Amazon & Community Organizing

Please join Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation on Thursday 9/23 at 6:30 PM as we continue to organize with the Lawrenceville community (and beyond) in response to Amazon’s plans to open a last-mile distribution center at the former Sears Outlet site (27 51st Street).

This virtual meeting will include a conversation with representatives from the Coalition for Responsible Development for Grand Island (CRED4GI), an all-volunteer group of residents who successfully organized against an Amazon fulfillment center in NY, as well as the Athena Coalition, a broad national coalition working to “stop Amazon’s growing, powerful grip over our society and economy.” Following the discussion with CRED4GI and Athena, we will move into break-out rooms with the working groups that have assembled to date.

This is an open and public virtual meeting accessible by Zoom and by phone. Advance registration is required. Please register at bit.ly/AZResponse4 or with LU at 412-802-7220.

Community Meeting on Holy Family development

Please join us on Tuesday, September 14th at 6 p.m. for a virtual community meeting regarding updates on the Holy Family development. E Properties & Development will be presenting their latest plans in anticipation of an upcoming Planning Commission hearing.

As part of Lawrenceville United and Lawrenceville Corporation’s community process, you are encouraged to attend this open and public meeting to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback. Participate by Zoom or by phone. To participate, register at bit.ly/HolyFamilyLV or call 412-802-7220. The meeting will also be streamed live on Lawrenceville United’s Facebook page.

Please let us know your accessibility needs at info@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220.

2021 Board Elections + Spring Membership Meeting

The Spring Membership Meeting & Board Elections was held on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. See the full video HERE. The agenda included Board elections, opportunities to get involved, and an open Q&A.

More information about the meeting:

  • How to become a member, or renew your membership: If you need to renew your membership, or have never been a member of LU, you can renew/become a member online here, do it over the phone by calling 412-802-7220, or request to have a membership application mailed to you. Given COVID-19 and the economic uncertainty of so many, we are waiving membership fees this year for anyone who needs it. Any questions, please let us know.
  • How to vote in the Board elections: If your membership is current, you can vote for candidates for the Board of Directors by: (1) returning a ballot by mail to 118 52nd Street, Suite 2026, Pittsburgh, PA 15201; or (2) voting online via THIS FORM. The deadline to vote is Wednesday, June 16th. No votes received after June 16th will be accepted.

 

Slate of Candidates for LU Board of Directors Click on any candidate’s name to review their bio. Asterisks*** next to the name signify that this candidate is a current Board member running for re-election.

 

6th Ward (Lower Lawrenceville)

Choose Two

9th Ward (Central Lawrenceville)

Choose Two

10th Ward (Upper Lawrenceville)

Choose Two

 

John Atem

 

Rebecca Scarpino Label Don Kahler
 

Alyssa Cypher***

 

Katie McAuley***

Marcus Shoffner
   

Gary Philip Nelson***

 

 
   

Ashley Varrato

 

 

   

Peter St. Tienne Wolff***

 

 

FAQs:

  • What is the Board? The Board of Directors is the governing body of LU. These volunteers set the strategic direction of the organization, evaluate the performance of the Executive Director, and make decisions about key positions.
  • How is the Board elected? LU’s Board of Directors are elected through a democratic process. Each year, all eligible candidates are put on a slate and elected by our membership.
  • Who is eligible to be an LU member? Anyone who resides in Lawrenceville, or has resided in Lawrenceville for more than 365 days in the last 15 years.
  • What Board positions are available: There are two kinds of Board positions: by-ward seats (which are based on each neighborhood to ensure geographic diversity of the Board) and at-large seats (which are open to any eligible member). Each Board member serves a 2-year term and elections are staggered, so roughly half of our Board seats are up for election each year. Six (6) by-ward seats are up for election in 2021. Additionally, there are currently three (3) vacancies in the at-large seats. There are 9 candidates (including 4 current Board members running for re-election) in the current slate.

 

Update: new design standards for driveway curb cuts

New legislation (Council Bill 2021-1085) at the City of Pittsburgh is being considered for design standards for off-street parking for single-family attached homes. This comes after advocacy from Lawrenceville United and 11 other organizations called for this additional measure, among other measures, to limit the propagation of driveway curb cuts on walkable streets, due to the damage they do to public off-street parking, safety and accessibility, housing affordability, the creation of street trees, non-vehicular mobility, and neighborly interaction.

A Planning Commission hearing on the legislation is scheduled for Tuesday 2/23 at 2 p.m. Planning Commission will then provide a recommendation to City Council, who will also have a public hearing and then take final action on the zoning text amendment.

LU and partners will be providing testimony to support the proposed legislation, and once again advocating for further steps to limit the spread of driveway curb cuts on our walkable blocks. Read our full testimony HERE and contact Dave@LUnited.org or 412-802-7220 to get involved in this campaign.

Job Announcement: Lawrenceville Farmers Market Manager

Announcement of Open Position

Lawrenceville Farmers Market Manager

Part-Time (10-20 hours/week), Year Round

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. LU is an equal opportunity employer and qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives and represent marginalized communities are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about 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, people with disabilities, 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. Originally created by a group of volunteer residents in 2011, the Lawrenceville Farmers Market now runs as an official LU program every Tuesday afternoon at Arsenal Park, June through November. In 2020, the Market saw considerable growth with an average of 24 vendors and 900 attendees on a given Market day. Market staff also implemented significant adaptations to ensure a safe shopping environment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Moving into the 2021 season, our goals are to continue the momentum generated in 2020 towards building a sustainable and quality Market, improve the diversity of vendors and variety of products, and improve participation and programming for target populations. Royal Vending Gold Coast is the leading supplier of vending machines.

