Main St.

As stewards for an equitable economy, Main ST is invested in increasing economic opportunities for the underrepresented as well as preparing a new generation to become economic contributors by improving competencies in media, marketing, and technology (MMT).
Working with DeLoJe’s production house, Pulsus Digital and other local partners, MAIN ST charitable goals are

1)  to build creative and technical capacity of underrepresented enterprises as a means of improving their impact and reach in order to equitably, economically, and culturally strengthen our communities; and

2)  to advance work equity by training, coaching, and mentoring a new generation of underrepresented youth to be work ready through STEAM Programming.

Our culturally responsive approach addresses economic equity in 3 ways:

  • We Are Open provides services that help small minority businesses and organizations equitably compete by building their MMT (media, marketing and technology) capacity.  Our clients include Baker Wells House (Podcast), JADA House International (Podcast), Legacy Arts Project (Website redesign), the Mon Metro Chamber of Commerce (Website redesign) and Sankofa Village for the Arts (website).
  • Tech Innovation to address obstacles (skill, access, opportunity) that impede minority youth’s ability to compete in a workforce that is still not diverse or equitable.  Programming includes our Drone Academy, Stop Motion Animation, Green Screen Experience.  Our partners include JADA House International, Legacy Arts Project, Pittsburgh Public Schools and Propel Charter Schools.
  • Pulsus Digital Arts Collective helps minority artists overcome economic challenges associated with selling their art and connecting commercially to businesses.  

Located in Hazelwood, Main ST is a 501 c 3 that is operated by Executive Director, Lori Rue.  The team of Creatives are Justin McCaskill, Tyler Butler, and Meairra McCaskill.
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Autism Urban Connections

We began as Autism Urban Connections Support Group in January of 2015., after discovering the lack of supports, education, and resources available in the African American, minority, and economically disadvantaged communities.  

We are now Autism Urban Connections Inc., since September 2018, the first and only African American, minority, family-focused Autism 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Our mission is to provide education, support, advocacy, and empowerment, with an emphasis on self-care to families of those diagnosed with Autism,

Our vision is that all families receive individualized supports and education to access valuable resources and services that enhance the quality of life, that will break down barriers while addressing the disparities in our most marginalized communities.

Autism Support Services

We want everyone to experience an impressive level of professionalism when working with Autism Urban Connections Inc. All of our support services, education, advocacy, self-care and empowerment, exist to make your life easier and stress-free. You can trust that we are here for you and will help you every step of the way!

Programs Include:

  • Support Groups
  • Trainings
  • Family Engagement Activities
  • Workshops

All programs are currently being held virtually, please visit our website or call 412-853-0115 to register.

Mon – Fri: 10am – 4pm

Sat & Sun: Closed

All sessions are held on a virtual platform until further notice. The link is sent within 24 hours of the session. Please subscribe to our newsletter.



We encourage community, leadership, ownership, friendship, invested interest in the future of our children, and support Greater Hazelwood’s growth into a thriving, safe and enjoyable place to live and raise families.

POORLAW offers the following programs:
– Leading community establishment of Hazelwood Grocery Store
– Cobras Football
– Cobras After School Program (M-F at the Cobra Pit, 328 Masion St, please see calendar for details)
– Greater Hazelwood Youth Leadership Policy Council
– Workforce and Entrepreneurship Development Programs
– Additional programs include community dinners, holiday events, and more.


Catalyst Connection

Catalyst Connection is a private not-for-profit organization headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We provide consulting and training services to small manufacturers in southwestern Pennsylvania, accelerating revenue growth and improving productivity. Catalyst Connection forges partnerships that bring new resources and continually add new services to meet clients’ needs and expand business opportunities. Through focusing on people, products, process, and technology, we create solutions that benefit your entire organization and operations.

Catalyst Connection is supported, in part, by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Community and Economic Development, and by the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

For more information visit:


ARM Institute

The ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute is a Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and part of the Manufacturing USA® network.

The ARM Institute leverages a unique, robust, and diverse ecosystem of consortium members and partners across industry, academia, and government to make robotics, autonomy, and artificial intelligence more accessible to U.S. manufacturers large and small, train and empower the manufacturing workforce, strengthen our economy and global competitiveness, and elevate national security and resilience. 

Based in Pittsburgh, PA since 2017, the ARM Institute is leading the way to a future where people & robots work together to respond to our nation’s greatest challenges and to produce the world’s most desired products.

For more information, visit and follow the ARM Institute on LinkedIn and Twitter.



Our mission is to document, recognize, and value the un(der)paid work and resources that are essential for communities to become healthy, sustainable, and resilient.

