement in Pittsburgh, 2009
In Sisterhood recorded 20 stories on video, in addition to collecting photos and memorabilia, of activists, primarily lesbians, about their involvement in advancing women’s rights in the Pittsburgh region.
Increasing College/Community Monies (ICCM), 2000
Formed in 1991 to help a college student, the organization has grown to include a diversity program to encourage youth community participation and enrichment. A mock African American wedding, which originated in Monessen, will be replicated throughout the area in order to revive knowledge of and pride in ancient rituals among southwestern Pennsylvania communities.
Industrial Workers of the World, IU 450, 2001
TRCF provided funding for the construction of street puppets to be used in demonstrations on various issues, such as segregation, education, and sweatshops.
Innocence Institute at Point Park University, 2008
The Innocence Institute used its Media Justice Initiative funds to bring attention to the issue of life-without-parole sentences for juvenile offenders.
Institute of Black Cultural Studies (IBCS), 1992
This community-based educational institution operates an after-school and Saturday program on the life circumstances, achievements and failures experienced by the African American from their African beginnings to the origins of slavery, emancipation and urbanization. IBCS seeks to increase cultural awareness and respect for ethnic diversity, and provide positive role models for African American youth.
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, 2010
The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, working in conjunction with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, used a TRCF grant to develop a youth-led community project of creating a 15-minute video. This video aimed at conquering the social biases surrounding Muslim Americans, and creating positive self-images for Muslim youth.
Jobs with Peace Campaign of Western Pennsylvania, 1992
This organization educated citizens about the relationship between military spending and reduced funding for local housing. Jobs with Peace trained low- and moderate-income people to address the critical needs of their community. Through its Leadership Empowerment Project, the organization helped develop leadership and community-organizing skills among low-income African Americans.
Just Harvest Education Fund, 2009
Just Harvest has worked since 1986 to educate the community about the links between hunger and public policy and to give people the tools needed to take action against hunger. Projects funded by TRCF include educating communities on refocusing city budget priorities, teaching high school students about participating in local government, training low-income women to be community leaders, documenting the extent of childhood hunger, working on low-income voter education and registration, and assisting grassroots organizations in becoming reliable, credible, and effective spokespersons to news media outlets.
K’vetsh Pittsburgh, 2004
K’vetsh used TRCF funds to cover the expenses for their monthly “all-queer, all-gender open mic cabaret” at Modern Formations Gallery in Garfield. The cabaret consists of two queer-identified artists who perform through music, video, visual art, performance art, and writing, in addition to audience participation.
Latin American Cultural Union, 1999
Local Hispanic youth explored their cultural identity through the building of a “retablo.” Those involved in the project planned, designed and implemented the content and shape of the retablo around the theme Past, Present & Future: Journey of Hispanics in Pittsburgh.
Latin American Radio Magazine, 1996
The Latin American Radio Magazine broadcasts a weekly program for members of the Hispanic community and those interested in Latin American issues. Airing on WRCT, 88.3 FM, Carnegie Mellon University radio station, the magazine is used as a channel for communication and community building among Hispanics and with the rest of the community.
Lawrenceville United, 2005
TRCF provided operating support to this neighborhood group to continue their work educating the residents of the three wards of Lawrenceville in different cultures and lifestyles so they can all coexist peacefully.
League of Women Voters in Westmoreland County, 2002
The LWV in Westmoreland County worked to build strong coalitions to empower neglected, disenfranchised populations. They targeted three main populations: individuals with developmental disabilities, aging individuals, and students who would be soon voting for the first time.
League of Young Voters Education Fund, 2007
The League of Young Voters utilized its funding to enhance their all-encompassing voter engagement strategy, including registration, education, mobilization, and election protection. Their most recent grant used funds to create promotional materials and to send outreach workers to the Allegheny County Jail and targeted communities. The materials helped potential voters learn about judicial candidates and raise their awareness of social justice issues.
Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alliance (LABiAT), 1999
TRCF funds helped to bring Leslie Feinberg to speak at Chatham College on March 31, 1999, in honor of the National Transgender Awareness Week and Women’s History Month. In 1997, the Alliance provided transportation to young people from diverse communities for the visit of D.C. Representative Sabrina Sojourner, speaker for the program ABC’s of Diversity.
Let Our Voices Be Heard, 2010
LOVBH is a cross-disability grassroots advocacy project, housed under Mental Health America – Allegheny County. They make certain that people who use disability services are at the table to shape public policy, in addition to ensuring that democracy is available to all. They received a TRCF grant to implement a voter engagement project, aiming to increase voter and civic participation among members of the disability community.
LinkTAfric is dedicated to enhancing educational and career aspirations of inner city youth through their stockbroker training project, which includes a visit to the New York Stock Exchange.
Manchester Youth Development, 1996
This group used TRCF funds to reach out to at-risk youth the Homestead area.
March for Jobs, 2009
Bail Out the People organized a March for Jobs during the Group of 20 Economic Summit, held in Pittsburgh September 24-25, 2009. This grant funded community outreach work to citizens in the Hill District.
