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Ep. 29 Alicia Carberry helps to “redd up” Pittsburgh neighborhoods

We chat about volunteering, the Garbage Olympics, and hugging a tree since you can’t currently hug your friends.

Alicia Carberry & The Pittsburgh Garbage Olympics

Q: What do local events the Garbage Olympics, Help or High Water, and the Share Fair all have in common?

A: Pittsburgh resident Alicia Carberry.

To put it simply, Carberry is a helper — someone who spends her spare time making her city a better place. And she’s been doing it for years. In this episode, we chat about her projects and learn how she started to volunteer her time and spend her social capital on getting her friends to help her “redd up” the city on her birthday (don’t worry, they still had a traditional celebration afterward). Currently on the board of Pittsburgh’s Shade Tree Commission, she reminds us that we can still safely hug a tree even though we cannot currently hug our friends. The Shade Tree Commission recently launched an Instagram campaign, and they encourage you to tag your own tree-hugging photos with #pghtreehugger.

The Garbage Olympics started with five neighborhoods that competed to pick up the most trash, and grew to include (as of last year) 34 participating neighborhoods. Now under the umbrella of programming by the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, the event will be slightly modified due to COVID-19, but details will be forthcoming closer to the fall.

For more info on cleaning up your neighborhood: @cleanpghcommission

Take a break from Zooming and send some snail mail

The Bird + The Beard is a local stationery company that is including stamps with every greeting card purchase. It’s an easy way to send a card without needing to mask up and stand in line at the post office. Send a Father’s Day card or a card to your nephew who just graduated. Send your friend a card, just because. We also love their wedding postponement announcements, which, while unfortunate, are a lovely way to communicate the coronavirus changes to your ceremony.

Won’t you feed your neighbor?

Mobile pizza-maker turned brick-and-mortar restaurant Driftwood Oven’s Neighbor Loaves program provides the opportunity for you to purchase a loaf of bread for your neighbor in need. Just click the link and buy a loaf, which is made from at least 50% locally grown flour. The loaves are distributed through Lawrenceville United, who has been adding it to their weekly food distribution boxes.

Thank you to Driftwood Oven for the most delicious bread ever that we added to our weekly food distribution today! They'…

Posted by Lawrenceville United on Friday, May 15, 2020

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