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Jefferson Community Collaborative - Winter 2022 Newsletter

In response to ongoing rumors and disinformation around immigrants and refugees in the community, Paula Kelly, Director of Whitehall Library, worked with South Hills Interfaith Movement, Literacy Pittsburgh and the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh to create Welcoming Neighbor Alliance. This community resource is a curated digital collection of factual information about local immigrant and refugee populations that can be shared throughout your organization and community. Learn more about this initiative and how you and your organization can become involved in our Fast Five with Paula Kelly.

Did you have an opportunity to review our latest Community Snapshot? Compiled from the latest 2020 US Census data, American Community Survey data and Allegheny County Health Department COVID-19 vaccination data, this snapshot is part of a series of reports to be released in the coming months and serves as a great resource for organizations telling the story of increasing suburban diversity and promising opportunity in the South Hills and lower Mon Valley area. 
Smaller groups of Collaborative Members meet year-round in Action Teams to develop grassroots solutions to community challenges and engage Collaborative Members in targeted initiatives. Our teams are looking for new members to share their ideas and insights.

Our Diversity, Equity and Racial Justice Action Team has conducted Implicit Bias Training, Racial Wealth Gap Simulations and produced a DEI Resource Bank. The Team is currently surveying Collaborative Member leadership to guide them in developing programs, mini-grants, trainings and other resources for organizations in our area.

The Civic and Policy Engagement Action Team has developed a Civic and Policy Engagement Advisory Team Plan to educate and provide a collective voice for the Collaborative. Under the guidance of Dave Coplan, the team finished a year-long training on civic and policy engagement and is currently focusing efforts on voter engagement.

To learn more and sign up to be part of one of these dynamic groups, reach out to Community Engagement Manager, Danny Vereb at
Learn More About Becoming a Collaborative Member

Did you know that the Jefferson Community Collaborative just launched a new website? In addition to the latest Collaborative news and resources, view our events page to learn about upcoming events and programming. Our Collaborative meetings for 2022 will be on the following dates:
  • March 30, 2022 from 10:00-12:00pm – Winter Collaborative Meeting
  • June 22, 2022 from 10:00-12:00pm – Spring Collaborative Meeting
  • September 21, 2022 from 10:00-12:00pm – Summer Collaborative Meeting
  • December 14, 2022 from 10:00-12:00pm – Fall Collaborative Meeting
Is there something that you are not seeing on the Collaborative website? Let our Community Engagement Manager, Danny Vereb know at
Community Opportunities
Port Authority Pandemic Services Change - Port Authority implemented 20 temporary major service changes in November of 2020 in response to the shift in ridership patterns resulting from the global pandemic. Learn more about the continued services changes and sign up for the virtual public hearing on January 27 from 3:00-6:30pm.

Jefferson Hospital – Free Quit Tobacco Workshop – This free one-session workshop that meets on the second Tuesday of every month is designed to help patients learn more about the quit journey and explore developing their own quit plan. Learn more about the workshop and share the flier with your organization. 

Post-Traumatic Growth Building: Resilience in the Aftermath of COVID-19 – Join Fr. Paul Abernathy from the Neighborhood Resilience Project on February 9 from 12:00-1:00pm for a presentation aimed at providers who have experienced the traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and are interested in learning about resiliency. Learn more about the presentation and sign up to attend here.
Collaborative Member Highlights
Digital Access for Older Adults – Age-Friendly Greater Pittsburgh – this engaging video highlights the impact of digital access on the lives of older adults, whether it be used for entertainment, medical appointments or connecting with loved ones.
Footbridge For Families – this compelling video contains recordings from families that Footbridge has helped. Footbridge provides one-of-a-kind rapid support and service coordination for families facing financial crises which have no other solution.
Tools For Your Trade

Is your nonprofit in need of a reboot in 2022? Do you need help with your website or marketing and promotions? “Be Greater Creative” is a program of Penn State Greater Allegheny, where students work with organizations to elevate their brand and connect with their audience and stakeholders. Work collaboratively to find quality, creative solutions to your integrated marketing communications needs. Learn more about this opportunity here.

Allegheny Together is a program that provides strategic planning and technical support for traditional business districts throughout Allegheny County. The program is supported by Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the Allegheny County Economic Development. The process stresses community organization and data-driven planning to direct public investment, spur private investment, and revitalize our communities. To learn more about future cohorts, click here.

COVID-19 Resources – As the current and potential impacts of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, the health and safety of our community is our greatest concern. Visit the Jefferson Regional Foundation website for information regarding training campaigns, messaging guidelines and outreach strategies in addition to important links from the Allegheny County Health Department. Please reach out to Danny Vereb if your organization has any specific questions or concerns.

Give Blood and Give Back: To address the continued decrease in blood donors in our region and to help ease the increased strain on community-based charities and the individuals and families they serve, Blood Science Foundation (BSF) and Vitalant Pittsburgh have teamed up to launch the Give Blood & Give Back (GB&GB) initiative. The goal is to simultaneously attract new blood donors to address the significant decline in regional blood donations while providing set monetary donations in honor of each registering blood donor directly to the charity beneficiaries. Visit the Blood Science Foundation landing page and scroll down to the “Join us by becoming…” section to learn about what you and your organization can do to help:
  • A Blood Drive Host
  • A Blood Donor
  • A Charity Beneficiary
  • A Funding Partner
Free At Home Rapid Tests – Residential households in the U.S. can fill out this form to order one set of 4 free at-home tests.
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