The Coro Center for Civic Leadership is asking students and workers who have time off as a result of the G20 summit to spend that free time doing public service. Coro Center President Sala Udin says he is organizing the first “Pittsburgh Day of Service,” an effort to aid local nonprofits with their missions.
Udin says he wants to go beyond physical help, though; he says he wants to spark conversations with the organizations people volunteer at, to talk about innovation and effectiveness in their field. For example, says Udin, helpers at the food bank would talk to food bank officials about new ways of approaching the problem of hunger. Udin says he hopes a few thousand volunteers will help at about 40 or 50 sites.
Udin says local organizations would be more effective and efficient if they worked together and conversed more. He says he’s using the time made available by the G20 summit as a “springboard” for the program, which he plans to continue yearly.
Both volunteers and organizations who want assistance can register on http://www.pittsburghdayofservice.com/ or call the Coro Center at (412) 258-2673.