The Dignity & Respect Campaign

Welcomes the Greater Pittsburgh D&R Council

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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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large_iconDignity & Respect Month

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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: Cynthia Stevans. This Penn State Nutrition Adviser Says it’s Her Students That Feed Her Soul.

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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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The Lend A Hand initiative encourages all community members to support the needs of others. Each month we donate items to various local non-profits. During the month of September, please place donations of baby clothes, books, and toys in the Lend A Hand donation areas throughout the Greater Pittsburgh Area.

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large_iconSweat The Small Stuff

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We host a Ceramic Tile Quilting Event and Reception to create awareness about domestic violence. Participants of all ages and background create an inspirational message on a ceramic tile, all of which are later combined to form a large ceramic tile quilt. A reception is later held to view the completed quilts, which are then displayed at various shelters throughout Greater Pittsburgh.

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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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During our StepPittsburgh events, we collectively take over 1,000,000 healthy steps by participating in Zumba, Salsa, Bokwa, Line Dancing, Bootcamp and other fun activities. Our annual Biggest City Line Dancing Event in the streets of downtown Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Department of Human Service and Pittsburgh Jazz Live, gets people moving across generations and cultures.

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