Spurring Entrepreneurship in the Mon Valley

Pitt has embarked on an initiative aimed at boosting entrepreneurial activity in Southwestern Pennsylvania's economically distressed Monongahela River Valley. Read More »

Bikes for Kids

Pitt cheerleaders congratulated winners of an essay-picture contest during a bicycle giveaway event organized by the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police. The initiative encourages parents to enroll their children in structured after-school programs.

A University of the Community

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development cites Pitt as an "anchor institution" that exemplifies best practices in community development. Read More »

Pitt's People for Pets

The Pitt community recently contributed more than 2,100 pounds of pet food and $2,200 in donations to the Animal Friends shelter's Chow Wagon program, which helps struggling families avoid having to choose between feeding themselves or their pets. Read More »

Day of Caring

Each fall, Pitt faculty and staff members volunteer for community-service projects in Pittsburgh during the United Way Day of Caring. Read More »

Educator and Job Creator

Besides employing more than 11,000 people at its Pittsburgh campus, Pitt generates 28,800-plus research-related jobs. And the University supports another 20,000 jobs indirectly. Read More »

  • More than 4,000 Pitt students participate in community-service projects each year.

  • The Pitt medical school's Matilda Theiss Health Center helps underserved populations.

  • Pitt pays $513 million annually to local businesses for goods and services.

  • Pitt police serve the Oakland community, reducing costs for the city.

  • Pitt’s School of Law supports clinics in elder law, health law, and tax law.

  • The Pitt Dental Clinic provides low-cost care to residents who couldn’t otherwise afford it.

  • Pitt social work student-interns devote 300,000 hours annually to human service.

  • Pitt was named to the 2013 CNCS President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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Community and Governmental Relations

The Pitt Community Relations office builds bridges and develops sustainable partnerships with the University’s neighbors. Governmental Relations is the University’s principal source of information on governmental matters and is the institutional point of contact for federal, state, and local governments and community representatives and their staffs.


Pitt students, faculty, and staff members enjoy hundreds of opportunities to volunteer for community-service projects. PittServes is a University-wide initiative that connects individual students and student groups seeking service opportunities with organizations that need volunteers. Faculty and Staff in Service to Community is an association of more than 3,000 faculty and staff members who volunteer for 100-plus projects annually.