We aspire to be a university that strengthens our communities—from the Pitt community, to our region and the world around us—by expanding engagements, supporting collaborations, and embracing a global perspective. The University's strategic plan reflects this aspiration.
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Last year, Pitt people contributed more than 467,000 hours of volunteer service in the Pittsburgh area.
The Pitt medical school's Matilda Theiss Health Center helps underserved populations.
Pitt purchases $1.7 billion in local goods and services annually.
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.
The University of Pittsburgh supports more than 33,800 local jobs.
Pitt has spent more than $2 billion on local construction projects in the last two decades.
Some $9.6 million is generated for Pittsburgh annually through Pitt's City Employee Wage Tax withholdings.
Pitt's Congress of Neighboring Communities advocates for nearly 690,000 local residents.
Pitt students spend about $390 million annually on local goods, services, and rental payments.
Each year, Pitt brings about $700 million in research funding to Western Pennsylvania.
A Central Point of Contact
Pitt's Office of Community and Governmental Relations (CGR) maintains relationships with all levels of government—federal, Commonwealth, county and city—while leading Pitt's community-facing work through collaboration, communication and facilitation of University engagement with its broader communities. CGR is responsive, bringing neighborhood voices, policy awareness and issues-based activity together by bridging internal and external stakeholders to forge new coalitions.
Pitt has strengthened its commitment to communities with long-term investments in infrastructure, staff and programs. Notably, this includes the inception of Community Engagement Centers in the Pittsburgh communities of Homewood and the Hill District. The Office of PittServes engages students in meaningful and ethical service to the community locally, nationally and internationally. Students participate in service-learning activities and trips. Faculty, staff and students also serve through many community-based programs.
Partner With Pitt
Pitt's many community programs strengthen both the University and our communities by advancing learning, using the institution's assets and resources for society's gain, and bringing prestige to the region and the Commonwealth.
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.