Southwestern PA Engineering Outreach Virtual Food Drive
In the spirit of the season and with the continued overwhelming need during this time, SPEO is requesting donations from our member firms to contribute as individuals and companies to support the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. We have always believed that we have to give back to our community and have done that through scholarships and annual donation drives in December. We think it is critical to do our best to help our neighbors when so many families have lost their revenue sources and food insecurity seems to be increasing.
At the core of SPEO's mission is the belief we need to help provide opportunities, guidance, and mentoring to minority and women owned engineering firms. As an extension of that, we have been encouraging STEM education through volunteering and scholarship using money raised through sponsorships. In addition, we have encouraged our members to give back to a chosen cause over many years and the Food Bank has been the non-profit of choice for many of those years.
This year, we are asking for donations to be made to the Food Bank in conjuction with our December 7th Annual Holiday Breakfast. Donations can be made online or brought to the breakfast. If writing a check, please make payable to "Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank." If you are unable to donate online or attend the event, please mail your check to: 1 N. Linden Street Duquense, PA 15110 (In the memo, please note: Southwestern Pennsylvania Engineering Outreach).
Bridget, a student and a bar manager, was laid off during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I’m laid off and I’m actually a student. I’m trying to graduate. I graduate in two weeks and my school is actually the one that told me about this [distribution].” Providing for her daughter and herself is challenging when there is no work, but she is grateful that the drive-up distributions are able to provide a little extra assistance. “It’s to help my daughter and I. It means a lot. We need it to survive and I’m the full-time employee…I support both of us.”