The University of Pittsburgh Office of Community Relations arranged for a delegation of sixteen Pitt community members to join the South Side Chamber of Commerce to work on a Day of Caring community service project. This year, Chamber board member and feng shui expert Yvonne Phillips led a creative workshop for the Pitt volunteers. They learned how to handcraft flowers for the 2016 Pop des Fleurs winter pop-up gardens. Pitt Office of Community Relations Director Kannu Sahni stopped by to cheer on the Pitt team. Candice Gonzalez and Barbara Hughes of the Chamber staffed the event. Together, they made nearly 500 beautiful and colorful flowers which will be used to decorate the South Side branch of the Carnegie Library, the Welcome Center and other locations to be announced.
For more information, visit popdesfleurs.com for materials guidelines, tutorials, workshops and events. The guild suggests that we sow our flowers now through November 2015. Fiberarts gardens will bloom all around Pittsburgh from February 6 through March 19, 2016.
Pitt’s 2015 Annual Day of Caring marks the 24th year for Pitt and featured more service projects than ever, both in local neighborhoods close to campus and at agencies of regional importance. Pitt alumni, students, faculty and staff served on projects identified by community partners. Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and many other Pitt leaders have set an excellent example by enthusiastically supporting this effort in past years, personally assisting with projects and encouraging the entire Pitt community to participate.