Volunteer Opportunities
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) 
 
The City is looking for a minimum of 10 Oakland residents to train as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members.  The classes are about a 16 hour commitment, that can either split it into 1 evening a week for 2 hours or 2 full Saturdays. The choice will be up to the group. 
 
CERT is a training program that allows civilians and government employees to take the necessary steps in an emergency to save lives. During emergencies citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the medical emergencies by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective. CERTs are not intended to replace a community's response capability, but rather, to serve as an important supplement to it during emergencies when government response capabilities are spread thin. 
 

Impactful Innovation 
This year, the City of Pittsburgh is launching the 412 Food Rescue Challenge. They are teaming up with 412 Food Rescue to help save 15,000 pounds of healthy food during Inclusive Innovation Week.
The Mayor, City Council, The Department of Public Works and Public Safety are all on board to do food rescues. They want you to do a rescue, too!
Recipe For Success:
  1. Click here to watch The Video (38 seconds)
  2. Download The 412 Food Rescue Mobile App
  3. Do a Food Rescue!
  4. Tag a Friend or Organization on Social Media to do The 412 Food Rescue Challenge
  5. Use Hashtag #WeInnovatePgh
You can also check out the 412 Food Rescue Organization at
Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays
February 15, Noon, St. Regis Church Social Hall, 3235 Parkview Avenue
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
 
Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
February 16, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
 
Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays (alternating meeting times at Noon and 6pm)
January 18, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213
NOTE: Evening meetings now on odd numbered months and daytime meetings now on even numbered months.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
 
​​Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
​January 19, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.

Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays (alternating meeting times at Noon and 6pm)
​Decem​ber ​2​1, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 152131
​Introducing new co-chair Bob Koller​.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
 
​​Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
​Cancelled for December, next meeting Thursday, January 19, 2017.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.

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What is Pittsburgh Snow Angels?
Snow covered sidewalks can be hazardous for everyone. Pittsburgh Snow Angels is a program that helps minimize the hardships of winter by pairing volunteers with elderly or disabled residents to assist with snow removal. 
 
Along with fostering stronger community relationships and relieving some of the stress that comes from a snow storm, Snow Angels makes our sidewalks safer for those who continue to serve despite the winter weather – like postal service workers, firemen, and police officers.  
 
For more information, check out the attached flyer, forms, or visit the website

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Join the Rotary Clubs of Bethel-St. Clair and Northern Allegheny, Pittsburgh Police, and Holy Assumption of St. Mary Orthodox Church this Thanksgiving for the annual “Get Stuffed with Love” event. 
 
Help those in need in the community by cooking, assembling, and delivering food to feed the hungry on Thanksgiving Day. This year, we expect to feed approximately 3,500 residents in the City of Pittsburgh. Donations can be made up to Thanksgiving day, but donations are always accepted so even after Thanksgiving it would still go towards the program. 
 
In need of a meal on Thanksgiving? 
Contact your Community Resource Officer in the Zone in which you live.
Zone 4 — 412-422-6559: Officers Shannon Leshen, Tom Pauley & Dave Shifren 
 
Dinner requests should be made by Friday, November 18th so they have an idea on the number of requests in time for preparation and packaging of the meals. 

Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays (alternating meeting times at Noon and 6pm)
October 19, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Oakwatch webpage 

Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
​October 20, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Green Team webpage

The Mayor's LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council will be charged with taking a comprehensive approach to meet the needs of the entire LGBTQIA+ community. The Advisory Council will consist of a diverse makeup of members within the community. Advisory Council members will meet monthly and provide quarterly status updates to the Mayor. Advisory Council Members will strive towards a goal of inclusiveness and progress within the LGBTQIA+ community. 
 
Deadline to Apply is October 14th. 
 

SUNDAY SUPPER: A NEIGHBORHOOD DINNER
Oct 16, 2016  2:00pm – 5:00pm
Attendees at this free, family-friendly event will enjoy a community meal prepared with local ingredients,entertainment from local artists and participate in a community-driven discussion on food-related issues with neighborhood leaders and policy makers.   

 

Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays
July 20 Noon at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, located at 234 McKee Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15213​. They ask you to please RSVP.​
No outside food/drink, no backpacks/briefcases
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
 
Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
July 21, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.

Century III Mall 
August 20th, 9am to 1pm 
 
Since 2003, PRC has held Hard to Recycle collections in Southwestern PA with the goal of providing responsible and convenient recycling for items not able to be recycled at the curb. At these events individuals have been able to recycle such item as e-waste, cell phones, polystyrene, compact fluorescent bulbs, alkaline batteries, Freon-containing appliances, tires and more.  Some items like computer monitors and TVs are taken for a fee.

Oakwatch : The Oakland Code Enforcement Project
Third Wednesdays (alternating meeting times at Noon and 6pm)
August 17, 6pm at the Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Oakwatch webpage 

Green Team : Putting the “oak” back in Oakland
Third Thursdays
August 18, 6pm, Oakland Career Center, 294 Semple St, Pgh, PA 15213.
Check the webpage for further details and any last minute changes.
Green Team webpage

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South Oakland Community Day scheduled for Saturday August 27 Noon to 7pm.  We still have room for vendors if you know anyone interested.  We hope you will consider volunteering for the event to help show off our great neighborhood! And of course donations are always welcome, either monetary or items for our Chinese auction or as other game prizes. 
 
For lots more information, please visit SouthOaklandPgh.org/SOCD