2016 Neighbor-to-Neighbor Funded Projects

The One Northside Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants program is one of the ways The Sprout Fund is catalyzing innovative community projects and creating opportunities to engage citizens and contribute to the One Northside vision.

In 2016, 50 projects have been recommended that raise awareness about innovative new Northside organizations, events, and activities; engaged Northside residents to take an active role in the civic life of their community; and provided opportunities for motivated community members to assume leadership roles in the ongoing transformation of the Northside. Proposed and led by Northside residents, with activities in 2016 and early 2017, these projects reached 16 Northside neighborhoods.

Allegheny Hills Parent Party

Parent Party Shares Hope and Solidarity with Northside Parents

Melanie Sandoval’s quality of education project for Spring Hill / City View is a one-day Parent Party in Allegheny Hills for parents of young children (birth-5 years old) to create social ties between parents in the community, as well as to raise awareness of programs and human services available for parents and young children. The project also distributes backpacks for parents with “toolkits” for positive attachment and social-emotional development of children.

Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition

Allegheny West Historic Timeline Exhibition – Celebrating 50 years of rebuilding the smallest neighborhood in Pittsburgh


Doris Short’s quality of education project for Allegheny West will be a celebration of Allegheny West Civic Council’s 50th anniversary, focusing on the struggles and successes over the past 50 years and helping to find solutions for future improvements in Allegheny West. The timeline will inform, entertain, and help current residents gain a stronger understanding of the storied history of Allegheny West.

Angels’ Place Community Meals

Northside Families Break Bread Together in Celebration of Family, Community and Love

CJ Strauss’s quality of education project for Perry Hilltop / Perry South provides children at Angels’ Place and their families with three community meals. These meals are meant to strengthen the bond between two generations of parent and child, which has been noted as a critical component of a child’s development and will help aide the young parents in attaining stability and independence.

Back to School Fitness Walk

Back to School Fitness Walk

Porsha Humphries’ quality of place project for Central Northside encourages local families to adopt a healthy lifestyle by offering a fitness walk around the neighborhood. Additionally, the project aims to put children and their families in a postive frame-of-mind for the start of the school year.

Baytree Community Garden

Abandoned Vacant Lots Transformed into Beautiful Gathering Place


Leslee Schaffer’s quality of place project for Perry North / Observatory Hill transforms an overgrown vacant lot, which has begun serving as a neighborhood gathering spot, into a community garden. The project will add raised garden beds to grow fresh vegetables for a local food bank.

CCAC Allegheny Campus Food Pantry

CCAC, Allegheny Campus now offers a Food Pantry to Students in need


Jane Greenwood’s quality of place project for the Allegheny West provides qualifying students of the Community College of Allegheny with groceries once a month along with information on food assistance programs designed to reduce hunger and improve college retention. CCAC students will provide volunteer support to pack and sort the groceries, however only CCAC staff will interact with students receiving the groceries in order to be sensitive to the dignity of the students and lessen the stigma around participating in the program.

Cedar Market Exchange: A Broadcasting Experience


Lauren Stauffer’s quality of place project for East Allegheny/Deutschtown and Allegheny West aims to highlight Northside commerce and promote local businesses as community partners. Curated interviews will target around 40 small business owners, community leaders, and volunteers involved in related community projects. The interviews will be centered around exploring community commerce and will include relevant One Northside projects.

Charles Street Valley Neighborhood Reunion

Charles Street Valley Neighborhood Reunion was held at Riverview Park today, Father’s Day

Dierdre Cooper’s quality of place project brings Northside neighbors of all ages together to reminisce through a reunion cookout at Riverview Park. The event includes playful activities for kids as well as cookout refreshments. Attendees will be encouraged to leave their contact information for future gatherings.

Children’s Table Summer Garden Camp Season Finale

Children’s Table Is Sprouting In The Northside!


Christy Bean Rowing’s quality of education project for Central Northside is the culminating week of a farm and garden camp for youth at Children’s Table Cooking. Activities include the harvest of vegetables and herbs, cooking campfire foods, craft and design of outdoor art, and presentations from bee-keepers, chefs, and local farmers August 8-12.

City Steps Clean Up (Phase 2)

Building bridges between neighborhoods and communites to continue unifying

English Burton’s quality of place project for California-Kirkbride and Central Northside will continue the beautification clean-up program to reclaim city steps in need of repair. The next phase of this operation will be to perform any required upkeep on the steps. The renovated steps provide the opportunity for interaction among neighbors during the project and the removal of an eyesore from the community.