Marilyn G. Rabb (MGR) Foundation, 2009
The MGR Foundation used its funds to hold a city-wide Peace Rally, bringing together students, working with artists of varying media, to express their thoughts, feelings, and visions about violence. This project encouraged students to be activists for change and agents of peace.
Mary Miller Dance Company, 1999
TRCF funds helped to subsidize free tickets to “Peace 2001, A Journey into the Millennium, Year Four: Education,” addressing the lack of education as a barrier to achieving a peaceful world. Tickets were distributed through peace and progressive organizations sponsoring the project.
Meade Educultural Consultants, 1998
Based in Aliquippa, the group seeks to encourage community participation in clean-up and beautification efforts. The group also promotes youth participation through its Summer Youth Educational Program.
Mennonite Urban Corps – Pittsburgh, 2001
TRCF funding supplements the operational support of a Mennonite Urban Corps participant who has a six-month placement with the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers. Her focus at UE is on progressive public policy, labor rights and international affairs.
Metro Family Practice, 2000
TRCF provided funds for a pilot study on the high infant mortality rate in Wilkinsburg. This practice provides family and woman-centered maternity care to low-income women of Wilkinsburg in a safe and respectful environment.
Middle East Peace Forum of Pittsburgh, 2007
The MEPF focuses on the recognition of the humanity of all peoples in the Middle East and on awareness of the possibility of peace. Events include public discussions, films, and workshops, with a particular focus on introducing change through personal experiences. Building on the success of their 2006 programs, their 2007 grant was used on event costs throughout the year.
Midtown Plaza Resident Council, 2001
The council offers seminars on HUD rules and regulations and prints an information booklet on housing issues for the complex’s residents.
Mission: Possible, 1994
Mission: Possible received a TRCF grant to support an after-school tutoring program in the Garfield section of Pittsburgh for at-risk children ages 6 to 12. The group also focuses on leadership development for young African American males ages 13 and older. The group serves area low income youth, male and female, of which 99 percent are African American.
Mon Valley Media, Inc., 2005
TRCF funds were most recently used to produce an hour-long documentary entitled “Death Watch,” about innocent people serving time on death row in Pennsylvania.
Mon Valley Unemployed Committee, 1995
Low-income residents of southwestern Pennsylvania traveled to Harrisburg with this committee to learn of proposed changes in the welfare system. Workshops educated community members on how to form coalitions that address the proposed cuts.
Monroeville Race Unity Forum, 1997
This forum teaches community leaders how to develop consensus on barriers to racial unity. The TRCF grant enabled the group to purchase nine family-targeted video programs about differences and commonalities and train four community facilitators. Another grant supported the publication of its newsletter, Race Unity News.
Mountain Watershed Association, 2007
MWA used their grant to engage the public, raise awareness, and build enough power to bring about a change in public policy with regard to a relatively unknown component of the coal cycle, coalbed methane extraction (CBM). The frequency of this activity has recently exploded in southwestern Pennsylvania. This project worked to inform the public of their rights regarding this activity, and have them speak out about it to local policy makers.
Museum of the Quest for Social Justice, 1997
To publicize the history of the struggle for social justice, the museum is developing a traveling exhibit. “The Quest for Social Justice: Struggles to Achieve the American Value of Liberty and Justice for All” consists of 29 panels depicting landmark events of social justice throughout the 20th century.
NARAL-PA Foundation, Western Pennsylvania Campaign, 2004
TRCF provided funds to help increase Western Pennsylvania constituent involvement in the pro-choice movement through campus organizing, the Campaign for Contraceptive Coverage, the TORCH (Teens Organizing for Reproductive CHoice) program, the crisis pregnancy initiative, and coalition efforts.
Neighborhood Collaborative Against Racism, 2001
As the kick-off of Neighborhood Collaborative Against Racism, the Thomas Merton Center held an intensive workshop, Undoing Racism Training, at Bloomfield-Garfield Community Center. Ron Chisom, co-founder of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, led the workshop.
Network of Neighbors United, 1999
This newly formed organization of concerned citizens in Jenner Township was created to oppose the growing presence of hate groups in the community. The TRCF grant supported operating expenses.
New Palisades Plaza Tenants Council, 1998
This newly formed tenants council in Rankin, Pa., encourages tenants to educate themselves and play an active role in public policy debates related to low-income housing.
New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, 2009
NVP is the only human rights and social justice activist organization for, led by, and about women of color in the greater Pittsburgh area. They build progressive young women of color into political activists and community leaders. NVP used its grant for operating support to develop a sustainable local organization and movement for reproductive justice.
North Hills Affordable Housing, 1995
NHAH works as advocates for low-income single female heads of household to address the need for safe, affordable housing. TRCF funding helped to sponsor a town meeting to raise awareness of housing needs in the Northern Pittsburgh communities.
North Side’s Own, 1997
For the 100 women of North Side’s Own, this home-based sewing cooperative represented an avenue out of poverty. Determined to leave the public assistance rolls, these women used a TRCF grant to survey and identify markets for their proposed products, including upscale children’s clothing and a variety of basic textile goods. After training in sewing skills, self-development and business management, the members planned to establish home-based sewing centers in their North Side neighborhood.
