The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership’s volunteer program increased dramatically in 2012. The group links the growth to a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation that facilitated staffing and the purchase of supplies.
President and CEO Jeremy Waldrup said the number of volunteers increased by 860%, and the number of hours volunteered went up 332%.
Last fall, in one of the PDP’s efforts in the corporate sector, some BNY Mellon employees worked on projects near their tower—a great team-building experience for them that was good for downtown, according to Waldrup. Pittsburgh Cares also provides volunteers.
"Every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., folks can come to our offices here in downtown Pittsburgh, and we'll put you to work. We've also had a great relationship with a number of the universities--from Pitt, CMU, Duquesne, Point Park. Those universities often send students who are looking for volunteer opportunities."
Individuals and groups can volunteer by phone (412-325-0156) or on the PDP website.