Community Meeting on The Vandal’s Proposed Liquor License Transfer

Flyer for Community Meeting on The Vandal

[UPDATE] Notes from Community Meeting on The Vandal

Please join us on Monday, February 12th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Lyceum, 333 45th Street for a community meeting on The Vandal’s proposed liquor license transfer for the restaurant.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Questions? Please call LU at (412) 802-7220.

Community Meeting on Driftwood Oven

Driftwood Oven Flyer

Please join us on Thursday, February 8th at 6:30 p.m. at 3615 Butler Street (formerly Matteo’s) for a community meeting on Driftwood Oven and a proposed liquor license transfer for the restaurant.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback.

Questions? Please call LU at (412) 802-7220.

Now hiring: Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Manager

Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Manager Job Description

Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market Manager

Lawrenceville United is seeking a highly passionate, productive, strategic individual to join our team of dedicated community advocates and professionals as a part-time, seasonal Market Manager to manage and promote the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market.

 

Lawrenceville United is an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.

 

About Lawrenceville United

Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization that works to improve and protect the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents and stakeholders. LU envisions a safe, clean, green, healthy and diverse community where residents work together to shape the neighborhood’s future, while honoring Lawrenceville’s past. For more information on LU, please visit www.LUnited.org.

 

About the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market

The mission of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market is to provide access to fresh, locally- produced foods for all Lawrenceville residents and visitors in an inclusive, vibrant, and safe community space. The Market aims to lower barriers to fresh, healthy food especially for low-income families, older adults, and individuals with food insecurity or low food access and to support the development of a strong and sustainable local food system with farmers and small business owners through incentive programs, community education, and outreach in the neighborhoods we serve.

 

Responsibilities:

The Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market’s Market Manager is responsible for the following:

  • Communications for the market, including the distribution of print materials in and around Lawrenceville, managing press coverage, updating directories, and maintaining activity on social media outlets
  • Vendor recruitment (previous experience working with farmers and food producers is preferred.)
  • Vendor outreach and coordination, including obtaining weekly updates from vendors during the season
  • Collection of dues and weekly record-keeping
  • Weekly operations of the market including oversight of farmers’ and managing the relationship with the market site’s property owner.
  • Oversee volunteers

In addition, the Market Manager is also expected to:

  • Attend meetings of the LFMAC as a liaison between the LFMAC and the market/ vendors and assist the committee with research for market best practices and potential funding sources
  • Engage in fundraising activities and special event planning
  • Keep track of and maintain relationships with local sponsors, and special event performers

 

Requirements:

The ideal candidate should have the following skills and resources:

  • Good organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to self-direct and manage
  • Ability to see the larger picture and think creatively about challenges and solutions
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, strong experience with electronic news publications and social media
  • Ability to forge relationships with all stakeholders, including vendors, customers, active community members, and Lawrenceville business owners
  • Demonstrated experience and passion for food and agriculture
  • Valid PA Drivers’ License
  • Willingness to work Saturdays for the 22 weeks of market.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds

 

Stipend:

Compensation is $15 per hour. The Market Manager is expected to work the following hours:

Pre-season (March-May, 13 weeks) 10-15 hours per week
Season (June-October, 22 weeks) 15 hours per week
Post-season (November and December) 5-10 hours per week


Submission criteria:
Please send resume and cover letter to info@lunited.org.  Applications will be accepted until February 23, 2018.

Vendor Application for the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market, 2018 Season

We are now accepting vendor applications for the 2018 season of the Lawrenceville Farmers’ Market. Our growing market, located at Arsenal Park on Saturdays 1-4 pm, runs June through October and is always looking for more local farmers and food producers! Click on the link to download the application. Please complete and send to market@lunited.org. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Vendor Application 2018

Duncan Park Update 2018

Join us for a community meeting on Duncan Park, March 6th at 6:30 pm at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center, 118 52nd Street.
Our year in review
2017 was a big year at Duncan Park. Though we had some setbacks and delays, we were able to make significant progress towards making Duncan Park a community amenity for all. Thanks to all the dedicated volunteers who have chipped in to make this project happen, we could not do it without you.
Here are some of our big accomplishments. Stay in touch, email taro@LUNITED.org if you’re interested in getting involved with gardening or playscape construction. We’ll be starting our monthly workdays again shortly!