Combat Litter

Combat Litter: The Front Line on Trash in Troy Hill

Ellen Crist’s quality of place project for Troy Hill has the core purpose of litter cleanup. Additionally, the program seeks to educate residents on how to proactively stop litter problems, and the benefits of recycling. Early education about recycling will set the tone for the next generation of Troy Hill residents.

Dream Dancers

Dream Dancers – Transforming Lives through the Art of Dance


Sakeenah Johnson’s quality of place project for multiple Northside neighborhoods supports the costumes for a dance competition. The Dream Dancers provides children with a safe environment to avoid violence, learn social skills, and most importantly, learn to love and appreciate dance.

East Allegheny Pumpkinfest: A Children’s Harvest Festival

25th Annual Children’s Festival Celebrates Northside Children, Families and Fall!


Barbara Burns’ quality of place in East Allegheny provides a festival for children and their families, with activities such as a petting zoo, pony rides, pumpkin decoration contests, and more. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Festival, children will contribute to a time capsule and plant a Sugar Maple tree.

East Deutschtown Community Orchard

New Community Orchard Offers Fresh Produce for Local Residents in East Deutschtown

Charles Triechler’s quality of place project for East Allegheny / Deutschtown provides inviting, shaded green-space and access to locally produced fruit to the residents of the East Deutschtown neighborhood. The project additionally provides opportunities for local residents and youth to learn about planting, pruning, and caring for fruit trees.

Fineview Community Garden Speaker Series

Ideas and Interests Grow at Fineview Community Garden: Local Speaker Series Promote Local Businesses while Encouraging Healthy Habits for Fineview Residents


Jessica Slean’s quality of place project for Fineview will energize a reclaimed vacant lot in the neighborhood through a community health speaker series. Each speaking event will focus on educating Fineview community members on healthy lifestyle options, raising awareness of local businesses, and engaging diverse and historically withdrawn neighbors.

Fineview Community Picnic

Fineview Community Picnic is One Fine Day

Christine Whispell’s quality of place project helps connect Fineview neighbors through a community picnic. The event kicks off a spirit building campaign in order to lighten the atmosphere in the neighborhood and highlight community needs, such as rehabilitating play space for children. The event features screen printing t-shirts, face painting, a cardboard city, ultimate dodgeball, and playground in a bag from City of Play.

Food City Sustainability – Equipment Purchase

With the help of the Sprout Fund, Food City, a community garden located in East Deutschtown neighborhood of the North Side, acquires the equipment necessary to ensure sustainability for years to come

Madison Nestor’s quality of place project for East Allegheny / Deutschtown is looking expands the functionality of the Garden at Food City with improved equipment. By purchasing the equipment and tools, the garden works to become self-sustainable for years to come.

Hope for the Homeless


Charles Chapman’s quality of place project for multiple Northside Districts is comprised of three events to engage the community around the topic of homelessness. The events include a community forum with information on how to best care for and serve the homeless; an outreach event to pass out clothes and food to over 500 individuals and families; and a conference for homeless service professionals to share best practices for engaging the community in helping the homeless.

#InvolveNorthside Community Conversations

Innovative Community Currency Helps to bridge Gaps in Northside Neighborhood

Kenny Chen’s quality of place project for multiple Northside neighborhoods hopes to bring communities closer together by offering a way for business, nonprofits, and volunteers to work together to create digital content and accomplish mutual goals. The project will record and promote interviews with Northside business owners and nonprofit leaders around the Northside in order to get people more involved in the community and to get to know new businesses and organizations.

Manchester Growing Together Farm – Health & Wellness Event

The Manchester Growing Together Farm is truly rooted in the Manchester community


Lisa Freeman’s quality of place project for Manchester is a community self-reliance education program promoting access for all people to healthy food and a healthy lifestyle. From planting to harvesting; food preparation and nutrition; growing healthy food and building a community, this health & wellness event strives to ensure that Northside residents remain healthy.

MAYA Prenatal Parent Program

Northside nonprofit leads efforts to keep babies dry and safe!


