Community Connector

As a community connector, Pitt devotes resources to areas of need and invests in social progress.

Strengthening communities is one of Pitt’s strategic priorities and a commitment that is shared across the University. In addition to the University’s annual economic impact of $4.2 billion, Pitt employees and students contribute more than $73.1 million each year in donations and volunteer time.

Community Connector Chart


Looking from the outside into the Community Engagement Center in Homewood, Pennsylvania

Making neighborhood commitments

Pitt has made long-term neighborhood commitments to building stronger communities and a stronger University. In fall 2018, Pitt opened the first Community Engagement Center (CEC) in Homewood, creating a new “front door” to Pitt in the heart of the neighborhood. A fully renovated and modernized facility, the CEC is a vibrant and welcoming place for Pitt faculty and students to collaborate with community leaders, and for neighborhood residents to access resources for health and wellness, job training, and family support services.

A Pitt medical student uses a stethoscope to listen to a patient's chest

Frontier medicine

The Center for Rural Health Practice at Pitt Bradford identifies rural health issues and uses the vast resources of the University of Pittsburgh to ensure rural health systems are prepared to meet those needs. In addition to providing rural populations with greater access to the UPMC Health System, the lessons learned at the center influence the development of rural health policy.

Three children smile at the camera

Caring for children across the Commonwealth

The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center in Mechanicsburg is a collaborative effort of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. In partnership with families, communities, and public and private agencies, the center prepares and supports exceptional child-welfare professionals and systems through education, research, and a commitment to best practice. In addition to its social impact, the center supports 247 jobs and contributes $36.4 million in total economic impact.