Community Bridge-Building Network
A network unlike any other professional network
Serving Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and the Greater Pittsburgh area
PCN-TV is airing a daily 30-minute update on how the novel Coronavirus is impacting various aspects of life in Pennsylvania. The program airs Monday - Friday at Noon and 8 PM on cable and streaming. Time subject to change.
PCN-TV has recorded programs and an archive of the PA State Department of Health Press Conferences.
PublicSource is an online news website
Southwest Communities Chamber of Commerce Resources for Business Owners
Frederick Wells Advisors can offer advice and support for local businesses
U.S. Small Business Administration provides loans and resources
United Way COVID-19 hotline; They will connect people to local resources
Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits for those affected by COVID-19
Free Simple Communication Board when people can’t talk. Extra words added about the coronavirus with common core words.
Mental Health First Aid: Articles and resources for getting through and helping loved ones during COVID-19
PublicSource: Stories/Experiences told in First Person
Carnegie Museum At-Home Activities
How you can support organizations and efforts helping people affected by the coronavirus outbreak
A GoFundMe page has been created to help support those in the service industry (restaurants, bars, etc) who are no longer working due to closure of business
NY Public Library offering tens of thousands of free e-books
The Community Bridge-Building Network is here for you.
Our Network has been around for many years. We have been able to provide a forum to provide resources, information and most of all an opportunity to develop personal and professional relationships. These relationships with people from all around the Greater Pittsburgh area have become our community.
Our members have resources and stories that they want to share with you to help you during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 virus outbreak.
From The Forbes Funds: Mondays at 2pm; navigating HR in the complex landscape of COVID-19.
From The Forbes Funds: Thursdays at 4pm; financial planning and sustainability in the midst of COVID-19.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank website
Map of Free Food Distribution Sites
OurStreets Supplies App - crowdsourcing app that asks shoppers to report back on what’s available at different stores.
Pittsburgh skyline photo credit: Joyce Scott-Kliber
Allegheny County website: Information on the virus, its impact in Allegheny County, and resources for residents and specific groups.
Sheetz is offering free kids meals in participating stores throughout PA, OH, WV, MD, VA. See website for locations.
IRS Coronavirus Tax Relief - Employee Retention Credit, designed to encourage businesses to keep employees on their payroll.
A nurse with two young (6 and 9) children’s dog, Lucky, ate all of their toilet paper and she couldn’t find any in at least 5 stores. She has been in the ER working overtime and extremely stressed. I watched the kids for an overnight to give her a break. I was going to give them my toilet paper then I was able to find it from a Walgreens who had a truck and it was like gold. After I found some, I gave it to the ER nurse and a woman over 65 mentioned that she needed toilet paper and I was able to give her some.
Stories from our Members:
Focus on Renewal Food Pantry. Sto-Rox/McKees Rocks area
Jewish Family and Community Services Squirrel Hill Food Pantry
Jubilee Soup Kitchen; Offering takeout Weekdays 11a-12p, weekends 10:30a-11:30a
South Hills Interfaith Movement; Baldwin/Whitehall, Bethel Park, South Park, Keystone Oaks, Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair
Food, Clothing, Utility Assistance
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Food, Housing Assistance, Resources
Rainbow Kitchen; Takeout boxes weekdays 9:30a-10:30a
In Service of Seniors: volunteers deliver groceries to older adults
Light of Light Rescue Mission: Offering takeout breakfast 6:30a-7:30a, dinner 4:30p-5:30p
One of my best friends opened up Big Rigs BBQ in the Monroeville area within the past 6 months. While things have been going great up until a couple weeks ago, as a brand new restaurant you’re never sure what the future may hold. As we started to witness the world closing up shop he has stayed open to serve take out AND provide free lunches to kids Monday-Friday. His generosity and sacrifice at his own expense was inspirational to me. I bought a $200 gift card and donated it right back to his free lunch program…
855-284-2494; TTY, dial 724-631-5600
Support & Referral Helpline; available 24/7 to assist those struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions and refer them to resources.
Department of Health for up-to-date information on COVID-19
Information on voting through a mail-in ballot in Allegheny County.
Some random acts of kindness I've been able to do during this crisis:
- Bringing books to homebound readers
- Offering to help the elderly go shopping
- Reading stories from my memoir on Youtube and sharing them
- Bring frozen chicken to a neighbor
- Encouraging people to share positive things on social media
Residents of the Pittsburgh region and Pittsburghers everywhere are being encouraged to take part in a huge, City, community, neighborhoods and world-wide (on-line) illumination and a collective round of applause to show Pittsburghers appreciation for all of the ESSENTIAL WORKERS who are selflessly sacrificing and working hard to help those affected by the coronavirus. The organizers are hoping that Pittsburgh Nation joins in the coordinated ‘llumination-Ovation’ from their balconies, porches and yards- while practicing social distancing of course! Participants are encouraged to clap their hands in a collective round of applause and light their homes, buildings and neighborhoods by using lights; including holiday lights, porch lights, flashlights and phones for the event.