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CFLK: UPstander Opportunities

April 17, 2020 to May 31, 2020

Here are UPstander opportunities with organizations throughout several Pittsburgh neighborhoods dedicated to serving community. Long-standing Center for Loving Kindness allies, these organizations are seeing unprecedented need and have identified ways for us to help.

Because we are organizing this outreach through Project UPstanders of the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness, we encourage you to send us an email at [email protected] alerting us that you have signed up to volunteer. Knowing who signed up allows us to gather virtually to talk about our experiences and support each other.

We hope you join us in being UPstanders.
Your Center for Loving Kindness team,

Rabbi Ron Symons
Cathy Samuels
Melissa Hiller
Fara Marcus
Margie Ruttenberg


The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg has witnessed unprecedented needs within the Wilkinsburg community. Their New to You Free Store provides for all in need, and they need our help.

In particular, the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg needs (new or gently used):

  • Sheets
  • Towels
  • Linens
  • Bed Spreads
  • Plates and Dishes
  • Pots and Pans
  • Silverware
  • Clothing
  • Coats/Jackets (already thinking about Fall school openings)

The Christian Church of Wilkinsburg
748 Wallace Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15221

You will not make contact with clients or personnel during your drop-off. Please pack your items securely in waterproof plastic bags. Drop deliveries in the driveway to the left of the Church. If you have questions, contact Rev. Janet Hellner Burris at [email protected]

Grayson Community Center: Rev. Glenn Grayson of the Jeron X. Grayson Community Center and the Wesley Center AME Zion Church in the Hill District has alerted us that members of the community are in need of the following:

  • Non-perishable individually wrapped healthy snacks like granola bars, cereal bars, trail mix, and fruit cups
  • Bottles of water
  • Personal hygiene items

2701 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15219
At the intersection of Francis Street

Drop items on the front steps of the Wesley Center AME Zion Church. Please seal your donations well in plastic bags. If you have questions contact Reverend Grayson at [email protected]

East End Cooperative Ministry is experiencing unprecedented numbers of people in need of food. Their client base for their food pantry has tripled to 500 families per week. Carole Bailey, EECM President and CEO, asks you to help them with:

  • Large boxes of dry cereal
  • Volunteers to prepare meals and deliver to EECM for their staff to heat and serve to their residents
    • Drop-off at EECM is at 6pm Mon-Fri for approximately 50 individuals
    • Coordinate directly with Tracy Hudson at [email protected] or 412-345-7124
    • Please do not prepare meals with pork products
  • Carry-out items like plastic bags, hinged clam shell containers, disposable utensil packs, plastic cups, plates and bowls, and containers for hot/cold food with lids
  • Volunteers
    • There will be no exposure to clients
    • Coordinate directly with Tracy Hudson at [email protected] or 412-345-7124.

East End Cooperative Ministry
6140 Station Street
Pittsburgh, PA  15206
Across from Home Depot in East Liberty. All drop-offs and deliveries at Door G

We are excited to share a new volunteer opportunity with 412FoodRescue, whose mission is to prevent good food from being wasted by redirecting it to those who are experiencing food insecurity.

Under normal circumstances, a volunteer “412FoodRescue Hero” gets notified through an app on their phone about a pick-up from an institution that has extra food and an institution that needs food.  The food rescue hero makes the drive between the institutions to transfer the food.

412FoodRescue is adapting its model to make at-home deliveries in response to the necessity of being physically distant, and they are looking for volunteers to help ensure that people get access to food.

Because we are organizing this outreach through Project UPstanders of the JCC’s Center for Loving Kindness, we encourage you to send us an email at [email protected] alerting us that you have signed up to volunteer.  Knowing who signed up allows us to gather virtually to talk about our experiences and support each other.

You can learn more about the process and the no-contact precautions they are instituting by watching this video.

412FoodRescue allows you to volunteer on your own schedule. Click on this link and follow the instructions to download the app on your device.  All you have to do is sign up and accept your first opportunity to volunteer.

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Mar 23 – Dec 31
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Mar 24 – Dec 31
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12:15-12:45 pm
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