Tomilyn Ward’s quality of education project for East Allegheny will expand the Prenatal Parent Program, which provides free classes to expectant parents and rewards them with brand new car seats, playards (commonly referred to as pack n’ plays), wipes, and diapers for their babies. The program goal is to promote the health and safety of infants and parents. Class topics include healthy pregnancy, understanding fetal development, childbirth education, breastfeeding, newborn care, car safety, safe sleep, calming the crying infant, parental stress management, preventing child abuse, postpartum wellness, and more.

Meet Your Neighbor Rally

Meet your Brighton Heights Neighbors at this free, fun, family-friendly event!

Rick Weiss’ quality of place project for Brighton Heights will encourage Brighton Heights neighbors to meet each other and work together to address the needs of the community. A goal of the project is to strengthen relationships between local churches, community organizations, government officials and community leaders. In addition to providing information about local services (ranging from AA/NA meetings to food banks to after-school activities) the Rally will promote Brighton Heights strong presence of local resident artists by holding an art show/studio tour.

Metamorphosis – She’s Got Her Wings

A Riveting Monologue show takes audience on emotional creative journey through the transformative lives of 7 amazing women

Ayeshah Bull’s quality of place project for multiple Northside neighborhoods is a performance arts project geared towards creating a space for women of color on the Northside. The project aims to creatively share the womens’ stories in order to encourage and empower women that are silently suffering. The performance will offer hope to other women in the audience who may be currently experiencing or have experienced similar situations and may see Creative Arts as a space to heal.

Money Mogul 16!

Teaching small businesses how to stay ahead of the financial curve

Simone Quinerly’s quality of employment project for Allegheny West will establish a financial training center with three workshops for small businesses in the community. Financial workshops, group discussions, and engaging panelists will give local businesses an introduction to financial literacy, a network of reliable resources, and will ensure that underpriviledged residents get the help they need to start a business. Training sessions will feature local community workers, whose areas of expertise include wealth management (budgeting, saving, investing), taxes, and business financial management.

North Side National Night Out

Neighbors unite with local organizations and police to celebrate their community

Samantha Ellwood’s quality of place project in Marshall-Shadeland is part of a larger annual national movement that focuses on a community-building campaign, promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods, like the North Side, safer and better places to live. The North Side Night out will give residents, community partners, and law enforcement a place to come together to share a meal, listen to music, and enjoy one another’s company, helping to build the relationships needed for strong communication and a strong community.

Northside Family Legacy

A Family Success on the Northside with Family Legacy Award Dinner that Showcase Generational Achievements Within a Family

Eleanor Williams’ quality of education project in Perry South / Perry Hilltop recognizes Northside families for achievements in Academics, Sports, and Performing Arts. The project focuses on positive achievements within the community with the aim of encouraging excellence across generations. The community will nominate the pilot Legacy family, who will have their achievements showcased at a community dinner.

Northside Toastmasters Capacity Building

Where Northside Leaders are Made

Paul Matthew’s quality of employment project for the Central Northside will increase neighborhood awareness of, and participation in, the Northside Toastmasters Club. The Toastmasters provide a low-cost, high-quality, self-paced educational program that gives members valuable speaking and leadership experience in a non-threatening and supportive environment.

NTOSAKE Leadership Training

These Amazing Ladies Of Bidwell Church Rise To The Top!

Shelia Collins’ quality of education project for Chateau is a leadership training for women to build capacity for organizing community activities in Perry North, Manchester, and Chateau. NTOSAKE means “she who walks with lions; she who carries her own things”. The Ntosake development program will empower participating women to develop leadership skills, confidence, and life direction to benefit the Northside.

Outdoor Movies in Manchester

Summer Fun in the Northside’s Manchester Community: Movies in the Park

Michelle Wright’s quality of place project for Manchester will provide a fun recreational activity for friends and family. Family-friendly movies will be shown outdoors in the local community field, bringing together residents for relaxation and fellowship. Additionally, Manchester Citizens Corporation will make volunteer sign-up sheets and information about community meetings and events available during movie showings, to encourage residents to become more involved in their community.

Outside Café Space

Outdoor Café Space Providing You with a Space Lined with Beauty and Comfort Where You Can Come and Enjoy Great Food, Fellowship, Live Music on the Lawn, Poetry, Spoken Work or Just a Good Conversation Under the Sun

Lateresa and Michael Blackwell’s quality of place project in Marshall – Shadeland engages volunteers from Bidwell Street United Presbyterian Church to clean up and then landscape the area outside of Café on the Corner. Updates to the space with include mowing the grass, clearing out overgrown trees and brush, planting new flowerbeds, and repainting the fence. A community BBQ thanks the volunteers and celebrates their accomplishments.