Northside Coalition for Fair Housing, 2003
NCFH represents the residents of Northside Properties, a 333-unit, scattered site, HUD-assisted housing project. NCFH was organized in June 1998 in response to the potential displacement of more than 300 families due to changes in HUD Section 8 policies.
Oakcliffe Housing Club, 1995
Using the renovation of a community park as a tool to unify its community, the Oakcliffe Housing Club will continue its efforts to reverse neighborhood decline in housing stock and rejuvenate a spirit of neighborhood.
Overbrook Community Council, 1995
In order to make their community a better place to live, the OCC is working with a teen council to establish a community newspaper, offer programs and assistance to residents of nursing homes and study environmental contaminants in four local creeks.
Palestine Solidarity Committee, 2005
This organization used TRCF funds to host a Palestinian Film Festival featuring documentaries, shorts, and films giving the Palestinian story, all followed by facilitated discussions.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), 2000
PFLAG Pittsburgh provides education and support for parents, families and friends of lesbians and gays. TRCF helped fund a brochure that outlined the services offered by PFLAG and was distributed to churches, social workers, educators and school counselors. For the 2000 grant and in collaboration with Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educator’s Network (GLSEN) and teachers, PFLAG developed the Safe Schools Project to ensure that students K-12 (and teachers) have access to a non-threatening learning environment. PFLAG and GLSEN provide the training and educational materials.
Park Hill Apartments Resident Council, 1997
Many of the nearly 100 families represented by the Park Hill Apartments Resident Council are young, lack skills and have small children. The council used a summer drill team to counter the violent environment of their children and to raise funds for the organization.
Partnership for Minority HIV/AIDS Prevention, 2002
The partnership is a “member organization that provides comprehensive, culturally based HIV/AIDS prevention and education services in eight predominantly African-American communities in the city of Pittsburgh.”
Passageway to Hope Duquesne Coalition, 1997
TRCF funds were used to open a “Collaborative Community Office,” where programs and/or organizations without a site could meet, store materials, and plan activities.
Peace Postures for Children, 1997
With the help of TRCF’s Carol Sharon Endowment, Peace Postures for Children taught a curriculum at East Hills School that integrates themes of self-identity, community, conflict resolution, peace-making and heroism with structured arts learning. Second- and third-graders created their own peaceful world through hands-on artistic exploration, culminating in a performance art production.
Pennley Park Tenant Council, 1997
TRCF funded a project to bridge the division at Pennley Park between existing management, proposed new management of the Pennley Park Tenant Council and the tenants. The new council and its newsletter serve as the voice of residents as they deal with construction and relocation.
Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy, 2008
The PCWPPP, in collaboration with New Voices Pittsburgh: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, launched the Voice Your Vote campaign to cultivate the habits of citizenship and enhance leadership skills among young women. They identified, cultivated, and placed young women in community-based internships so they could gain experience during the campaign season and build their real-world political knowledge.
Pennsylvania Peace Links, 1995
Using middle and high school students as puppeteers, Pennsylvania Peace Links brought the message of conflict resolution to area pre-school and elementary schools. The puppet show was based on “The Tree House,” a donated story written by Lois Lowry.
Pennsylvania Prison Society, Allegheny County Chapter, 2000
TRCF funds helped to update the Help! I’m Free! Guide, a listing of agencies and services directed to ex-offenders returning to the community, which includes housing, job search, counseling services, health care and legal services.
Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, 2010
By partnering with the Clarence Darrow Foundation, PADP used a TRCF grant to bring a unique and inspirational theater and education project to the Pittsburgh Community. The play integrated arts with community organizing to help attract, education, and recruit new members to the anti-death penalty movement.
People Against Police Violence, 2004
This organization hosts marches, speakouts, public meetings, and letter-writing campaigns to let the public know about police violence. TRCF funds helped them produce fact sheets and purchase supplies for marches.
People for the American Way Foundation, 2007
The PFAWF used its funding for its Western Pennsylvania Democracy Campaign, aiming to increase civic participation in the region’s African-American, Hispanic, and other disenfranchised communities in addition to building public awareness and engagement about the need for a fair and working election system.
People for a Better Community, 2001
TRCF funding is for speakers from other self-advocacy groups to help members in furthering the group’s mission to eliminate negative stereotypes and discrimination against people who have been labeled mentally retarded.
People’s Voices, 2009
Organized primarily by United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, the Institute for Policy Studies, and The Nation magazine, People’s Voices events, held during the Group of 20 Economic Summit (September 24-25), included panel discussions, public conversations, and a public tribunal, which charged the G-20 with violating all 33 parts of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
The Peoples’ Summit, 2009
This multi-day conference held right before the Group of 20 Economic Summit (September 24-25, 2009) was created by a broad partnership of educators and social justice groups, and featured panels, speakers, and workshops on a wide range of issues (poverty, racism, war, environment, human rights, activism, etc.).
Persad Center, 2009
Persad used its grant to build its After School Program for LGBT youth, who acquired negotiation skills and received leadership training, which will empower a new generation of community activists.
