#GivingTuesday: $30 for 30 years of working together

Above: J&L’s South Side Works, 1988, photographed by The Pittsburgh Press Sunday Magazine.   In the early 1980s, steel mills and factories throughout the Mon Valley were closing and being abandoned. A national research organization said the region was facing the same devastation as a community that had been overwhelmed by a natural disaster such […]

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November 27, 2018

We’ve come a long way since 1988

For the past 30 years, planning and partnership have been the keys to the success of Mon Valley Initiative—and our most important partners have been people just like you. Think of how far we’ve come as an organization—and a region—since MVI was founded on Dec. 1, 1988. When rusty buildings and abandoned railroads lined our […]

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November 13, 2018

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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MVI salutes employers, job-seekers at annual breakfast

Above: Rick Cobbs of Rivers Casino Pittsburgh accepts MVI’s “Employer Partner of the Year” Award from Tracey Reaves, MVI director of workforce and business development. Six years ago, Rick Cobbs was worried. His job as a social services administrator was about to be eliminated and after 25 years in the field, he wasn’t sure what […]

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Rivers Casino Pittsburgh to be honored for its commitment to hiring, training local employees

Rivers Casino Pittsburgh will be honored by Mon Valley Initiative for its dedication to improving employment opportunities throughout the region. The Employer Partner of the Year Award will be presented to casino employees at 9 a.m. July 20 at MVI’s 16th annual Employer Appreciation Breakfast, to be held at Rankin Christian Center, 230 Third Ave., […]

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We’re hard at work this summer — help keep us that way!

Did you know that thanks to your support, the average median value of homes in communities served by Mon Valley Initiative is $61,125? That’s 33 percent higher than comparable nearby communities. Since its founding in 1988, Mon Valley Initiative has worked to strengthen our communities by promoting responsible homeownership, developing quality residential and commercial buildings, […]

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Author and ‘champion of change’ will deliver keynote at re-entry conference June 8

  Author and entrepreneur Tracey D. Syphax will deliver a keynote address June 8 at a free conference discussing re-entry to the workforce. The Leadership & Empowerment Conference is being sponsored by the Allegheny County Anchored Re-Entry Consortium (ACAR) and the Southwestern Pennsylvania Re-Entry Coalition (SPARC), and will be held in the Foerster Student Services […]

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MVI receives Citizens Bank grant during financial literacy month

Mon Valley Initiative was one of seven Pittsburgh area non-profits to receive support from Citizens Bank during Financial Literacy Month. MVI will share in $112,000 contributed by the bank under its Citizens Helping Citizens Manage Money program, along with East Liberty Development, Inc., Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania, Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc., Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment […]

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May 3, 2018