Spirit Hall
January 12
5—11 p.m.

January is a time that inevitably finds us resolving—with varying degrees of success—to join a gym, put down the snacks or watch less television. While all admirable choices, why not step it up a notch and make this New Year a time to contribute to the greater good.

For everyone feeling a desire to help out or get active in your own communities—but not sure where to start—this unique Volunteer Fair will help ignite your passion.

Islamic Center of Pittsburgh

Courtesy Islamic Center of Pittsburgh.

Dubbed Help or High Water, the event aims to take the mystery and confusion out of volunteerism by convening representatives from a slew of fantastic organizations during an inclusive and welcoming fair at Lawrenceville gathering space, Spirit.

There’s a cause, issue and project for everyone under the sun at this event, which was designed by Alicia Carberry to make activism more accessible for the general public. Carberry notes that while conventional volunteer fairs tend to focus on résumé-building opportunities for post-college careers, her event’s goal is to connect citizens—including those who may be recently energized—to organizations dedicated to building stronger communities.

Allegheny CleanWays

Courtesy Allegheny CleanWays.

Meet stakeholders from more than 35 local organizations and projects working to empower vulnerable populations—such as 412 Food Rescue, the ACLU, Allegheny CleanWays, the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Planned Parenthood of Western PA, Casa San José, Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, and many others.

Help or High WaterThe lively fair will feature DJ sets, a hip hop performance by Nerdboy, celebrity guests, a photo booth, and drink specials. Do-gooders can buy raffle tickets to vie for all sorts of goods and services from local makers, businesses and restaurants.

Learn about how you can lend your skills, passion and talents, connect with like-minded residents, and fill up some of your free time with rewarding volunteer experiences.

Looking for more events? Check out our Top 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in JanuaryTop 9 family events in Pittsburgh this January and our 17 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in 2017 feature stories.

About The Author

Arts + Events editor

Former arts & culture editor of Pop City; worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art. Co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania and co-coordinator of Handmade Arcade. In a band called The Garment District; founding member of Brooklyn's The Ladybug Transistor.

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