Last week we discussed how to get your employees to volunteer more. Now that you know how to increase interest in giving, let’s discuss a few local Pittsburgh organizations where your employees can contribute time, money, and expertise.
Founded in 2001 by James and Angela Lowden of Mt. Lebanon, the mission of Art Expression Inc. is “to facilitate positive socialization through expressive art activities and provide academic enrichment in an inclusive educational environment.” The organization does this by providing inclusive after school arts programming to local school districts lead by Master’s level Art Therapists in collaboration with school district staff. A full list of programs and additional facts can be found here. Monetary donations are accepted through their website; donations of art supplies can also be accepted by contacting the organization directly.
The Saturday Light Brigade began as a Saturday morning public radio program in 1978. Since then, the organization has greatly expanded and emerged as a hub for community and educational activity. Today their work focuses in “(1) continued production of The Saturday Light Brigade radio program and its extension as a vehicle to promote youth voice in our region and (2) school and in-studio workshops in which experienced radio broadcasters and sound engineers work with children to explore self-expression as well as the tools used to collect and process audio into a creative work.” Additional information about Saturday Light Brigade programming and workshops can be found by following this link. You can also view the many ways you can help with this organization on their website.
The mission of Pennsylvania Women Work is “to deliver personalized career development programs that result in family-sustaining wages for displaced homemakers and individuals in career transitions across the state of Pennsylvania.” Best known for their New Choices career development program, PA Women Work began their work as a coalition of activists in 1979 lobbying for displaced homemakers. Since then, PA Women Work has helped over 50,000 women achieve meaningful employment. Check out their other programs here and donate or get involved by visiting their website.
These are only a few of the great nonprofits in our area. To find nonprofits in your area or that align with your values, visit Great Nonprofits.