PitCare has distributed over 350 bikes over the past several years to children and teens in Pitcairn. Additionally, we have distributed bikes to adults both in Pitcairn and through the Light of Life Mission to be used for transportation to and from work.
Through the leadership of Gary Agate, bike repair and distribution is an ongoing, year-round activity. We have sponsored bike give-aways, as well as bike repair days, in which volunteers come into Pitcairn to teach and repair bicycles.
In the spring of 2018 we partnered with the Presbyterian Church of Pitcairn to host an annual "Blessing of the Bikes" and Strawberry Festival. We have received donations of bicycles from individuals, Monroeville Rotary Club, Grace Presbyterian Church, and Penn Hills Police Department, just to name a few.
We are always accepting bikes in solid condition that might need a tune up. Additionally, donations help to purchase parts and tools used to ensure every bike is safe to ride.
As part of the drive to provide more healthy food options in our community we started the community garden in 2019. Our goal has evolved over the years to provide not only food but a way for people to learn more skills, be a part of a community and be active.
Located on 3rd Street, our garden is maintained by our student summer interns and volunteers. We start to prep our garden in early May and work through the year, winterizing as late as possible to maximize our growing season. The community is encouraged to help themselves to the produce with most of it going to the Pitcairn Food pantry.
If you have a green thumb and would love to help support the garden, either in person or financially please reach out to us at [email protected]. We are looking for a lead volunteer that is willing to regularly tend the garden and help provide fresh produce for the pantry!
Kids of Steel
PitCare continues to sponsor and coach a Pitcairn team for “Kids of Steel,” an award-winning, free, youth physical activity and nutrition program designed to instill lifelong, healthy habits in over 50 children annually. At the end of the program the Kids of Steel team participates in the one mile run during the Pittsburgh Marathon.
We have over 35 participants training each Tuesday evening at the Propel School Gymnasium and look forward to cheering them on at the Marathon!
Donations to this program help fund the gymnasium rental, nutritional snacks, and transportation costs to and from the marathon.
A few times a week during the summer months we open the library for a special time. Having carefully planned through the winter months we engage the kids in activities, crafts, learning moments, reading and exploring the world around us. This time is time is set aside for children ages 5 - 13 years and takes place in the afternoon multiple times a week. This program operates during the summer months.
If you are interested in donating your time, donating supplies or learning more about this program please contact [email protected].