The Pittsburgh Glass Center The Mission: Glass Art: We teach it. We create it. We promote it. We support those who make it. What It’s Doing: The annual Art on Fire Celebration and Auction is the city’s only contemporary glass auction that benefits the Pittsburgh Glass Center (PGC). Held in September, the event raises 10 percent of PGC’s annual operating funds. Who It’s Helping: Art on Fire and the Holiday Glass Sale both contribute to the Center’s educational programs, so people of all ages and skill levels can learn the craft. As one of the top public access glass art facilities in the U.S., PGC connects Pittsburgh’s glass making history to its creative, innovative future. How to Help: By supporting PGC, you’re nurturing the growth of the community’s glass artists and appreciators. Take a glass class, become a PGC member, purchase handmade glass art, or make a donation online. PLUS: Visit the Holiday Glass Sale, December 5-7, for handmade creations by local artists and your chance to make a blown or fused glass ornament yourself! The Pittsburgh Glass Center, 5472 Penn Ave., Garfield. 412.365.2145. pittsburghglasscenter.org.
Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania The Mission: To create caring communities where Pennsylvanians support each other’s mental, physical, spiritual, and social well-being. What It’s Doing: The nonprofit supports communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania through three programs: All of Us Care, an after-school and summer program that prevents crime and substance abuse among at-risk youth; Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom, a competitive employment training program for people with disabilities; and Working Order, a small business incubator that serves people with disabilities, disadvantages, and other obstacles to traditional employment. Who It’s Helping: More than 28,000 people rely on Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania to maintain or return to self-sufficiency. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer at one of the nonprofit’s three local programs. PLUS: The National Business Incubator Association named Working Order the Business Incubator of the Year for 2014! Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, 1650 Main St., Sharpsburg. 412.782.5344 x209. voapa.org. 78
W hi r l / Nov emb e r 2 0 1 4
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh The Mission: To bring people together to build and rehabilitate homes, support communities, and spread hope. What It’s Doing: The nonprofit’s biggest project this fall will be moving its 76th partner family into a new home. Betty Smith, a single mother of four who moved to Pittsburgh to escape an abusive relationship, will open the door to her family’s new home this month! Who It’s Helping: Since 1986, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh has transformed the lives of more than 100 local families. How To Help: Make a monetary donation, or volunteer at one of the group’s job sites to do your part. Donating, shopping, and volunteering at the Habitat ReStore in Edgewood Towne Centre supports the mission, too. PLUS: Be on the lookout for this year’s annual fundraisers, including the Kids Triathlon, Night at the Fights, and the Legends of Past & Present Event. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh, 212 Yost Blvd., Braddock. 412.351.0512.pittsburghhabitat.org.
Brother’s Brother Foundation The Mission: To promote international health and education through the efficient and effective distribution and provision of donated medical, educational, agricultural, and other resources. What It’s Doing: In the midst of one of the largest Ebola outbreaks in history, the foundation remains dedicated to helping those in Liberia and Sierra Leone — the two countries experiencing the highest burden of suspected and confirmed cases. The nonprofit is constantly sending supplies to their hospitals and clinics to keep up with the medical demands. Who It’s Helping: The people of Western Africa who are affected by Ebola or risking infection to aid others are in dire need of the nonprofit’s support. How To Help: Make a monetary donation to Brother’s Brother Foundation’s Ebola Response Fund at brothersbrother.org. PLUS: Brother’s Brother Foundation has committed $100,000 of its financial resources to helping its international partners, in addition to the donations of medical supplies. Brother’s Brother Foundation, 1200 Galvestone Ave., North Shore. 412.321.3160. brothersbrother.org.
Photographs from Nathan J. Shaulis, Habitat for Humanity International/Jason Asteros, Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Brother’s Brother Foundation