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Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Holiday

Jan 19, 2022 | Updates

In 2020, the DEI Committee at Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh proposed the creation of Service Holidays. These holidays – including MLK Day, Juneteenth, and Veterans Day – combine four hours of service with four hours of traditional paid holiday leave to allow staff time for both celebration of the holiday and service in honor of it.

Our recent Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Holiday was a multi-day event. Volunteers, Board members, and staff braved the winter storm to renovate The Dream BBQ – a local, Black-owned business in Homewood – from Tuesday, January 18th through Thursday, January 20th.

With freshly painted walls, brand new flooring, updated fixtures, repaired signage, and improved weatherization, The Dream BBQ was able to reopen for business. Thanks to a lot of hard work, customers and staff now have a safer, more welcoming environment in which to enjoy some of Homewood’s favorite local BBQ!

Special thanks to our partners at FedEx Ground and Bank of America for supporting RTP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives.

Photo of volunteers from Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh is dedicated to advancing equity and inclusion for homeowners and businesses in the communities we serve – and we’re excited to do so alongside partners like you.

How you can get involved:

  • Sponsor – Support a Service Day as the Presenting Sponsor. The budget for each project is unique, typically ranging between $5,000-$15,000. Volunteers are welcome, so get your colleagues out into the field for a hands-on Service Holiday!
  • Donate – Contribute toward our project budget and help make the next Service Day possible.
  • Volunteer – Give the gift of service in the spirit of the holiday.
  • Materials Donation – Do you have extra building or remodeling materials? We might be able to use them for our next service day.

Contact Brittany at bgray@rtpittsburgh.org for sponsorship and donation inquiries, or Mel at mmcwilliams@rtpittsburgh.org for volunteer and materials donation inquiries.


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