Phyllis Wheatley Literary Society, 1998
This organization provides career/motivational workshops for junior and senior high school students.
Pitt Campus Women’s Organization, 2000
TRCF helped to fund a delegation of 45 campus women to participate at the Feminist’s Expo 2000 in Baltimore, March 31-April 2, 2000.
Pittsburgh American Indian Center (PAIC), 1994
PAIC is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Native American and to helping all people discover their great heritage. With a TRCF grant, PAIC sponsored a communal cultural event for native and non-native people featuring native dance, folklore, spiritual awareness, native foods and speakers on the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.
Pittsburgh Anti-Sweatshop Community Alliance, 2009
PASCA used TRCF funding to create educational materials to be used at workshops and events surrounding the 2006 All Star Game at PNC Park. They passed out the information to spectators, informing them of the conditions in sweatshops that are used to produce Major League Baseball items, and encouraging them to request the Pittsburgh Pirates to put pressure on MLB to end the use of sweatshops. In 2009, they received a Special Opportunities Grant to host meetings with local city and university personnel to discuss sweatshop issues, including ways to phase out the purchase of sweatshop-made materials.
Pittsburgh, Beijing & Beyond, 1995
Using TRCF funds, Pittsburgh, Beijing ‘95 & Beyond continued to educate and increase public awareness of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women and developed a Platform of Action for Pittsburgh in conjunction with a network of women’s and other organizations.
Pittsburgh Bill of Rights Defense Campaign, 2003
This group is working towards repealing all or portions of the USA PATRIOT Act. A two-part project, they intend to first persuade Pittsburgh City Council to pass a resolution against the Act, and then to do a public education campaign about the Act and what it entails.
Pittsburgh Campaign for Democracy Now, 2003
This group is working towards getting the daily radio program called “Democracy Now,” hosted by Amy Goodman, to be carried on a Pittsburgh radio station.
Pittsburgh Campaign for a New Tomorrow, 1995
This organization took a delegation of working-class and low-income people to New York for the May 6 National Day of Protest Rally aimed at educating people on the implications of the Contract with America.
Pittsburgh Cares, 2008
Pittsburgh Cares launched the Pittsburgh Young Leaders Academy with their grant. PYLA is designed to build bridges across the region between high school youth from suburban, urban, and rural communities while empowering them to take action in areas where they want to see change. PYLA equips youth with the training necessary to problem solve, speak out, and motivate and lead others into action.
Pittsburgh Coalition to Counter Hate Groups, 2002
Formed in 1979 to counter KKK recruitment in the Pittsburgh area, the coalition provides technical assistance to communities experiencing hate activities, trains citizens in victim assistance work, provides educational programs and works in cooperation with police and other law enforcement entities. TRCF funds were used to print the “Stop the Hate” resource guide.
Pittsburgh Committee for Black Radical Congress, 2003
Funding went to host a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day program on the Black Farmer in America. Speakers also touched on topics such as reparations, political prisoners, and prisoners of war.
Pittsburgh Committee for Comprehensive Peace in the Middle East, 1991
This group went to Washington, D.C., to urge a peaceful solution to the Persian Gulf Crisis.
Pittsburgh Darfur Emergency Coalition, 2006
PDEC brought in Capt. Brian Steidle with a TRCF Special Opportunity Grant, so he could speak at the University of Pittsburgh on the atrocities he witnessed while in Darfur, Sudan. He also was available to meet with student leaders of Darfur coalitions started at many local high schools, to discuss what more students could do to help stop the genocide.
Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival, 2009
The Pittsburgh Dragon Boat Festival’s mission is to highlight the Asian cultures in the Pittsburgh region and to promote intellectual understanding between the East and the West in a fun way. They used Special Opportunity Grant funds to help with costs associated with moving the festival from September to May, to correspond with Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
Pittsburgh Healing Weekend, 2001
The weekend features the latest information on HIV/AIDS treatment and resources, and provides a time for networking and connecting with others affected by HIV/AIDS.
Pittsburgh Independent Media Center/Rustbelt Radio, 2009
PIMC used its funds to expand their community outreach and trainings to new community organizers, with the goal of producing independent, news radio reports on local and global issues of concern for residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area. They also used part of their funds to have a web-based stream going 24/7 during the G-20 summit and surrounding activities.
Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network, 2001
Members of PIIN, a faith-based community organization created to undertake community organizing and issue advocacy, are attending leadership training to acquire the skills and theory to become effective in community organizing.
Pittsburgh International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, 2004
The PILGFF provides a cultural event in the tri-state region designed to support LGBT artists and a needed cultural outlet for the LGBT community. TRCF funds were used to cover the expenses for the Festival’s youth program, Reel Queer (RQ), which introduces youth to cinema arts in a safe drug- and alcohol-free environment.
Pittsburgh Labor Action Network (PLANTA), 1999
TRCF grants helped support the Sweatshop Education Project to educate and activate teachers and students in Pittsburgh-area schools on sweatshop and child labor issues. Foundation funding also helped to support distribution of a newsletter highlighting labor rights violations and fostering cross-border organizing efforts in the area.