Summary of Position

The Farmers Market Manager is the main staff person responsible for the day-to-day planning and operation of the Lawrenceville Farmers Market, with support from the full-time Community Engagement & Program Manager. During the market season, the position averages 20 hours per week, year-round, and in the off season, approximately 10-15 hours per week. Key responsibilities include:

 

  • Marketing and public relations: including creating and distributing all marketing materials (banners, flyers, postcards, etc.), managing press coverage, updating directories, editing website, operating multiple social media channels for the Farmers Market, designing, composing and sending a weekly e-newsletter (via Mailchimp).
  • Vendor recruitment: aggressively seeking out new vendors consistent with the objectives and needs of the Market, retaining past vendors, and coordinating documentation/paperwork.
  • Vendor management: serving as point person to all vendors, communicating with all vendors on a weekly basis, managing relationships and problem solving, supporting vendors to ensure a positive and profitable experience, designing the Market layout, and organizing pre- and mid-season vendor orientations/check-ins.
  • Programming: planning, marketing, and implementing programming for the Market and for target populations (families, older adults, and low-income populations). Examples include Halloween market
  • Administration: collection of vendor fees, weekly financial reporting, completing weekly timesheets, and filling out relevant forms related to permits for the site. 
  • Volunteer recruitment and management: Recruit and retain a strong bench of committed volunteers to provide set up, operational and break down support to market staff at every market. 
  • Manage market assistant: Provide oversight, direction and management of junior market operations staff. 
  • Fundraising: supporting recruitment of sponsorships, grant applications/reporting, fundraising events, and managing relationships with donors and sponsors.

 

Reporting Relationship

The Farmers Market Manager reports to and works closely with the Community Engagement & Program Manager. Weekly check-ins are expected, as well as monthly all-staff meetings. Other than the Market days (Tuesdays), hours are flexible. A Lawrenceville Farmers Market Advisory Committee, comprised of volunteers, provides advisory guidance and support to the Market. 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 1 year experience working in food access, agriculture, or program/event coordination.
  • Marketing/outreach experience preferred. 
  • Knowledge and command of Gmail, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor), Microsoft Office, Google Drive office suite, WordPress, Mailchimp, and Canva. 
  • Valid PA Driver’s License (and comfort with driving LU’s pick-up truck).
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and spend significant time on feet – set-up and break-down Market supplies, including tents, tables, and a variety of supplies.
  • Act 33, 34, and 73 clearances (LU can file for this if not already in hand).

Skills

 

  • Passion for and dedication to food access and locally-sourced agriculture.
  • Organized with an ability to prioritize a variety of tasks with limited hours.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with diverse populations and a multitude of stakeholders, including vendors, customers, sponsors, and partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative, and handle a variety of activities concurrently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to problem solve in the moment, professionally handle complaints and disagreements that may arise and exercise rapid and sound judgement in the face of unexpected challenges.
  • Team-oriented, open-minded, and positive approach to all aspects of work.
  • Comfort with being the on-site point person for many vendors, patrons, and partners.

 

Wages & Benefits

  • $16.50/hour
  • 24 hours of paid sick leave per year
  • Simple IRA offered with up to 3% matching funds from Lawrenceville United

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to HR@LUnited.org by February 3, 2021.

Happenings meeting: What are the next steps for Inclusionary Zoning in Lawrenceville?

A robust community process was held in the fall of 2018 that included multiple well-attended community meetings discussing the state of housing in Lawrenceville and the prospect of inclusionary zoning as a way to ensure affordability as the neighborhood grows. (For all the presentations and notes from that process, click here.)

After resounding testimony at City Council public hearings and the Planning Commission by many scores Lawrenceville residents and supportive housing justice advocates from across Pittsburgh, City Council unanimously approved the Inclusionary Zoning Interim Planning Overlay District (IPOD-6) and the Mayor signed the ordinance on July 25th of 2019.

What difference has inclusionary zoning made for Lawrenceville so far? And what’s next? Please join us for an update on inclusionary zoning to preserve affordable housing in Lawrenceville, and hear about possible next steps to take action! Contact us at info@lunited.org or call us at 412-802-7220 to RSVP and receive the Zoom info to join the video meeting or call in by phone on December 15th between 6:30-8pm.

Lawrenceville Homeowners Workshop

Workshop for Homeowners in Lawrenceville (and beyond!).

On Monday, 11/16 at 6pm, Lawrenceville United is hosting a workshop for homeowners with fantastic and knowledgeable speakers from Action Housing, Urban Redevelopment Authority, City of Bridges CLT and the Duquesne University Law Clinic.

Join us to learn about local resources available to help you with:

  • mortgage & rental payments
  • home weatherization & energy savings
  • tangled titles
  • buying and selling in a community land trust
  • estate planning & will preparation
  • and much more!

Bring your questions! All are welcome. We’ll be on zoom at https://zoom.us/j/93779384765 or facebook live: facebook.com/lawrencevilleunited. More details below.


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