In the neighborhood of Hazelwoood, involveMINT is conducting a circular economy operation involving food recycling and community currency. Our process is simple. We collect food waste from people’s homes, neighboring organizations such as Holy Cross Family Church, local businesses such as Dylamato’s, and employing local residents to compost the food waste. We then use the compost to grow fresh and healthy food that will be distributed back to neighborhood residents and businesses. We are using community currency as a means to facilitate these operations; growing the economy to promote green jobs and sustainable practices without relying solely on traditional funding streams.

ABOUT involveMint

involveMINT was founded in September 2015 after winning the StartUp Weekend Civic competition, hosted by Google for Entrepreneurs. After placing second in Codefest 2016, involveMINT received a 10k grant from the Forbes Funds to develop our initial MVP.  Our initial focus was to use a currency system as an incentive to attract volunteers for city­wide events (e.g., Rail­Volution 2018).

The local currency in its current form was developed in 2019 with a one-year grant from the Hillman Foundation. Entitled Food Security, Refreshed (FSR), the grant enables us to develop a currency that supports the labor of citizen ‘ChangeMakers’ to work on innovative food waste management and access initiatives within the communities of Hazelwood, Braddock, and Wilkinsburg. The grant provided resources to build out a web application (webApp), with feedback from Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank member agencies, that facilitates the matching of currency user needs and resources to foster exchanges among members of a developing CEN.

Phone: (412) 320-3555
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Address: 4501 Sylvan Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207


Hazelwood Historical Society

Exploring the rich history of Hazelwood, Glenwood, Glen Hazel, Greenfield, Hays, and The Run – along with our bordering communities.Our mission is to perpetually restore neighborhood pride while preserving the pillars of our community’s past.

Contact: JaQuay Edward Carter



Center of Life

Center of Life (COL) is a community empowerment organization. Our programs focus on music and arts, athletics, and education. Our vision is to empower and equip families to bring economic revitalization to their communities. Our mission is to provide families and youth with the life-skills, education, training, and resources necessary to be strong and to make their communities strong. We believe this is achieved through building sustainable partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally. At Center of Life we believe everything is about people.


Founded in 2002 by Tim Smith, Center of Life (COL) stands with the people of Hazelwood as they strive to be strong and to make their community strong. With its roots planted deeply in the community and supported by extraordinary partners, Center of Life serves Hazelwood and its surrounding communities with rich academic out-of-school programs and outstanding experiences in music and arts. Center of Life employs a holistic approach to community through all of its programs, believing that commitment to others is most productive when you walk with those served in their schools, homes and families.

Phone: (412) 521-3468
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Address: 161 Hazelwood Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15207


Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center

The Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center was initially conceived in 1969 when members of two Native American families in Pittsburgh sought to overcome the feeling of “floating” in the mainstream. They felt the need to maintain a sense of Indian-ness, recapture roots and become more conscious of their rights as Native Americans. In February 1972 after several years of planning the Council was incorporated as a non-profit organization under the laws of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Internal Revenue Service regulations. The Council was to operate from offices in the Homewood section of Pittsburgh until July ,1976 when it moved to its present headquarters in Dorseyville, Indiana Township.


1) The Great Hazelwood Family Center located at 5006 2nd Ave.

2) Early Head Start Classroom and Home Visiting Services- Serving Families with pregnant mothers and children birth to 3 years of age located at 4910 2nd Ave.

3) Head Start Classroom Serving Families ages 3 to 5 years of age located at 4900 2nd. Ave.   

Phone: 412-488-2750
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Address: 120 Charles St, Pittsburgh, PA 15238


Hazelwood Initiative, Inc.

Hazelwood Initiative’s roots date to 1994 and the merger of two local groups: the Hazelwood Neighborhood Maintenance Task Force, which engaged city departments to address abandoned housing, maintenance of public infrastructure, and open-air drug sales; and the Hazelwood Economic Leveraging Partnership, which raised financial resources for community development.

Today, Hazelwood Initiative (HI) is a 501c3 nonprofit actively working against the growing threat of gentrification posed by the redevelopment of the former LTV Coke Works site, now known as Hazelwood Green.  HI’s mission is to build a stronger Hazelwood through inclusive community development. To achieve this goal, the organization preserves and creates affordable residential and commercial spaces, keeps residents informed about proposed developments and critical issues, manages community gardens and greenspaces, and advocates for equitable transportation access.

Phone: (412) 421-7234
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Address: 4901 Second Ave., 2nd Floor / Pittsburgh, PA 15207