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Small and Mighty: Steel Smiling

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $10,000 in 2017 to Steel Smiling. Steel Smiling is a volunteer-run organization formed in early 2016 to provide African Americans in low-income neighborhoods with basic needs and referrals to quality, affordable mental health services.

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Small and Mighty: Monumental Baptist Church Mission Ministries

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $10,000 to Monumental Baptist Church Mission Ministries in 2019. For the past 15 years, the Monumental Baptist Church Mission food pantry has served underprivileged residents of the Hill District by providing them food and basic needs.

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Raising Achievement in Monroeville and Pitcairn (RAMP)

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 Raising Achievement in Monroeville and Pitcairn (RAMP) in 2019. Raising Achievement in Monroeville and Pitcairn (RAMP) was developed in 2007 after a committee on Gateway School District’s school board investigated the achievement gap between Black and white students.

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Small and Mighty: His Place Contact Center

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $14,850 to His Place Contact Center in 2019. His Place Contact Center has served the Northside community for 45 years by providing basic needs programming for residents based on Christian principles. In 2003, the organization began an after-school program for elementary and middle school students to increase literacy and mathematics skills.

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Small and Mighty: Global Minds Initiative

In 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Global Minds Initiative. Global Minds Initiative is a nonprofit committed to connecting English to Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) students and Native English Speaking (NES) students through after school tutoring and programming.

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Small and Mighty: Diakonia Ministries

In 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Diakonia Ministries. Diakonia Ministries aims to contribute to community development in Homewood-Brushton by providing food services, youth ministry, counseling and education.

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Small and Mighty: Brothers and Sisters Emerging (BASE)

In January 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation announced an award of $15,000 to Brother and Sisters Emerging (BASE). BASE began as a youth football and cheerleading program and has now grown to a full-year program that includes an after-school program, summer camps and mentoring. BASE primarily serves African American young people in East End neighborhoods and has aimed to provide employment readiness and academic success for participants since 2008.

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Sisters Place, Inc. provides families with supportive housing

Single women raising children are among the vulnerable populations prioritized by The Pittsburgh Foundation's 100 Percent Pittsburgh organizing principle. Sister's Place, Inc. is a local nonprofit that helps single-parent families find supportive housing as they move toward self sufficiency. Many families who come to Sisters Place say they have never slept in a real bed before. The organization provides families with a fully furnished housing unit, including food and personal care items.

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Small and Mighty: Recovery United Pittsburgh, Inc.

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Recovery United Pittsburgh, Inc. in 2017. Overdose deaths in Allegheny County nearly double national averages, and our region has a shortage of residential options for those in recovery.

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Small and Mighty: Light of Kimberly Corporation

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Light of Kimberly Corporation in 2019. Light of Kimberly was founded in 2016 by Kimberly Doubt, a social worker who, after fleeing an abusive situation, found herself without a reliable source of shelter and services for herself and six children.

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Small and Mighty: Will Allen Foundation

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 in 2019 to the Will Allen Foundation. Founded by former NFL safety Will Allen, this organization’s mission is to provide Pittsburgh-area students with opportunities to achieve their dreams.

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Small and Mighty: Pittsburgh Dream Center

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $12,500 in 2019 to Pittsburgh Dream Center. Since 2011, the Pittsburgh Dream Center has provided free local services that provide education and help eliminate hunger, poverty, homelessness and human trafficking. Its programs include Adopt-a-Block; Homeless to Housing, a household furniture disbursement initiative; Backpack of Hope, which provides food assistance for local school children; and a mobile food bank, which has distributed nearly 40,000 pounds of food since its inception.

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Small and Mighty: Hilltop Urban Farm

The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Hilltop Urban Farm in 2019. Hilltop Urban Farm serves residents of the 11 south Pittsburgh neighborhoods. The goal of the farm is to promote food education and provide services to neighborhoods classified as food deserts, such as St. Clair where the farm is located.

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Small and Mighty: Foster Love Project

In 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $12,000 to Foster Love Project. The Foster Love Project, started by foster parents Andrew and Kelly Hughes, began as an organization to provide clothing and necessities for foster children who often arrive at a new foster home with few personal belongings.

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Small and Mighty: Day One Project

In 2019, The Pittsburgh Foundation awarded a Small and Mighty grant of $15,000 to Day One Project. The Day One Project’s mission is to eliminate the burden of poverty for single-parent families.

Through its housing, education and career support programs, Day One provides opportunities for the social and economic advancement of its participants. The grant will help Day One focus on operational priorities, including refining educational curriculum, exploring the possibility of a rent stipend program and creating and implementing a policy and procedure manual.

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Small and Mighty: Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry

The Pittsburgh Foundation, through its Small and Mighty initiative, awarded $6,760 in 2019 to Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry. Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry, founded in 1966, is a non-denominational nonprofit for individuals and families across northern Allegheny and southern Butler counties.

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First we bind the wounds, then we...

ON A BRISK AND RAIN-DRIZZLED SATURDAY in Pittsburgh this fall, the sketchy details of yet another mass shooting on American soil buzzed on cell phone news feeds and blared over televisions and car radios. For those trying to sort through the early reporting, it was agonizingly familiar — a gunman steeped in white supremacist ideology had gone on a bloody rampage.