Small and Mighty: Casa San Jose
In 2017, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Casa San Jose. Since 2013, the trained, bilingual staff at Casa San Jose has assisted more than 1,000 low-income Latino immigrant families with referrals for housing, medical care, legal assistance and family issues; advocacy for immigrant rights and immigration reform; assistance with applications for work or social benefits; and after-school programming.
This grant funded the Saturday Bridges Program providing 20 youth ages eight to 16 with homework help, English as a Second Language instruction, Latino-centric art and cultural activities, “Noche de Ciencias (Science Night)” in collaboration with volunteers from the University of Pittsburgh’s Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, field trips through Tickets for Kids and social activities, such as baseball camp and a community garden.
Small and Mighty is part of the Foundation’s 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle, which seeks to ensure that Pittsburghers living at or near the federal poverty line are provided opportunities to improve their life prospects by working in the region’s improved economy. Small and Mighty awarded $308,821 in 2018 to 22 local nonprofit organizations with budgets of less than $600,000. Casa San Jose operates annually with a $126,299 budget.
In the first round of Small and Mighty funding, announced in March 2017, a total of $230,000 was awarded to 18 organizations. To date, Small and Mighty has awarded $879,000 in grants to 40 organizations.
To learn more about Casa San Jose, visit https://casasanjose.org/