Former Pittsburgh Steeler Chuck Sanders, president and CEO of Urban Settlement Services, has always strived to give back to the community, and is doing so again by contributing $100,000 to the Pittsburgh Initiative to Reduce Crime.
“I know it is easy to ask these young men and women to put down the guns and stop the crime, however we must show them, as well as offer, alternatives to their current way of living,” he said. “I stand with each PIRC participant who believes sincerely in, and is committed to, a new way of life and I commit that this jobs fund was established for you and will help you in staying on that positive and progressive path.”
The contribution will go to the establishment of the Chuck Sanders Charities-PIRC Job Fund, which will assist PIRC participants in securing employment opportunities with local community organizations and businesses. Their wages will be partially subsidized by the jobs fund, thus offering employers an incentive to participate in the program.
“We want to do anything we can to help save lives and communities,” said Sanders. “I am excited to work with the City of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Community Services, Inc. and many other organizations and business leaders in ensuring that PIRC and the jobs fund are a complete success.”
The formal announcement will take place at Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill District July 29 at 1:30 p.m. Sanders will be joined by Macedonia Pastor Rev. Jason Barr, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Pittsburgh Community Services Executive Director Cecilia Jenkins, city Councilman Rev. Ricky Burgess and Police Chief Nate Harper.