Garfield Community Action Team (GCAT)

Residents creating a cleaner, greener, safer Garfield.

Garbage Cans & Gardening for Garfield

GCAT has received 2 grants this year!  One is a Seed Award from the Sprout Fund, the other is a Love Your Block Grant from the City of Pittsburgh!

Garfield’s Pitch-In Project (funded by Sprout’s Seed Award)

“Pitch in” is a project that will engage Garfield residents and empower them to help keep their neighborhood litter-free. Over the past year, the Garfield community has participated in a series discussions about their neighborhood and needed improvements.  An ongoing theme throughout these discussions has been residents’ concern about the impact of trash on their health and safety.  Residents are frustrated to seeing garbage piling up in the neighborhood’s streets, parks and vacant lots where the few waste receptacles are seldom emptied.  Community leaders from the neighborhood have approached the city to see if they could extend public trash cans into the neighborhood, but unfortunately financial constraints prevent public works from providing containers and an extended collection route. With the “Pitch in” project, we would like to create and adopt-a-trash can program in Garfield, where residents would take on responsibility of owning a trash can that’s put out for public use and maintain it when it gets full. We will also be engaging with neighborhood artists to help paint the garbage cans so that they are fun and encourage the public to use them. GCAT will be launching this project this spring and will be getting the cans out into the neighborhood by May 2016.

Continued Landscaping at the BGC Activity Center (funded by the Love Your Block grant)

The Love Your Block project that GCAT will be funded for is a greening project that will include rain barrels and a rain garden along the side of the BGC Activity Center. We will also like to improve the “Welcome to Garfield” sign that is also located on the property. This Love Your Block project would be located in a highly visible spot in Garfield. Located at the BGC Activity Center on North Pacific Street, this is a well utilized community center for residents in Garfield.  The BGC Activity Center holds summer camps, community meetings,  job trainings, church services, and family events. This site is also a prominent feature during Garfield’s Night Market, which draws 500-1,000 visitors from the Penn Avenue Arts district every first Friday.  This project will help to demonstrate how neighbors continue to work together to create green and sustainable spaces. 

There will be many exciting opportunities to get involved in these projects.  If you are interested in helping out please get in touch with the volunteers at GCAT at: gcatpgh@gmail.com

 

 

 

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