Our year in review
2017 was a year of big accomplishments in Lawrenceville. In case you missed it, here are some of the achievements in 2017 that we’re most proud of.
2017 in Review
Save the date for our annual membership meeting on June 5th, 2018, and if you’re not already a member, please consider supporting our work. Membership is $5 per year or $35 for a lifetime.
Lawrenceville has seen a recent uptick in burglaries of both residences and businesses, particularly concentrated in the 6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville) around 38th-39th Streets.
Zone 2 Police are recommending that people lock their doors and “pin” their windows for security, and to pass along any tips. Anonymous tips can be submitted to LU or using the Silent Complaint form. For more tips on how to prevent burglaries, please view this handout from Zone 2, and don’t forget to join us at our monthly Block Watches to stay on top of crime in Lawrenceville.
Understanding Implicit Bias
The Understanding Implicit Bias training has been rescheduled, and will now be held on Saturday, May 19th from 10 am – 1 pm at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center, 118 52nd Street.
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 Saturday, May 19th from 10 am – 1 pm at the Goodwill Workforce Development Center, 118 52nd Street. Lunch 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, Just Collaboration, New Bethel Baptist Church, the Center For Policing Equity, and the National Initiative for Building Community Trust & Justice.
Lawrenceville United, a community-based non-profit organization working to protect and improve the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents, is seeking a highly productive individual with strong interpersonal and communication skills who is passionate about community-driven revitalization and able to work collaboratively and efficiently with residents and partner organizations.
Read the full job description
Summary of Position
The Community Engagement and Program Manager (CEPM) is one of three full-time positions at LU. The CEPM coordinates all outreach and communication for the organization, manages a number of key programs, runs all LU’s community events, serves as the direct liaison to membership and several resident-led volunteer groups, and is the primary point of contact for general inquiries and quality of life issues from residents.
About Lawrenceville United
Lawrenceville United (LU) is an inclusive, resident-driven community-based non-profit organization dedicated to improving and protecting the quality of life of all Lawrenceville residents. Our primary programs and focus areas include public safety, community development and community planning, community beautification, community events, strengthening and supporting our neighborhood schools, supporting older adults to age in place successfully, and running the Lawrenceville Farmers Market.
Among our organizational values are Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and we are committed to hiring and supporting a diverse workforce. LU is an equal opportunity employer and qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates should review the full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to HR@lunited.org by May 18, 2018. Please focus your cover letter on what aspects of the job interest you most.
Want to make a difference in your neighborhood? Consider running for an open at-large position on Lawrenceville United’s Board of Directors!
What does the Board do?
The Board governs the organization and is ultimately responsible for LU’s conduct. The Board is responsible for setting LU’s goals in pursuit of its mission to improve and protect quality of life for all Lawrenceville residents, overseeing the Executive Director, monitoring the financial health of the organization, and making key decisions on matters affecting the community. To learn more and get to know our existing Board, please join us at the Board Meet & Greet on Thursday, April 26th from 6-8 p.m. at Hambone’s.
What’s the commitment like?
Board members are expected to serve at least one full term (2 years), attend monthly Board meetings, participate in at least one Board Committee (which usually meet once per month), participate in the annual Board training, and make a personally meaningful donation to the organization.
What are the eligibility requirements?
Our by-laws state that you must have be a Lawrenceville resident and be an LU member in good standing for at least 6 months in order to run for the Board. To run, please fill out this application form and plan to attend the spring membership meeting on the evening of June 5th.
- 4/20 – Board application released
- 4/26 – Board Meet & Greet, 6-8 p.m. at Hambone’s
- 5/10 – Deadline to submit Board application
- 5/22 – Board slate is sent to membership
- 6/5 – Spring membership meeting
- 6/18 – Deadline for LU membership to vote
- 6/22 – New Board orientation & dinner
Lawrenceville United is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive Board of Directors and organization, and we especially encourage residents from underrepresented populations to apply: people of color, renters, parents of young children, immigrants, women, older adults, people with disabilities, and people with low income.
Lawrenceville Independence Day Celebration Food Vendor Form 2018
We are interested in collecting information from businesses who would like to participate as a food vendor in the Annual Independence Day Celebration.
Above, please find a form to fill-out to give us a sense on what you can provide. Our Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee will review this information collected by all applicants and determine who will be the best fit for our annual celebration.
Before you fill out the application, please take a moment to review the information below, thus allowing for a more complete application. Applications will be accepted up until 4/30/2018 and can be mailed to Lawrenceville United at 118 52nd Street, Suite 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201 or emailed to info@LUnited.org.
- The Annual Independence Day Celebration takes place on the Saturday either before or after July 4th. This year, it will be on June 30th, 2018 with a rain date of Sunday, July 1st. Participating vendors must be available for both dates.
- The day starts at 11a and continues through the fireworks event at approximately 9:30pm.