Pittsburgh VegFest 2016

VegFest 2016 is Back and Bigger than Ever-Fun for the Whole Family on the North Side


Leila Sleiman’s quality of place project in Central Northside is an event that brings together animal welfare organizations, small business food vendors, and green living sustainability aspects from across Pittsburgh. The event features live music, activities for children, and cooking demonstrations along with speakers presenting on animal welfare and food waste.

Play4Purpose – Northview Heights

Northview Heights Community United Through the Beautiful Game

Nduwamaungu Ernest’s quality of place project in Northview Heights consists of a series of bi-weekly summer soccer sessions for Northside youth ages 10-20. The sessions are led by the Young Boys FC, a Northview Heights based soccer club comprised of African refugee young adults, as well as from local partners such as Pittsburgh Soccer in the Community, CameroonFDP, and Bridging the Gaps Fellows. The project aims to create a safe place where people of different backgrounds and cultures and put their differences aside by coming together through a game of soccer without having to worry about a place to play or bring equipment.

Proyecto Alcance! (Reach Project!)

Community thrives as communication grows thanks to PROYECTO ALCANCE!

Gia Braafhart’s quality of education project for the Northside is an outreach and support network for Latino families to improve access to engagement and services where language is a barrier to participation. The project will help Latino families on the Northside sign up for after school programs and parent engagement opportunities, access job applications, and find housing through Spanish-English interpretation and translation services.

Puppets at the Party

Giant Puppets delight neighbors all over the Northside


Cheryl Capezzuti’s quality of Place project for multiple Northside neighborhoods provides puppet entertainment at Northside neighborhood events. The project will also stage surprise “puppet parades” in Northside neighborhoods that have never hosted the puppets for their neighborhood events.

Recipes for Success for Hungry Minds

Lisa Freeman and Wallace Sapp’s quality of education project to improve math skills and parent involvement for students who are performing poorly in school. The project will add a “who ate my math homework” cooking component to the Math Doctors class for 3rd grade students at Pittsburgh Manchester PreK-8. The students will receive the book Recipes for Hungry Minds and make recipes on a bi-weekly basis as a way to incorporate family involvement into their learning. There will additionally be monthly engagements for the students and their families and supporters.

Rox Performance Instrument Rental Program

Local music program teaches life lessons through music

Erik Stillabower’s quality of education project for East Allegheny / Deutschtown is a music instruction and performance program for Northside youth. With this support, Rox Performance will provide free music lessons and performance opportunities on Saturdays at the Allegheny Elk’s Lodge 339.

S.O.S. & D.

Northside neighbors come together supporting and educating traumatized families


Cecilia Ware’s quality of education project for the Central Northside educates and provides resources for families that have been traumatized by violent crime. The project events will provide people with an opportunity to speak about their experiences in addition to being connected with counseling services and hearing from speakers.

Sons & Daughters of Sons & Daughters

A Source of Change in the Community

Debra Green’s quality of place project for Perry North / Observatory Hill is a citizen-led effort to provide basic needs for her neighbors, such as food, school supplies, and clothing. Debra began helping her neighbors by using her own already scarce resources, and now will expand her giving and actions for change in partnership with One Northside.

Spring Hill First Month Festival

Spring Hill’s First Month Festival Welcomes Students and Families for an Incredible School Year!


Diana Carter’s quality of education project for Spring Hill / City View is a back-to-school festival at PPS Spring Hill K-5 for families, students, teachers, and staff to build strong relationships at the start of the school year. The festival will feature enrichment activity previews, healthy student habit support, food, and an overall celebration of community – school relations in Spring Hill.

Steps in Motion – A Northside Animation

Neighbors come together to bring neglected green way to life in an animated film!

Catherine Drabkin’s quality of place project highlights a neglected urban green space that connects Central Northside and Perry Hilltop. Members of the community will join together to clean up and paint the Arch Street Extension steps. The project activities will be used as the focus of a short stop frame animation of the green way that encourages the community to work together to beautify their surroundings and improve quality of life across the Northside.

Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) Behavior Intervention in Morrow Elementary School

Kids learn to SNAP out of Trouble

Dee Dee Giovanazzi’s quality of education project for Brighton Heights brings awareness to parents about the benefits of the incoming SNAP program at John Morrow Elementary. SNAP is an evidence-based program that teaches children to use coping skills to avoid trouble and control their behavior. Events such as luncheons, parent meet and greets, and parent-teacher nights will provide information about the program coming into the school, parents’ role, and how to make additional referrals throughout the Northside community.

Thankful Little Elves Holiday Gift Shoppe

Northside project Thankful Little Elves Holiday Shoppe sparks change in Northside children and encourages future acts of thankfulness


Kendrah Foster’s quality of education project teaches children the art of thankfulness while also exploring beginning math skills at Providence Family Support’s annual holiday brunch. During the event, children will gain better knowledge on how to use money and make change by using play money to buy small gifts for people that are important to them. They will then write thank you notes to go along with the gifts.

The Banjo Club (documentary)

Local documentary puts a spotlight on The Pittsburgh Banjo Club

William Gandy’s quality of place project for the Central Northside will spotlight The Banjo Club, a local organization that comes together every month to celebrate the community and the banjo. The documentary will highlight the variety of opportunities and experiences available on the Northside, and promote a positive image of the Northside on social media.

The Wise Ones Community Holiday Play

Northsiders Celebrate the Holiday with an Affordable Theatrical Production at the New Hazlett Theater

Russell Bynum’s quality of place project is a holiday production at the New Hazlett Theater featuring local amateur and professional talent. This production gives local youth a chance to be involved in a professional production, learning things such as the importance of ticket sales and how to write grants. The event also provides a low-cost entertainment option for low- to moderate-income residents, with scholarship tickets given to youth groups.

ToolKeeper Neighbors

Mr. Al Gets Relief as ‘ToolKeeper’ Kids Take Over Bike Repairs in Northview Heights!

Alfred Bahnson’s quality of education project in Northview Heights works to circulate a bike repair kit throughout the Northview Heights community. Children in the community that need bicycle repairs will be directed to the ToolKeeper Neighbors, where they can borrow repair tools, get assistance, and contribute their assistance to help others. This project aims to help children develop skills with manual tools along with a sense of confidence and self-reliance.

When I Grow Up Summit

Community Members Inspire Future Northside Leaders at The When I Grow Up Summit and Celebration

Barbara Vargo’s quality of education project recognizes Kindergarten student achievement at Propel Northside through a culminating career research project and graduation ceremony around the topic ‘When I Grow Up.’ Community members are invited into a Kindergarten classroom at Propel Northside to share information about their careers and answer questions. At the graduation event students showcase their final projects, model career outfits, and are given educational materials to help improve summer learning retention.

Women Writers of Northview Heights Documentary

Women Writers of Northview Heights: from paper to film and back again

Hudson Rush’s quality of place project for Northview Heights will produce a documentary of the Women Writers of Northview Heights. The documentary aims to build on the group’s momentum, heighten awareness of the program and invite more women to join, promote positive happenings in the Northview Heights area, and welcome others to see and hear what the women writers do and say about their lives, their community and their continued work in creative writing and other artistic practices, including drawing, painting and photography.

WON: Women of the Northside Learning Marketplace Creativity Hubs

WON Creatively Innovates a Woman’s Worth…Career, Personal Life, Community and Growing Our Value

Ebony McQueen-Harris’ quality of employment project promotes intentional, external change within the self, professional work, and community via innovative Learning Marketplace Creativity Hubs. WON’s Learning Marketplace Creativity Hubs are designed to foster and support creativity, guide women to achievable goals, provide shared resources within community, networking and collaboration.

Youth Collaboration

Angel Gober’s quality of education project on behalf of Brightwood Civic Group continues and expands a violence prevention program for youth in Marshall-Shadeland. Through the program, youth discuss topics such as poverty, food desserts, resource scarcity, and divestment in order to help them understand the root causes of issues in the community so that they can be empowered to work toward a better vision for the future.

Youth Invested in Music

YIIM has started a new trend – find out what our youth and young members of our community have put together!

Mike Dixon’s quality of place project in Central Northside provides youth at Jefferson Recreation Center an opportunity to engage with music production in a studio setting. Participating youth will learn financial literacy by managing a simulated record contract, and experience writing and recording their own original music. The project aims to support positive behavior among youth in the Northside, and will provide field trips to a Downtown recording studio.