  • We painted the surface of the former basketball court at Duncan Park with Donnie Freyer, brightening up the space and opening it up for deck hockey and four-square
  • We built a sensory garden on the hillside at Duncan Park, it’s currently planted with a few species with more to come in the Spring
  • We hosted three kids gardening workshops and a harvest party at Duncan Park
  • We were awarded the Best Block award from the City of Pittsburgh. This went to an exceptional Love Your Resilient Block project in 2017, and comes with $3000. We are putting the funds towards play equipment in 2018
  • We completed a maintenance agreement with the City of Pittsburgh, which lays the groundwork for our projects in 2018

Maintenance Agreement
LU has finalized a maintenance agreement with the City of Pittsburgh, Department of Public Works. This agreement has been a long time coming, and outlines the responsibilities of LU and DPW with respect to the site. It enables us to do all of the work we’ve set for ourselves after several community meetings. These improvements include a playscape and rain garden. While some of these projects will take place this year, others will have to wait a while before we can raise additional funds to take them on.

Playscape
We plan to get the slide done this year! The hold up on this has been the Maintenance Agreement; DPW has agreed to let this and other pieces of playscape equipment be a part of the project. $10,000 has been set aside for us by City Council for playscape equipment through the Neighborhood Needs fund. The slide has been quoted to us at $15,000, we plan to close the gap with additional fundraising.

Additional pieces of play equipment include a willow tunnel, a small hillside cave, and stepping logs, and other items. We have some funds through grants like the Enterprise Community Partners Collaborative Action grant, and the City’s Best Block award.

Rain Garden
PWSA, City Legal and DPW are working to finalize maintenance responsibilities for green infrastructure projects. This would allow us to finally move forward with installing a rain garden at Duncan Park in 2018.

Thanks to Councilwoman Deb Gross and the Lawrenceville Tree Tenders for all their help with this project. Thanks to the City of Pittsburgh Office of Community Affairs, Enterprise Community Partners, Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, and PittServes for supporting our work.

Special thanks to Marcelle Newman, Director Mike Gable, and Tom Paulin at the Department of Public Works. And finally thanks to all the volunteers who have worked hard to create a vibrant space for kids and adults alike.

Understanding Implicit Bias, Feb. 6, 6-9 pm

Understanding Implicit Bias

How can someone’s race, sex, age, and other characteristics influence the way we see and treat them even when we are genuinely trying to be unbiased? What concrete steps can we take to help prevent this from happening in our workplace, our neighborhood and in our family?

To help answer these questions, this workshop introduces the concept of implicit bias and tools to begin to address these stereotypes.

Join us Tuesday, February 6th from 6-9 pm at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center, 118 52nd Street. Dinner and childcare will be provided.

Register now on Eventbrite, and please indicate if you will be using the provided free childcare.

This event is hosted in partnership with Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Procedural Justice Unit, New Bethel Baptist Church, the Center For Policing Equity, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice.

Community Meeting on Mintwood Warehouse Conversion

Please join us on Monday, January 29th at 7 p.m. at the regularly scheduled 6th Ward Block Watch for an important community meeting. The meeting will be located at St. Augustine’s Church in the Lower Room.

Lawrenceville Properties LLC is proposing a conversion of a currently unused warehouse on the 3600 block of Mintwood Street to a 17-unit condo building. They are scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Adjustments on February 8th at 10 a.m. for a variance for use.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback. Questions? Please call LU at (412) 802-7220.

Flyer (PDF)

Cookie Mall & Light Up Lawrenceville, Dec. 2

Join us for our annual nonprofit bake sale, kids holiday party, and light up night. This year, the Lawrenceville Cookie Mall and Light Up Lawrenceville will both take place on Saturday, December 2nd!

Cookie Mall is from 3-7pm at the Boys & Girls Club, 4600 Butler St and the annual tree lighting ceremony happens at 7pm sharp in the driveway of Allegheny Cemetery. We’ll have kids crafts, live music, a children’s choir, and visits with Santa.

We’re accepting registrations for Cookie Mall tables now, fill out the application if you’re interested in selling cookies. We are charging $25.00 for the first table and $20.00 for each additional table to cover our cost for the use of this facility. All cookies must be made by the organization, not store-bought. Your organization keeps 100% of the proceeds. Contact Taro at taro@lunited.org or 412-802-7220 with any questions.