MVI’s community outreach team complements the organization’s real estate projects by addressing the elements other than those related to hardscape development that are essential to creating and maintaining healthy communities.
Helping people work together
For example, we meet with residents, municipal employees and elected officials to identify areas of shared concern, such as code enforcement (litter, weeds, blight) and public safety. We then help those groups and individuals work together to tackle those problems.
Building partnerships across communities
The community outreach team works with a wide cross-section of community stakeholders to build partnerships, promote awareness of opportunity and resources, and foster strong relationships between the institutions and individuals in our service area working for the public good.
The CO team participates in coalitions such as Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group’s GoBurgh working group on transit issues, the Jefferson Community Collaborative, and the Mon Valley Providers Council.
Gathering feedback from our neighbors
Our real estate and community outreach team members also attend monthly municipal and volunteer meetings in more than a dozen local communities.
The community outreach team acts as a conduit for conveying feedback from communities’ grassroots to MVI’s board and staff, proving that the most successful community development results from collaboration with a strong base of engaged residents in partnership with committed local governments.
Current and past community outreach initiatives include voter registration drives, helping community members access government benefits like Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and partnering with local organizations such as Pittsburghers for Public Transit to advocate for equitable access to public transit throughout the Mon Valley.