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Category: Community Outreach

Clairton Cares crosses disciplines, creates connections

Traditional approaches to improving community health often focus on individualized care or medical treatments, says Maddie Nagel, MVI community outreach specialist. Clairton Cares is a more collaborative approach that is working to address the root causes of health inequalities by providing critical connections between organizations working on preventative care, access to healthier foods, mental health

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Clairton, MVI partnership continued to grow in 2021

The $16.7 million Clairton Inn development taking shape at the corner of Miller and St. Clair avenues may be the most highly visible evidence of Mon Valley Initiative’s investment in the city. But behind the scenes, MVI and its public and private partners are strengthening their commitment to the community of 6,700, located almost exactly

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Local groups, volunteers honored at MVI awards ceremony

Local volunteers, groups and businesses were honored Oct. 21 for their efforts to revitalize the communities of the Mon Valley. During a ceremony streamed online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mon Valley Initiative presented awards to development and employment partners, as well as its “community partner awards” for 2021. A regional community development corporation that

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Clairton Inn information session to be held March 25

Mon Valley Initiative will present a Clairton Inn Information Session for prospective tenants and other stakeholders at 4 p.m. March 25, 2021. Panelists will include representatives of MVI, the City of Clairton, LGA Partners, NDC Asset Management and Mark Harvey Smith Real Estate. The Clairton Inn is a $16.7 million residential and commercial development currently

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Program offers nutritious lunches, friendly advice

A Friday lunch program in Clairton offers more than a snack—it also provides connections to local services, including home repairs and workforce counseling. Maddie Nagel, Clairton Cares coordinator and MVI community outreach specialist, said “grab and go” lunches are offered through a partnership between United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and Eat ’n Park. The lunches

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Nominate volunteers, organizations for our community partner awards

Is there a community volunteer or organization in your neighborhood who deserves a little bit of extra recognition this year? Mon Valley Initiative is accepting nominations for its annual Community Partner Awards, presented each year in October. Since 1990, Community Partner Awards have been presented by the community development corporations and local advisory groups that

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Q&A: What should I do if I can’t pay my bills?

A lot of people are struggling with unemployment or losses of income during shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. MVI staff members have compiled this list of tips and suggestions that may be helpful. What do I do if I can’t make my home loan or rent payment? If you have a mortgage and can’t

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Census response falling behind in Mon Valley towns

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy in these uncertain times. I just wanted to reach out and remind everyone about the importance of the 2020 Census. Historically, the Mon Valley region has been under-counted, impacting funding for schools, roads, emergency services and other vital resources. While Allegheny, Washington and Westmoreland counties are reporting

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Free computer literacy classes available

If you’re applying for a job — or doing almost anything — in 2020, you almost certainly need basic computer skills. (No, Facebook and texting aren’t enough!) At our computer lab in Homestead, we offer free, self-paced, individual instruction in keyboard and web basics, sending and managing email, creating files, using Microsoft Office applications (Word,

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Davis, Food Bank honored by MVI at annual awards banquet

Above: State Rep. Austin Davis and Laura R. Zinski, chief executive officer of Mon Valley Initiative. Austin Davis grew up hearing stories about how prosperous the Mon Valley was in the 1950s and 1960s. “That’s never been my reality,” said Davis, who recently turned 30. Now, as a state legislator from McKeesport, Davis said he

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