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Jefferson Regional Foundation Celebrates Five Years of Grant Making to Improve the Health and Well-Being of Communities in Southern Allegheny County

Monday, August 26, 2019

Nearly $11 million has been invested in services benefitting people of all ages and with diverse health needs

Jefferson Hills, PA -- After awarding $1.975 million in new community health grants this year, the Jefferson Regional Foundation has reached $10.9 million in grant-making to improve the health and well-being of the South Hills and lower Mon Valley regions of Allegheny County over its five year history. This year also saw the largest number of grants, 46, awarded in one year by the Foundation.

Among grants awarded in 2019 include:

  • $180,000 over three years to the Melting Pot Ministries expansion project to support youth afterschool and summer programs, family and school connections, and the development of a business plan for onsite mental health services for the South Park, Baldwin-Whitehall, and Bethel Park areas.
  • $100,000 to Literacy Pittsburgh to continue to meet the increasing demand for essential literacy training for over 130 local adults and families and building its essential role in workforce and career readiness.
  • $25,000 to Jewish Healthcare Foundation to bring Dementia Friends, an awareness program for the public designed to improve quality of life and support those living with dementia, to the Jefferson area.
  • $120,000 to Economic Development South, to support a Jefferson area transportation pilot for improving access to health, education and human services through a nontraditional transportation program, called Ruby Ride, in partnership with CCAC South, Jefferson Hospital, and Squirrel Hill Health Center.

In addition to funding select initiatives of over 90 different organizations, the Jefferson Regional Foundation has also launched the Jefferson Community Collaborative, a network of over 92 community-serving organizations which share new ideas and develop strategies to facilitate joint action on issues such as behavioral health and resident engagement. A current focus of the Collaborative is census participation outreach and workforce development within the South Hills region of Allegheny County.

Last October, the Jefferson Regional Foundation and the Jefferson Community Collaborative also launched the weeklong Around the Table South initiative, which convened over 1,000 residents and local employees through a series of tabletop conversations about how to improve the quality of life for those living in the southern Allegheny County region.  The effort was a predecessor to the similar Big Table conversations which took place across Pittsburgh earlier this year. The Foundation has since released a report from last year’s Around the Table program and awarded $28,500 in ‘mini-grants’ to seed ideas which emerged from the Table themes of wellness, youth development, equity, poverty and civic engagement. A second Around the Table South event will be held in the spring of 2020.

“We are so proud to celebrate this milestone in our Foundation’s history with local leaders, organizations, and partners who share in our commitment to improving the health and vitality of our communities,” said Mary Phan-Gruber, chief executive officer, Jefferson Regional Foundation. “We have been inspired by countless success stories from our grantees and those they serve in the South Hills and Mon Valley region of Allegheny County.”

Thirty-nine percent of the grants awarded by the Foundation have been directed toward strengthening vulnerable populations and communities, 37 percent toward increasing health access and prevention, and 24 percent toward improving the health of children and families.

A full list of grants for the fiscal year 2018-2019 can be found here.

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About the Jefferson Regional Foundation

Jefferson Regional Foundation has provided nearly 11 million in grant awards to 90 different community organizations in the area since it was funded in March 2013 as part of the affiliation agreement for Jefferson Hospital to become part of the Allegheny Health Network. The Foundation is dedicated to grant-making in the South Hills and Mon Valley areas of Pittsburgh within its broad community health priorities which include: health access and prevention, improving outcomes for children and families, and strengthening populations and communities. The Foundation also hosts an annual conference for 250 participants called the Jefferson Forum, staffs the 92-member Jefferson Community Collaborative and recently initiated a series of community conversations called Around the Table South. The Foundation values its role as a convener and shares local data and information including Community Snapshots and reports. For more information visit www.jeffersonrf.org or call 412-267-6770.