The One Northside Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants program catalyzes innovative community projects and creates opportunities to engage residents and contribute to the One Northside vision. Through support from The Buhl Foundation, grants of up to $1,000 are offered to provide immediate support for small-scale community projects with broad resident support on Pittsburgh’s Northside.

After a thorough review, The Sprout Fund is pleased to announce the third and final round of new projects for 2017, 17 projects that will receive $1,000 Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants. As part of their proposals, applicants wrote the headlines that appear below as examples of what the news will say at the successful conclusion of their projects.

These latest projects join 14 others supported in June and 15 supported in July, meeting our goal of supporting 45 resident-led projects on the Northside this summer with Neighbor-to-Neighbor grants.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects supported in August 2017

All-Star Smiles

“Providing Our Future Leaders of Tomorrow with ‘All-Star Smiles’ Read how a local college student is changing oral education with prevention”

Brytney Humphries’ Quality of Education project in Central Northside teaches healthy oral habits to students at Manchester Academic Charter School. The 6-week oral health curriculum will introduce and reinforce a new oral hygiene topic each week and will also include a parent-teacher meeting so that the healthy habits taught through the program can be encouraged both at school and at home.

Crafteroni and Cheese

“Nothing Cheesy About Kids Sewing and Cooking with Crafteroni and Cheese in Brighton Heights (Except the Cheese!)”

Donna Nyambe’ Quality of Education project in Brighton Heights is a 6-week program that teaches basic cooking and sewing skills to middle school students. The weekly sessions will focus on project planning, learning to use a pattern, fabric selection, cutting, and using a sewing machine to create a backpack or garment of their choice. Students will also learn basic cooking skills, selecting fresh ingredients from a local grocery store and learning to use the tools needed to make 3 dishes that they could easily replicate at home.

Engaging Seniors: Bringing Steps in Motion to a Larger Audience

“Connect with senior citizens on the North Side to hear their stories of using the public steps of Pittsburgh in a North Side animated film!”

Catherine Drabkin’s Quality of Place project in Central Northside and the surrounding Northside brings the Steps in Motion project to a broader audience, specifically Northside senior citizens, and uses it to collect stories about the history of the steps. Through a series of events, senior citizens will watch the Steps in Motion animation and then reflect on how the city steps have been used over time. While younger generations work to maintain and repair the steps throughout the Northside, this project aims to preserve the stories of this unique feature of Pittsburgh.

From Pantry to Plate

“Neighbors eating from pantry to plate delicous food.”

Naomi Wilson’s Quality of Education project in Brighton Heights hosts food demonstrations at the Greater Allen AME Church as a way to provide health and wellness education in a fun atmosphere. Nutritionists from the community food bank will help to plan the 6-week program, using food available at the food bank. A wellness coach will additionally provide education on diabetes and heart disease.

Harbison Ave. Little Free Library

“Little AND Free AND Library – Three Words Everyone Loves, Now Open in Brighton Heights”

Sarah Steers’ Quality of Place project in Brighton Heights makes books more easily accessible to residents on Harbison Avenue who have a difficult time getting to a public library. The project will build and fill a Little Free Library that will then be installed on Harbison Avenue, including books for all ages. The community will help to decide where the little free library will be located.

Historic and Contemporary Congregations of Allegheny City/North Side

“The Enduring Congregations of the Northside’s Core: Past and Present”

Amelia Gehron’s Quality of Place project in Allegheny Center and Central Northside features a walking tour of the surviving religious congregations on the Northside. The role of religious communities was and continues to be a vital feature that adds to the quality of life for many Northside residents. The tour will focus on the impact these congregations have had on past and present Northside life.

Infant Mental Health Project

“Northside Nonprofit Helps New Parents Nurture Smart and Well-Adjusted Babies”

Vicki Sirockman’s Quality of Education project in East Allegheny / Deutschtown develops a new series of classes for parents that encourages positive cognitive and mental health development in infants. The class curricula will be developed in partnership with Project LAUNCH, a new infant mental health advocacy and education initiative. The classes will seek to teach new parents skills to reduce the effects of toxic stress in babies. Parents who participate will be given MAYA Money that can be cashed in for baby supplies as an incentive to participate.

Money Matters 2017 Financial Bock Party!

“Quinerly Financial Group rocks the Northside with their “Money Matters” 2017 Block Party!”

