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Michele Rone Cooper, Executive Director, McAuley Ministries

 
PITTSBURGH (December 1, 2015) – McAuley MinistriesPittsburgh Mercy’s grant-making foundation and one of the largest philanthropic foundations in Southwestern Pennsylvania, has awarded $522,000 in grants to 12 Pittsburgh nonprofit organizations.
 
The grants will support affordable housing; workforce development; education; health and wellness; community and economic development; and capacity-building initiatives in Pittsburgh’s Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland communities.
Since 2008, McAuley Ministries has awarded 445 grants and community support totaling more than $18.4 million. In 2015, McAuley Ministries awarded 72 grants totaling $3.2 million.
Grouped by category, the recipients of the most recent round of grants are:
 
Affordable Housing
 
Bethlehem Haven of Pittsburgh
$50,000 for Safe at Home, which provides homeless prevention and rapid rehousing services for women who are at risk for homelessness. Bethlehem Haven will target women over the age of 50 and women with children under the age of 5 years old.            
 
Workforce Development
 
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh
$35,000 to train 20 residents from the Hill District, Uptown, or West Oakland for jobs in the region’s food service industry.
 
Mentors Community Wealth Building Initiative
$45,000 to provide workplace training and industry education in high-demand occupations: heavy highway construction, truck driving (over-the-road, regional, and local), rail transport, and oil and gas employment. Participants will gain required safety certifications, career and continuing education counseling, placement assistance, and ongoing career support services for up to three years.
 
Education
 
Center That C.A.R.E.S. 
$5,000 to pilot a transportation service for students attending Pittsburgh Milliones University Preparatory School to reduce tardiness and absenteeism.
 
Tickets for Kids 
$20,000 to facilitate the placement of tickets donated from cultural and educational institutions to McAuley-designated after-school programs.
 
United Way of Allegheny County
$25,000 for Allegheny Partners for Out-of-School Time (APOST), a coordinated after-school system that is youth-focused with attention to quality, communications, and advocacy.
 
Health and Wellness
 
FOCUS Pittsburgh: Weekend Meal Program
$72,000 over two years for a weekend meal program that will reach 300 students who are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches at Hill District schools.
 
Community and Economic Development
 
Hill Community Development Corporation
$50,000 to support the restoration of a structure on Centre Avenue to house the MOKA Art Gallery, an art center that will celebrate the cultural legacy of the Hill District and provide live/work space for artists.
 
Capacity-Building
 
Schenley Heights Development Program
$30,000 to support pre-development expenses related to the conversion of the former Madison School into a facility to house after-school and other community programs.
            
Sisters Place, Inc.
$115,000 over three years for general operating support to provide housing and supportive services for families who are at-risk for homelessness. The grant also provides funding to replace a playground for resident families. 
 
Ujamaa Collective
$25,000 in capacity-building support to develop the organization’s financial systems and financial management structure.
            
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
$50,000 to complete a comprehensive feasibility study of the Single Resident Occupancy housing program at the Centre Avenue YMCA and examine capital improvements, programming, staffing models, and sustainability.   
 
To view these and other McAuley Ministries grants awarded by year, visit www.mcauleyministries.org
 

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