Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving

Pittsburgh Day of Giving October 3, 2013

Tomorrow, October 3, 2013 is Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving. This is the 5th year for the Day of Giving. As the PittsburghGives.Org website says,

PittsburghGives is an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  The aim of this initiative is to:

  • Increase the level of knowledge about nonprofits in our region
  • Leverage or increase individual funding or organizations or an issue in our community
  • Spotlight the charitable trends in our region.  Where are people giving?  What are your community’s nonprofits saying is vital and needed right now?

I’d like to make three recommendations (please feel free to choose your own):

National Aviary

National Aviary

Nancy and I are “bird people.” We have several parrot companions, used to breed parakeets, lovebirds and cockatiels professionally, and own the hardback version of “The Alex Studies” by Dr. Irene Pepperberg. We love to go to the Aviary to see Penguin Point, the Wetlands Exhibit, or any of the other displays the Aviary has. We gladly support the Aviary’s efforts in conservation and education. We’re members of the Aviary. We hope you’ll donate to them–and become members, too!

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory

Phipps Conservatory’s work in conservation and education is also amazing. The flowers are beautiful to look at. I suspect Phipps and the Aviary may become our refuge from Pittsburgh’s February. The work Phipps has done on making their new facilities have little environmental impact is simply stunning engineering. Not only do the solar panels and wind turbine provide energy for the buildings, but the buildings themselves reduce their energy needs to an absolute minimum. This work demonstrates the practicality of green engineering as a cost-savings measure in addition to a measure to save the environment.

Persad

Persad

When I was a paramedic, the Persad Center was one of the sources for information on working with “Patients With AIDS (PWA).” That source of information became crucial when I was exposed to HIV while treating a patient. I was fortunate–my exposure, while severe, did not result in me contracting HIV. But going through a year of HIV testing was terrifying, and Persad was one of the organizations that helped me get through that time. Today, Persad provides programs for Mental Health, HIV/AIDS, Youth and Family Services, Training and Education, SAGE Older Adult Services for both lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender persons and the greater community.

If you’d like to donate to one of the above organizations, clicking on the Day of Giving link on October 3 will take you to a link where you can donate and have your donation matched.

Update: The links have been changed to take you to the actual donation page.

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