Ways to Give Back with 7 Pittsburgh-based Organizations

Ring in the new year and the next decade by choosing to dedicate more toward charity. In Pittsburgh, Mister Rogers taught us to support and care for one another. The people here in the Steel City are always more than willing to help a neighbor.

There are several organizations near and around Shadyside to get involved with. Whether it’s through a monetary gift, or better yet, a donation of your time. Here are some ways you can take action with charitable contributions.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh

This non-profit is dedicated to providing decent, affordable homes to local, limited-income families. 

Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope in Allegheny County with programs that help local families build strength, stability, and self-reliance through both homeownership opportunities and home repair services. Here’s how you can get involved.

PGH Equality Center

The Pittsburgh Equality Center (PEC) provides LGBT individuals, their families, and supporters, “resources and opportunities to promote visibility, understanding, and equality within the LGBT communities and the community at large.” This localized organization works toward these goals through education, social support, networking, and advocacy.

You can get involved with the Pittsburgh Equality Center through plenty of volunteer opportunities, or even visit the main office on Ellsworth Ave. 

Humane Animal Rescue

Visit the Humane Animal Rescue in the East End to help serve wild and domestic animals in need. This wonderful organization cares for abandoned, neglected, and injured animals; educates the community on humane care; reinforces a standard of living for animals and prevents cruelty; and so much more.

If you have a love for all animals, here’s how you can get involved with Humane Animal Rescue.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh

Whether a role model or a best friend, having someone to look up to can help push through life’s challenges, and alternatively, makes success that much sweeter. BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh is dedicated to helping all children achieve success in life through meaningful mentorship.

Headquartered on Centre Ave, Big Brothers Big Sisters is just a short walk from many of Franklin West’s Shadyside apartments. Become a Big and get involved!

Strong Women Strong Girls

This organization is about supporting strong female leaders of tomorrow. Strong Women, Strong Girls is an empowering, female mentorship program across three generations. 

The mission is to encourage “girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women.” Here’s how you can get involved!

Best Buddies

About 200 million people have intellectual and developmental disabilities around the world. Best Buddies works with those diagnosed with IDD to “create opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living.”

This International nonprofit has an office right here in Pittsburgh. If you share a belief of ending the social, physical, and economic isolation of those with IDD take action with Best Buddies.

412 Food Rescue

There is an enormous, and well, an embarrassing amount of food going to waste. 412 Food Rescue is on a mission to, “prevent perfectly good food from entering the waste stream.” If you have a passion for sustainable living and want to take part in a good environmental impact, then here’s how you can take action with 412 Food Rescue.


How will you make a difference in 2020?