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Old 08-19-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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Kind of a general question, but does anyone know the best opportunities for volunteering in the Oakland/Squirrel Hill area? I'm not really looking for anything in particular, I just have a lot of spare time and want to do something productive with it. I would just check around, but I'm kind of new to this area and don't even know where to start.

Anyone have any ideas?
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Old 08-20-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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I have on occasion seen people tutoring other people in reading at the Sq. Hill library, or formerly at Barnes & Noble. Not just reading, actually, but English as a Foreign Language. Here's a website to a place I think can help you: Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh
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Old 08-20-2010, 09:13 AM
 
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Volunteering with Friends of the Riverfront will give you a chance to help clean and maintain the rivers:
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If you don't mind crossing a bridge and are bored next weekend you could help clean graffiti from Millvale..

http://www.millvalepa.com/Clean-Sweep.aspx
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Old 08-20-2010, 03:20 PM
 
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There's also a woman who gets out in the morning and picks up trash on Forbes and Murray. I think she's made it known she can use some help.
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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I have on occasion seen people tutoring other people in reading at the Sq. Hill library, or formerly at Barnes & Noble. Not just reading, actually, but English as a Foreign Language. Here's a website to a place I think can help you: Reading Is FUNdamental Pittsburgh
Thanks for the reply.

Helping people with English as a foreign language sounds really cool, actually. I already help a lot of non-native English speakers over Skype, so it would be right down my alley.

But the website you gave seems oriented towards helping just children learn how to read. Gave me some ideas though, and I looked around and found the GPLC, and they seem to have programs like that. I'll have to check 'em out, that would be a great opportunity for me.

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Volunteering with Friends of the Riverfront will give you a chance to help clean and maintain the rivers:
Volunteer

If you don't mind crossing a bridge and are bored next weekend you could help clean graffiti from Millvale..

http://www.millvalepa.com/Clean-Sweep.aspx
These sound interesting as well, one off things too so there's no worry about commitment. I'll check em out, thanks.

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There's also a woman who gets out in the morning and picks up trash on Forbes and Murray. I think she's made it known she can use some help.
Haha, she's not a crazy lady, is she?
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Old 08-20-2010, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Perry South, Pittsburgh, PA
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If you want a really good cause to volunteer with, I suggest The Pittsburgh Project


The Pittsburgh Project is an urban, neighborhood-based, Christian community development organization.
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Old 08-20-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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there are at least a couple of websites out there where you can browse local volunteer opportunities - pittsburghcares.org and volunteermatch.org
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Old 08-20-2010, 11:20 PM
 
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I am not sure what you are looking for, but the public schools always need help. The food coop is just a bit north of squirrel hill in point breeze. Here is a link:
http://http://www.eastendfoodcoop.com/volunteer.html (broken link)
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:33 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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But the website you gave seems oriented towards helping just children learn how to read. Gave me some ideas though, and I looked around and found the GPLC, and they seem to have programs like that. I'll have to check 'em out, that would be a great opportunity for me.
Great. That's actually the one I was looking for.

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Haha, she's not a crazy lady, is she?
No, the "redd up" lady in Sq. Hill is for real. Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition
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