During this time, it’s important to recognize the large number of requests organizations may be receiving during the crisis and respect the long-standing relationships our colleagues may already have with community groups you may be interested in contacting.
Pitt’s Engagement and Outreach Map was developed to help navigate this landscape and understand what connections have been established. In using the interactive search tool, you can locate organizations on a map, find out if there is an existing relationship with a Pitt colleague and learn about the activities that are already underway. The map, which first launched in 2018, is maintained by the Office of Community and Governmental Relations and the Western Pennsylvania Regional Data Center.
Before reaching out to an organization that is already listed on the map, you are encouraged to reach out to the Pitt point of contact in the description and consult with them about a potential collaboration.
Another added benefit: The map can help you find a collaborator who has a similar community interest and identify which community-based organizations are involved with projects similar to those you want to pursue.
Additionally, if your ongoing engagement with a community partner is not included on the map, please make sure you submit the appropriate information or update your current activities so others will know about your existing relationship. Existing activities should be reviewed to reflect accurate and updated information. There is also an option to enter community engaged work that was initiated specifically in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
To learn about COVID-19 volunteer opportunities or new partnerships formed to address digital inclusion and community health, and to learn about Pitt’s Pandemic Service Initiative, visit community.pitt.edu.