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From mental-health first aid to Schenley High documentary: latest McAuley grants

Many families in the Hill District are enthusiastic about the opening of the new Thelma Lovette YMCA, says Michele Rone Cooper, executive director of McAuley Ministries. "Yet lower-income families were concerned about being able to afford memberships," she says.
That's why McAuley, which gives grants from the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System, stepped in with $70,000 to subsidize memberships for 100 families -- part of the current round of more than $310,000 in grants given to the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to support health and wellness, community development, education and other programs.
A grant of $25,000 is helping to create the Pittsburgh Wealth Building Initiative, a collaboration of Duquesne University and Urban Innovation21. It is based on successful programs in Cleveland and elsewhere that look at anchor institutions in a community and ask what services and goods they need the most, then help create organizations -- often coops and employee-owned companies -- that serve those institutions. The idea is to generate well-paying jobs and build up local businesses.
A part of the city's Housing Authority called Clean Slate E3 is known for its state-of-the-art media training for teens, and $23,500 will help five kids in their after-school program produce a documentary on the closed Schenley High School and its significance to the Hill District. Another $23,770 will send four staff members from Mercy Behavioral Health to the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare for a week-long course in mental-health first aid: how to recognize and respond to signs of mental-health issues and substance-abuse problems. The group will then hold 10 workshops for approximately 250 people in community, to pass on their knowledge.
For a full list of the latest McAuley grants, click here.
Do Good:
Get involved with another one of McAuley’s grantees on the Hill, Uptown Partners of Pittsburgh, which has been concerned with abandoned properties, public safety, greening the community, transportation and public art since 2007.
Writer: Marty Levine
Source: Michele Rone Cooper, McAuley Ministries

Photo courtesy of the Thelma Lovette YMCA.
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