- Over 3,000 people attend the event
- Vendor spots come in 2 sizes:
- Large – $300.00
- We typically have 2 large vendors. These vendors serve the majority of the food and beverages to the attendees.
- Food typically consists of hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, etc.
- Small – $150.00
- These vendors are more for specific food types, i.e. dessert, taco, pizza.
- NO vendors are allowed to sell water until notified by Lawrenceville United.
- Vendors must notify the Lawrenceville Fireworks Committee immediately upon any changes, especially menu additions.
- Vendors are asked to provide some kind of vegetarian option where applicable.
- Vendors must supply ALL of their needed equipment and staff, including tents and paper products.
- 1-2 tables can be provided if arranged in advance.
- Vendors may continue to sell after sunset ONLY if they bring lights for their area.
- Vendor set-up begins at 8a. If you need access to the park prior, please let Lawrenceville United know.
We’ve heard from residents, loud and clear, that creating play opportunities at Duncan Park is a neighborhood priority. We want to make that happen, and we want to build it together. Lawrenceville United (LU) has been engaged in a multi-year effort to revitalize Duncan Park, a City of Pittsburgh park decommissioned in May of 2014, and transform it into a community orchard, garden, and play space. The next big step in this project is to install a 12 foot long embankment slide into the hillside at Duncan Park. The slide will be the centerpiece of the proposed new play equipment, and we need your help to make it a reality in 2018.
Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the end of the day, April 13th. To make a donation visit our crowdfunding webpage.
Over the many years of work at this site, a dedicated group of volunteers have planted over one dozen fruiting trees which will grow by the year. We have already made significant progress with the installation of a mural at Duncan Park in 2017, painted with neighborhood children, which activates the paved lot to create opportunities to play deck hockey and four square. 2017 also saw the installation of a sensory garden and wildflower meadow on site. We look forward to another year of progess at Duncan Park, and hope that you will join us.
The Upper Lawrenceville Community Visioning planning process identified Duncan Park as a site for a community greenspace. Over a series of community meetings the concept further developed to make Duncan Park a community orchard, featuring gardens and native fruiting trees, and to include natural play elements which work with the existing features on the site, and ensure that the park will continue to be a gathering place for families and children as well. All funds raised will go towards supporting play equipment at Duncan Park.
Please give a warm welcome to Lucy Powell, our new Community Organizer with PEP Rally! Lucy comes to Lawrenceville United with a background in out-of-school time programming for children and teens, and is passionate about education policy and issues impacting immigrant and refugee families.
Find out more about PEP Rally, our program to strengthen and support our neighborhood schools, on our website.
The Lawrenceville Tree Tenders are still accepting Tree Request Forms for plantings in Fall of 2018 and beyond through TreeVitalize! Fill out a Tree Request Form and return to:
City Forester/TreeVitalize Coordinator Dept. of Public Works
6520 Stanton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
118 52nd St. Ste 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201
412-802-7220 p | 412-802-7223 f
By signing a Tree Planting Request Form, you, the property owner, agree that:
- A City representative will inspect your location and determine whether it is an appropriate site for a tree(s) to be planted.
- A City representative will determine an appropriate tree species for your location.
- You will water the tree (approximately 20 gallons per week—the cost is less than $1 per year) April through November for two years or make arrangements for the tree to get watered each week.
- You will protect your tree from damage by cars, lawn mowers, etc.
- You will notify the City if the tree appears to be sick or damaged.
- If the site requires it, you give permission for a tree pit to be cut in your sidewalk or pavement. ALL trees must be planted in a tree pit that is a minimum of 30 square feet (typically 3 ft x 10 ft). If you cancel the tree installation after signing this form and the pavement has been cut, you will be responsible for replacing the pavement at your expense.
You understand that:
- Your request for a tree may be denied—not all sites are appropriate for tree planting.
- The tree species for your location will be assigned.
- Street trees and trees in the public right-of-way are the property and responsibility of the City of Pittsburgh. Trees planted outside of the public right-of-way are the responsibility of the property owner.
- Only the City of Pittsburgh can authorize major pruning or removal of street trees.
Lawrenceville United has recently contracted with Just Collaboration to help us develop goals and hold us accountable to our values of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Please read our purpose statement for why we’re doing this work here. As the first part of this multi-year effort, we’re engaging our membership and the larger Lawrenceville community through a survey to understand how welcoming and inclusive the neighborhood is. If you are a resident, we invite you to complete the brief survey below about your experiences living in Lawrenceville by April 12, 2018. You can also follow a link here. Paper copies of the survey will also be available at our office (inside Goodwill of Southwestern PA’s Workforce Development Center at 118 52nd Street), at Block Watches in March, and at the following locations: 52nd Street Market, Lawrenceville Family Care Connection, Espresso a Mano, Stephen Foster Community Center, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (Lawrenceville branch).