Simone Quinerly’s Quality of Education project in Allegheny Center launches an event featuring hands-on activities that educate youth on financial literacy. The event will target Northside youth ages 3-18, who will learn financial skills appropriate for their age group. High school students will learn about financial aid, loans, and scholarships along with banking and budgeting while the younger attendees will focus more on the concepts of money and saving using a savings jar. Parents will additionally be given the opportunity to sign up for a 529 college savings plan during the event.

Northside Lot Tenders

“Northside Communities Join Forces to Battle Blight”

Debbie Reed’s Quality of Place project in California-Kirkbride mobilizes volunteers through the California-Kirkbride Neighbors and Charles Street Valley Area Council to clear and beautify vacant lots. The project aims to bring pride to the neighborhood and provide safe places for children to play through regular volunteer days that tend to neglected greenspaces.

Ntosake Leadership Training Delegation

“Perrysville Hilltop NTOSAKE women on the move and making a difference one child/family at a time!”

Betty Tate, Frances Haynes, and Bonnie Kenney’s Quality of Employment project enables the 3 Northside women to attend the 2017 Ntosake Women’s Leadership Training in Kansas City, MO. This annual training focuses on providing a toolbox of leadership skills that level up and build on what they have learned in previous years. The women will then implement these skills through their work with Northside youth.

Observatory Hill Business District Light-Up Night

“Changing Perceptions; the Start of What Unity Looks Like in Observatory Hill!”

Dorrie Smith’s Quality of Place project in Perry North / Observatory Hill helps to highlight the neighborhood’s business district with a community event during the holiday season. Light-Up Night will take place at the 5 Corners of Observatory Hill, where East, Baytree, Mairdale Streets meet Perrysville Ave. Carolers and church choirs will sing throughout the business district and Santa Claus will give out small gifts for children in an effort to bring vitality and attention to the businesses while also encouraging unity within the neighborhood.

Picture This!

“Picture This! Brighton Heights Teens and Tweens See Through New Lens!”

Kate Kelley’s Quality of Place project in Brighton Heights teaches basic photography skills to Northside teens through a 10-session photography course. Using the Northside as their classroom, the student photographers will document the exterior of many beautiful and significant neighborhood landmarks of the Northside: school buildings, monuments, playgrounds, bridges, churches, businesses and houses. The photographs of the students will be professionally printed and displayed at a public event.

Promoting Community Gardening and Healthy Eating

“Welcome to Ballfield Farm! The place for our community to enjoy health and happiness!”

Sandy Kessler Kaminski’s Quality of Place project in Perry Hilltop / Perry South brings awareness to Ballfield Farm by painting a mural on the side of the farm’s storage shed that includes the Ballfield Farm logo. The project would increase the farm’s profile in the neighborhood, promoting a community resource where food is grown collectively.

Provident Charter School Indoor Garden

“Provident Charter School Helps Give Students Access to a Healthier Lifestyle”

Rachel Owens’ Quality of Education project in Troy Hill will bring an indoor garden at Provident Charter School to life with soil, plants, lighting, and gardening supplies. The project will not only teach students about gardening but also harvesting, cleaning, preparing, and eating produce throughout the school year. The Grow Sphere where the garden will be housed was made possible through the Let’s Move Pittsburgh program at Phipps Conservatory.

Reach Out and Read comes to the Northside!

“Your doctor gave you what? This Northside Doctors’ Office Promotes Health and Literacy”

Trina Peduzzi’s Quality of Education project in Central Northside brings the Reach Out and Read program to the Pediatric Alliance – Allegheny office. Reach Out and Read is a national program whose goal is to prepare the youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners will advise parents to read frequently to their children and, at the same time, distribute free, brand-new, developmentally- and culturally-appropriate books to children from 6 months through 5 years of age at each regular checkup.

Save the EARTH….Sew a BUTTON

“Local Costume Designer gives up film for bigger issue … Saving the Planet one Button at a time!”

Lisa Marie Bruno’s Quality of Education project in Brighton Heights and Spring Hill / City View teaches sewing to Northsiders as a way to cut down on textile waste. Sewing classes will be organized with local youth service providers and churches, using clothes with missing buttons to not only help Northsiders learn a new skill but to also save the garments from being thrown away.

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Education Project

“Marshall-Shadeland Residents Learn about Domestic Violence and How to Get Help”

Ginger Underwood’s Quality of Education project in Marshall-Shadeland educates the community, primarily women, on the Victims of Crime Act. The objective is to empower residents and to make referrals to resources in the community, if needed, through a workshop series that focuses on child abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence and a conflict mediation training.