Pittsburgh Mediation Center, 2006
The center teaches skills for resolving conflicts, enabling people to use those skills in their regular interactions with other individuals or groups. TRCF grants have gone to train low-income people as community mediators, and to train local youth in peer mediation skills to reduce violence in low-income and minority communities.
Pittsburgh Peace Institute, 1997
The institute served as an educational resource on nonviolent conflict resolution and disarmament, as well as role model appreciation and sensitivity to cultural diversity. A handbook funded in part by a TRCF grant focused on helping adults understand and reinforce the principles of nonviolence.
Pittsburgh People’s Quincentennial, 1991
This project educated residents about the violence of the European colonization of this hemisphere and the long-lasting negative effects of racism on Native Americans.
Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 2005
The Pittsburgh Pride Theater Festival showcased locally written and produced one-act plays with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender themes. It drew gay and straight participants, across races, in the local theater community, and coincided with PrideFest.
Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library, 1998
TRCF supported a multicultural outreach project by the PTLL. The goal was a more diverse experience for children who play at PTLL and the adults who supervise them.
Pittsburgh Transportation Equity Project, 2005
TRCF funds were used to support stipends for two high-school student interns with PTEP. Through training, they became Youth Organizers for the Transit Riders Union Evolving (TRUE), and initiated contact with various community organizations and orchestrated a voter registration drive.
Pittsburgh Transsexual Support Group, 2005
Funds were used to host a day-long conference on transgender issues, and to hold the Pittsburgh Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony.
Pittsburgh United, 2007
Pittsburgh United is dedicated to ensuring that development brings benefits to neighborhoods. The funds received allowed them to include voter registration and engagement to their ongoing grassroots organizing. Activities included door-to-door canvassing, mass meetings, phone banking, and collaborations.
Presbyterians for Lesbian and Gay Concerns, 1994
The organization used a 1994 grant to establish a speakers bureau for congregations interested in exploring the issue of sexuality and the church. These programs attempted to enlighten the minds of participants to eventually change the policy of the church to one of full inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered persons.
Prevention Point Pittsburgh, 2005
This outreach project provides community education and advocacy around needle exchange programs, including informational hearings before the Board of Health and Pittsburgh City Council. They provide injection equipment to area injection drug users in order to reduce the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases. They also run the Overdose Prevention Project, instructing individuals on how to recognize and treat drug overdoses.
Project for Economic Renewal of Communities, 1989
This project was a joint effort of the Morgan Public Housing Project Tenants Council, the Steel Heritage Task Force, the Braddock Housing Task Force and the Rainbow Kitchen for the development of several community activities.
Project Rediscovery-North Side, 1996
This after-school tutoring and counseling program for Manchester elementary school children includes a cultural enrichment element in its program.
QED Accountability Project, 1993
This project rallied people in southwestern Pennsylvania to join in a nationwide effort to force public broadcasting stations to be more responsive to local programming needs. Representatives succeeded in sitting on QED committees and making recommendations with regard to board composition, committee structure and programming.
Rachel Carson Homestead Association, 2002
Working in conjunction with the International Union of Painters and Related Trades DC57, the RCHA used funds to change the perception among workers and residents of the Allegheny River Valley that environmental concerns and labor issues are in conflict. They presented posters, flyers, and brochures to union members, other workers, and high school students.
Rainbow Alliance, 2003
This University of Pittsburgh group is working to get the University to offer same-sex benefits to their employees, in addition to providing general resources on LGBT issues to the University population.
Rainbow Health Center (Rainbow Clinic), 1991
Established in 1989 as a project of Rainbow Kitchen-Access to Health Care Project, this free health center in Homewood, Pa., offers physical exams, lab tests, routine screenings and preventive health care as well as educational health programs. A TRCF grant brought community residents, physicians and nurses together to develop and produce a Community Women’s Health Handbook.
Rainbow Rising, 2008
Working with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Smithton, Rainbow Rising provides a bi-monthly Coffee House for the LGBT community, consisting of entertainment and a forum for discussion. Their 2008 grant went towards marketing efforts to build community awareness of their programs.
Rankin Community Development Corporation, 1992
This organization was begun in 1989 to focus on housing development and to educate the community on economic development possibilities for the area.
Red Road, Inc., 1997
TRCF provided funding for a conference in southwestern Pennsylvania with a goal of building a coalition of American Indians and non-Indians to promote social justice. Issues on the agenda included child welfare and American Indian education, the environment, substance abuse and treatment, treaty rights and sovereignty, poverty and self-sufficiency, and preservation of culture and spiritual practices.
Regional Coalition of Community Builders, 2004
TRCF funds were used to underwrite the costs of 10 grassroots individuals to attend conferences on topics such as building leadership, alliances, stronger organizations, inclusive communities, and connecting communities to waterways.
