Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thanks for coming out to help 'Redd Up Homewood' this past Saturday!

Thanks for coming out to help 'Redd Up Homewood' this past Saturday! Volunteers picked up 160 bags of trash as well as three mattresses, numerous tires, and other large pieces of debris from six locations around the neighborhood. Other volunteers, led by GTECH Strategies and Phipps staff, planted and mulched a vacant lot and constructed several elements that will be part of a larger tactical urbanism installation that will be completed on the day of the Pittsburgh Marathon, May 1, 2016. Clean up supplies were donated by Allegheny Cleanways and donations from Coffee Tree Roasters, the East End Co-op, and Leona’s Ice Cream Sandwiches kept volunteers fueled and refreshed!

If you're looking to stay involved, consider joining your neighbors this Sunday, May 1, to 'Get Up for Homewood' anytime from 6:30 am - 1:30 pmHelp cheer on the runners of the Pittsburgh Marathon as they power through mile 18 of the 26-mile stretch across our city! This year we’ll be partying birthday style to celebrate the bicentennial of Pittsburgh. The Homewood Fluid Station was voted ‘Favorite Neighborhood on the Course’ by runners in 2015. In addition to our award-winning water station, located at 7130 Frankstown Ave, there will be games, activities, food, and music for all to enjoy. After the marathon, Operation Better Block will be hosting a cookout as a thank-you to the neighborhood and volunteers. 

This is a wonderful chance to support marathon runners while engaging with friends, community members, and folks you may have met at the Community Dinner and Redd Up. Help spread the love in Homewood and invite your friends to join you - the more the merrier!

Please note that Frankstown Ave. and N. Braddock Ave. will be closed from 7 am to 12:30 pm.

We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Thanks for coming to the 'Fuel Up' community dinner!

Don't forget to RSVP and come out to 'Redd-Up' HomewoodOperation Better Block's semi-annual neighborhood cleanup this Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8am-12pm. The Redd-Up will take place rain or shine, and volunteers can sign-in at 7140 Bennett Street by the YMCA basketball court the day of. Gloves, trash bags, safety vests, tools, and snacks will be provided. Please wear appropriate shoes. Click here to RSVP.

Thanks to everyone who made the 'Fuel Up' Community Dinner in Homewood on Thursday, April 14, 2016 a great success!

About 100 residents and volunteers from around the community gathered on the first floor of 7800 Susquehanna to socialize, meet new people, and celebrate Homewood. Conversation starters written on the tables prompted thoughtful conversations as guests reflected on their neighborhoods and laughed at some of the more lighthearted questions. A photo booth featured fun accessories and creative art pieces by Cheryl Capezzuti, who also created the colorful and imaginative giant puppets that decorated the space. Music by Kevin McMahon and Will Manker, two members of the In Transit band, created a welcoming ambiance for the evening. Guests, children and adults alike, were invited express their own creativity and make a sock puppet at a table hosted by Whistle, and at another table, guests planted pea sprouts with staff and volunteers from Phipps Conservatory. Seven volunteers from the Steel City Road Runners served a delicious dinner catered by Win10 catering and the root beer floats, with root beer donated by and Vecenie Distributing and ice cream donated by Every Day’s A Sundae, were hit! At the end of the evening, baskets provided by Phipps Conservatory, Repair the World, GTECH Strategies, and the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon were raffled off and every guest left with a goodie bag from the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon.

This event would not have been possible without the help and support of the following organizations:
Bridgeway Capital
Grandview Development
Repair the World, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon
Operation Better Block
Phipps Conservatory
GTECH Strategies

Photos from the 'Fuel Up' Community Dinner, April 14, 2016

Friday, March 4, 2016

Fuel up. Redd up. Get up for Homewood!

To RSVP, please fill out this form.

Operation Better Block, Inc. is proud to present ‘Fuel Up. Redd Up. Get Up for Homewood’ – a series of community focused events leading up to the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Homewood has great community support on race day and was voted ‘Favorite Neighborhood on the Course’ by runners in 2015. 

The first event in this series is ‘Fuel Up Homewood,’ a community dinner, on Thursday, April 14, 2016. It is followed by ‘Redd-Up Homewood,’ a day of service on Saturday, April 23, 2016 which is Operation Better Block’s semi-annual neighborhood-wide cleanup.  The culminating event will be the Mile 18 Fluid Station and Community Festival on Frankstown Ave. on the Marathon route where Homewood residents and volunteers will “Get Up for Homewood’ and cheer on the runners.

The family-friendly community dinner offers residents an opportunity to come together to eat and discuss their perspective of the neighborhood’s history and current issues amid a transformed, awe-inducing space. Homewood residents who are running the race will be honored at this event. The dinner will be held at the 7800 Susquehanna Building and will be served to residents by Steel City Road Runners members, who are training for the race.

‘Redd Up Homewood’ activities will include a neighborhood cleanup as well as landscaping and beautification of vacant lots and streets along the marathon route in Homewood. Breakfast and lunch will be provided this day.

At all events, residents and volunteers will be sure to enjoy surprises, entertainment, and fun educational programming aimed at celebrating Homewood's history. The events provide residents the chance to connect with each other and with the host organizations.

The event series is a creative and thoughtful collaboration among six organizations in Pittsburgh including: Operation Better Block, GTECH Strategies, Repair the World, Whistle, Homegrown (a program of Phipps Conservatory) and Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon,

For more information click on the individual pages for each event in the left hand sidebar.

To RSVP for the Fuel Up-Community Dinner and the Redd Up-Neighborhood Clean Up fill out this form.

To volunteer at the Homewood Water Station during the Pittsburgh Marathon, sign up here.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us at