July 11, 2016
For the fourth year in a row, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Pittsburgh is partnering with another local non-profit, PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience). PULSE invites talented university graduates to partner with various Pittsburgh nonprofits to develop the next generation of servant leaders in our city. Throughout their 11-month fellowship, “PULSErs” live together in an intentional-community setting, in which they share meals, households tasks, and life together. In exchange for the near 1,500 hours served by each fellow in their respective non-profit placements, PULSE provides housing and utilities as well as modest stipends for food, transportation, and general use. PULdSE also has regular, ongoing personal and professional development, mentoring relationships, and other opportunities to give the participants the support they need to succeed.
“PULSE cultivates a community of young servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh.”
As for the non-profit partnerships, organizations like Pittsburgh Habitat provide the PULSE fellows with valuable job experience and skill development. Thus far, we have had three PULSErs, of which two served as Volunteer Coordinator and one as Community Outreach Coordinator. These fellows have provided Pittsburgh Habitat with invaluable support, our most recent fellow continues to do so in his new full time position as Event and Development Coordinator. This coming year, Pittsburgh Habitat is fortunate to have expanded our Partnership with PULSE: we will be adding two PULSE fellows to our team, Kayla Clark and Sean Mann.
Kayla Clark will be joining us as a Communications, Development, and Administrative Fellow. Kayla is originally from Los Angeles and recently graduated from Davidson College with a degree in biology. She has studied and been a supporter of causes relating to environmental justice. Sean Mann joins us as our new Volunteer Coordinator. Sean is a native of York, PA and graduated from Juanita college. He has a BS in Physics and a BA in Spanish. Sean has diverse interests, ranging form 3D printing to soccer. Part of their PULSE duties include fundraising for the organization to help make the PULSE program sustainable for future fellows. If you would like to support them, you can donate to Kayla at this link and Sean at this link.