Renaissance City Choirs/Pittsburgh Gay Chorus, Inc., 2006
Working collaboratively with African American artists and community leaders, the choirs will explore African traditions in music and present them to a broader community while working to build bridges with the Pittsburgh black gay and lesbian community. Funding has also gone specifically to the Women’s Choir to bring their message (gays and lesbians creating change through the power of music) to a broader geographic audience by performing in several smaller cities in southwestern Pennsylvania, and to a special performance to commemorate the crash site of Flight 93 in a September 11th, 2006, ceremony.
Resident Education & Action Project (REAP), 1998
Formed in 1996, REAP seeks to educate and organize residents of HUD Multifamily/Section 8 housing who are facing serious threats to the quality and affordability of their homes due to changes in federal housing policies.
Rights and Responsibilities, 2005
TRCF supported Part II of this organization’s Africana Human Rights Film Project, which entailed presenting the film “All Power to the People: The Black Panther Party and Beyond,” bringing the photo exhibit “Black Panthers 1968” for a two-month run, and presenting speakers.
River City Nonviolent Resistance Campaign, 1989
The campaign focuses on issues of nuclear waste and federal military spending.
Rock Against Racism, 2002
A project of the Thomas Merton Center, the Rock Against Racism is an annual concert that promotes racial reconciliation in Pittsburgh.
Saint Peter’s Church After School Music Program, 1992
The program primarily for African American youth, 9 to 11 years old, uses a music therapy process to promote peaceful conflict resolution and to provide children with positive “experience in structure, self-organization and relating to others.” TRCF helped with the purchase of musical instruments.
Save Our County and Regional Environmental Alliance (SOC), 1993
Founded in 1982 in response to the proposed siting of a hazardous waste facility in East Liverpool, Ohio, SOC has focused on educating the community and public officials on environmental issues. TRCF funded the alliance’s newsletter, which connects the organization with hundreds of groups and individuals fighting similar environmental battles in the region.
Save Our Transit, 2006
This project of the Thomas Merton Center used TRCF funds to take supporters to Harrisburg to lobby for the passage of Senate Bill 1162 and House Bill 2697, which, if passed, will fix the structural deficiencies of public transit. They also purchased “I Vote for Public Transit” stickers to be passed out to bus riders and other stakeholders of public transportation, to make the need for public transportation funding visible to candidates as well as people voting for them.
Scholar Warrior Journal, 1995
This nonprofit, nonpartisan magazine of progressive political thought used a 1995 grant to increase visibility and sales of the magazine and work toward establishing a fund to aid victims of violence.
Shalom Planning Committee, 1993
Since 1986, when members of the Mennonite and Presbyterian communities began meeting together as a committee, several conferences addressing an interdenominational approach to peace and diversity issues have been held in southwestern Pennsylvania. A TRCF grant provided scholarships for low-income individuals to attend the conferences.
Sharps Terrace Resident Council, 1993
The Sharps Terrace Resident Council represents low-income residents in a public-housing complex who converted an abandoned lot into a community garden, producing more than 1,000 pounds of produce in the first year. In conjunction with the local school district, the community garden is grown organically and used to teach children their role in maintaining a healthy environment.
Sheldon Park Resident Council, 1996
Members of this committee focus on learning skills that fulfill the needs of their community, such as budgeting, financing, decision-making, fundraising and problem-solving. The committee works closely and shares resources with the Sheldon Park Resident Council, Housing Authority and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Sisterhood, an organization in Fairywood comprised of women, 90 percent of whom are single heads of household, offers weekly educational workshops and a mentoring program for pre-teen to young adult females and their parents or guardians.
Sisters of St. Joseph’s Foster Care Program, 1997
A multi-media resource center for foster parents, initiated by Sisters of St. Joseph’s Foster Care Program, builds the capacities of community members to respond effectively to needs of abused and neglected children. The TRCF investment in this project affects the lives of more than 3,000 children currently in Allegheny County’s foster care system, as well as future foster children.
Southbank Industry Association, 1989
This educational and advocacy association brought an open forum to the South Side community of Pittsburgh on the reopening of the LRV/J&L Electric Furnaces.
Southwest Pittsburgh Community Development Corporation, 1991
This association provided organizing and advocacy skills to grassroots groups in the community.
Southwest Westmoreland County Unity Coalition, 1998
This group organizes community-based responses to local hate groups and spreads its message through newsletters, forums and unity events as well as activities for youth in area schools.
Southwestern Pennsylvania Alliance of HUD Tenants, 2000
Funding to help strengthen Section 8 tenant councils and organize community residents by providing training in tenant/landlord relations, housing restructuring and organizational development.
Srishti Arts Collective, 2000
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant helped to produce and perform a major dance-theater work, “Chitrangada,” based on an Indian story about gender roles, desire, honor and duty.
Stand for Children, Pittsburgh Chapter, 2001
Working to promote passage of the Act to Leave No Child Behind, Pittsburgh Stand for Children pursued a postcard campaign to remind activists and communities about things they could do to lobby Congress.
Steel Valley Arts Council, 2003
TRCF provided funding to create a mural in Homestead using leftover tiles from the Three Rivers Arts Festival. The tiles were painted by community members and visitors, and then were installed along the Ann Street side of 301 East 8th Avenue.
