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Category: Community Outreach

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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Charleroi house tour April 7 features program that offers up to $10K homebuying cash

1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019 Mon Valley Initiative office 435 McKean Ave., Charleroi Refreshments … free information! If you’ve been thinking about buying your own home, plan to attend a house tour on April 7, where you could learn how to get up to $10,000 in assistance with your down payment and

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Valley volunteers, regional champions share spotlight at annual awards banquet

Mon Valley Initiative celebrated its 30th anniversary on Oct. 18 by presenting awards to local residents who made the organization’s work possible over the past year. People who volunteer and participate with local groups “are vitally important,” said East Pittsburgh Councilwoman Mary Carol Kennedy, who chairs Mon Valley Initiative’s board of directors. “Without them, so

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Community cuts ribbon on Charleroi’s new Meadow Park

Community leaders, volunteers and donors joined together Aug. 23 to cut the ribbon on Charleroi’s new Meadow Park. Located on the site of Charleroi’s former junior high school, the park is designed as a neighborhood asset for residents of the borough who live on Meadow, Crest and Shady avenues. The park includes a walking trail,

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Braddock plaza is $1 million celebration of public, private cooperation

The grand opening of Braddock Civic Plaza on Aug. 11 is more than a celebration of a new greenspace, says the chief executive officer of the non-profit group that spearheaded its construction. Laura R. Zinski, CEO of Mon Valley Initiative, said the plaza is also a celebration of the public-private partnership that began as soon

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Free tax help available March 16

Residents of the Steel Valley area on low or fixed incomes and who need assistance preparing their tax returns can get free, professional help during a clinic planned in Homestead. The free tax clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 16 at the Mon Valley Initiative, 305 E. 8th Ave. Appointments

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Braddock marks ‘new beginning’ as Civic Plaza construction goes forward

More than 100 Braddock-area residents, business owners and neighbors turned out Aug. 11 for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new Braddock Civic Plaza. Located along Braddock Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets, the plaza — the size of a football field — will be built on a portion of the former site

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CDC launches Internet crowdsourcing campaign to finish Meadow Park

The word “crowdsourcing” entered our vocabulary in 2005. It’s what happens when someone goes onto the Internet and asks a crowd of people to help a project by contributing ideas, services or donations. In recent years, crowdsourcing has become a popular fundraising tool for charitable causes and start-up businesses. Now, Greater Charleroi CDC is using

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