MOST OF THE TIME, a person’s ability to make it in the world comes down to one thing: the ability to show up.
James Alexander learned that lesson after the Port Authority of Allegheny County eliminated his bus route to McKeesport, where he worked as a customer service representative.
“I’ve had a car in the past, but I just couldn’t afford one at that time,” says Alexander, who lives on Route 30 in North Versailles. “I really depended on the 60M to get to the office.”
TWO DAYS BEFORE he was released from a long hospital stay, Mark Scanlan realized he was going home to an empty refrigerator, with no food stamps or money to buy food. A 60-year-old resident of the South Side, he left a secure job in food services to care for his mother in New Jersey, who was undergoing chemotherapy. A year later, when he returned to Pittsburgh after her death, he was unable to find work and qualified for food stamps.
STAFF PROFILEFOR DECADES, donors have turned to The Pittsburgh Foundation’s scholarship program to honor people they love and organizations they admire. Thanks to a dedicated team of staff members, the Foundation now administers 324 scholarships, making the program the sixth largest nationally for community foundations.
The Westmoreland County community held a rally to draw attention to the long stall of the state budget passage that affected the ability of numerous nonprofits to provide essential services.
On Thursday, President Trump announced he would pull the United States out of the landmark international agreement that commits the 195 nations signing it to adopt green energy sources, cut down on climate change emissions and limit the rise of global temperatures — while also cooperating to cope with the impact of unavoidable climate change. The agreement acknowledges that the threat of climate change is "urgent and potentially irreversible," and can only be addressed through "the widest possible cooperation by all countries" and "deep reductions in global emissions."
A message from Maxwell King
The death of Henry Hillman just days after the loss of another devoted son of Pittsburgh, Dan Rooney, reinforces the hard realization that a 20th Century generation of remarkable men and women who were giants in the lives they led is finishing its course.