Bricks In A Shed, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from yandahi’s photostream

PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) partners with local nonprofits to develop young, talented, university graduates to be the next generation of servant leaders in Pittsburgh to help transform our city. Participants receive mentoring, job training and skill development. They commit to an 11 month work placement with such groups as the Western PA Conservancy, the Andy Warhol Museum, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Venture Outdoors, East End Cooperative Ministry and the Union Project. PULSE has worked with over 100 nonprofit organizations in the past 16 years.  

An important part of the program includes cultivating community by having participants actually live together (currently in a house in the East End of Pittsburgh). Kate Stoltzfus was a past member of the program and she interviews this year’s group of participants at her Yinzpiration blog. They speak of how the program gave them the opportunity to serve the larger community while living in a supportive environment — “a built-in community of people who are also interested in serving in Pittsburgh.”

PULSE will be expanding to a second house in Garfield next year — bringing four additional participants to Pittsburgh for a total of 12. They need to raise an additional $16,000 towards this end. PULSE calls their effort “Building Community: Brick by Brick.” Individuals can purchase a “brick” for $20 each to help them raise the funds. In the spirit of what she learned during her year with PULSE, Kate Stoltzfus has committed to raising $3,000 of the needed $16,000. You can help by going to Kate’s Crowdrise page and donating there.