Steel Valley Authority Regional Jobs Corporation, 2000
This communications network reaches neighborhood groups from Swissvale to Dravosburg and helps mobilize labor, community, legislative and religious activists to support alternative economic development policies.
Stop the FTAA Campaign, 2004
TRCF funds were used to bring the Ruckus Society to Pittsburgh for a weekend of intensive trainings to help local activists develop the skills they need to organize most effectively around local issues.
Strength, Inc., 1996
Founded in May 1994 to address drug and alcohol problems in Wilkinsburg, this organization has grown to offer services and support to substance abusers as well as troubled youth and their families. The organization also encourages community and economic development in the area.
Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger, 1997
Teenagers from 10 Allegheny County high schools built student awareness of poverty issues, volunteered in community food assistance programs and engaged in advocacy activities about policy in a Student Coalition Against Poverty and Hunger. The new coalition, funded 60 percent by TRCF, implements a spring educational, policy advocacy or group volunteer activity involving at least 30 students. A fall interscholastic conference attracted 75 or more. Schools each sponsor a hunger awareness program, a fundraiser, an assembly for hunger education or a campaign for petitioning or letter writing about a policy issue.
Student Environmental Action Coalition, Pittsburgh (SEAC), 1998
SEAC is a membership-based, grassroots, student-led regional organization that is dedicated to achieving social and environmental justice. Mid-Atlantic SEAC focuses on local and regional issues that affect environmental and social conditions, working closely with community groups on issues ranging from deforestation to environmental racism.
Student Hunger Action, 1998
This coalition of high school students is working to fight hunger in our community and seeks a wider community forum in order to involve students in government decisions on hunger and poverty policies.
Students in Solidarity, 2003
The University of Pittsburgh group used funds for operations and for various organizing campaigns on campus and in the Pittsburgh community.
Support Helps Others Use Technology (SHOUT), 2005
Funds were used to host the Pittsburgh Employment Conference for Augmented Communicators, helping them with costs associated with mailings, website communication, and other assisted technology conferences and conference calls.
Symposium on the Great Steel Strike of 1919, 1994
A TRCF Special Opportunity Grant was given to the organizers of this symposium commemorating the 75th anniversary of the strike, which included presentations from labor, ethnic, minority and historical groups.
Thomas Merton Center, 2003
The center is a widely used resource to groups working for environmental, economic, racial and social justice in Pittsburgh. Projects supported by TRCF include a series of forums on racism; distribution of the Peace, Justice and Ecology Directory; the Citizens Budget Campaign; hosting speakers on various social justice causes; and the Youth Arts & Advocacy Project, making connections between advocacy, art and activism.
Thomas Merton Center Anti-War Committee, 2009
TRCF funds went to supporting the committee’s mass march, centered on the theme “Money for Human Needs, Not War!” This march, held during the last day of the Group of 20 Economic Summit, was the largest peace march in Pittsburgh (8,000+) since the time of the Vietnam War.
Three Rivers Earth Force, 2010
TREF used a grant to support the engagement of 5th to 8th grade youth as the “eyes and minds,” as well as the “hands and feet,” of environmental change in Wilkinsburg. The students embarked on a youth-led Community Action and Problem Solving process, intended to change community policies and practices for the better when it came to environmental justice.
Together Strong, 1994
Together Strong, a group of women from the Northview Heights Housing Community, received a TRCF grant to continue their work of rebuilding trust among the members of their neighborhood. These families are working on their own now to stimulate their children’s interest in school, obtain their GEDs, improve their employment situations and overcome chemical dependence.
Tri-State Conference on Manufacturing (formerly Tri-State Conference on Steel), 1992
Founded in 1979 to seek constructive alternatives to the massive withdrawal of corporate investment from the steel and manufacturing industries in the region, this organization developed an early warning network to enable labor, civic and community groups to identify signs of potential plant closings and provide such groups with information on creating alternatives to shutdowns.
Ultimate Summer League, 1997
This joint project between the Lincoln Ultimate League and the Pittsburgh Ultimate Summer League brings together youth from these neighborhoods for a day of healthy competition and cultural exchange.
United Cerebral Palsy of Pittsburgh, 2008
UCP calculated that only about half of all people with disabilities, who make up 18 percent of the population, are registered to vote. Their project worked to change that statistic by registering voters, conducting voter education events, and providing direct assistance and information about voting to people with disabilities in Allegheny County.
United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers (UE) Research & Education Fund, 1996
The UE has been on the cutting edge of the effort to establish meaningful relationships between U.S. and Mexican workers. TRCF grants helped the UE’s Education Fund sponsor delegations of Mexican workers to Pittsburgh to participate in an exchange program designed to further communication between U.S. and Mexican workers.
Urban Farming Initiative, 2005
TRCF Special Opportunity Grant funds were used to develop a logo to provide a lasting visual impression of the group.
Veterans for Peace, Inc., 2004
VFP used TRCF funds to distribute 625 copies of the book Addicted to War to libraries and teachers in the inner city and other economically deprived public schools in the Pittsburgh area. They also simultaneously offer veterans as guest speakers. The books will help students to critically think and better weigh a military recruiter’s efforts, which heavily target economically deprived students.
