The Dignity & Respect Campaign

Welcomes the Dignity & Respect Council of
Greater Pittsburgh

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The ten-county Greater Pittsburgh region is home to the first Dignity & Respect community campaign, overseen by a council of volunteers representing a cross-section of individuals and organizations. The local community Campaign kicked off in 2009 with a pledge drive competition among nonprofit organizations with a prize of a volunteer day-of-service. Since then, the Greater Pittsburgh Council has practiced the tips—most notably Tip 29 Lend a Hand—with community clean-up efforts and a Thanksgiving turkey giveaways. During Dignity & Respect Month, all ten southwestern Pennsylvania county governments proclaim Dignity & Respect Month each year since 2011. D&R Month Proclamations

The Council initiated the Greater Pittsburgh Dignity & Respect Champion award in February 2010. Since then, each month someone in the community whose life demonstrates the values of dignity and respect is selected from nominations received from the community at large.

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Each month, we recognize community members that embrace, embody, and demonstrate the values of dignity and respect and who have supported our mission. This month’s D&R Champion of Greater Pittsburgh: Krista L. Peckyno. Krista, a local attorney, helps military families wade through the maze of forms and procedures when filing their claims.

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During the D&R Month each January, we hold a month-long D&R Pledge Drive Greater Pittsburgh competition and at its conclusion donate to the two non-profits with the most number of pledges. We also host the D&R Breakfast of Champions, which highlights the year’s Champions and Council’s annual projects. Join us.

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Hundreds of men, women and children gathered in the Pittsburgh Cultural District during the JazzLive International Festival and performed the D&R Hustle and Michelle Obama’s Uptown Funk dance at the second annual Big City Line Dance. Community members from all different cultures, backgrounds and generations came together to demonstrate healthy living through dancin’ in the streets.

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A total of 156 ceramic tiles were painted at the second annual Ceramic Tile Quilt Event. Each painted tile had words and images of support to raise awareness for domestic violence. The ceramic tiles were then assembled into a 110-pound patchwork quilt, which is 112” long and 44” high. This year’s quilt was donated to Bethlehem Haven, a homeless women’s shelter that offers safe, supportive housing for 96 women each night.

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It’s often the smallest things that have the biggest impact. Even though Smile, Say “Hello,” and Say “Thank you” are the easiest of the 30 Tips, they are not practiced consistently. Make someone’s day. Take time to practice the Simple 3.

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June is Pride month. The Dignity & Respect Campaign took part in the 2015 Pride Parade festivities held in downtown Pittsburgh. Members from the Greater Pittsburgh Council and their friends and family did their part by participating in the march to support the LGBT community.

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