Voices for a New Tomorrow, 2004
TRCF funds were used to contract with a community organizer/facilitator to complete the work of defining goals and objectives for Voices – a coalition of LGBT groups and individuals. This group is an off-shoot of the Community Needs Assessment conducted in 2002 by Persad Center, Inc., the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health, the University of Pittsburgh Center for Minority Health, and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center.
Welcome Center for Immigrants and Internationals, 2008
The Welcome Center used funds to increase votership among legal immigrants through developing and distributing materials in many languages, educating foreign-born people on their voting rights, and assisting their clientele in getting registered to vote and locating their voting precincts.
Western Pennsylvania Coalition Against the Death Penalty, 1998
In 1984, as the state began to prepare the execution chamber at Rockview Penitentiary, WPCADP was formed to protest planned executions and to educate the public. The organization also promotes the creation of student groups that work to abolish the death penalty.
Western Pennsylvania Coalition to Close the School of the Americas, 2004
TRCF funds helped representatives of the coalition attend the annual mass protest against SOA at Fort Benning, Georgia, in addition to extending the organization’s reach to areas outside the city of Pittsburgh by hosting educational programs (lectures, films, and concerts) in southwestern Pennsylvania. The coalition further seeks “to grow a local movement to contribute to the nationwide education and advocacy around the School of the Americas (SOA) and the effort to have it shut down.”
Westgate Youth Leads Council, 1999
TRCF funds were used to create and distribute a quarterly youth-driven newsletter in the Westgate Village housing community.
Wilkinsburg Family Support Center Parent Council, 2009
The WFSCPC organized 31 Family Support Centers and 10 other organizations to participate in the FAVORITE Campaign (Families Addressing Voting, Organizing Registration Informational Training Early). The funds were used to motivate participants to register and educate over 15,500 new voters. In 2009, the Center received funding to establish a Neighborhood Association, which encouraged residents to take ownership in their community by keeping it clean.
The Wilkinsburg Sun, 2007
The Wilkinsburg Sun received a Special Opportunity Grant for its initial publication of this community newspaper.
The Wilkinsburg Update, 1999
TRCF supported the publication of an eight-page Wilkinsburg Voter’s Guide, which included local candidate profiles and general information on polling place and elections.
Women for Racial and Economic Equality (WREE), 1994
WREE began in 1986 as a “kitchen table” group of 4 to 6 women working to promote economic justice for women of all races and classes. It went on to provide a stimulus and forum for interactive discussion through the use of film, topical presentations, poetry and workshops.
Women of Color and Their Allies Summit, 1998
This joint effort of the East End and First Pittsburgh chapters of NOW (National Organization for Women) recruits participants from Pittsburgh for the summit.
Women’s Law Project, Western PA Office, 2004
This newly-opened office of the Pennsylvania organization used TRCF funds to sustain and expand themselves, so they would be able to provide legal support for women dealing with inequitable laws, discriminatory public policies, and pervasive gender stereotyping.
Women’s Leadership & Organizing Project Alumni Association, 2002
The WLOP began as a project of Just Harvest, and the graduates founded the Alumni Association. The purpose is to identify and train women from lower income communities within Allegheny County as community leaders and advocates on social changes that affect their lives.
Women’s Resource Center, 2001
The center used TRCF funds for the development and distribution of a directory of resources for women and girls in the greater Pittsburgh area.
Women’s Work, 1998
Women’s Work Gallery offers a place for women to share with each other the realities of their lives through their art and writing. TRCF funded a website for the gallery to continue its work in cyber space after funding difficulties forced them to leave rented space.
Woodland Hills Academic Foundation, 2002
Woodland Hills School District was formed by a court order in 1981 to address issues of segregation in Pittsburgh’s east suburbs. TRCF funds were used to publish a special retrospective magazine to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the District.
Working Order, 1998
This cooperative of workers with and without disabilities exchanges expertise and shares resources to support micro-entrepreneurship.
Working Women with Disabilities Support Group, 2003
The group, which advocates the hiring of women with disabilities, held an awards dinner to honor medical professionals who had exhibited compassion, caring, and exemplary knowledge and behavior when dealing with women with disabilities.
Youth Arts and Advocacy Project (Arts Challenge Against Racism), 1998
TRCF funds were used to bring together community activists, experienced and socially-concerned artists, and young artists in a series of interactive workshops realizing the powerful connection between advocacy and art and activism. Young artists will work with established artists who have brought their artistic vision to bear on crucial social issues. The goal of the workshops is to develop creative ways of addressing contemporary issues.
YouthBuild Pittsburgh Alumni Association, 2000
Graduates of YouthBuild provide mentoring, literacy training and recreational activities to young children in Homewood Brushton and surrounding communities. Funds will support the female mentoring program.
YWCA Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training, 2002
The Center for Race Relations and Anti-Racism Training hosts the annual Sister-to-Sister conference, which brings together a racially and economically diverse group of women for a day-long dialogue about racism. TRCF funds were used to support scholarships for low-income participants.